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CAN-DO is producing sports far more reasonably priced for Tampa households


May 27, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. — Regan O’Brian loves to see her gymnastics students conquer a new ability.

“Oh it is so gratifying, getting capable to see them make these improvements, it is so fascinating,” O’Brian stated.

She began coaching for CAN-DO Sports about a year ago.

The non-profit tends to make gymnastics far more reasonably priced for households who may perhaps not be capable to afford it otherwise. 

O’Brian is now providing back, coaching the subsequent generation.

What You Want To Know

  • In Tampa, a non profit known as CAN-DO Sports has helped thousands of children and households. 
  • CAN-DO contains two facilities and numerous sports, which includes a dance system. 
  • Gymnastics, softball, basketball, rowing and dance applications are supplied. 

“It signifies so a great deal to me mainly because I utilised to do it so getting capable to share the appreciate with that and be capable to construct it up to what I utilised to appreciate it as.”

As a senior, O’Brian is in her final year competing. 

She began with CAN-DO at six years old and its taught her expertise far beyond gymnastics.

“I usually want to maintain going, I usually want to do this and I consider, CAN-DO and the sport of gymnastics helped me with that — you can stick with it, you can do it, no matter what occurs, you got it,” O’Brian stated.

CAN-DO’s executive director, Mary Campanello has observed numerous athletes like O’Brian advantage from the system, which started in 1993. 

“We’re definitely capable to assist scholarship children, we in no way turn a kid away that can not afford it, we come across a way to assist them, we have lots of volunteers that assist make our system productive,” Campanello stated.

She knows initial-hand how life-altering it can be, Campanello was after a student herself. 

“Growing up, I’m the oldest of 5 siblings so discovering a competitive and reasonably priced system was incredibly tough at the time, our programming with our collaboration with the city of Tampa permits us to present competitive and high-quality applications for a third of the expense,” Campanello explained.

CAN-DO now contains two facilities and numerous sports, which includes a dance system. 

“We grew from 1 fitness center more than at Wayne Papy to an additional fitness center more than right here at New Tampa and now we present other sports with our Group Tampa family members with gymnastics, softball, basketball and rowing,” Campanello stated.

Producing sports accessible to lots of households across Tampa Bay, and for lots of athletes like O’Brian, it becomes a component of their life forever. 

By way of coaching, she desires to make certain absolutely everyone has the possibility she had.

“I hope that they usually stay in appreciate with gymnastics no matter exactly where their journey requires them, I hope they usually come across their appreciate with it, I hope they leave with getting the greatest teammates in the planet, and getting the greatest practical experience they can mainly because I know that is what I’m leaving with,” O’Brian stated.

As the name suggests, CAN-DO is providing athletes self-confidence they can reach their dreams.