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Bloomingdale Bull Seeks Success through Self-Motivation

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Tampa, Fl. – March 13, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Logan Donovan from Bloomingdale High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending March 13, 2020.

Donovan was nominated by Coach Eva Applebee, for his steadfast approach to self-improvement. Constantly looking for ways to better himself outside of practice time, he shows exactly what it means to be a hard worker.

“Logan is a worker,” said Applebee. “He practices and practices to improve his skills and gives 100% in matches to earn the win. Logan does not give up. I have seen him improve from his freshman year and rely on him to model leadership and sportsmanship. He is an asset to our team.”

Reaching his goals is never enough for Donovan. After every accomplishment, Donovan sets new aspirations and ambitions in an effort to achieve more than others may believe possible.

“I first started playing tennis my freshman year,” Donovan said. “I always wanted to be as good as players who had started much younger than me and that required hard work. I am taking 3 AP classes and wanted to keep challenging myself academically before heading to college.”

Donovan is a self-motivated athlete and student. Rather than settle with ‘good’, he pushes himself until he can reach ‘best’.

“In tennis, I have taken private lessons and attend a tennis camp at USF in the off-season to maintain my skills,” Donovan said. “I would also go to the park and hit against the wall to perfect my swing and footwork. In school, I would look up videos that could explain things I was having trouble with that help me to better understand the subject.”

When it comes to success, many are curious as to what it takes to achieve it. To Donovan, the answer is very simple.

“Simple hard work and determination,” he said. “Nothing is given easy so working hard is very important in accomplishing goals. I always look at what I can do better and try to improve on it.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute.

Cambridge Christian

Cambridge Christian Lancer Leads Team Towards Success

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Tampa, Fl. – February 7, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce James Porter from Cambridge Christian School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending February 7, 2020.

Porter was nominated by Assistant Athletic Director and Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, Kevin Hickinbotham, for his leadership on both the football field and the soccer pitch.

“James is a leader both on and off the field,” said Hickinbotham. “He leads by example, works hard, encourages his teammates and performs at a high level. He punted and kicked for the football team this year (his first year playing) and averaged just under 40 yards punting and almost 53 yards for kickoffs. He also added 40 PAT’s and was 2-2 in FG’s. During Soccer season, he was the engine that made the team work and scored 15 goals while adding 12 assists. He is an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA.”

Growing up as a student-athlete, Porter had been surrounded by positive influences and exceptional role models. Now, he’s finding ways to pay it forward through his own leadership.

“As an athlete, I’ve been playing soccer since I was 7,” said Porter. “I’ve had some great coaches and teammates. It’s been those coaches and teammates, who I’ve looked up to, that have motivated me to be the kind of leader who leaves an impact on their lives.”

Porter believes that success is found in personal victories. Setting goals for himself and being able to bring his team together helps him pave the way toward achievement.

“Success is achieving goals you have set,” he said. “Some of life’s greatest moments started with one small goal. I wanted to help lead my team to district finals this year. That means we, as a team, were willing to plan, work and train hard together to try and achieve that goal.”

At the end of the day, Porter reminds everyone to not take themselves too seriously and to see the lighter side of sports.

“Always have fun and enjoy your time playing high school sports,” said Porter. “It’s something that you get to do with all your friends and make unforgettable memories.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

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Lennard Longhorn Leads Team

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Tampa, Fl. – January 24, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Halei Murrell from Lennard High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending January 24, 2020.

Murrell was nominated by her coach, Jerome McWhorter, for her relentless determination on the basketball court and in the classroom.

“Halei is a tough, hard worker on and off the court,” said McWhorter. “She leads by example and is what every coach can ask for in a kid. Her determination to be better each and every day is powerful.”

From a young age, Murrell knew that basketball was her calling. Now, at Lennard High School, Murrell is determined to take her talents to the next level in an effort to make it through the playoff seasons.

