The Tampa Bay Lightning aren’t just winning on the ice. The organization is also winning off the ice by making efforts to help local causes.

During Tampa Bay’s run to the Stanley Cup Final, the team has donated $1 million to organizations and programs in the Tampa area that focus on equality and inclusion, along with social services and helping improve police and community relations.

The Lightning Foundation donated $400,000 between eight groups in the area, but for each round the Lightning advanced, the organization would donate $200,000 more. Even with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyone’s lives, the team has found a way to brighten up other people’s days in more ways than one.

The $50,000 to the different groups are related to the Lightning’s Community Heroes program, which was established in 2011. The program honors one volunteer at each home regular season game that has shown qualities in helping individuals who are less fortunate in the area. Each person honored gets to choose a charity to donate $2,000 to, as well as a tribute on the scoreboard at Amalie Arena.

Since games at Amalie Arena have not occurred since back in March, the Lightning came up with a great idea. They made donations to four different areas including social justice/community heroes during the first round, health care heroes during the second round, education heroes during the conference finals, and social service/humanitarian assistance during the Stanley Cup Finals.

To date, the Lightning Foundation has donated $21.45 million on 876 donations. In a time like this, sometimes people need something to smile about and the Lightning are doing the best they can.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020  (18H38)