CAN-DO is generating sports much more economical for Tampa households

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 thrilling,” O’Brian mentioned.

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

The non-profit tends to make gymnastics much more economical for households who could not be capable to afford it otherwise. 

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

What You Require To Know

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

“It implies so a great deal to me simply because I employed to do it so getting capable to share the appreciate with that and be capable to make it up to what I employed 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 capabilities far beyond gymnastics.

“I normally want to hold going, I normally want to do this and I assume, 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 mentioned.

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

“We’re actually capable to assistance scholarship children, we never ever turn a kid away that cannot afford it, we obtain a way to assistance them, we have lots of volunteers that assistance make our system profitable,” Campanello mentioned.

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

“Growing up, I’m the oldest of 5 siblings so obtaining a competitive and economical system was incredibly tough at the time, our programming with our collaboration with the city of Tampa enables us to give competitive and high-quality applications for a third of the price,” Campanello explained.

CAN-DO now consists of two facilities and a number of sports, which includes a dance system. 

“We grew from a single fitness center more than at Wayne Papy to a further fitness center more than right here at New Tampa and now we give other sports with our Group Tampa loved ones with gymnastics, softball, basketball and rowing,” Campanello mentioned.

Generating sports accessible to several households across Tampa Bay, and for several athletes like O’Brian, it becomes a aspect of their life forever. 

By means of coaching, she desires to make certain everybody has the likelihood she had.

“I hope that they normally stay in appreciate with gymnastics no matter exactly where their journey requires them, I hope they normally obtain their appreciate with it, I hope they leave with possessing the very best teammates in the planet, and possessing the very best expertise they can simply because I know that is what I’m leaving with,” O’Brian mentioned.

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


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