At last night’s Tampa Bay Lightning game versus the Winnipeg Jets, it was a magical night. Not only the huge win, with amazing contribution by Cory Conacher, or the display of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy, but because of another team’s involvement with the community. Vincent Jackson, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers pro-bowler, helped military families attend the game through his foundation, Jackson In Action 83. According to their website, “The mission of Jackson In Action 83 Foundation, Inc. (Jackson In Action) is to help United States Military servicemen an servicewomen stay connected with their children during their deployments away from home and raise community awareness of the relational issues existing between deployed United States service members and their children.”
Jackson provided tickets to many groups, including the MacDill Air Force Base 6th Air Mobility Wing, US Central Command/SOCENT, US Special Operations Command, USO, Army Reserve Medical Command and Support Our Troops. Some arrived with Jackson on the Sun Sports Lightning Fan Express.
“I want to thank the Lightning for their incredible support of the Jackson In Action 83 Foundation and our work with the children of military families experiencing deployment,” Jackson said. “Their generosity in collaborating with my foundation to provide tickets to military personnel for an evening of fun with their families is so appreciated. We are all excited for hockey to be back and the Lightning to have a great season!
“One of the joys of being in Tampa Bay is level of team work and support we all share for vital causes. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the sporting community. The Lightning supporting the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is a perfect example.”
Jackson addressed the pregame crowd and met with fans for autographs during one of the period breaks of the game.
Thank you Vincent Jackson and the Tampa Bay Lightning for all that you do for our military and their families.