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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning


The Lightning Foundation along with the wife of Lightning Head Coach John Tortorella, Christine Tortorella, today introduced her new book, "Hey, Coach!" sponsored by University Community Hospital. The first 2,000 books in print are being donated to school children in the Hillsborough County Schools.

"This is a great opportunity for me to do something I love to benefit the Lightning Foundation's literacy programs," Christine Tortorella said. "I hope it helps place emphasis on the importance of reading and writing for children. Sharing with the community and giving back is important to our family and the Lightning and this project could not be possible without help from the Lightning Foundation and University Community Hospital."

Tortorella's book teaches lifelong lessons to children. In the story, Lightning mascot ThunderBug teaches his good friend, Little Bolt, about hard work, honesty, discipline, respect and much more by introducing him to the Lightning's head coach and explaining how to be part of a successful team.

"Hey, Coach!" will sell for $12 with the proceeds benefiting the Lightning Foundation's literacy and education initiatives. The book is available at the St. Pete Times Forum and Christine Tortorella will sign copies of the book behind section 124 in front of the Hockey Bay USA Authentics store during the first intermission of the Lightning's game against the Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, December 7.

"Hey, Coach!" is presented by University Community Hospital (UCH), which was founded in the mid 1960's by a group of progressive businessmen who recognized the need for hospital services in a rural, yet developing north Tampa region. The 208-bed hospital opened on July 15, 1968.

Today, UCH has grown into a 431-bed facility that is home to five Centers of Excellence that focus resources on major disease areas including cancer treatment, women's health, pediatrics, diabetes management and orthopaedics. Their mission is to offer patients access to the most advanced technology and treatment options available.
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