The ‘Tennis For Fun’ delegation of 33 members competed in the Florida Special Olympics Summer games in May.

Built To Lead Football Presented By United States Marine Corps Sports Leadership Academy

United States Marine Corps Sports Leadership Academy presents Built to Lead Football, a free event Saturday, June 16th at Providence West Park (5417 Providence Rd, Brandon, FL 33511). USMC’s Built to Lead Football provides participants with first-class instruction from elite football coaches in the area. Through a partnership with the United States Marine Corps, it also provides participants with the leadership intangibles that will make them Built to Lead. At the event, participants will take part in skill sessions focusing on different, vital football skills. They will also receive a Built to Lead Evaluation at the end of the day. Between skill sessions and evaluation, participants will have the opportunity to be challenged, motivated, and to interact with members of the U.S. Marine Corps and learn key skills from the men and women who best exemplify what it means to lead.

The free event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. following the awards presentations and closing ceremony. The seven top performers will receive All-Academy medals. All participants receive a USMC Sports Leadership Academy t-shirt and free lunch as well as a camp swag bag. The event is open to anyone 15 to 19 years of age and is made possible in part by sports equipment manufacturer, Spalding.

Limited registration is available at Every player needs these skills. Every coach wants these players. Do you have what it takes? Are you Built to Lead?

‘Tennis For Fun‘ Competes At Florida Special Olympic Summer Games

Florida Special Olympics Summer games were held May 18-19 at ESPN Wide World of Sports with the tennis competition held at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando. Thirty-three athletes from the ‘Tennis For Fun’ programs competed in singles match play and individual tennis skills. The ‘Tennis For Fun’ delegation was the largest in the state. A total of 134 special Olympic tennis players competed from around the state. The ‘Tennis For Fun’ athletes won 14 gold medals, 10 silver medals, five bronze medals, and four ribbons. 

Now in its 18th year, the ‘Tennis For Fun’ program is a free tennis clinic for special needs athletes. It is run entirely by volunteers. BSAC has donated court time for the TFF program for 17 years.

The programs are in need of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers… no tennis experience needed. For more information visit our website at www.

BSAC Participates In World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Get ready to kick, blow bubbles, and have fun. Brandon Sports and Aquatics (BSAC) will host the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson on Thursday, June 21 at 9:30am. Everyone is invited to join in for a free, 30-minute lesson in its sparkling 50 meter pool. Enjoy live entertainment and a variety of vendors in a safe, family friendly atmosphere. 

This event brings awareness to the importance of teaching children the lifelong skill of swimming. Residents in the Tampa Bay area are especially at risk to potential downing due to the abundance of lakes, rivers, and oceans. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintended death in the United States for children ages 1-14. 

This WLSL event will be widespread across more than 20 countries at hundreds of locations. BSAC is proud to contribute to the goal of sharing this message with more than one billion people by 2019. 

Registration will be held on June 21 prior to the event. Permission slips will be available at member services and must be turned in to participate. For more information, please visit

BSAC is a non-profit organization impacting lives daily by providing parents with a safe, enriching, and educational experience for their children. Visit

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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.