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Bloomingdale Senior Looking to Log 1,000 Yards and Win State Championship Before Season’s End

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Tampa, Fl. – September 9, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Dominic Gonnella from Bloomingdale High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning September 9, 2019.

Nominated by Athletic Director, Nate Francis, Gonnella was praised for his performance in Bloomingdale’s first home game this season.

“Dominic led his team to a season opener victory against Newsome,” Francis said. “He carried the ball 11 times for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns. In addition to being a great athlete, Dominic has demonstrated great leadership and sportsmanship throughout his athletic career at Bloomingdale.”

A leader by nature, Gonnella hopes to help his Bloomingdale Bulls reach further success, more so than what they were met with last season.

“My goal is to play deeper in the playoffs than we did last year and play for a state championship ring,” Gonnella said. “I would also like to run for 1,000 yards this season.”

Seeking to make Bloomingdale High School history, Gonnella says he wants to accomplish something big for the community. He wants to have an accomplishment that he can hold on to for the rest of his life.

“The strength of our schedule is very tough this season,” he said. “We had a lot of graduating seniors and I am trying to be a leader and lead a young team to play like an experienced team. I need to keep the team disciplined and confident. Studying film week after week helps me prepare and up my game. I keep a positive attitude and encourage my teammates to do the same.”

Gonnella is prepared to go the distance, no matter the cost. He is always willing and ready to put in the effort because he knows that there are others that want it as bad as he does.

“Never stop grinding,” Gonnella said. “Somebody else is always working harder.”

Dr. Jeff Sellman is the Official Team Physician for Bloomingdale High School.

Jouvan ‘Jojo’ Johnson, ATC, is the Athletic Trainer with Select Physical Therapy.

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

Cambridge Christian Senior Continues to Strive for Success and Creates Own Opportunities

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Tampa, Fl. – September 2, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Tilden Agee from Cambridge Christian School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning September 2, 2019.

Agee was nominated by head baseball and golf coach, Stephen Piercefield, for his commitment to his team and his extracurricular endeavors.

“Tilden is a senior at Cambridge Christian,” Piercefield said. “This week he committed to Florida Southern College to further his academic and baseball career with a scholarship to the baseball program. Tilden has been a member of varsity since 8th grade and has been a leader ever since. He is also involved in Tampa’s ‘Buddy Baseball’, which competed for the national championship in Nashville. I am extremely proud of all Tilden’s hard work and dedication on, and especially off, the field.”

Agee is one of the hardest workers whether that be on the field or in the weight room. He attributes this tenacity to his desire to be the best athlete and to give back to his family for everything they gave him.

“Nobody at my school works harder than me,” he said. “I have a pretty tough schedule in which I work out, in the offseason, twice a day and train after that second workout. I do all of this on my own, sometimes waking up at 4:30 a.m. to work out before school.”

Overcoming obstacles is no strange task for Agee, as he has made leaps and bounds to prove himself worthy of success.

“Connections to colleges has been a difficult problem that I have overcome,” Agee said. “It made it a lot harder to get my name out there and have colleges come look and gain interest in me. I recently leapt over that hurdle however, committing to a school that is interested in me and wants me to be there.”

Agee improves himself every day, only stopping when absolutely necessary. He believes that his work ethic and overall attitude are what will help propel him forward to future opportunities.

“Don’t finish when you’re tired,” Agee said. “Finish when you’re done. And always keep God at the center of your life.”

Dr. Christopher Baker is the Official Team Physician for Cambridge Christian School.

Lauren Heiser, ATC, is the Athletic Trainer with Select Physical Therapy.

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

Determined Freshman at Patel High School Eager to Accomplish Goals

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

Steinbrenner Athlete Seeks to Lead Warriors to Volleyball District Championship

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Tampa, Fl. – August 16, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Madi Espy from George M. Steinbrenner High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending August 16, 2019.

Espy was nominated by Steinbrenner Volleyball Head Coach, Sabrina Christofilis, for her determined commitment and inspiring talent on and off the court.

“She’s the type of teammate who fills those around her with energy and confidence,” Christofilis said. “Aside from being a great indoor player, Madi has spent the past month out in California playing in several major beach tournaments, including Junior Olympics (which she triple-qualified for) and the Florida High Performance team.”

Christofilis went on to praise Espy for her extroverted attitude towards her teammates as she takes on a supporting role.

“Madi is always rocking a smile and often one of the first to extend a high five or words of encouragement to a teammate,” she said. “It’s not an understatement when I say that everyone loves Espy. The combination of her skill and care for others make her a great representation of our program and this award.”

Espy fell in love with volleyball at an early age, sparking a passion for the sport that only grows stronger with each session on the court.

