During quarantine, Tampa bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn wanted to do more than just shoot videos. That’s why with the help of Lightning officials, Killorn started a series of Instagram videos called “Dock Talk.” This series features Killorn riding up to docks on his jet ski and having conversations with teammates and various other Tampa athletes.
“I was only planning on doing one at first,” Killorn said, in a Zoom interview. “Once it got rolling, people enjoyed it.”
Killorn, who was a Harvard graduate, then decided to sell “Dock Talk with Killer” t-shirts. All proceed will benefit the Hillsborough Education Foundation.
“I think it’s really important to give back,” said Killorn, the son of a teacher. “Especially to kids who don’t have the means to keep up with school.”
Kim Jowell, CEO and founder of Hillsborough Education Foundation, is thrilled to receive the help she’s gotten from such a high-profile local athlete.
“The money is really nice, but I’m also really thankful for the platform that he’s given us to highlight the importance of education,” Jowell said, via video chat. “We are specifically targeting the students that are the lowest performing in their schools, so that they have access first.”
Killorn wants the money raised to be used for local students, so they can have all the same chances that he had growing up.
“I just hope that with this money a lot of students who don’t have WiFi, who don’t have iPads, can keep up with school and finish the school year the right way,” he said. “School for me was so important. It’s the reason why I think I’ve gotten where I am today. The route I took is a big part of that.”
To date, T-shirt sales have raised more than $48,000 for students in the Tampa Bay area.