As our Inaugural Cheers to PUBLic Service – Coaches Cycle comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to thank all 80 coaches that were nominated for these awards. Your stories are touching, encouraging, and honest representations of the heart and soul it takes to be a youth coach, and we are truly blessed to have so many legendary leaders coaching our kids throughout Hillsborough and Pasco County – Thank you for all that you do for our youth, and the community!
Although incredibly difficult, alongside our Pillar Partners, we have selected twenty stand-out coaches that will receive $1000 each as winners of our Cheers to PUBlic Service awards! CONGRATULATIONS, WINNERS!
In addition to $1,000 each, our partners at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers invited all of our coaches along with their guests to enjoy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons game on December 30th, 2018 and Ed Morse Cadillac of Brandon chose four winners to enjoy a Weekend Excursion in a brand new Cadillac Escalade! Huge thanks to all of our Pillar Partners who make this program possible: DeBartolo Family Foundation, The Junior League of Tampa, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ed Morse Cadillac of Brandon, and The Outback Bowl. We couldn’t do it without you!
Coach Gil Rodrigues has dedicated the past seven years to coaching basketball – not only for his daughter’s AAU team, but also for the Northwest YMCA all-girl basketball team. When asked what fuels his passion for coaching, Coach Rodrigues cited “not one big story but a bunch of little ones.” He spoke of the joy he experiences watching kids grow up around the county; becoming leaders and all-star players for their respective school teams. He explained how rewarding it was to see them do well while also enjoying the game. For the younger kids, he loves hearing parents say they weren’t excited about playing at the beginning of the season but by the end they were so happy they did and would anxiously ask when they could be on Coach Rodrigues’ team again.
Although Coach Anthony Sanchez has spent fourteen years coaching both baseball and softball, it was for his work with the Challenger Division of the Keystone Little League that prompted his nomination for a Cheers to PUBlic Service Award, and rightly so. If you’re not familiar with the Challenger Division, Fox News aired a special segment (with a couple of cameos from Coach Sanchez) that sums up what an incredible program it is, and how important volunteers like Coach Sanchez are to the league’s continued success.
Watch Segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oemqe2lP95E&feature=youtu.be