Tampa, Fl. – August 9, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce PJ Foreman from George M. Steinbrenner High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending August 9, 2019.
Allison Szponar, Head Coach for the Cross Country team, nominated Foreman, highlighting the student-athlete’s tremendous accolades.
“PJ boasts a 6.24 GPA, over 200 hours of community service and is a member of Beta, NHS, the Mathematical Honors Society and is a secretary of Best Buddies,” Szponar said. “He is a two-time State Runner-Up and senior captain of the Boss Cross. PJ serves on the Principal’s Leadership Council and is known amongst the school staff as being a leader who is a gentleman, scholar and athlete.”
In his final season at Steinbrenner, Foreman has found himself in a position of leadership as he takes the helm as senior captain of the ‘Boss Cross’, the colloquial name for the boys’ cross country team.
“After being surrounded by my teammates and witnessing the passion and drive we all have for this sport, I told myself that it was my job as an athlete and a mentor to help guide us to what we’re hungry for: the State Championship,” Foreman said.
He continued, “Being able to help my teammates and encourage them to the best of my ability makes me feel proud to be a part of such a special program.”
Endurance is essential in a sport like cross country however, according to Foreman, a runner must have the right mindset in order to play the long game.
“To remain persistent throughout this cross country season, my teammates and I will continue to work hard at practice and keep the winning mentality through every race we run,” Foreman said. “Second place is our greatest fear. My team and I are going to remain hungry and strong for the state title for these next three months. A strong mind is greater than a strong body.
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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.