TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored David Harris as the ninth Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks. Harris, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Computer Mentors Group.
As Harris would ride the bus through some of the roughest neighborhoods in Tampa Bay to get to class at the University of South Florida, he recounted seeing hatred in the eyes of children he passed by. Consequently, he wanted to do everything in his power to show love to children in these underprivileged areas and give them hope and resources to lift themselves out of poverty. He felt that the best way to do this was to teach them skills that they would need to advance in society.
Tonight's Lightning Community Hero has carried out this mission by teaching at risk youth in the Tampa Bay community modern computer technical skills, such as web development, mobile application development, and videography while providing a safe haven for them to learn and practice these skill sets. Harris currently serves as the STEM Corps Program Director for Computer Mentors Group, a non-profit service organization comprised of technology professionals, and others interested in the career development of disadvantaged youth. Computer Mentors Group specializes in guiding at risk youth toward a career in the computer industry.