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Plant Student Awarded with ‘Athlete of the Week’ Honors for Displaying Selflessness on and off the Tennis Courts

By May 29, 2019December 20th, 2021Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – May 24, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is excited to announce Mia Bergier from Plant High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending May 24th, 2019.

Bergier, a sophomore tennis player for the Plant Panthers, was nominated by the Girls’ Varsity Tennis Coach, Pam Gassler, for her commitment and perseverance.

“Mia always has a positive attitude and helps her teammates on and off the courts,” Gassler said. “She puts her heart and soul into tennis, always wanting to improve. After an injury last year, she returned even more determined to play. Mia is very competitive yet exhibits good sportsmanship. In addition to her passion for tennis, she maintains a high academic GPA.”

Bergier does not submit to failure. In the face of hardship, she pushes past boundaries and works until her goals are completed. For her, being good is not enough. Bergier seeks more than that.

“I strive to be the best that I can be for the Plant Tennis Team,” Bergier said. “I was also selected for the Mayor’s Youth Corp and am looking forward to working with my fellow peers to make the city of Tampa one of our top priorities. I hope to continue to develop my leadership skills through both the tennis team and the Youth Corp.”

Realizing her talents at an early age, Bergier decided to give the sport her all with the hopes of big payoffs in the future.

“Tennis is a big part of my life,” Bergier said. “I tried other sports, but I really took an interest in tennis. Around nine years old, I began working really hard to be a great tennis player. Both my dad and my mom played tennis as kids and my dad is still very good. He pushes me to want to get better and practice as much as I can.”

With great success comes tremendous dedication and Bergier is no stranger to the fact. She wants other athletes to be aware of the time and effort it takes to reach new heights.

“I have learned to make the most out of every minute that I am on the court,” Bergier said. “For me, quality can be more important than quantity. I always want to give it my all while I work with my coaches to ensure that I will make progress. Hard work is everything! If you want to achieve great things, you’ve got to put in great effort.”

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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