The Carolina Lightning is a boys and girls hockey program based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Lightning organization believes in developing young people’s hockey skills through a positive, educational and safe environment.
For information about joining the Lightning program, please email Don Schaap (
Last year the Carolina Lightning family collected a huge truckload (literally) of used hockey gear and donated it to military families at Ft Bragg.
This year we would like to continue this tradition with a win-win-win twist.
Win#1: We are collecting equipment for the “Try Hockey for Free” event on November 8th. Most critical need for this event are sticks and gloves. RCI will be providing skates. See the Try Hockey for Free bulletin for details on this event.
Win#2: the gear will then be used for the seven week Learn2Play program to help keep introductory costs down. See the Learn2Playbulletin for details on this program.
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Carolina Lightning and Raleigh Center Ice will host our Third Annual Try Hockey For Free event. On November 8th, USA Hockey and nearly 500 local associations across the country will encourage boys and girls, ages 4 to 9, to try youth hockey as part of Come Play Hockey Month.
New this year - participants of this event will receive a coupon that waives the USA Hockey membership for the first year ($46 value).
2014 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Challenge
(10/7 update: email sent to Lightning Managers to communicate challenge to their teams)
Hello Lightning Family,
My name is Donna Lamm and our son, Holden is on the Lightning U16A team. As most of you know, Holden was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) in April 2008. (To read Holden's story or donate now please go to this link).
The Carolina Lightning organization and Don have graciously made JDRF one of the fundraising/community service projects they support. Over the last two years, our teams raised almost $5000 on a hockey weekend goal challenge. This year we are going to do a similar challenge within the organization.
Basically, this is our challenge to all our parents: We challenge each parent to donate $2 per goal that your team makes over a given weekend. (Dates are listed below.) So, if your team scores 10 goals in the games of your assigned weekend…you donate $20. Please share this with the kids. They get excited about the challenge…and get very excited when they score a goal!!!
We are very grateful to Don, The Lightning Organization and all of you for your support of Holden and our family, our Holden’s Heroes team and JDRF! Together, we will find a CURE!!!
Your weekend/game date:
Oct 11 - 12
Oct 18 - 19
Oct 25 - 26
Girls: U10, U14 and U17
Boys: Squirt A, all three PeeWee teams, Bantam A, U16A, and U16AA
Nov 1 - 2
***If you would like to purchase a Holden’s Heroes t-shirt please email me the number of shirts, sizes and whether you would like short sleeve or long sleeve. The shirts are $15 for short sleeve and $20 for long sleeve. $10 of every shirt goes to JDRF.
Updated 6/12: Several families have posted pictures of free gear - check out the exchange!!
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Carolina Lightning is opening up the website exchange feature on the website for sale or donation of sporting goods (not just hockey), household items, etc.
To add an item select the "Exch\Sale Items" button in the left navigation bar. From this page, click the “Add New Item” under the exchange banner. Fill out the form with item details, asking price and contract information. You may also add a picture. Once you have submitted the form you will receive an email with a key number to confirm the listing. Follow the directions in that email to confirm your listing.
Please keep content appropriate for all our families.
Only Lightning families can post items, but the public can view the exchange.
To make a change or delete the item after it's sold, click the Edit- or Delete - buttons that will appear next to your item.