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ABOUT US

Tampa Bay is the home to PlaySmart’s headquarters but also has a long tradition of supporting local kids.  From sponsoring youth sports leagues to supporting academic and athletic programs at local schools to the recent addition of the PlaySmart Academy, Tampa Bay is alive with PlaySmart!

PLAYSMART ACADEMY

The PlaySmart Academy is our flagship youth program that integrates sports and physical fitness with character, life skills and leadership development. The Academy starts with one to two week summer experience for youth and continues throughout the school year with subsequent activities and events.

The Academy is not your typical “summer camp”. Our original branded program provides a curriculum that blends fun and performance for 5th through 8th graders who are looking to excel both on and off the court or field. Centered around the 5 PlaySmart pillars, we teach life-lessons that build a foundation for success where they can build confidence, gain life skills, be exposed to new ideas, see future possibilities for themselves and receive guidance and encouragement from staff members, coaches and other positive adults.

The PlaySmart cities that run an Academy each provide a unique experience for local youth. For more information on the program nearest you, visit your local PlaySmart city.

The Academy curriculum is saturated with PlaySmart’s five pillars, which are used to convey lessons and skills needed for academic and life success.

FLORIDA PROGRAMS

PlaySmart’s National Headquarters is based in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and we have been making an impact in the Tampa Bay area since our inception in 1997. We provide scholarships to kids to play in sports leagues, as well as to attend our PlaySmart Academy. We have held the PlaySmart Academy in several places throughout Tampa Bay, including Blake High School in Tampa and the University of South Florida in Saint Petersburg. We have partnered with other organizations in Tampa, including Academy Prep, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays, and many other fine organizations. We have provided hundreds of scholarships for deserving kids in Tampa Bay to play soccer, football, baseball, basketball, etc. and we will continue to work to make a positive difference in the lives of these great kids. Please visit this site to learn of upcoming PlaySmart camps and youth sports scholarship availability.

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MEET THE PLAYSMART LEADERS

  • DAVID WRIGHT

    National Director, PlaySmart Academy
    Dave hails from Orchard Lake, Michigan, where he played football, ice hockey and rowed for Orchard Lake Saint Mary’s Preparatory. Dave attended Princeton, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Politics. At Princeton, Dave played linebacker for the Tiger football squad for four years, and was a member of the 1989 Ivy League Championship team. Following Princeton, Dave accepted a position with Accenture’s Miami office, where he developed business systems for Fortune 500 companies. In 1996, he attended Harvard Business School where he earned his MBA degree and also served as Captain of the Men’s Rowing team. Following Harvard, Dave worked for Parthenon Group, a Boston-based strategy consulting and principal investment firm, where he invested in and advised high-growth companies.

    Clients while at Parthenon included American Express, eBay, McGraw-Hill and Ocean Spray, among others. Dave departed Parthenon in 2001 to pursue an entrepreneurial path and, since that time, has developed a successful business career investing in and operating several businesses, including serving as President & CEO of Indian Motorcycle Company (now owned by Polaris Industries, NYSE: PII), in addition to several other growth-oriented, consumer-based companies. Dave and his wife and their four children reside in Saint Petersburg, Florida. Dave is a Co-Founder and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of PlaySmart, Inc. Dave can be reached at dave@playsmart.org.

  • NICK GRIFFIN

    Regional Director, PlaySmart Academy
    Nick is a true Floridian, born and raised in St. Petersburg, never owning a coat and enjoying winter at the beach. He has thrived on athletic competition his entire life, racing sailboats and playing soccer, basketball and football while attending Shorecrest, St. Raphael’s Catholic School and St. Petersburg High School. A proud Gator, he graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Accounting, then earned an MBA from Stetson University and a JD from Stetson College of Law. During his college years, Nick continued competing in several sports and began coaching flag football and volunteering with disadvantaged children in athletic programs. After college Nick worked in the insurance industry and was the CFO for United Insurance (NASDAQ: UIHC) where he served for over 10 years and then as CFO for ARX Holding Corp., the parent of several large multi-state insurance companies. Since 2010 Nick has served as a Managing Director of Directed Capital, a private equity firm, and is an SEC Registered Investment Advisor.

    In addition to his efforts on behalf of PlaySmart Inc., Nick is a youth tackle football coach in several leagues including Pop Warner, Florida Spring Youth Football League and Suncoast Youth Football Conference and has also coached flag football for many years. He is committed to helping children through various non-profit organizations including being an active Guardian ad Litem for the Sixth Judicial Circuit, a volunteer for Lawyers for Literacy and the Catholic Office of Prison Ministries (Juvenile Detention Center) and a prior volunteer for Richard Sanders EH School and the Sanderlin Center. Within the community, Nick is a board member of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Community Law Program, and St. Paul’s Catholic Dad’s Club. He has also has served as a board member for the Florida Resurrection House and Finance Chairman for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Nick and his wife, Michelle, live in St. Petersburg, Florida, and have two of their own little athletes, Will and Jack. Nick can be reached at nick.griffin@directedcapital.com.

  • DARLENE FABELO

    Executive Assistant, PlaySmart Academy
    Darlene coordinates PlaySmart’s office functions, accounting and marketing efforts. As a Tampa native, she has been active in many community organizations and is passionate about working with PlaySmart. She worked for 15 years in Ybor City, the cigar capital of the world. Darlene enjoys traveling, networking and marketing activities. Darlene can be reached at Darlene@playsmart.org.

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