“My love for the game began when I was 10 years old watching my sister and cousin compete at a high level,” Espy said. “I then began to play and instantly found gratification in participating in team sports.”

Seeking to qualify for the district championship this season, Espy and her team plan to learn from past outcomes and conquer any obstacle that stands in their way.

“While we are still bothered by last season’s results, we are using what we learned from it to motivate and better ourselves for this upcoming season,” Espy said. “With this team’s level of talent and amount of perseverance, we can achieve the highest of our goals. Maintaining team spirit and having people believe in us just as much as we believe in ourselves will help us see success in the future.”

Espy finished with advice that she thinks every athlete should keep in the back of their mind when playing.

“You need to keep a short term memory, whether that play was the best play of your life or the worst thing you have ever done. You need to get your mind off of it and focus on the next play. In other words: Forget about 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, 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

Steinbrenner High School Senior Seeks to Secure State Championship in Final Season.

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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

Incoming Freshman Eager to Join the Pack with Newsome High School Wolves

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Tampa, Fl. – August 2, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Evan Mitchum from Newsome High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending August 2, 2019.

Mitchum, 15, is an incoming freshman to Newsome High School and a new asset to the Wolves’ defensive line. As a former captain of the Pinecrest Pilots, one of twelve teams in the Tri-County Youth Football and Cheerleading Conference (TCYFCC), Mitchum now seeks to make an impact in the world of high school football.

“I’m excited,” Mitchum said. “It’s a new change for me. It’s a new chapter in my life.”

The Valrico native plays as a defensive tackle, however has been known to switch to offensive tackle when the power is required. In only his third year of football, Mitchum says he still has much to learn. This is a challenge that he is prepared to take on.

“Work your best,” Mitchum said. “Eventually you’ll get to the top.”

Eager to see what the future holds for himself, Mitchum knows that he is ready and willing to take on any obstacle that life throws at him.

Mitchum is all about work ethic and believes that, with the right attitude and mindset, anyone can achieve their goals. He finished, “Just work hard. You’ll get there.”

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

High School Senior Sets Initiative by Mentoring Underclassmen and Offering Support

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Tampa, Fl. – July 19, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Abbie Wilbur from Newsome High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending July 19, 2019.

Varsity Cheerleading Coach Jennifer Giannone nominated Wilbur for her leadership style as she has contributed to the success of the team for her entire high school career.

“Abbie Wilbur is a dedicated athlete entering her senior year,” Giannone said. “She has helped propel Newsome Varsity Cheerleading to two 3rd places and one 2nd place at States since she has been on the team as a freshman. Her overall knowledge of the sport is outstanding and she also brings her best self to every practice, game and event.”

Coach Giannone commended Wilbur on her selflessness and her ability to put others before herself, establishing herself as a mentor.

“She is the first one to volunteer for any task,” Giannone said. “She takes teammates who are having trouble and works through their issues without shame or deflating their drive. Abbie leads by example and she holds her team to a high expectation.”

Wilbur recognizes those that came before her, guiding her through athletics, academics and high school as a whole, and she wants to pay it forward.

“I want to ensure they enjoy their high school years and the cheer team,” Wilbur said. “Ever since my freshman year, I’ve had amazing role models in the form of the seniors on my team, coaches and leaders in our student government. I want to continue guiding the new kids on the team just like the seniors before me.”

Entering the world of high school can be intimidating, especially for incoming freshman, and not all students may feel comfortable, as Wilbur noted.

“One of the problems I have hit is that some of the younger classmen are a little shy in the beginning and tend to let others take the lead.” Wilbur said. “I’m getting over this issue by talking to them individually so that they feel more comfortable around the upperclassmen. This has allowed us all to get closer as a team and creates an atmosphere where everyone can grow and enjoy their experiences.”

Wilbur finished with a piece of advice for anyone fearing failure or experiencing defeat.

“Just because you didn’t get something right the first time does not mean that you should not try again.”

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

Plant High School Runner Breaks School Records and Sets Fastest Freshman Time at FSU Relays

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Tampa, Fl. – July 26, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Mary Ellen Eudaly from Plant High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending July 26, 2019.

Roy Harrison, Track and Cross Country coach at Plant High School, nominated Eudaly for her outstanding accomplishments on the track as she continues to break records.

“She ran in the 4A Regional Track meet and qualified for the State Championship in three of the distance events,” Harrison said. “She ran the fastest 3200m Freshman time in the United States at the FSU Relays with an incredible time of 10 minutes and 28 seconds. She also broke our school record this season in the 800m with a time of 2 minutes and 15 seconds. She ran the 1600m to a Regional Championship and broke our 22-year-old school record with an amazing time of 4 minutes and 53 seconds.”

Harrison continued, “What she has done has been absolutely amazing considering that she is just a freshman going into her sophomore year. I have coached at Plant High School for 37 years and I have never seen anything like it.”

