Spotlight On Jessica, Tampa Bay Lightning Girl

Age: 23

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Favorite spare time activity: Binge watching Netflix shows and longboarding

Education: University of South Florida, Bachelors in Communications

Current job: Program Manager/IT

Favorite thing about hockey: I love how fast paced the game is. It’s so much fun to watch and it is so easy to get caught up in fans and the fun of the games!

Favorite food: Cuban food! I’m fully Cuban and I always crave homemade black beans and rice!

Jessica (click to enlarge)

Jessica and Alyssa on Thunder Ally pregame

Jessica

Lydia and Jessica

Jessica

Jessica

Flickr album is HERE

The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls

The Lightning keep winning on their race to the April NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Great support from the “fan favorite” Lightning Girls. Enjoy some photos from the recent victory shoot-out over the Montreal Canadians.

Click on photos to enlarge:

Makenzie Elena Ellie Liz Alyssa Emily Stephanie Lydia Morgan Erica

Captain Alyssa

Elena

Makenzie

Morgan

Makenzie Lydia Ellie Captain Liz and Emily

Victory Smiles

Our updated Flickr album is HERE

Lightning Girls Are Heating Up “Tampa Hockey Town”

Hopefully you saw our interview yesterday of the talented Lightning Girl Taylor. Here’s some of the other squad members on game day.

Ellie and Kayla:

Lydia, Stephanie and Morgan:

Elena and Emily:

Captains, Liz and Alyssa:

Lydia and Stephanie:

Morgan:

Emily and Liz:

Flickr album is HERE

Lightning Girl Taylor Adds A Crown

Taylor in the upper deck (click to enlarge)

 

Tampa Bay Lightning Girl Taylor Lokey walked away with the crown at the Miss Tampa Scholarship Pageant this month. She was gracious to sit for a quick talk with us at a recent Lightning game (in between goals of course!).

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UC: Hello Taylor, welcome to Ultimate Cheerleaders. Before we begin our chat why don’t you tell our readers about yourself.
Absolutely! I’m twenty three years old and this is my rookie season with the Lightning Girls! I am originally from Maryland and graduated from The University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in communications and public relations. I worked in sales for about a year and am now studying to take my GRE to attend graduate school! Moving to Tampa was a spontaneous decision that I made about six months ago and I have been loving it ever since!
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UC: Please share with us the highlights of your busy year. Representing the Lightning and now the “Miss Tampa Scholarship Pageant”. WOW, busy young lady.
It’s definitely busy but I wouldn’t want it any other way! Being involved with the Lightning Girls and now as Miss Tampa is really giving me a great opportunity to become involved and grow with our community. The lightning is hoping to have a long season, but before that we still have about 14 games left to cheer at! I will be balancing those games and other additional lightning girl appearances with my preparation for Miss Florida and volunteering at community service events as Miss Tampa. The Miss Florida Pageant takes place the week of June 30th in Lakeland, FL so there is still so much preparation to be done. Luckily, I have great time management skills and such a wonderful support system behind me to help keep me motivated and balanced during this busy time!
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UC: The Lightning organization is always involved in charity and community initiatives. Tell us about your favorite participation and your platform for Miss Tampa.
We truly are one of the best organizations in all of sports for that reason! My favorite memories so far have been attending charitable events on behalf of the lightning and spreading joy to as many people as possible. One of my favorite events so far with the Lightning was with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It was such an incredible, uplifting event to be apart of and running the dance floor and hula hoop contest with one of the other girls was so much fun. It amazes me how one small interaction with someone can bring so much happiness to them. It’s humbling to know that you were the one to make a little girl or a little boys day just by giving them a high five or saying hi!
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My platform as Miss Tampa is called “Lend a Hand; Heal a Heart.” My platforms main goal is to advocate for victims of sexual assault and abuse, specifically with children. I’m very passionate about this topic as I have volunteered for the past 8 years as a crisis call taker and patient advocate at multiple women’s shelters.Right now, more than ever, is a great time to get the word out there that it is okay to speak up, get help, and seek justice. My mission is to let every survivor out there know that they can use their voice and will have people on their side. It’s so important.
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UC: It’s a great honor to be part of a small sorority of NHL cheer/dancers and now add in Miss Tampa activities. How exciting is that combined experience?
It’s very exciting! There’s not many opportunities where I am able to combine my love for cheerleading and the opportunity to make a difference in the community. It’s really neat to see that some of the appearances I will be doing as Miss Tampa will have the Lightning Girls there and it’s a really unique way to make an impact in a greater way. I also feel it’s a great way to promote both organizations! Everyone is always asking “Miss Tampa” where she works and being able to tell them the Lightning is fantastic! It makes me feel even closer to the community because we all know that Tampa is a hockey town! 
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UC: One thing fans would be surprised to learn about is ….?
I have a story for you all! I mentioned earlier that I made a spontaneous decision to move to Tampa about six months ago. Most fans would be surprised to learn that I made that decision after coming on vacation to Tampa in July! One of the other Lightning Girls, Morgan, and I saw that the lightning girls were having auditions and decided to try out on a whim. By our surprise we both made it and moved down here in about a week! It was quite the adventure but it has been so worth it!
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UC: Thank you Taylor, you are a very impressive young lady.  We are glad you gave up the beach on vacation to go Ice Skating, Tampa Bay is lucky to steal you away from Maryland!

Taylor with her adventitious teammate Morgan

Taylor

Taylor

Miss Tampa

Link to Lightning Girls site is HERE

Tune in tomorrow as we post additional photos to our Lightning Flickr album which is  HERE

NHL Photo Of The Day

Lightning Girls Captains, Liz and Alyssa.

Lightning Girls Heating Up Tampa’s Winter

I present the beautiful Tampa Bay Lightning Girls in their Winter Whites.

Ellie

Morgan

Taylor D.

Jessica-Elena-TaylorL

Erica-MaKenzie-TaylorL

Stephanie and Lydia

Kayla-MaKenzie-Ellie-Lydia

Captains: Liz and Alyssa

Morgan-Lydia-TaylorD.

Jessica and Makenzie

On The Ice

Our updated album is HERE

Tampa Bay Lightning Girls In Winter Whites

Tampa Bay Lightning Girls in winter whites with Manager Crystal Brown. (click to enlarge)

Tampa Bay Lightning Beat Rival Florida Panthers 5 to 3

The Tampa Bay Lightning opened their 2017-18 season with a victory over their cross state rival Florida Panthers.

The entire squad of Lightning Girls were mingling and entertaining the sold out crowd. The ladies are led by alum Crystal Brown and their choreographer is alum Karen Bittinger.

Enjoy some photos.

Rookie Class: Emily, Taylor L, Kayla, Lydia, Erica, Makenzie, Ellie and Morgan. (click to enlarge)

Stephanie

Morgan

Kayla

2017-18 Tampa Bay Lightning Girls

Taylor D.

Elena

Please see our Flickr album HERE.

Photo Of The Day–Lightning Girls

Team Captain Liz with Rookie Kayla

Tampa Bay Lightning Girls

As the Lightning continue their fight for a Stanley Cup playoff spot, we added many action photos from the last few games. The Lightning Girls are one of the premiere cheer squads of the NHL . Enjoy, click to enlarge:

Rachael, Thunder Bug and Anna

Erica, Alyssa and Kori

Taylor and Allison

Elena

Kori

Congrats to Rachael as she starts her career out with Delta Airlines.

Taylor Alyssa Kelsey Kori Jessica Elena Liz

Erica and Kori

Stephanie and Taelor

Taylor

Jessica and Cady

Flickr album is HERE

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls Of The NHL

The Lightning are struggling for wins this season but the Lightning Girls remain in the upper echelon of NHL game day entertainers. With their good looks, dance talent and enthusiastic personalities the Lightning Girls are fan favorites in Tampa. Enjoy the photos from the last few games.

Kelsey

Taelor

Jessica, Alyssa and Stephanie

Taylor

Rachael and Anna (click to enlarge)

Elena (click to enlarge)

Kori (click to enlarge)

Allison Stephanie Jessica Elena Anna (click to enlarge)

Alyssa (click to enlarge)

Erica (click to enlarge)

Allison (click to enlarge)

Our Flickr album is HERE

#WCW–Lightning Girls In Winter Whites

The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls were “Crushing” it dressed in Winter Whites during last night’s 4 to 1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Erica, Elena, Crystal Brown, Kori, Jessica (click to enlarge).

Cady (click to enlarge)

The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls Are Greeting Sold Out Crowds

NHL Hockey is being played in front of sold out crowds each game in Tampa. Come out to see great hockey and be greeted by the Lightning Girls before and during each game night. Also, be sure to pick up the 2017 calendar of the Lightning Girls. Enjoy some photos below and the Flickr album link:

Rachael

Rachael

Kori, Captain.

Kori, Captain.

Erica

Erica

Rookie Stephanie

Rookie Stephanie

Elena

Elena

Alyssa, Captain

Alyssa, Captain (click to enlarge)

Allison

Allison (click to enlarge)

Liz

Liz (click to enlarge)

Anna

Anna (click to enlarge)

Lightning Girls Album is HERE

TGIF–Lightning Girls Are Back

The Lightning Bolts opened the season last night with a victory over the division rival Detroit Red Wings, 6 to 4.

The Lightning Girls were out early to greet the sell out crowd. The ladies are another attractive and talented squad who are being managed by alum Crystal Brown.

NHL Hockey in Paradise returns on a long quest for Lord Stanley. We will be there.

Alyssa is BACK as team captain

Alyssa is BACK as team captain

Kori is team captain this year

Kori is team captain this year

Rookie Taylor joins the squad

Rookie Taylor joins the squad

Kelsey returns after cheering for the Buccaneers

Kelsey returns after cheering for the Buccaneers

Erica is BACK

Erica is BACK

Allison returns after studying in London for a year

Allison returns after studying in London for a year (click to enlarge)

Rookie Stephanie joins veteran Elena

Rookie Stephanie joins veteran Elena (click to enlarge)

Rachael Elena Liz Alyssa Taylor and Anna

Rachael Elena Liz Alyssa Taylor and Anna (click to enlarge)

Our Flickr album is here

Lightning website page is here

Isabella of Tampa Bay

Attached please find a great interview of Isabella, Lightning Girl captain this past season. Isabella will be transitioning into game day host this year for the Lightning. Hooray!! A very multi talented and lovely young lady representing Tampa well.

Isabella, Tampa Bay Lightning Girl team captain.

Isabella, Tampa Bay Lightning Girl team captain.

Interview on B2DF link is here