“My love for basketball grew when I started 3rd grade,” said Murrell. “I am currently in love with this sport so much. When we first started this year, I could see the potential in our team to make it to playoffs and probably further than that.”

Murrell takes pride in being able to bring her team together and overcome any obstacle while also tackling her academics. This task is not always easy, but she keeps a level head.

“Finishing this year with straight A’s is going to be a challenge,” said Murrell. “I just need to keep studying and having faith in God. The team and I still have a few games left and we are so close. We just have to finish it out strong and as a team.”

Constantly focused on improving, Murrell does not have time for interruptions. When she has something in her sights, you can be sure that she is completely locked on.

“If this is something you really want to do, then fully commit to it,” she said. “Distractions aren’t needed. They will just hinder you further from what you are trying to accomplish.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

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Senior Sickles Star Guides Gryphons

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Tampa, Fl. – January 17, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Gary E. Jones III from Sickles High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending January 17, 2020.

Jones was nominated by Marissa Beauchamp, Sickles Athletic Trainer, for his contributions and commitment to his team, academics and the extracurriculars he is involved with.

“Gary (Trey) Jones III has been excelling in basketball and in the classroom at Sickles High School for the past four years,” said Beauchamp. “Trey is very active in his community, church and with his teammates on the court. Trey is a hard worker by putting in the extra hours outside of practice to improve his game. He also excels in the classroom by utilizing his time management skills to balance practice, schoolwork and applying for academic scholarships.”

Standing at 7 feet tall and 230 pounds, Jones is a powerhouse on the court. He is constantly preparing himself mentally and physically to play at the next level and to lead his team to States. Jones is a force to be reckoned with however, he didn’t always feel that way.

“As a child, I was bullied constantly for being the big kid,” Jones said. “[I] realized towards the end of middle school that there were distinct advantages to being big. I soon embraced my size and used all those past years as motivation to make myself the best player I can be and try to play as long as possible. God has given me size as a gift and what I do with it is my gift back to Him!”

Training every day and playing to his fullest has not kept Jones from experiencing his share of injuries, but with the help of Marissa and Select Physical Therapy, he’s been able to get back to the game he loves.

“Coming into my senior season, I was rehabbing from a sprained MCL from AAU Ball,” Jones said. “It was frustrating because I knew senior season is a big one. Throughout fall ball and regular season, I have sprained both ankles and had to rehab back from them. Marissa, our trainer, has been amazing working with me before and after school to ensure I got back to full strength and I have yet to miss a game.”

Adversity has always been an obstacle that Jones has had to overcome, however, he meets these challenges head-on with eagerness and a positive attitude.

“Believe in you,” Jones said. “You are capable of so much more than your mind can comprehend. When people are hard on you, realize they see something you may not see. Lastly, love, listen and learn. Love the life you have been given. Listen to the wisdom imparted upon you and learn from the mistakes for that is where true strength lies.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Gaither Cheerleader Finds Success Through Optimism

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Tampa, Fl. – January 10, 2020 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Nicolletta Zarcone from Gaither High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending January 10, 2020.

Zarcone was nominated by Megan Holcomb, head cheer coach, for her coachable attitude and her determined efforts to bring her all at practices and meets.

“Nicolletta is always working hard at practices and out on the mat when she performs,” said Holcomb. “She is always motivating her team to do better and to try their best. Nicki has a positive attitude every time she is at practice and always does what is asked from the coaches.”

A true optimist, Zarcone takes everything a day at a time and allows herself to appreciate every moment. She is always giving 200% accompanied with a positive attitude.

“The thought that I have the ability to wake up every day and have the opportunity to make my day and others’ days amazing is so motivating,” Zarcone said. “I was lucky enough to wake up when others did not, so I have to make each day worthwhile. I just try my best to do my best.”

Going the distance means everything to Zarcone. Every time she hits a goal, she sets another one in order to keep herself motivated and keep the momentum going. It all starts with giving her all to even the smallest effort.

“I do it by doing my best with every little thing I do,” Zarcone said. “It’s an important quality because whatever I do is a resemblance of me. My reputation is on the line.”

