Athlete Chosen as Lightning Community Hero

Congratulations to Special Olympics Florida athlete Marlynne Stutzman, who was honored recently as a Lightning Community Hero by the Tampa Bay Lightning. As part of the award, Special Olympics Florida received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil.

Marlynne has been a Special Olympics Florida athlete for more than 15 years, participating in a host of sports. Last fall, she set a world record by becoming the first person with autism to complete a full IRONMAN and the Boston Marathon. She’s also represented Special Olympics Florida at an international triathlon in Slovakia and captured a gold medal at the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

The Lightning donation will help expand Special Olympics Florida programs in the Tampa Bay area. Marlynne became the 566th Lightning Community Hero since the Lightning Community Hero program began in 2011-12. We are incredibly proud of Marlynne and so grateful to our friends at the Lightning and the Lightning Foundation.

Marlynne Stutzman pictured with Lightning player, Brayden Point