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Former NFL player grows local business

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TAMPA — Former NFL wide receiver Tony Bland and his wife, former professional tennis player Nyree Bland, are expanding their locally based after-school and summer camp business.

The Tampa-based firm, PROtential Sports, seeks to open a franchise location, possibly in Sarasota, according to a statement. The company then plans to grow across the Southeast, before a nationwide expansion.

PROtential Sports, according to the statement, offers after-school and summer camp programs for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Sports include soccer, basketball, football, baseball, lacrosse, golf, tennis, and cheerleading. In addition to sports coaching and mentorship, the program offers transportation, snacks and homework help.

“It's hard to tell who the real winners are, us or the children,” Tony Bland says in the statement. “We created PROtential Sports to have a greater impact on kids' lives. By expanding nationwide, we now have the opportunity to extend our reach and touch the lives of children in all corners of the country.”

Brand, a St. Petersburg native who played football at Florida A & M University and then spent four years with Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, founded the company as a week-long summer camp. Brand, along with Nyree Bland, recently expanded the services to several Tampa-area locations.


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