Tampa Bay Lightning fans get to live pro athlete dreams at the Tampa Bay Times Forum

12:13 AM, Feb 10, 2014   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- We all dreamed of making it big. We were all supposed to make it to the big leagues, NFL, or NBA. When we were kids, we knew that one day we'd be playing sports for a living.

Unfortunately, that dream didn't come true for 99 percent of us.

But, the Lightning is giving fans a chance to turn back the clock this weekend and live that dream. The Bolts are hosting the 2014 Adult Fantasy Hockey Camp at the Forum. The camp gives fans a chance to see what it's really like to work as a pro athlete for a weekend.

"It feels special," said Kurt Weber. "It's a special moment for you."

Over 50 skaters hit the Forum ice early Friday morning for instruction from former Lightning greats like Dave Andreychuk and Chris Dingman. The campers went through on-ice workouts, strength training, media sessions, headshots, and more -- everything that their favorite players have to deal with every day as professional athletes.

"It's surreal. I'm speechless," said David Corcoran, who came all the way from Maryland for the camp. "It's indescribable."

Germany transplant Philipp Fries agrees.

"It used to be my dream when I was a child," he said. "It's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

The campers competed in practices and drill sessions on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and will play in a game on Monday after they do mock media interviews.

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