TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Ross Anderson as the 12th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the New York Rangers. Anderson, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Men of Vision, Hillsborough Education Foundation, and The Skills Center.
Hearing the silent cry for positive male mentorship from young men living in some of the roughest parts of Tampa Bay, Anderson decided to leave the lucrative lifestyle of a corporate executive to become a teacher and pour confidence, hope, integrity, and success into the lives of young males from the inner city. One year into his tenure as a teacher, he started a mentorship program called Men of Vision to further help the cause.
Under Mr. Anderson’s direction, Men of Vision has been commissioned to recognize and develop constructive leadership along with emphasizing acceptance of individual responsibility as the basis of personal success, community improvement, and group achievement. Since 2008, Men of Vision has helped over 500 young men graduate high school and advance to college, trade school, or employment. Anderson’s selfless efforts have been appreciated by many. In addition to being named tonight’s Lightning Community Hero, Anderson has been recognized with many community acknowledgements including the Tony Dungy Honorary Award (2014), the Hillsborough County Human Rights Award (2014), and was featured twice on FOX 13’s “What’s Right with Tampa Bay”.