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By December 20, 2019September 28th, 2022Athlete of the Week

Tampa, Fl. – December 20, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Alexa Brown from Bloomingdale High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 20, 2019.

Brown was nominated by Coach Eva Applebee for her determined attitude in the pool and her commitment to bettering her teammates.

“Alexa is a freshman on the Varsity Swim Team,” said Applebee. “She is an outstanding athlete who works hard and is passionate about her sport. Alexa is a coach’s dream. She gives 110% at practice and meets. She listens to the coach; she strives to improve and she has the best attitude in the pool and out. I look forward to the next three years with Alexa. I expect her to set a lot of new school records.”

Competitive by nature, Brown was able to take her fervor into the pool. As she hones her talents, Brown keeps seeing the benefits swimming has given to her and only hopes the same happens for her team.

“I’ve had a passion for swimming for a long time,” said Brown. “Competing at the highest level I can is important to me. I love seeing others fall in love with the sport and grow in it.”

Working out before and after school and keeping her grades in check, Brown maintains a steady drive as she stays dedicated to making regionals.

“The main challenge is managing school and swim,” said Brown. “Schoolwork limits the amount of time I have at home to focus on swimming. It’s also difficult to make time for leisurely activities and for my social life with more than 20 hours a week swimming.”

Brown is an advocate for hard work. She believes that you are never really done getting better at something. There is always room for improvement.

“There is a fine line between good and great,” said Brown. “Those that fit into the latter category are the ones who constantly work to better themselves and focus on the little things that they can improve upon.”

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, and spine services among others. The organization treats patients throughout its surgery centers in North Tampa and Citrus Park, two orthopedic 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: