Special Olympics Florida

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Beard the Thunder Campaign supports Special Olympics Florida

The Tampa Bay Lightning have launched the new “#BeardTheThunder” program and are encouraging fans to join the Bolts by growing their playoff beards for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs while also pledging money to the players’ favorite charities. The playoff beard is one of hockey’s most famous and visible traditions, in which players and staff put their razors away during the postseason.

#BeardTheThunder is a fun way to raise money for designated non-profits throughout Tampa Bay.  A number of Lightning players have chosen organizations to “pledge their beards” to and are asking fans to join them by letting their facial hair go, or by wearing fake ones if they aren’t able. The goal of #BeardTheThunder is not only the financial support, but also to raise awareness for the great work that these non-profits do every day.

Visit www.TampaBayLightning.com/BeardTheThunder to donate or to learn more about the designated charities. Fans can also text “tblbeards” to 52182 to make a donation. All dollars raised will be evenly distributed among the seventeen charities selected by the players.

Fans are encouraged to post their best beard photos, pledges and keep the conversation going on their social media platforms using #BeardTheThunder. Randomly selected fans will be awarded an item signed by the player they’ve made a donation to when using #BeardTheThunder.  


Callahan – The Ryan Callahan Foundation Kucherov – The Ryan Callahan Foundation
Cernak- The Ryan Callahan Foundation Martel – The Ryan Callahan Foundation
Cirelli- The Ryan Callahan Foundation McDonagh – Shriners Hospitals for Children
Coburn – The Spring of Tampa Bay Miller – First Tee of Tampa Bay
Domingue – The Children’s Cancer Center Palat – Metropolitan Ministries
Erne – The Ryan Callahan Foundation Paquette – Build the Thunder Community Hockey
Girardi – Center for Autism & Related Disabilities at USF Point – Special Olympics Florida
Gourde- Make-A-Wish South Florida Rutta – The Ryan Callahan Foundation
Hedman – Humane Society of Tampa Bay Sergachev – The Ryan Callahan Foundation
Johnson – Armed Forces Families Foundation Stamkos – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay
Joseph – Fulfill Your Destiny Stralman – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Killorn – Hillsborough Education Foundation Vasilevskiy – Big Cat Rescue