TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Nate and Carmen Johnson as the 38th Lightning Community Heroes of the season during the first period of tonight's game against the Florida Panthers. The Johnson's, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Bay Area Youth Track and Field, All Sports Community Services and three other non-profit organizations.
For the past 28 years, the Johnson's have dedicated their lives to bringing hope and achievement to local youth by providing them an outlet to grow through track and field. They live and work in the neighborhood of Belmont Heights, an underserved area of Tampa Bay, and develop young athletes through their Bay Area Youth Track and Field Program started in 1986.
They have helped develop two generations of leaders using track and field as a tool to cultivate youth goal setting, character development, self-esteem, and the desire to give back to their local community. Youth members that have gone through their track and field program have progressed to become college graduates, entrepreneurs, doctors, and even a Rhodes Scholar.