Most people wouldn’t know why Sunday, July 21, is an important date for the Tampa Bay Lightning. There’s no big game, no major event that Steven Stamkos or Martin St. Louis will be attending locally. However, it is the day that auditions will be held for next season’s Tampa Bay Lightning Girls.
Of course they’re beautiful and yes, they’re gifted and talented. But the impact of the Tampa Bay Lightning Girls far exceeds beauty and talent. These young women are the face of the franchise and ambassadors of good will in our community.
Ever watch the fan fumbling around with his camera as his six-year old poses with three or four of the girls? Maybe you’ve watched Grandpa put his arm around two of them while Grandma takes the photo that her hubby’s been waiting for his entire life. Their patience with enthusiastic fans, children, families and visitors to our community is a valuable asset to a franchise that cares about its reputation.
And while the performance of the Lightning Girls during the game is an exciting addition to the entire experience, it’s what the average fan doesn’t see that is also indicative of their worth to the team.
Whether it’s a hospital visit or a community celebration, the Lightning Girls are a treasured presence in Hockey Bay, U.S.A. And our hope is that on July 21, the next crew of young women that will entertain us come October will have the same passion and pride that has become a foundation of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization.