TAMPA — Almost two weeks after Lightning owner Jeff Vinik announced a compensation plan for Amalie Arena’s employees, Steven Stamkos came out with news of his own on behalf of the team.
The captain announced Wednesday via Twitter that the Lightning would create a fund to help support all of the part-time employees with the team and in Amalie Arena.
“Those people do so much for us as athletes,” he said. “We’re so fortunate to be able to work with them every day and it was important to us that we could do something for them during this time.”
The captain noted that the team is simply following Vinik’s lead and everything he has done for the organization so far.
Stamkos also said the team would donate 500,000 meals to Feeding Tampa Bay, a food rescue and distribution center in the Feeding America network.
“It’s definitely an unprecedented time in the world right now,” he said, “certainly in our community, as well, here in Tampa Bay.”
The organization will help children who are not being fed at school and the elderly who cannot go out into the community, Stamkos noted. It also will aid families who are economically challenged.
Stamkos encouraged Lightning fans to help out the organization by visiting http://feedingtampabay.org/.
“It can be a very stressful time, a little scary, but we’re going to get through this together,” Stamkos said. “We’re going to get through this as a community.”
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