Nicole Johnson honored as Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero

Nicole Johnson honored as Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero

Posted on April 12, 2013 by Roxanne Joffe, MagnifyGood

I cannot say that my favorite leisure activity is attending sports games; however, when I was invited by The Patterson Foundation’s partner, Nicole Johnson, executive director extraordinaire of USF Bringing Science Home (BSH) to attend a Tampa Lightning game, I had all kinds of reasons to attend.

Besides sitting in a hosted “box,” I was there to support Nicole who was named a Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero for her tireless work as a diabetes advocate.

This honor included a $50,000 check for her favorite charity. Nicole selected the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, but in true TPF fashion, she created many layers to this check:

1. A challenge to the local JDRF chapter to match the funds.

2. A collaboration between BSH and JDRF to put on a co-hosted Psycho-social Conference in Tampa bringing 10 thought leaders together for a one-day round table to help JDRF identify the allocation of research funding and the development of programs to address some of the psychosocial challenges faced by people with diabetes. A collaboration for a new reality in dealing with diabetes

3. A challenge to JDRF to collaborate with sports teams nationally to bring awareness to Juvenille Diabetes.

As I listened to Nicole address a crowd of supporters, I smiled as she connected to TPF’s tenets of inspiring philanthropy, creating platforms of partnerships and looking for depth and new challenges as she continues her work. Nicole succinctly stated, “This is not just a check but an opportunity to transform how we deal with diabetes. It is part of our journey as we work toward achieving our goals.” She beamed as she added. “There is a type 1 player on the ice!”

I realize that I too experienced a new reality – I actually enjoyed the game!


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