As you know, us LadyBallers love to feature Foundations and Organizations started or supported by athletes. We think these efforts really need so additional attention because athletes are doing wonders for so many things other than the sports they are playing. They are going above and beyond their role as a sports figure and we appreciate that as fans. We will be featuring organizations that we respect and believe in and hope you take the time to learn about them. If there is one you would like us to feature, give us a shout!
I have never been a huge hockey fan but I have been forced to watch and attend some lightning games because of a former boyfriend of mine.
He would always talk about how amazing Vinny Lecavalier was for the lightning and the overall city of Tampa. After watching and learning more about the game he quickly became my favorite player on The Bolts. He really was a fantastic hockey player quoted by many to be the "Michael Jordan of hockey" and after doing more research on him, he really is a fantastic philanthropist for Tampa.
Because of a donation from the Vinny Lecavalier Foundation of $3 Million dollars, the Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL opened in January of 2010. This 28,000 square foot center occupied the entire 7th floor of the hospital offering top of the line care and treatments for children battling cancer along with comfortable in patient care for the families.
Vinny is also known to have the children battling cancer and their families in the VIP suite during many of the Tampa Bay Lightning home games.
More recently while Orlando was busy growing beards for the playoffs, seven lightning players, including Lecavalier were shaving their heads in front of these same children and their families at the Cut for A Cure fundraiser in Tampa to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Foundation along with the Vinny Lecavalier foundation raising $161,000.
Now these are players that deserve recognition! Huge LadyBallers props!
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