TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Drexey Smith as the 14th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Smith, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic and the Guardian Ad Litem Foundation of Tampa Bay.
Nate Thompson joined Jeff and Penny Vinik to present Drexy Smith with a check for $50,000.
Smith has been dedicating her life to relieving emotional and physical pain in the lives of others for many years. She is a physical therapist by profession and became keenly aware of uninsured people who struggled financially and couldn’t afford to receive physical therapy. She treats 30 people on average a month at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic Health Center, Seminole Kiwanis Club Horses for Handicapped, USF School of Physical Therapy and Health Volunteers overseas.
There have been thousands of people in the Bay Area whose lives have been touched and improved by the work that Smith does. She is tireless in her efforts and will also assist in any way no matter what the challenge she faces.