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East Bay Senior Seeking Success and 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

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Tampa Prep Swimmer Snags Two State Championships and Looks for More.

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Tampa, Fl. – November 18, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Logan Tirheimer from Tampa Preparatory School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning November 18, 2019.

Tirheimer was nominated by the boys’ swim head coach, Jason Bowes, for his incredible achievements following his performance at the state championships.

“Logan had an incredible state championship meet this past Saturday,” Bowes said. “Florida swimming is notoriously known as one of the top swimming states in the country. Logan, this week, won the 50FR and 100FR at the Florida High School State Championships in Stuart, FL. He also broke two school records in the process. This is an amazing accomplishment.”

With two state championship wins under his belt, Tirheimer is still swimming for further success.

“I wasn’t always the most motivated swimmer as I am today,” Tirheimer said. “My life really turned around when I began swimming in high school. My goals now are to podium at Junior Nationals next month and to get the Olympic trial cut in the 50-yard freestyle.”

Tirheimer knows that these are not simple tasks and that the amount of effort and determination in order to achieve them is intense.

“There is no easy way to do it,” he said. “These goals are going to take hard work and dedication. Over the course of this season, my path was filled with many potholes, road bumps and hurdles. Most notably, I missed the full month of September with a back injury. However, I powered through the adversity and went on to win the 50 and 100-yard freestyles.”

Exuding success and recently committed to the University of Auburn, Tirheimer believes in the ideology of ‘the grind’. It does not stop.

“The clock resets,” Tirheimer said. “Now, I need to put in the work again to reach my new goals. Until then, I will not be satisfied.”

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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Steinbrenner Athlete Sets and Breaks Own Records.

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Tampa, Fl. – November 11, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Josh King from Steinbrenner High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning November 11, 2019.

King was nominated by the boys’ cross-country head coach, Allison Szponar for his record-setting talent and his unwavering determination.

“Not only does Josh have our school’s 5K record of 15:50, but he has also solidified himself as our go-to athletic trainer,” Szponar said. “Josh, who has battled back from a number of injuries throughout his high school career, helps younger athletes with aqua jogging and icing and heating techniques for injury prevention and recovery. He plans to run in college and become a physical trainer specializing in athletes.”

Now that he is back from the injured reserve, King has his goals in sight. Looking to break the 5K record he previously set and break the school’s two-mile record, he is once again ready to compete.

“I always wanted to compete,” King said. “I joined track as a freshman and steadily climbed the ranks with the Boss Cross. Through many injury-plagued seasons, I am finally getting my chance to show my full potential.”

Additionally, King wants to help his team secure a state championship. Cross-country is a game of pure endurance and, in order to win, King knows that he has to stay in top physical and mental condition.

“Getting a state championship is no easy task,” King said. “I have to be consistent and work hard every day to push myself to try and be the best. In order to maintain, I have to eat right, get enough sleep and make sure I am mentally prepared for the obstacles that running presents.”

Driven by unrelenting willpower and work ethic, King is looking to go the distance and do whatever it takes to win that championship.

“You have to sacrifice for what you want,” King said. “Or what you want will be the sacrifice. Be the best you can be and always focus on the goals ahead of you. Also, listen to your body and be smart about how you train.”

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 Swimmer Makes Splashes, Focuses on Team Involvement and Inclusion

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Tampa, Fl – November 4, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Emma Reynolds from Bloomingdale High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning November 4, 2019.

Reynolds was nominated by swim coach Eva Applebee for her dedication to her team as she creates an atmosphere in which everyone can belong.

“Emma has been a dedicated Swim Team member during all her four years in high school,” Applebee said. “A quiet young lady, Emma always leads by example. She has outstanding work ethic. She helps and supports her teammates. She swims in any event we put her in and never complains. Emma also designed our team shirt last year, which we all wore proudly. I am very honored to nominate Emma Reynolds for this recognition.”

Exuding selflessness and commitment to fostering an environment in which everyone can feel included, Reynolds dedicates her time to building relationships with her teammates.

“I want to create a sense of community amongst my swim team where everyone feels as though they matter and belong,” Reynolds said. “By providing encouragement and demonstrating kindness and acceptance, I want each team member to have a place where they are accepted and can develop friendships and positive relationships.”

When it comes to swimming, the word ‘sport’ is one of the last things thought of for someone like Reynolds. Swimming is a lifestyle where likeminded people can come together and bond. It is a tool that helps with organization and reinforces the principles of hard work. Swimming is a mindset.

“Swimming has helped me to develop life-long friendships, a good work ethic and time management skills,” Reynolds said. “It has taught me how to be a good friend, teammate and team player. I want to share my experiences with my teammates in hopes that they, too, will find positive friendships and success while participating in a sport that has given me so much.”

A team cannot function without everyone being included, involved and engaged. As a natural leader, Reynolds stresses the importance of encouragement and team acceptance.

“My goal can be accomplished by making my teammates, regardless of their experience or level of performance, feel accepted,” Reynolds said. “By encouraging my teammates to always do their best, letting them know that they are needed and appreciated, modeling good sportsmanship and cultivating an environment of teamwork, it is my hope that my teammates feel a sense of belonging and leadership.”

