Tampa Electric’s Zap Cap Systems is partnering with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season to recognize and honor youth sports coaches in our community who coach kids ages 18 and under.
Andy Chasanoff was announced as the second Coach of the Month honoree during the Jan. 17 Lightning home game against the Florida Panthers. Chasanoff is the coach of the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation’s Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay. He chose this career because 35 years ago in high school he volunteered at a camp for Cerebral Palsy kids and never looked back.
The Paralympic Sport Tampa Bay program focuses on ability, not disability. Socializing the kids and building their self-esteem are equally important to them becoming a competitor. Chasanoff’s nominator said many times people come to Parks and Recreation thinking they cannot participate in sports because they have a spinal cord injury or cerebral palsy or are blind, and Coach Andy helps them to find their niche and to succeed to their full potential.
Gordon Gillette, President of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, presented Chasanoff with a custom Lightning jersey and a $250 gift certificate to use on equipment and supplies for the paralympic program. “Andy is a very committed coach and member of our community,” said Gillette. “His dedication to athletes with physical disabilities and his history of community involvement sets a great example for all of us.”
Anyone can nominate a youth or high school coach in the Greater Tampa Bay area for consideration. For more information on how you can nominate a deserving youth coach, go to www.tampabaylightning.com/ZapCap or visit Tampa Electric’s Zap Cap table located in section 109 of Amalie Arena during Monday through Thursday home games and section 312 during Friday through Sunday games.