TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Daniel Dean as the second Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the Dallas Stars. Dean, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Bible Truth Ministries, B.E.S.T., the Evolution Institute and BAYTAF.
Dean transformed the East Tampa landscape by creating and building Bible Truth Ministries after obtaining the property on 22nd street across from Middleton High School. He constructed a three-building complex with help from his family and neighborhood volunteers. The complex consists of a playground, basketball court and a community garden. In addition to the school, another building houses the sanctuary and a community center with a fully equipped kitchen. A library with computer and science centers completes the complex. Over 350 students have graduated from the school and all the students who began at the school are now at or above grade level.
Determined to transform one of Tampa's roughest neighborhoods into a safe community, Dean enhanced thousands of lives with his devotion to caring for people. The legacy he works toward is a community that nurtures its young and respects one another. Recently, the City of Tampa transferred property to Bible Truth Ministries for the sole purpose of building a multiuse complex on 34th Street and Chelsea. It will serve as an early childhood learning center that will also serve as a regional teacher-training center with collaboration between USF, FAU and other University Faculty.