Working Together to Provide
Every Child Opportunities to Excel

About Us

Established in 1993, Children's Athletic Network & Dance Opportunites Inc., better known as CAN-DO Sports, is a local non-profit organization created to provide affordable athletics and expanding opportunities for youth to excel.  

CAN-DO Sports partnered with Tampa Parks & Recreation Department over 10 years ago to enhance and expand the current sports programs and activites for youth athletes across the state. This successful partnership has offered Tampa bay area children sports programs in:

  1. Gymnastics

  2. Dance

  3. Basketball 

  4. Softball

The CAN-DO Sports calendar is full of sports leagues, competitions, recitals and classes ranging from kindergraden tots to collegiate level performers. Together, the programs have doubled their opportunity to serve local youth.

 

Officers for 2016-2017:

  • Jessica Perez, President

    • Entrepreneur 

  • David Farris, Treasurer

    • Communication Technologies

  • Linda S. Mills, Secretary

    • The Mills Group, LLC

  • Melanie Hicks, CEO 

    • CAN-DO, Inc.

  • Mary Campanello, Director of Operations
    • ​CAN-DO, Inc.

City of Tampa Staff: 

  • Brenda Fernandez, Dance Director

    • Wayne Papy Site Supervisor

  • Linda Hall, Gymnastics Director

    • New Tampa Recreation Center Site Supervisor

  • Patricia Gross, Team Supervisor
    • ​City of Tampa 
  • Heather Wolf-Erickson, Manager

    • North Region

Important Facts

  • Non-profit 501(c)(3) Organization
  • Established in 1993
  • Holds a co-operative agreement with the City of Tampa
  • Two Tampa locations: Wayne Papy Athletic Center and New Tampa Recreation Center
  • Since inception CAN-DO has served thousands of local children
  • Over 1000 students are on a waiting list at the two City of Tampa facilities
  • CAN-DO assists the city in offering affordable gymnastics, dance, basketball and softball
  • Children from 6 months to 18 years of age are served though the City of Tampa and CAN-DO programs

    More about CAN-DO, Inc.

    Our two facilities located in Seminole Heights and New Tampa and various City of Tampa recreation centers facilitate the development of children by offering state of the art equipment, facilities and staff.

    CAN-DO's success can be measured by the accomplishments of the participants we serve. The true measure of our success is seeing the satisfaction and confidence in the faces of the children as they master their sport and take the lessons learned from these programs with them as they enter their adult life.

    The TG&D Dance program offers a variety of classes for all levels of ability and interest. Most dancers started in a simple preschool or recreational class and learn the love of dance. Whether it be Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical or Hip Hop we offer it all at TG&D!

    Our Dance Team has performed in National Dance Competitions from Las Vegas to Lakeland. You've probably seen our girls in many local parades or performances around Tampa. Our annual recital is held at the Straz Center for Performing Arts and is currently filling Ferguson Hall for 4 performances.

    The Gymnastics program also offers a wide selection of classes. The coaching staff has been effectively working together for over 20 years. Staff focuses on teaching the children to love being active, from the beginner student who comes once a week to the more serious minded student who chooses gymnastics as their competitive sport.

    Our CAN-DO family has recently grown with the addition of Team Tampa. Team Tampa’s primary goal is to teach and train players, from entry-level to elite athletes, so that each athlete has the opportunity to maximize their potential on and off the field. Our basketball and softball teams have become a force to be reckoned with teams excelling to compete in district and national championships!

    CAN-DO stresses sportsmanship and teamwork above all. This philosophy teaches the athlete to support and respect their teammates and coaching staff while striving to reach her own potential in their sport... and in life.