Eudaly enjoys setting goals for herself with no limit on how many she can chase, as she seeks to reduce time on her 5K, win the 4A State Championship and qualify for the Footlocker Nationals.

“I broke my arm during my 8th grade track season,” Eudaly said. “Ever since then, I became very motivated to come back strong and get back into running. I am so thankful for my team and our devotion to this challenging sport which led us to a state title. I also had a very encouraging season where I broke two school records. These accomplishments have led me to create my goals for the cross-country season.”

Track and Cross Country may seem like an individual sport, however Eudaly emphasizes that teamwork is very much alive in the sport.

“My coach is always taking extra precautions to prevent us from injury to keep us healthy,” she said. “He also creates amazing team dynamics through which we are able to accomplish our goals.”

Eudaly encourages fellow runners to stay mentally tough and to maintain a positive mindset in order to reach the next level.

She finished with, “Being willing to push yourself in practice and do small things like strength training is a huge key to feeling stronger and being able to push harder in races.”

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

Plant City High School Athlete Runs 400 Miles, Seeks to Set Example for his Peers.

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Tampa, Fl. – July 12, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Anthony Killick from Plant City High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending July 12, 2019.

Head coach for the boys’ cross country and track team, Drew Martucci, nominated Killick for his ability to take hold of a leadership position and push his team and himself to new heights.

“Anthony has been a team captain since his junior year of high school,” Martucci said. “He will be our first-ever returning captain of the Cross Country team because of his major role in leadership, academics (5.2 GPA) and athletic abilities as a top-five runner on the team from a year ago. Despite some major injuries, he returned and helped our team finish the highest any Plant City cross country team has ever finished at the 4A Region 2 Championships in 2018.”

In order to represent himself as a role model for his team, Killick set lofty goals this summer in preparation for the upcoming year.

“For my summer goal of running 400 miles, I am motivated to complete this to show my team that they can count on me to get work done, even when we are out of season. It also gives my teammates someone to run with every day during the summer to make any training they do easier for them. This requires me to wake up at 6:30 in the morning, but I can get my training in before it gets too hot.”

Killick stresses that dedication and determination is the key to success and that what matters most is what you do when nobody is watching.

“Our summer mileage is not required so it’s hard to get guys out there to train with me. I have to run alone for most of the summer. It’s pretty hard to stay motivated, but I know that what I’m doing will not only help me, but it will help my team as a whole. For me, it’s all about setting the example for my guys. I just want to show them that it can be done and that it really will help in the long run.”

Looking to compete in numerous triathlons upon graduation, Killick has no plans on slowing down the process or making changes to his routine.

“In running and in life, hard work will take you to where you want to go. Being a leader is about respect. You become a leader not by taking charge, but by being the guy that everyone can count on and can look up to for the right example.”

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

H.B. Plant High School Athlete Leads Determined Efforts to Improve Herself and Support her Teammates

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Tampa, Fl. – July 5, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Sofia Cardenas from H.B. Plant High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week ending July 5, 2019.

The girls’ Varsity Tennis coach, Pam Gassler, nominated Cardenas for her persistent and determined efforts on the courts and for her initiative when it comes to extracurricular activities.

“Sofia works well with others on the team and in the classroom while being a part of the yearbook staff,” Gassler said. “She shows positivity in competitions and as a spectator when not participating in matches. She has been instrumental in spearheading the ordering of practice shirts and jackets. She is patient, yet mentally strong. Sofia continues to work hard to improve her tennis game.”

Wanting to take on a bigger role for her and her team, Cardenas sought to prove herself as a leading figure and source of support for her fellow teammates.

“I was heading into a challenging semester and the beginning of the tennis season,” Cardenas said. “I wanted to push myself to do my best, be supportive of others and make time for everything – competitive sports and rigorous academics. I stay active every day whether it be through tennis or running. I keep a positive mindset staying motivated through tough times. Most importantly, I stay engaged with my teammates.”

With a heavy workload, Cardenas did not let the weight of her endeavors keep her back from finding success.

“During junior year, there was a lot of stress about the future from ACTs, SATs and AP classes to my volunteer work with Mayors’ Youth Corps and, of course, tennis,” Cardenas said. “Time management was key for my academics and volunteer work, making sure that I had time for tennis clinics. One problem on the court that I had was my backhand, but through lots of practice, I continue to improve.”

Planning and execution cannot happen without the appropriate mindset, as Cardenas advises. In order to achieve success, one must enter with the thought that success will eventually be earned.

“After three years of high school, my best advice is to start the day with a positive attitude,” Cardenas said. “I like to think of three positive things I am grateful for each morning as I drive to school. It helps me stay focused on my goals and remember that anything is possible with the support of friends and family.”

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.

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