Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is proud to announce its Athlete of the Week award winners for the week ending November 2, 2018. This week’s winners were recognized by their respective Head Coaches for their leadership and commitment to their teams. Kristin Werdine is a senior volleyball team captain, and Louis Kirchgessner is one of the Football team captains.
Werdine was nominated by Head Coach Ashley N. Johnson, to earn this week’s award for displaying outstanding leadership qualities on and off the court.
“Kristin is a 4-year varsity senior and has led this team since she was a freshman. Kristin not only leads on the court but also in the classroom. She is in an intensive IB program and maintains an unweighted 3.95 GPA. She is a leader among classmates and president of Best Buddies and a member of the National Honor Society. Her athletic and academic fervor paid off as she will be attending Clarkson University in upstate New York on a volleyball and academic scholarship,” said Johnson.
Werdine had some inspiring words for other upcoming athletes.
“Push through! It will be hard but, in the end, there won’t be anything more satisfying than truly succeeding in something you have worked so hard for. Don’t stress yourself out too much – one bad grade or a bad game won’t ruin your life. Recollect, work hard and go out and try again.”
Kirchgessner was nominated by Head Football Coach Craig Everhart to earn this week’s award for his tireless efforts in leading his team and staying positive.
“In a close, tough district loss to Middleton, Louis stepped up to help keep the team focused and helped us to move forward to the next game. One of the hardest things for high school student-athletes to deal with is defeat in a world of social media where everything is not always what it seems. In the face of defeat, Louis rallied the troops after the game to help keep a positive vibe for a program that is building a new culture,” Everhart said.
Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign was designed to focus the attention 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, make 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.
For an archive of 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 10 office locations in Bloomingdale, Brandon, Brooksville, 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.