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Determined Freshman at Patel High School Eager to Accomplish Goals

By September 3, 2019September 13th, 2019Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – August 23, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Christian Bradley from Dr. Kiran C. Patel High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending August 23, 2019.

Bradley is an incoming freshman to Patel High School, a newly constructed charter school that focuses on “project-based learning” by engaging students with introspective questions and complex challenges. As a lifelong baseball player, he hopes to secure a position on a team and standout as a talented athlete.

“Baseball is such a beautiful sport,” Bradley said. “It’s America’s pastime. I want to get on a high school team and move up until I can play at a higher level. To accomplish that, I need to work hard every day and always try my best. I have been doing that since I was 4 years old.”

Beginning a new school, just like athletics, can be challenging. There are ‘ups’ and there are ‘downs’. Bradley says that it is important to adapt in order to thrive in new and uncertain environments.

“In baseball, almost everyone encounters ‘slumps’,” he said. “Periods of time where you aren’t doing well while hitting. All you have to do is identify the problem and practice until you fix it.”

Persistence pays off in the long run. Bradley knows what his goals are and he has put his ambitions to work.

“I will work with trainers and coaches, work out by myself and practice with my team as much as I can,” he said. “Working hard is the key to getting better at anything you do. Stay focused and follow your dreams. Be passionate about what you do.”

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 previous 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: