It was bitter sweet at the Lightning Girls’ final home contest this week. The game was sweet that a victory came against the rival Capitals on fan appreciation night and bitter that the season is shortened without a Playoff appearance. The Girls no longer sweep up the ice during intermissions but now spend more time and energy mingling with the fans throughout the Forum. The Lightning is a classy organization and these young ladies exemplify that class with their continuous inter-action with the fans and community. They probably pose for a thousand photos a night.
Brittany can’t live without family, friends, dogs, food and SPORTS—-you go girl!! Favorite movies: Mighty Ducks and Blindside. Favorite quote: “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” –Wayne Gretzky. Donna is a senior at St Leo University majoring in Biology/Chemistry pre-med. She played youth hockey.
Congrats to the Lightning Girls for another fine visual year. Maybe Stephen Superman can score 80 goals next season to get you back into the playoffs—enjoy your offseason.
I was at Thursday’s (12/15) Lightning overtime win versus their Stanley Cup foes, the Calgary Flames. In between play I seized the opportunity to snap off a few photos of the Lightning Girls. Hopefully, after the Bucs season, we can obtain access to re-visit the Tampa Times Forum (new name) for a full photo-shoot of these energetic young ladies as they hop all over the arena mingling with the fans. Check back with us.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is inviting enthusiastic, professional applicants to audition for the 2011 Lightning Girls.
The Lightning Girls are our team’s ambassadors who entertain and engage with fans and guests at home games and Lightning events. Additionally, the Lightning Girls represent the organization at a variety of charity, corporate and civic events throughout the Tampa Bay/Central Florida community.
Outgoing Personality, strong interpersonal skills.
Individuals with a special interest in sports, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle.
Individuals with a will to make a difference in the community.
Comfort with appearing before a large audience.
Ability to welcome, to engage and communicate effectively with the public in a “live” environment.
Must 18 or older and a high school graduate.
A general knowledge of hockey and the Lightning is preferred.
Cheer experience is not necessary, but preferred.
Modeling experience is not necessary, but preferred.
Theatrical, or Dance experience is not necessary.
Ability to skate is a plus.
Please download the application form and mail it with a 5X7 recent photo, resume, and a 2 minute video DVD explaining why you want to be a Lightning Girl and including any special talents you have. All applications must be received by August 18, 2011. Mail applications to:
Tampa Bay Lightning
Attn: Kelli Yeloushan
401 Channelside Drive
Tampa FL, 33602
or email all requirements including a link to your video to email@example.com.
All applications will be screened and those selected will be called in for a formal interview on August 20th.
NBC Sports has lots of photos of NHL Ice Girls on the ice this season. The gallery includes ice crews from the Blackhawks, Ducks, Flyers, Hurricanes, Islanders, Kings, Lightning, Oilers, Penguins, Predators, Stars, and Thrashers. (Mostly the Islanders Ice Girls and Thrashers Blue Crew.) Click here to check it out.
On a hot, end-of-summer Saturday afternoon, Hope Donnelly, the new Head Cheerleading Coach for The University of Tampa, completed the third and final day of tryouts with candidates in a chilly Cass Gymnasium.
Pleased with the strong turnout of almost 50 candidates for an approximately 18 member squad, Coach Donnelly was impressed with the core skill levels present in the candidates.
Hope cheered for the Buccaneers the year they won the Super Bowl.
Many had been all-star cheerleaders, with a diverse background in dance, from high school and other colleges. Others brought technically advanced skills from gymnastics.
Also having to compete for the limited roster positions were 11 returning veterans.
Although no minimum requirements existed for entrance to the tryouts, each of the three mandatory days became progressively advanced for student evaluations.
Performances in basic spirit displays and entertainment of chants and jumping began each day, with additional tests of tumbling and stunting introduced in the second and third days.
No matter what skills an individual begins the squad with, Donnelly noted that a set goal for each member would be to perform a standing backhand spring.
“They’ve all worked really hard and showed their commitment to the team, so we’re really going to have a great group,” said Donnelly of the candidates she has evaluated.
At the time of the interview 36 students were remaining in contention, with the final team roster to be determined by Sept. 21.
Donnelly is the only UT staff member instructing the team, but has the aid of three student leaders on the team.
Two are returning veterans and the third to be determined at a later time.
Swimsuit Photo from the Tampa Bay Lightning
After a respectable professional background in performance, Donnelly returns to collegiate cheerleading in her first season as a coach.
A dancer since the age of three, the Panama City Beach native started organized cheerleading at seven and continued throughout high school and college.
As a co-captain of the Eckerd College cheerleading team, a fellow member of UT’s conference, she went semi-professional in her last year in attendance and performed as a captain of the Tampa Bay Storm’s cheering squad.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and visual art, she expanded her professional career with seasons cheering for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Orlando Magic and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
With the Lightning, she achieved the position of Entertainment Manager for the St. Petersburg Times Forum and spent the past four years improving the fan experience. Some of which are noted in her UT Athletics web site profile.
Hope with the Orlando Magic Dancers
Gil Swalls, UT’s Associate Athletic Director, said that Donnelly possesses “an excellent combination of previous cheerleading experience, both in our [Sunshine State] conference and as a professional; she had the best experience for our needs.”
For her future plans Donnelly said, “fans at games are going to notice an increased level of interaction and the entertainment value the team brings.”
She also expressed an interest in possibly having the team formally compete in the upcoming spring season of cheering events.
(Technical problems solved and the rest of the P-R-O photos are on their way!)
This is probably the last post we’ll ever do on the Tampa Bay Lightning Girls. But don’t despair, its only because the Lightning Girls are combining with the Energy Team to form the all new co-ed Bolt Brigade.
The Lightning Girls are combining with the Energy Team to form the all new co-ed Bolt Brigade. Auditions are Sunday, August 29th, and there are still 4 prep classes left to attend.
There are only 6 prep classes left until the 2009-10 Lightning Girls Auditions on July 11th.
Classes are being held every Wednesday night from 8:30-10:30pm at two different Lifestyle Family Fitness locations. Walk-ups are welcome although your can reserve your spot by registering online at tampabaylightning.com
Check out the video featured on LightningTV for a behind the scenes look at the classes. Audition registration will be available soon.