TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Erin NeSmith as the 35th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight’s game versus the Ottawa Senators. NeSmith, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the funds to the Grow Into You Foundation and Element Church.
Erin has always been passionate about service to others, which she has channeled into starting the nonprofit Grow Into You. This organization provides free life-coaching to teens in the foster care system, as they often receive little to no guidance as they transition into adulthood. NeSmith recognized the critical need for stability, consistency and mentorship in these kids’ lives, and became a certified professional coach to address these gaps. The coaching Erin provides helps these teens shift their perspectives to have a more meaningful and positive outlook on life.