School Programs

Lightning Hockey Development | School Programs


In 2015, the Tampa Bay Lightning set out on a mission to grow the sport of hockey amongst Elementary and Middle school students. Since the inception of the program, the Lightning have introduced the sport of hockey to over 240,000 students at 1,120 Tampa area schools.

The Lightning School Program consists of a one-day visit from Lightning Alumni and staff, designed to introduce the game of hockey to students. During these visits, the Lightning setup a hockey rink and teach students the game of ball hockey through various drills, ending each session with a scrimmage.

Please see below for details on the donation provided to schools, students, and expectations of the program.

School Benefits

Each participating school will receive a full set of Lightning branded ball hockey equipment. This includes:

  • 40 Ball Hockey Sticks
  • 30 Ball Hockey Balls
  • 20 Lightning Pinnies
  • 2 Ball Hockey Nets with shooting targets

Teachers can download the ball hockey curriculum below aligned with the Florida Standards for Physical Education. Also, view our Hockey How To Videos at the bottom of the page.


Student Benefits

Each student will receive:

  • Lightning branded ball hockey stick and ball
  • Autographed player card from Tampa Bay Lightning Alumni
  • Discounted ticketing and merchandise offer
  • Details on next steps to play ball and ice hockey

Get Your School Involved

If you are interested in having the Lightning Hockey Development Team out to your school, please reach out to your counties P.E. Supervisor as they will be helping select schools for the 2024-25 school year.

Please be aware that submitting an request does not guarantee a visit to your school.

Hockey How To Videos