As fall approaches, Southwest residents proudly begin to display their spirit for their favorite teams, whether it be college football, the NFL, NBA, local athletic teams or another favorite sport. From attending games to participating as a player to cheering at a local bar or restaurant, it is the season for sports. During this time, the school year is also in full swing, and parents may be looking for ways to assist their school-age children, or perhaps they are seeking the ideal school in which to enroll them. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s second annual Schools & Sports issue provides residents with a guide to local school- and sports-related businesses that can help make this fun season even better!
Health Central Hospital’s Express Care Walk-In Urgent Care Center — Located at 2700 Old Winter Garden Road in Ocoee and a part of Orlando Health, Health Central Hospital’s Express Care Walk-In Urgent Care Center offers patients quick, quality health care services beyond the traditional 9 a.m.-5 p.m. hours. Its specially trained staff and board-certified physicians provide experienced and exceptional patient care for the entire family, and patients are welcome during evenings and weekends. Express Care Walk-In Urgent Care Center is currently offering school and sports physicals with no appointment necessary. For more information, call 407-253-7850 or visit www.healthcentral.org on the Web.
Huntington Learning Center — Colleges are not looking for students who all think the same way, believe the same thing, or write the same essay. They want to hear your “voice.” The staff at Huntington Learning Center, located at 5060 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in Orlando, teaches you to organize your thoughts so you can verbalize them or write a well-structured essay that enables colleges to understand the real you. They help you stand out from the crowd by demonstrating how unique you are. It’s never too early to play your future! For more information, call 407-290-1111.
Laser Foot Surgery Specialist — When students return to school and sports, they often change both shoes and activity levels. Either of these changes can cause students’ feet to hurt. Richard M. Cowin, D.P.M., FACFAS, is a board-certified podiatric foot and ankle surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive (one stitch) surgery for foot problems. He fixes bunions, hammertoes and heel spurs; and offers laser surgery for problems like ingrown and fungal toenails, warts and neuromas. He also specializes in noninvasive EPAT shockwave treatment for heel pain and other foot and ankle problems. Dr. Cowin performs all of these procedures at his office, Laser Foot Surgery Specialist. For more information, call 407-722-8750 or visit www.orlandolaserfootsurgery.com on the Web.
Mathnasium of Winter Garden — A gymnasium develops the body; Mathnasium of Winter Garden develops the mind. Located at 13848 Tilden Road in Winter Garden, Mathnasium is a learning center where children go after school to build and strengthen their math skills. Its staff is highly specialized and teaches only math for students in second through 12th grade. Students attend once or twice per week for about an hour, and like a gym, members can attend at their convenience. Mathnasium’s goal is to significantly increase its students’ math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject. For more information, call 321-236-2842 or visit mathnasium.com/wintergarden on the Web.
The Tennis Academy at Windermere Prep — Located at Windermere Preparatory School, The Tennis Academy at Windermere Prep is a premiere program that features world-class tennis instructors within a unique sports facility. The facility includes a weight room, gymnasium, swimming pool, running track, cafe, on-site physical therapist and a state-of-the-art fitness center currently under construction. To make an appointment for a tryout or tennis assessment, call Mandy Rosenfield, director of tennis, at 407-905-7737, ext. 3316; for more information about the tennis academy, visit www.orlandotennisacademy.com or www.elitetennisusa.com on the Web; and for more information about WPS, call 407-905-7737 or visit www.windermereprep.com on the Web.
University of Central Florida — South Lake Regional Campus — The Sport and Exercise Science program offered on the UCF South Lake Regional Campus in Clermont offers students a combination course content, as well as practical field and laboratory experiences. The CSF track is appropriate for students seeking positions with university athletic programs, community sports organizations, and private and public fitness and recreation programs. Some of the campus’ major partners include National Training Center/Live Well Fitness Center, Special Olympics Florida and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For more information, call 352-536-2169, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ucfsouthlake.com on the Web.
YMCA — At the YMCA, youth sports encourage healthy habits that will last a lifetime. These benefits include improved physical health, increased confidence and positive relationship-building skills that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork. Give your children the healthy jumpstart they need by enrolling them in a YMCA fall youth sports program at one of the following Southwest-area locations: Dr. Phillips YMCA, 407-351-9417; YMCA Aquatic Center, 363-1911; or Roper YMCA, 407-656-6430. The sports programs include soccer, T-ball, volleyball, YCF swimming, YCF diving, tae kwon do, water polo and synchronized swimming.