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CAN-DO is producing sports far more very affordable 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 thrilling,” O’Brian mentioned.

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

The non-profit tends to make gymnastics far more very affordable 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 youngsters and households. 
  • CAN-DO involves two facilities and numerous sports, which includes a dance system. 
  • Gymnastics, softball, basketball, rowing and dance applications are presented. 

“It signifies so significantly to me simply because I utilized to do it so getting capable to share the appreciate with that and be capable to make it up to what I utilized 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 constantly want to hold going, I constantly 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 takes place, 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 genuinely capable to enable scholarship youngsters, we never ever turn a youngster away that can not afford it, we discover a way to enable them, we have lots of volunteers that enable make our system prosperous,” Campanello mentioned.

She knows 1st-hand how life-altering it can be, Campanello was after a student herself. 

“Growing up, I’m the oldest of 5 siblings so obtaining a competitive and very affordable system was really tricky at the time, our programming with our collaboration with the city of Tampa permits us to give competitive and good quality applications for a third of the expense,” Campanello explained.

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

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

Producing 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 confident every person has the possibility she had.

“I hope that they constantly stay in appreciate with gymnastics no matter exactly where their journey requires them, I hope they constantly discover their appreciate with it, I hope they leave with obtaining the ideal teammates in the planet, and obtaining the ideal practical experience 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-assurance they can reach their dreams.


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