TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Tyrone Keys as the 28th Lightning Community Hero of the 2015-16 season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Nashville Predators. Keys, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to All Sports Community Services (ASCS) and Derrick Brooks Charities.
Tonight's community hero defines the meaning of diligence. For the past 22 years, the former Super Bowl champion has tirelessly worked in the Tampa Bay area by assisting NFL players such as Derrick Brooks and Mike Alstott in launching their philanthropic careers. In mentoring over 1,000 students through his two decades of service, Keys' passion and character established a ripple effect on his students, who are now educators, mentors and youth coaches.
Today, Keys is the Senior Executive and Community Relations Director for the Junior Buccaneers program where five of his students serve as coaches. His hard work and dedication eptiomizes the hundreds of active and former NFL players who are contributing to their communities each and every day.
Keys becomes the 207th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $10.5 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area.