It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s the St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Kids Are Heroes event at the Tampa Bay Times Forum! On Saturday, June 21st, over 100 heroic kids from across the Tampa Bay community were honored at a special pre-game event in the Firestick Grill at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
The kids were given a hero’s welcome as they were fitted with capes, medals, and posed for photos with the Tampa Bay Storm and Tampa Bay Lightning mascots. Magicians wandered from table to table while the kids snacked on delicious custom made ice cream treats. As the DJ spun tunes, the kids filled goodie bags with Lightning hockey pucks and other special gifts from St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and sponsors. Then, kids and their families cheered the Tampa Bay Storm in the War on I4 battle with the Orlando Predators.
“It is with great pride that our hospital, designed exclusively for children’s needs, recognizes the contributions young people make to benefit the world in which they live.” Kimberly Guy, President, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital.
At halftime, kids were honored on-field during a special halftime presentation. Cheerleaders lined a path while announcements were made highlighting each winning kid’s special super hero deeds. The smiles on the kids’ faces as they ran the gauntlet amid cheers from the over 11,000 fans in attendance left few dry eyes in the arena. It was magical! That powerful energy motivated the Tampa Bay Storm to a fifth straight win defeating the Orlando Predators 35-34.
The annual Kids Are Heroes program recognizes children between the ages 5 and 18 from Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties who have performed heroic deeds, or displayed acts of selflessness and demonstrated good citizenship during the past year. Winners are selected by a panel of judges including pediatric patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital who are assisted by Tampa Bay Lightning players throughout the judging process. Every child nominated receives recognition for their good deeds and winners receive extra special prize packages.
St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital will begin accepting nominations for the 18th Annual Kids Are Heroes program starting in the fall of 2014. Nominate your young hero for their super deeds!