Lightning Community Hero Faces Bullying Head On

On Tuesday morning, the Tampa Bay Lightning honored the ninth Lightning Community Hero of the season at the Victory Christian Academy located in Lakeland, Florida. 

The Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes Program made a donation of $50,000 to Jaylen’s Challenge, founded by 12 year old Jaylen Arnold.

At the young age of four, Jaylen was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Despite currently being 12 years of age, Jaylen has been the victim of bullying, not only by the hands of his peers, but by his teachers as well.

While Jaylen suffers from many vocal and motor tics, he has made it his life’s mission to raise awareness to the fight against bullying.

Unfortunately, over 18 million children are the victims of bullying every year in the United States. Jaylen travels around to local schools with a curriculum package that includes a video, teacher’s guide, wrist bands for students, and booklets to inform people on this growing epidemic. Jaylen’s goal is to stop the spread of bullying on a national level through Jaylen’s Challenge, an organization and website that lives by the motto ‘Bullying No Way!’.

Congratulation, Jaylen! You are a shining example of what a young person can do when they put their mind to it.

If you know someone like Jaylen who is dedicated to the Tampa Bay community, please head to to receive more information or to nominate an individual.

The next cut-off date for nominations is Thursday, November 15.

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