With plans of attending the University of South Florida to become a pediatric physical therapist, Reynolds wants to make a lasting impression on the athletes that come after her upon graduation.

“Choose kindness,” she finished. “Make each person you come into contact with feel important, needed and special. Work with a sense of purpose and integrity. Always try your best no matter what you are doing. You never know how it will affect your future.”

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

Alonso Cheer Captain Takes Team to New Heights Through Leadership

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Tampa Fl. – October 21, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Sophia Blaze from Alonso High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning October 21, 2019.

Blaze was nominated, by Cheerleading Coach Jeri Kennedy, for her incredible commitment to her team and her contributions to her local community.

“Sophia Blaze is an outstanding leader on the Alonso High School Varsity Cheerleading squad,” Kennedy said. “Sophia is extremely involved in her Westchase community. She partakes in the ‘Speak Up 5k’ as well as the ‘Westchase 5k and Easter Egg Hunt’ for kids in her community. With a team full of underclassmen, Sophia is one they look up to.”

Staying true to her name, Blaze does not let up when the going gets tough. If she is not giving her all, then there is no success. True progress, she says, happens when you give every ounce of effort.

“I have always had a strong desire to be successful at what I do,” Blaze said. “I don’t believe in not putting in my best efforts and seeing something through. For instance, our cheer team depends on each other. If I’m not giving my best, it affects everyone and everything that we’ve worked hard to accomplish.

A leader by nature, Blaze plans to continue to lead her team and serve as a role model, while maintaining strong and steady grades as she continues to pursue a career in sports medicine.

“As a team captain, I will continue to help build strong bonds within our entire cheer program,” she said. “I will lead by example and work hard to contribute to winning a second state title for Alonso Cheer. My academic goals are to continue to study hard, achieve my best test scores and maintain a strong GPA to allow me to get into the college of my choice.”

Blaze exemplifies leadership. She knows that the role of a leader is not necessarily to take charge, but rather bring teammates to the same level so that they, too, can act as leaders.

“When you do your best, you feel it and it’s a good feeling,” Blaze said. “Don’t just make it about yourself. Help others, contribute to the team and your community and be a positive role model to others. When you do the right things, the right things will follow.”

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

Academy at the Lakes Golfer Swings for Success

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Tampa, Fl. – October 14, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Tristin Perkins from Academy at the Lakes as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning October 14, 2019.

Athletic Director Tom Haslam nominated Perkins for his incredible talent and consistency on the golf course.

“Tristin, a freshman at Academy, shot a 9-hole 35 (1 under par) in our first tri-match this season,” Haslam said. “Tristin led Academy to victories against Tampa Catholic and Cambridge Christian. In Academy’s second match of the season, Tristin shot a 39 in defeating Hernando Christian.”

Golfing since he was a child, Perkins measures success not by the prize at the end, rather the work accomplished to get to the finish.

“I have always had a passion for golf and have wanted to perform at a high level since I picked up the game eight years ago,” Perkins said. “I like to be well balanced, so I picked up other sports along the way. I would like to perform well enough during golf season to advance out of the regionals and into the state tournament. In addition, I would like to perform at a high level during basketball and track seasons.”

Perkins recognizes the hurdles that come with being a young golfer balancing athletics and academics, but he chooses to take the challenge head on.

“In my golf game, my biggest challenge is overcoming the fact that I am growing so quick,” Perkins said. “It makes it difficult to maintain a consistent swing when your body is changing so rapidly. With school, it all comes down to the fact that high school is going to be much harder than middle school. I have a tough schedule with really challenging classes. Hard work, balance and being efficient with my time in both areas is how I am trying to overcome these hurdles.”

As big a workload as Perkins has made for himself, he is extremely qualified and ready to reach success. For other up and coming athletes, he had some advice.

“When working on trying to be successful in anything, it is important that you focus and be efficient when practicing, studying or performing,” he said. “It is also important to have a positive mindset even when things get really challenging and are not going 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 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.

Senior Alonso Raven Takes Team Under Wing, Helps them Flourish

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Tampa, Fl. – October 07, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Robbie Sulzer from Braulio Alonso High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning October 07, 2019.

A senior golf captain at Alonso, Sulzer was nominated by Boys Golf Coach Patrick Kennedy for his leadership qualities and his dedication to his team, constantly putting himself in the position of a role model and mentoring his teammates.

“He has a cool, calm and collective demeanor, which are all excellent traits for a golfer,” Kennedy said. “His leadership starts before he gets to the course. He coordinates and ensures that his teammates all have rides to the practices and local matches. He even offers to store their clubs in his car. Once at the golf course, Robbie mentors his teammates and provides tips to help them improve their game.”

Sulzer’s leadership skills were soon tested when he saw a teammate struggling during a match. He took the initiative and made a difference.

“Robbie took the opportunity to mentor and guide his teammate,” Kennedy said. “The outcome was amazing! The young man he helped was able to shed nine strokes off his average score. The selfless acts that Robbie displays week after week, coupled with his high GPA and plans to attend college, make him an outstanding leader.”

