Tom Cannavo is an avid sports enthusiast, often taking an active role in mentoring young athletes and participating in various sports and athletic endeavors himself. He has two young boys aged 10 and 12, that he is raising with a fondness for sports as well.
Growing up in Buffalo, New York, Tom developed a passion for baseball from a young age, and to help give back to the sport that helped shape him, Tom coaches little league baseball. He has coached kids as young as 6 year olds to as old as 11 years old, at both house and travel levels. He has a player-focused approach and takes an interest in each player, even coaching some of them from their first swing through their first travel tournament victory.
Tom is also an accomplished athlete himself. As a high school athlete he was a member of championship track and cross country teams, and was captain of the wrestling team. In college he took up crew for the first time and rowed for Canisius College. As an adult, Tom played softball, volleyball and Golf.
He has run in numerous local 5k road races, and has even finished both half and full marathons in Buffalo and Rochester. He is a regular at the Knights of Columbus facility in North Buffalo, New York. He weight-lifts at the gym, plays basketball, and even gets on their bowling alley when he has a chance.
Rugby is one of Tom’s most recent sports. Tom decided to take up men’s club rugby as a “rookie” at age 32. Rugby is one of the most physical sports in the world. Needless to say, longevity is not usually associated with the sport, however Tom managed to play for 8 years with a club that is consistently ranked one of the top 20 in the nation. During his tenure, Tom was named rookie of the year, and had the honor of representing Western New York in the Empire State games, bringing home a silver medal only 11 months after first taking up the sport.