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Lifetime Achievement Awards

Jeff & Penny Vinik

June 7, 2023

When Jeff Vinik purchased the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010, he vowed to transform the organization both on the ice and off the ice, and he did just that. The team has enjoyed incredible success on the ice, winning back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships in 2020 and 2021. Off the ice, under the umbrellas of the Vinik Family Foundation and the Lightning Foundation, Jeff and his wife, Penny, have invested nearly $40 million in hundreds of Tampa Bay area charities through a variety of programs and donations. The Lightning's signature philanthropic program, the Lightning Community Heroes program, serves as a cornerstone initiative of the organization. It honors volunteerism and grassroots local heroes whose noble efforts have a positive impact on the community. It provides a $50,000 donation to a charity selected by a local honoree at every regular season and playoff game at Amalie Arena.

Glazer Family

June 8, 2022

The Glazer family purchased the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the 1995 season and quickly ushered in a new era of sustained success that produced a pair of Super Bowl championships. During their nearly three decades of ownership, the Buccaneers have enjoyed their most successful stretch as a franchise, making nine playoff appearances, winning five division titles and two NFC Conference Championships, in addition to victories in Super Bowl XXXVII and Super Bowl LV. Since their purchase of the team, the family has also been very active in helping to attract major sporting events to the Tampa Bay area, including three Super Bowls. Off the field of play, the Glazer family has played a vital role in championing important community programs focused on making a lasting positive impact on the Tampa Bay area. In addition to a long-standing commitment to education, the Buccaneers have been pioneers in the areas of diversity, inclusion and gender equality. The family has also worked closely with Buccaneers players to create innovative social justice programs focused on youth empowerment, police relations, criminal justice reform, racial equality, and workforce development. Additionally, the Glazer Vision Foundation was established in 1999 and has provided more than 200,000 free eye screenings and 20,000 prescription glasses for children in need.

Phil Esposito

2019

Professional Hockey

Vince Naimoli

2018

Professional Baseball

J. Leonard Levy

2017

Civic Contributions

George A. Levy

2017

Civic Contributions