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Ambitious Plant City Graduate Earns ‘Athlete of the Week’ Award While Seeking to Pursue Doctorate

By June 14, 2019January 25th, 2022Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – June 14, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Lily Batley from Plant City High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending June 14, 2019.

Batley, a recently graduated Plant City High School athlete, was nominated by cheer coach Karen Snapp for being a key player in the success of the cheer program.

“Lily is the heart and soul of the PCHS Competitive Cheer team,” Snapp said. “She is encouraging, motivating, talented and able to lighten the mood when things get intense. Lily has been an integral part of building the PCHS cheer program as it has become stronger each of the past four years she has been a part of it. Lily is the true definition of student-athlete.”

With her heart set on improving her performance and inspiring her teammates, Batley finds that athleticism is not the only kind of skill needed to pursue success.

“I am naturally competitive in all that I do so it is important for me to continue to improve in athletics, specifically cheer and tennis. I really enjoy mentoring my younger cheer competition teammates, but synchronizing our schedules is challenging. I am very focused on academics and have a full schedule with leadership opportunities at school and in our community. It takes good time management skills to make it all happen.”

Now that she has graduated, Batley will soon attend college at the University of Florida where her ambitions only grow stronger.

“I became motivated to get accepted into the University of Florida because I want to pursue being a doctor,” Batley said. “And I recognize that UF is one of the best choices for premed in Florida. To achieve this goal, I not only made academics a priority, but I have participated and led in many extracurricular clubs and activities.”

Batley knows that success is not something that is handed down to someone. Success is something that is earned through determination and passion.

“I have learned that it is important to set ambitious, yet attainable goals,” Batley said. “It is also important to be passionate. That way, when it’s hard, you still have the desire to pursue and achieve them.”

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: