Compiled by Michelle Colesanti,

Congrats To Senior Rowers

The Stewards Foundation, Inc is proud to announce rowers who graduated in 2017. They represent 11Tampa Bay area schools. One hundred percent of these athletes are enrolled in colleges and universities.

Local rower Sydney Canfield, who recently graduated from Newsome, will attend Rutgers University.

The Stewards Foundation’s mission is to use the sport of rowing as a vehicle to teach teamwork and responsibility to young people while providing a platform to enhance future educational opportunities through university scholarships. Summer Camps are now open for new students to learn this sport. Register at

Newsome Student Presented With Volunteer Of The Year Award At “Tennis For Fun”

The “Tennis For Fun” 2017 Sydney Wynne volunteer of the year award was awarded to Carter Nettina for exceptional dedication to coaching “Tennis For Fun ” athletes and demonstrating leadership, sportsmanship and selflessness. “Tennis For Fun” is a free tennis clinic for mentally handicapped athletes. The program is run entirely by volunteers. Carter has been a dedicated volunteer for three years. She volunteers at both the Brandon Sports and Aquatics Center clinics and at the FishHawk clinics. She is a student at Newsome high school.

The award was given in memory of Sydney Wynne, who had been a dedicated volunteer at “Tennis For Fun” from the age of 6 till she was 16 when she died of cancer. Her parents, Julie and Brian Wynne, and her brother Josh were there to present the award. The awards ceremony and the end-of-the-year party was attended by 90 of the mentally handicapped athletes who participate in the “Tennis for Fun” clinics.   Visit

 Fish Hawk 8U Rookie All Stars Win Districts

The Fish Hawk 8U Rookie Allstars were selected in mid-May and have been practicing every day for the past month, weather permitting. In that time, the team successfully won Districts in Ocala, where the team went 3 and 0. It moved on to the State Competition in Palm Beach Gardens on June 28.
The coaches for the team are Carlos Colo`n Jeff Rupe, Lee Walton.
Manager Jason Bole said, “The boys have been practicing hard the last several weeks and are playing really well together.  We are proud of their success in Ocala and excited to compete with the top teams in the state in Palm Beach Gardens.”

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Michelle Colesanti
Michelle has been with the Osprey Observer for almost nine years, and her current position is Assignment Editor. She resides in Bloomingdale with her husband Phil, two sons, Philip and Matthew, and Tigger the cat.