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Tampa Bay Lightning fans invited to participate in Beard-a-thon charity event

Posted at 11:17 AM, Apr 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-13 16:00:23-04

TAMPA, Fla. - The Tampa Bay Lightning are encouraging fans to "grow one for the team" and participate in one of hockey's most visible traditions: the playoff beard. 

The Lightning Beard-a-thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beard and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2018 campaign will benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

Participants will invite family, friends, and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. By joining the Beard-a-thon, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as the Lightning remain in the playoffs.  

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Bolts Nation can also support their favorite Lightning players in the Beard-a-thon, like Ryan Callahan and more. 

The Lightning will host the Beard-a-thon kick-off event on Monday, April 9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in Downtown Tampa.  

The event will feature food trucks as well as giveaways such as playoff yard signs, car magnets, car flags and more.  Fans will also have the opportunity to get their beards shaved for $20 per person with the proceeds being pledged to the NPCF Beard-a-thon page. 

Since the Beard-a-thon launched in 2009, hockey fans across North America have raised over $3.5 million for hockey-related charities.  

For more information, or to enroll in the Lightning Beard-a-thon, please click here.