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Plant City Student Honored with ‘Athlete of the Week’ Award for Showing Star Performance Abilities

By May 17, 2019December 20th, 2021Athlete of the Week


Tampa, Fl. – May 17, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is honored to announce Taylyn Strickland from Plant City High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending May 17th, 2019.

Athletic Director Timothy Leeseberg nominated Strickland, a junior soccer star, for her performance both on the field and in the classroom.

“Taylyn is a strong student-athlete,” Leeseberg said. “She has performed at a high level in honors and AP classes, earning a 3.71 district GPA. On the soccer field, Taylyn works hard to perform well. She is the leading scorer on our girls’ soccer team. Taylyn challenges her teammates and encourages them to push themselves.”

Strickland actively tries to improve upon herself and push her own limits. Looking to better her soccer skills, she also seeks to play at the collegiate level, paying tribute to the ones that helped get her on the right path.

“I have been motivated in many ways,” Strickland said. “Starting at a young age, I was asked to play on an all-boys competitive soccer team. The coach of that team believed in me and pushed me the hardest. He passed away a few years ago and I want to make him proud.”

Surrounding herself with supportive friends, family and love, Strickland is confident in her abilities to reach her goals.

“I am going to do it through hard work and dedication,” Strickland said. “I will continue to strive for my goals until I achieve them. I will push myself to be the best that I can be and maintain the same level of determination all the way through.”

Facing her own personal struggles, Strickland advises any person, not just athletes, to keep with it and to not be discouraged from adversity.

“No matter how tough it gets,” Strickland said. “You have to keep going. The end result will be worth it.”

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.

Florida Orthopaedic Institute

Founded in 1989, Florida Orthopaedic Institute is Florida’s largest orthopedic group and provides expertise and treatment of orthopedic-related injuries and conditions, including adult reconstruction and arthritis, chiropractic services, foot and ankle, general orthopedics, hand and wrist, interventional spine, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, spine and chiropractic services, among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopaedic urgent care centers in South Tampa and Brandon, and 9 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Citrus Park, North Tampa, Northdale, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, Sun City Center and Wesley Chapel. For more information, please visit: and ‘like’ us on Facebook: