June 9, 2023 2:05 am

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

“Oh it is so gratifying, getting in a position to see them make these improvements, it is so thrilling,” O’Brian stated.

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

The non-profit tends to make gymnastics extra very affordable for households who could not be in a position to afford it otherwise. 

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

What You Need to have To Know

  • In Tampa, a non profit named CAN-DO Sports has helped thousands of youngsters and households. 
  • CAN-DO incorporates two facilities and quite a few sports, like a dance plan. 
  • Gymnastics, softball, basketball, rowing and dance applications are supplied. 

“It implies so substantially to me for the reason that I employed to do it so getting in a position to share the appreciate with that and be in a position to construct 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 often want to hold going, I often want to do this and I believe, 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 stated.

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

“We’re seriously in a position to aid scholarship youngsters, we in no way turn a kid away that can not afford it, we come across a way to aid them, we have lots of volunteers that aid make our plan profitable,” Campanello stated.

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

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

CAN-DO now incorporates two facilities and quite a few sports, like a dance plan. 

“We grew from one particular health club more than at Wayne Papy to a further health club more than right here at New Tampa and now we present other sports with our Group Tampa loved ones with gymnastics, softball, basketball and rowing,” Campanello stated.

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

By way of coaching, she desires to make positive every person has the possibility she had.

“I hope that they often stay in appreciate with gymnastics no matter exactly where their journey requires them, I hope they often come across their appreciate with it, I hope they leave with getting the greatest teammates in the globe, and getting the greatest expertise they can for the reason that 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 attain their dreams.


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