Mental fortitude is also a major factor in finding success, according to Zarcone. Putting your mind to it and staying true to yourself are two of the most important aspects.

“My thoughts can get in the way of my attitude, but understanding that everything is mind over matter resonates with me,” she said. “Also, the risk of letting people down is concerning, but nothing is going to be perfect so just sticking to my gut is going to be ideal. Stick to what is right and good karma will come your way.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Lady Bull Takes Leadership Role

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Tampa, Fl. – December 27, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Alyssa McDonald from Bloomingdale High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 27, 2019.

McDonald was nominated by her soccer coach, Nikki Porter, for her game-winning efforts on the field and her involvement within her team and in the community.

“Alyssa exemplifies all qualities of a true competitor,” said Porter. “She is a big asset to the Bloomingdale Lady Bulls’ Soccer team. Alyssa leads by example on the field of play, displays a great knowledge for the game of soccer and competes to her highest potential throughout each match. In a district game, Alyssa scored the game-winning goal to help the Lady Bulls come out on top with an important win. Not only does Alyssa excel on the field, but she also demonstrates these characteristics off the field. Alyssa gives her all in the classroom maintaining a GPA of 4.8 and she has also collected 107 hours of community service.”

A dual-sport athlete, the multi-talented McDonald proudly gives herself a substantial workload. She feels an obligation to show others that success is earned with the proper mindset.

“Ever since freshman year, I have been an accomplished student-athlete because of soccer, flag football, steering, NHS and Beta,” said McDonald. “I have always been motivated to do my best and to help others be the best they can be. I want to show everyone that we have the talent and desire to win every game and that if we aren’t winning, we will never give up.”

The best team is a team that functions as a cohesive unit. McDonald makes it her mission to ensure that each athlete is operating on the same level.

“As a senior and team captain, I have a responsibility to my teammates, coaches, and school to be an example and leader,” said McDonald. “I have to be a voice for the team as well as be the first to get on my teammates when we’re not getting it done. As a team, I know that we can do much more than we could ever do as individuals. My role is to make sure we never lose sight of that.”

The skill of a team is greater than the skills of each individual athlete. For a team to grow, each athlete needs to make a commitment to providing their talents to support one another.

“You have to help your teammates to be better than yourself to make the team succeed,” said McDonald. “Be yourself and set the example. Everyone knows when you’re faking it.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Bloomingdale Bull Swims to Success

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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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Sickles Gryphon Seeks a Championship

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Tampa, Fl. – December 13, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Ava Weston from Sickles High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 13, 2019.

Coach Gary Jones nominated Weston for her inspiring leadership abilities to her team and her steadfast determination through daunting setbacks.

“Ava was a four-year member of the Sickles varsity volleyball team, serving as the captain the last three,” said Jones. “She is a leader on and off the court carrying a 5.7 GPA while leading her team as the captain and setter. She amassed over 600 assists over the past three years, second on the team in total aces and third in kills during that span. She fought through a quad injury her senior year, but never missed a practice, showing up and encouraging her team even when she could not fully participate. She is truly an amazing example of a student-athlete and a leader.”

Weston is a member of Steel Volleyball, a U18 club team. Seeking to qualify for the AAU National Championships in Reno, Nevada, Weston has been relentless in her work ethic in order to get to the next level.

“I’ve been motivated to qualify for the AAU National Volleyball Championship since I’ve started playing competitive travel volleyball nine years ago,” Weston said. “This would give me exposure as an athlete and ultimately push me harder since there are so many competitive teams at the next level. I have always believed that being competitive takes you further in life not only on the court but in the classroom as well.”

Being a student-athlete is challenging, constantly balancing athletics and academics. Weston has met that challenge head-on and plans to continue throughout college as she pursues a biomedical engineering degree at the University of South Florida.

“Managing practice and five AP classes as a senior has been a challenge that I take seriously,” said Weston. “Understanding that time management is a very important aspect of staying on track to meet my goals is imperative. So far, the juggling of school and athletics has worked out in my favor and I plan to keep it that way.”

