19 January 2012
I don't think anything I will write in this post will correctly emphasize how great the Community Hero Program has been. As someone who volunteers at a youth homeless shelter, I can tell you how much donations mean to the organization and how far a donation of $50,000 can go.
Since we are at the half way point in the home games this season, Jeff Vinik has given away a total of $1 million to community heroes from the Tampa Bay area. If you haven't seen any of the individuals videos on the Lightning website, he features a hero at each home game and donates $50,000 to their cause. The above video is great because it shows how excited he is with this program. In particular I love how he talks about being genuinely inspired by the people he has met through the program.
Just amazing work Vinik.