TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Katie Cassedy as the sixth Lightning Community Hero of Tomorrow this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the Carolina Hurricanes. Cassedy, who received a 0,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money evenly between the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and to a scholarship for her future education.
The lifelong Girl Scout who's completed her bronze, silver and gold awards, Cassedy has devoted roughly 100 volunteer hours to plan encampments, mentor younger scouts and coordinate events. Two years ago, she became a GirlTalk mentor, visiting middle school girls once a week to help with bullying and other problems in young girls' lives. Through these experiences, Cassedy developed a passion for helping others.
Cassedy has been heavily involved with Break the Silence, a three-year long project working with domestic violence victims and raising awareness for them. She has worked with the program to expand it to Tampa Bay area high schools. She aspired to empower girls and help those in need that struggle silently. By bringing more and more awareness to these issues, she has made a big impact with local high schools and continues to come up with new ways to get the message out.
Cassedy becomes the 247th Lightning Community Hero since Jeff and Penny Vinik introduced the Lightning Community Hero program in 2011-12 with a 0 million, five-season commitment to the Tampa Bay community. Through this evening's game, in total, the Lightning Foundation has granted 2.5 million to more than 300 different non-profits in the Greater Tampa Bay area. Last summer, the Vinik's announced that the community hero program will give away another 0-million over the next five seasons.