The Florida Citrus Sports Foundation, with the assistance of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and Florida Hospital, will offer free sports physicals to local elementary, middle and high school-aged youth as part of the “Be a Player” program. The physicals – which are required for participation in Orange County Public Schools athletics – will take place in the Varsity Club of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (One Citrus Bowl Place, 32805) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.
In order to participate, children must have written permission from their parent or guardian. Necessary forms may be obtained from the participants’ school, coaches or administration. Any full-time student in Orange County is eligible and is asked to first pre-register at BeAPlayerInformation.com.
“The Florida Citrus Sports Foundation is pleased to partner with Be A Player and offer those less fortunate the opportunity to receive a free sports physical, allowing those student-athletes to participate in sports without incurring additional doctor’s expenses,” said FCSports Foundation Director Jill Mickle. “For 65 years our mission has been to improve the lives, health and education of our community’s challenged children through direct services we provide to them and this partnership aligns perfectly with that need.”
In addition to the free sports physicals – which would normally cost parents on average around $100 – students determined to be in need will be given free resting Electrocardiograms (ECGs) as well as cardiac information from Athletic Heart (athletic-heart.com). A complimentary lunch will also be provided courtesy of Publix of Baldwin Park.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church began holding the physicals three years ago but has partnered with local sports leader Florida Citrus Sports due to overwhelming demand. The number of physicals administered has doubled in each of the first two years. Students participating will fall under the FCSports Foundation’s MVP umbrella, a not-for-profit organization serving the youth of Central Florida through its annual FCSports Summer Camp, its founding partnership in Take Stock In Children of Orange County and the Dreamticket Clearinghouse, a program that affords local children the opportunity to attend local college football bowl games at no cost.
For more information on the Be A Player program or to pre-register for the complimentary sports physicals, go to BeAPlayerInformation.com. Those with questions may also call St. Michael’s at (407) 843-8448 or Florida Citrus Sports at (407) 423-2476.