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Mar, 2019

Lake Nona Family Shares How Playing Youth Sports Helped Son Focus

Lake Nona Youth Sports is a community nonprofit organization designed to cultivate and enhance a young player’s skill and passion for sports. The all-volunteer coaches for football, cheer, wrestling and lacrosse offer kids, ages 6 to 14, an opportunity to participate and compete in a fun, safe and exciting sports environment. Lake Nona Youth Sports also has partnerships with rowing and baseball programs in South Orlando to offer additional sports for kids to try.

Sophia wanted Gabe to learn the importance of being part of a team and how to handle frustration and mistakes, as well as how to celebrate accomplishments while showing gratitude and respect. For a few years, Gabe succeeded in school with the help of medication, but when he was in eighth grade, he wanted to discontinue it. Sophia and Jeffrey supported his decision.

“Putting the focus on sports instead of medication was a good decision for us,” Sophia says. “At Lake Nona High School, Gabe continued to play football and joined the weightlifting team, where he really excelled. As a senior, he took his team to the state championships and placed 12th overall, taking second for his 365-pound bench press.”

Gabe graduated as an honor roll student and is now attending college. His mother couldn’t be more surprised – and pleased – at his choice of a major. Gabe is a junior at UCF, studying sports and exercise science.  

“Playing youth sports gave Gabe the opportunity to focus his abundant energy, but he also learned much more than just how to tackle, catch and throw a football,” Sophia says. “He learned about failure and teamwork, how to get back up when you lose, and how to have greater confidence that comes from within. Today, I’m incredibly proud of the young man he’s become.”

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9145 Narcoossee Road, Suite 106 PMB# 191
Orlando, Florida 32827

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