Athletic Director and Assistant Principal of Leto High School Babita Artabasy nominated both athletes to be recognized by Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s (FOI) Athlete of the Week program for demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities on and off the game.
FOI is proud to announce that Coriean Canada and Catie Beckman have won the Athlete of the Week award for the week ending November 9, 2018.
Canada is a junior cross-country athlete whose athletic goal this year is to make it to Regionals and State. Personally, Canada looks forward to joining the United States Marine Corps when he graduates. Artabasy had great praises for the young athlete.
“Coriean Canada has displayed leadership on multiple levels. Mr. Canada is a leader in NJROTC along with running cross country and playing football. Our ROTC program is involved in our toys for tots event, among other community service projects that Coriean is part of. This young man displays the characteristics of a great leader,” Artabasy said.
Canada had some encouraging words for other athletes.
“Never give up on yourself or your team, and that no matter how much you’re struggling, there is always someone struggling more,” he said.
Beckman is a freshman swim athlete whose athletic and personal goals this year are to improve her swimming techniques and become faster while maintaining her 4.0 GPA. Artabasy exalted her team player attitude.
“Catie is new to Leto swimming and has been a great asset to the team,” Artabasy said. “Even though the swim team may be small, Catie is constantly trying to improve herself and her teammates. She was supportive towards her teammates at every race, every event.”
Beckman reminded other athletes to stay focused.
“I’ve learned that you need to figure out what’s most important for you,” she said. “For example, school always comes first to me, so I’m learning to slowly integrate swimming into my regular life. If I lost sight of what’s important, I’d become lost with what I should focus on most. What keeps me on the right track is that I’m a student-athlete, not an athlete-student. This reminds me that school comes before sports at all times.”
Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s Athlete of the Week campaign is designed to focus 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.