TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Andria Rogers as the 31st Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Rogers, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Train Up Program (trainupfirst.com), the Ryan Nece Foundation (ryannecefoundation.com) and Starting Right Now (startingrightnow.org).
Rogers, a mother of four and a worker at Plant High School, works with teenagers from at-risk homes to gain a better education. In 2009 she was asked to help gifted athletes increase their GPA's so they could accept Division I NCAA athletic scholarships. Rogers, realizing that the core issue was a lack of organization, time management and motivation, she created the Train Up Program. Her focus has been to help at-risk youth student-athletes in the Tampa Bay community.
Under Rogers' tutelage, she has helped more than 350 students and significantly bettered their grades and test scores, fully preparing them for college life. Knowing that athletes can amaze everyone with their abilities on the playing field, Rogers is combining knowledge with that skill set to help youth shine in the classroom. She is slowly making everyone she helps role models in our community.