TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Hayle Short as the eighth Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Anaheim Ducks. Short, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half the funds to the Tampa Museum of Art, while the other half will go towards a scholarship for her education.
Short, a freshman at the University of Florida, has used her passion for art to positively impact the Tampa Bay community. As a member of the Tampa Museum of Art Youth Council, Short has donated over 200 volunteer hours over the past three years. Short promoted youth outreach and managed the partnerships with nonprofit organizations as the team lead for the Tampa Museum of Art annual Student Exhibition. While in high school, Short served on the National Art Society, where she worked to bring art into her school and community.
Short will partner with the Tampa Museum of Art to help homeless youth receive art therapy resources. The new initative will provide 100 homeless teens with art kits, bus passes and museum tickets. More than 50 high school teachers will receive training on how to identify homelessness and how to incorporate art therapy techniques in classrooms.
Short becomes the 376th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a $10 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted $18.80 million to more than 750 different nonprofits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. During the summer of 2016, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another $10-million over the next five seasons.