It’s all about the mindset, according to Weston. An athlete may have the physical skill and talent, but it takes a certain mindset to follow through, overcome obstacles and reach goals.

“One of the best pieces of advice I live by and have passed on to those I have mentored would be the basic idea of determination,” she said. “Not giving up mentally takes a lot of patience and perseverance. As an athlete, you approach many obstacles including injuries that will try to hold you back from achieving your goal. Pushing past these physical challenges will make anyone a better athlete in the long run and it shows.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

East Bay Senior Continuing Competition through College

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Tampa, Fl. – December 6, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Jaden Santos-Lopez from East Bay High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending December 6, 2019.

Santos-Lopez was nominated by Head Cheerleading Coach Tracy Howard, for his dual-role in both cheerleading and football. As Howard describes, being a student-athlete is tough, but Santos-Lopez manages to make the most of it.

“Jaden is a dedicated player to our varsity football team as a senior, starting on both offense and defense,” said Howard. “He is also a member of our varsity competitive cheerleading team. Participating in both sports is extremely demanding, but Jaden commits himself to both teams and maintains a weighted GPA of over 4.0 He keeps a positive attitude and brings a fun atmosphere as a leader to all of his teammates!”

Santos-Lopez, a natural competitor, never stops training and putting in the effort if there is work to be done. With hopes of continuing his athletic endeavors into college, he knows that his incredible work ethic will have to endure.

“I want to make an all-conference and all-district team,” said Santos-Lopez. “It’s something I’ve had set since freshman year. I want to compete at everything I do including going to play at the next level.”

As East Bay High School went 2-8 this season, Santos-Lopez sees it as a learning opportunity. Success comes in many different forms. Although success might not be found at the end of a season, doesn’t mean that it can’t be found in training or academics.

“Our football season didn’t go the way we wanted,” he said. “We kept spirits high and tried to go 1-0 each week. Right now, I’m making sure that I’m taking care of things on the field as well as in the classroom. I make sure that I’m doing my part as a leader.”

As his senior seasons come to an end, Santos-Lopez believes that everyone is destined for success as long as you absorb all that you are taught and can act on it.

“Take all the coaching and advice that you can and play your role,” Santos-Lopez said. “Trust the process and your time will come. When it does, take advantage of it.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute

Brandon Swimmer Believes in Bettering Self to Best Opponent

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Tampa, Fl. – November 25, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Allen Perez from Brandon High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning November 25, 2019.

Perez was nominated by the boy’s swim coach, Eli Ebbecke, for his incredible sportsmanship and ability to support his team.

“Allen is the Swim Captain at Brandon High school and is a perfect example of an ideal student,” said Ebbecke. “This is because of his sportsmanship, dedication, and academic performance. Allen not only cheers on all of his fellow swimmers, but he will lose his voice cheering for the swimmers on the other teams as well. He sees that it is not athlete against athlete, but rather athlete against their selves.”

Any given sport is seen as a competition between athletes, however, believes it can be something more. Rather than pouring his talents into a sport, he lets the sport serve as a way to foster his own sense of self and character.

“I want to become a better person and make a better ‘me’,” said Perez. “With that, I can continue pushing myself to do better in other aspects of my life. I am going to reach my goals by not giving up and not letting anyone stop me.”

It’s about competing with yourself, according to Perez. Success comes from looking within yourself, determining whether you have what it takes and acting on it.

“[It’s important] to push myself in every practice I go to and perform better than the last time,” said Perez. “I push myself even harder during meets and conferences.”

Sometimes people hit plateaus in their progress. This is only temporary, as Perez says that consistency is key.

“Don’t give up,” he said. “No matter how many times you fail or how many times you think you’re going nowhere, keep striving to do your best.”

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: FloridaOrtho.com and ‘like’ us on Facebook: facebook.com/Florida.Orthopaedic.Institute