The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Annie Godbee as the 21st Lightning Community Hero of the year at the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg this afternoon. Godbee, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.
In 2011, Godbee spent more than 1,000 hours of her own free time volunteering, helping at-risk and low-income youth reach their full potential. A retired elementary school teacher, she participates in the YMCA's Y-Achievers program aimed at mentoring youth and supplying parents with homework, holding them accountable for their children's progress.
Godbee's goal is to open her arms to youth who face daily struggles and help them reach their life-long goals. She is always willing to help out others, even donating extra books and supplies to individual families in difficult situations. Godbee's ability to inspire through example has profoundly impacted the lives of countless families. She understands that the curriculum and the classroom are just the start to impacting academics and behavior.