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by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the School District of Hillsborough County are partnering to bring reading and character education to all third- and fourth-grade physical education classrooms during the 2005-06 school year. In a program sponsored and underwritten by University Community Health, 28,000 students will receive the teachings, based on two different books. Lightning players Tim Taylor (Hunter's Green Elementary) and Dan Boyle (Robert E. Lee Elementary) will kick off the program with school visits on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9 a.m.

Working with the school district and Steve Vanoer, Supervisor for K-12 Physical Education and Health, the Lightning Foundation assembled a curriculum based on two books: "INCH and MILES The Journey to Success" by legendary basketball coach John Wooden and "Tampa Bay Lightning WINNING WAYS The Making of a Championship Heart" by Steve Yerrid. Both books were chosen for the program because of the life lessons they teach their respective readers. INCH and MILES will be taught to third grade students while WINNING WAYS will be taught to fourth graders.

Published by Coach John Wooden in 2003, INCH and MILES The Journey to Success is based on the "Pyramid of Success" which Wooden developed during his career as one of the greatest coaches in the history of sports. The pyramid consists of 15 building blocks of those personal qualities necessary for achieving success.

"For me, success is about making the effort - 100 percent - to do the best of which you are capable," Wooden says in a message to teachers, parents, and students. "It's the quality of that effort by which I judged myself and those I taught."

WINNING WAYS was developed by Steve Yerrid after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004. Compiled from a collection of photographs by Lightning team photographer Scott Audette and interviews with the Lightning players, coaches and management, the book's aim is to inspire its readers through quotes from the Lightning players on 14 different personal traits and qualities.

The School District of Hillsborough County is the 9th largest district in the United States. Approximately 14,000 students will be taught the program at both the third- and fourth-grade levels. Each elementary school in the county is receiving one full set of the curriculum and copies of the books for their media centers. A parent letter with activity sheet and Winning Ways posters will be distributed to each student.

The Lightning Foundation is dedicated to the support of local organizations that enrich and enhance the lives of those living throughout the Tampa Bay community. In gratitude for the support and passion of our community, the Foundation will focus its unique resources to advance amateur hockey and educational enrichment opportunities for children, along with medical research and treatment for those in need. Our "GOAL" is to make Tampa Bay a better place to live, work, and play!
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