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

‘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. 
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

Westfield Full Inclusion Back To School Bash

The Westfield Mall Full Inclusion Back to School Bash is returning for a third year, and this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Westfield Mall, Simply Events, and We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym join together to create an event where families can support our children’s differences in a fun, and safe interactive learning environment. The Full Inclusion Back to School Bashes cater to both neurotypical and neuro-diverse children with hands on activities, family and school resources, health and wellness services, after school programs, learning centers, safety resources and more.

The event starts with 250 kids receiving scavenger hunt pages. After completing the hunt each child will receive a free, full-size backpack and school supplies. All families can enjoy local Tampa Bay mascots, princesses, super heroes, an entertainment stage, interactive workshops, MOSI, tons of free school supplies and back to school discounts at mall retailers.

This event will take place at the Westfield Brandon Mall, 459 Brandon Town Center Dr. on Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

FishHawk Wolves Travel Baseball Tryouts

If you are looking for a quality travel ball program that is professionally run with an outstanding coaching staff to help develop your player to their full potential, come out to the FishHawk Wolves Baseball Club and Ostingers Baseball Academy tryouts. The program offers Wolves teams from 8u-12u and Ostingers teams at 13u and 14u. Under direction of Coach Jimmy Osting his coaching staff of former professional and college level playing experience is second to none. This is a proven travel ball organization that plays at the highest level and prepares your player for the next level not only on the field but off.

Tryouts will be held at FishHawk Youth Sports Facility located at 16120 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. Please visit to register for tryouts,to learn more about the program or times of tryouts. For specific questions, please email

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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.