TAMPA, FL (via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications) – The Tampa Bay Lightning have begun the search for the 2014-15 Lightning Girls team.

Interested females must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the interview and must have a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED). Auditions to become a Lightning Girl will be held on Sunday, July 6 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Registration will last an hour, beginning at 10 a.m., with auditions starting promptly at 11 a.m. Candidates interested in trying out are asked to bring photo identification, a headshot and a resume to the audition. Those who advance will be interviewed the following week. 

Dance, cheer, hockey knowledge and the ability to skate is preferred, but not required. Candidates should have an outgoing personality with strong interpersonal skills and should also be comfortable with performing in front of a large audience and communicating effectively with the public in an engaging manner. Individuals with a special interest in sports, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle are encouraged to apply.

The Lightning Girls engage and entertain fans at all Lightning home games and appear at various events throughout the Bay Area each year. They create an energetic social tone by providing inspiration, enthusiasm and support for the hockey team. They encourage positive attitudes, healthy lifestyles, work ethic, discipline and determination while serving as ambassadors who recognize the importance of civic outreach, charity involvement and proudly giving back to the community.

For more information interested girls should contact Kelli Yeloushan at 813.301.6574 or kyeloushan@tampabaytimesforum.com.