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.
Jim Anna, coach from East Lake High School was announced as the third honoree during the Feb. 5 Lightning home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anna is the hockey coach at East Lake. He’s been coaching for 25 years, the last 16 of which have been dedicated to growing high school hockey in the area. He was nominated multiple times for this award by parents of the students he coaches and parents from a local elementary school.
In September of 2015, he and his son helped rescue elementary students out of a school bus which had overturned into a retention pond. Anna and his son both jumped into the water to help. Anna entered the bus to help children out safely.
Joann Wehle, Director of Sales & Marketing at Tampa Electric, presented Anna with a custom Lightning jersey and a $250 gift certificate to use on equipment and supplies for hockey programs. “I was honored to present Coach Anna with the Zap Cap Coach of the Month award, said Wehle. “Coach Anna is a dedicated youth coach in our community and has worked tirelessly for 25 years to develop high school hockey in the Tampa Bay area.”
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.