Patch April 5, 2019 BY: Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Hillsborough and TBT Students Awarded ‘Athlete of the Week’ Awards by Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Tampa, FL – Apr 5, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is pleased to announce Edward Tarrant and Lauren Robledo from Lennard High School as the ‘Athletes of the Week’ for the week ending April 5th, 2019.
Tarrant, a senior baseball pitcher, was nominated by head coach Kennedy Duran for his tremendous gameplay and his attitude outside of the sport.
“Edward had a tremendous week,” Duran said. “We played against back to back district champion Braden River and Edward struck out 12 in five innings. He even got the RBI. He is also a committed fisher that loves to teach younger athletes how to fish.”
As his final season begins, Tarrant is determined to help his team obtain a shot at becoming District Champions.
“We have a lot of talent on our team,” Tarrant said. “With great coaches, too. I would like us to bring home a win for South Shore Community and Lennard High School. I am trying to lead the team in coming together. We have been putting in the extra work at practice and have been constantly working on collaborating as a team. It’s hard, sometimes, to stay positive if we make some errors or get in a hitting slump, but you have to stick together. You can’t win games as one player.”
A junior softball player, Robledo was nominated by her head coach Allison Montezuma for her consistent leadership qualities on and off the field.
“Lauren is one of two team captains for this year’s Lennard Longhorn softball team,” Montezuma said. “She currently leads the team in fielding percentage, RBI’s and extra base hits. Lauren is also a stellar student in the classroom and boasts the highest GPA on the team with a 5.2 weighted GPA. She is constantly motivating her teammates and everyone around her. She is a born athlete and leader.”
Robledo set her sights on getting stronger both mentally and physically in order to be a reliable system of support for the rest of her team.
“I would love to become stronger for my team and myself,” Robledo said. “That way, when we are in tough situations, I can better help in keeping us grounded and focused. I plan on reaching my goal by pushing myself every day until I can be a role model to my sisters, teammates and any other little girl who would love to play softball. ”
Robledo believes that even leaders, who others look to for guidance, need their own foundations of assistance and support.
“Some of the best advice that I think I could give to someone else is that you will always have someone there for you,” Robledo said. “Whether they are family, friends or coaches cheering you on and pushing you past your limits. You just have to trust, have faith and believe in yourself and others.”
Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus on student-athletes, recognizing them for their hard work and dedication both on and off the field. The Athlete of the Week award can be earned by displaying one of the following characteristics:
Team Player: Athletes who are nominated for excellence in team play are chosen by a coach who feels the athlete does his or her best to put direction into action, makes a significant contribution to the team and continuously works to improve his or her skills, attitude and training.
Leadership: Athletes who earn the award in recognition of excellent leadership must exemplify strong relationship building skills, show excellent initiative and serve as role models for his or her peers.
To view last week’s award winners, please follow this link.
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