TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Bill Johnson as the 26th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Johnson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Girls Inc.
Matt Carle (left), Lightning owner Jeff Vinik (middle) present a $50,000 donation to Community Hero Bill Johnson
Johnson, a former Pinellas County business owner and parent of two daughters, volunteers a lot of his spare time at Girls Inc., an organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold through life-changing programs. As a mentor and personal coach, Johnson makes sure that female youth learn the proper life skills necessary to lead them down the right path of life by supporting and teaching them. He uses curriculum and resources from Girls Inc. to ensure girls safety and contributes to an overall effort that promotes academic success as well as healthy and active lifestyles.
Reflecting on his 40 years of business, Johnson hasn't forgotten the help that he received along the way, compelling himself to return the favor by sharing his wisdom and time. He teaches female youth by sharing his own stories and business acumen, as well as promoting positive work habits. While volunteering at Girls Inc., Johnson also spends time coaching sports and teaching them different life skills.