Seeking to qualify for regionals and then states, Sulzer finds himself balancing his athletics with his academics. A challenge, he says, that he is more than willing to take on.

“I am going to make regionals and states by practicing every day on my consistency and short game,” Sulzer said. “I also have to work on the most vital component of good golf: a good mental game. My SAT scores are still a work in progress, but that is exactly it: it is progress. Little by little, I have made some great strides to my ultimate SAT/ACT goals.”

Sulzer has no intention of slowing his progress. According to him, there is always something that you can work on to develop your skills.

“I like the progression I am in right now with both my golf game and my SAT/ACT scores,” he said. “I see a progression in both. I feel like I’m in a race and I’m in first. Everything is going the way I want it to and all I have to do is maintain my speed and not let up. My mindset is that I can always improve and do better.”

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 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

Senior Seffner Crusader Looks to Log 1,000 Rushing Yards and Capture a State Title.

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Tampa FL – September 23, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce Justin Stubbs from Seffner Christian Academy as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning September 23, 2019.

Travis Puleo, head football coach for the Crusaders, nominated Stubbs for his incredible performance in the Academy’s season opener against Orlando Christian Prep.

“Justin Stubbs had a great game on 8/23,” Puleo said. “He recorded 19 carries for 135 rushing yards, two touchdowns and seven tackles. He serves as a captain and is on the leadership council on our football team. Justin also leads in the classroom with a GPA of 3.6.”

Stubbs’ efforts did not stop there. During Seffner Christian Academy’s next game, against Holy Trinity Episcopal, Stubbs carried the ball another 14 times with a long of 21 yards. He recorded another seven tackles and an interception.

“I’ve been playing football since I was five years old,” Stubbs said. “I love the game! I want to be the best and that drive helps me to keep going. I am grinding in the weight room and pushing myself at every practice. I am also staying on top of film and giving my all when I am on the field.”

In the midst of setbacks, Stubbs is determined to lead his team to the very end, hoping to capture over 1,000 rushing yards and a state title.

“My team is having a rough go with many injuries this season and it hasn’t started as we would have liked,” he said. “I am doing my best as one of the team captains to keep the team motivated and performing the best I can at each game. Reaching these goals would be amazing because I know it is something that I have worked hard for. It is something that my team has worked very hard for.”

Being a team captain is not just about leading. It is also about fostering an atmosphere in which the team can depend on one another and work together. Stubbs does not take his role for granted, making sure that his teammates are on the same page as they work towards a successful season.

“In order to be the best in any team sport, you have to make sure you are not only playing for yourself, but for your team,” Stubbs said. “Football is a team sport and it takes 11 guys to win in this game.”

Dr. Christopher Baker is the Official Team Physician for Seffner Christian Academy.

Megan Wieloch is the school’s 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.

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 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.

Dual-Sport Gaither Athlete Finds Joy in Leadership, Eager to go the Distance.

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Tampa, Fl. – September 16, 2019 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce James Simpson from Gaither High School as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the week beginning September 16, 2019.

Simpson was nominated by the head wrestling coach, Mike Drapeau, for taking the position of a leader and supporting his team, doing anything and everything necessary to make success happen for all.

“James leads by example,” Drapeau said. “He helps guide our young wrestlers even in the off season. He puts time in at practice and most importantly, in the classroom. James is a second year team captain of wrestling and first year captain on cross-country. He has the highest GPA on our team and is a born leader.”

A dual-sport athlete, Simpson has already set the gears in motion toward achieving his goals in both wrestling and cross-country. In the latter sport, he wishes for his team to qualify for Regionals for the first time in 13 years. In wrestling, he is eyeing the State Tournament.

“I started wrestling because I’ve done Jiu-Jitsu for six years now,” Simpson said. “I knew I wanted to participate in a sport and wrestling was the closest thing to what I had been doing so it seemed like a logical choice. It is a challenge; I am a big fan of challenges.” About his cross-country team, “they are like family to me,” he said. “They keep me running.”

Simpson does not shy away from recognizing the talent in his team and in his competition. Humility takes a strong presence as Simpson takes a step back and allows himself to assess and lead his team through other avenues than being the best athlete.

“I am not the best runner out there,” he said. “With cross-country, especially, I just have to know that even if I’m not the fastest kid on the team, I can help in other ways. As the captain, I can provide leadership in a different way than Coach can. With wrestling, it is hard to know that I am competing against kids that have been wrestling for their whole lives. To get over that, I just have to put in more work and stay focused on my goals.”

At the end of the day, Simpson says that no matter how hard you work, you have to find joy and happiness in what you do.

“My best advice is to find ways to make it fun,” Simpson said. “Especially in races, if somebody does something or says something and you cannot laugh or joke around with another team, then it isn’t fun. I live for those little one liners in races that makes everybody around, not just your teammates, laugh.”

Dr. Seung Yi is the Official Team Physician for Gaither High School.

Mia Pagano is the school’s 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