The youth football season was special for David Jimenez of the Doral Broncos. He is not a typical 7-year-old, but you wouldn’t know that just by looking at him.
When Jimenez was less than a week old, he had open heart surgery. Today, the only sign of his condition is the scar on his chest.
In 2011, Jimenez quarterbacked the Doral Broncos Pee Wee team. The Broncos, representing Doral, compete in the Miami Xtreme League, part of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance.
Jimenez finished the season with 26 touchdowns.
Each year the Orange Bowl Committee has its annual Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence (O.B.I.E.) Awards celebrating outstanding community service and scholastic achievement.
As the Orange Bowl Committee searched for its 2012 Orange Bowl Jr. Courage Award recipient, the young quarterback from the Doral Broncos fit the bill.
The Orange Bowl Jr. Courage Award is presented to a participant of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance who displays courage on or off the field, including overcoming injury or physical handicap or living through hardship.
During the ceremony — presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Florida Blue and supported by Publix Super Markets — at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Jiménez was accompanied by his parents, Carolina and Raul Jimenez.
He also met Jason Taylor, the former Miami Dolphins All-Pro defensive end who was awarded the Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Impact Award for helping open doors and making an impact on others to have better lives.
• Players interested in the Doral Broncos tackle football and cheer program can call 305-593-6606 or visit www.cityofdoral.com. Football and cheer volunteers are also needed.
• Visit www.orangebowl.org.
Beth Am basketball
The Tootsie Rolls basketball team (age 11-13) capped off an undefeated season by winning the post-season championship at the Beth Am Junior League in Pinecrest. It marked the first championship for the eight players.
The pre-season goals of the Tootsie Rolls included having fun and improving.
Coaches Paul Berman and Richard Siegel trained this competitive group of young girls, using various plans and strategies to develop their individual abilities and skills. They worked very hard and learned to work as a team, reaching their goals and winning the championship.
The champs are Isabel Solorzano, Alexa Ucar, Jessie Berman, Abby Siegel, Klara Solar, Sofia Iglesias, Ilana Reiser and Chloe Cohn.
Miami Sharks basketball
The Miami Sharks 8th Grade travel basketball team won the USSSA National Invitational Tournament in Miami. The Sharks went undefeated, beating The Plantation Power and South Florida Disciples in pool play and (Fort Myers) High Hoops Showtyme in the semifinals.
In the championship game, the Sharks defeated the defending state champion Gainesville Stampede 50-49 with John Raine making a winning 3-pointer with seconds to play. The Sharks’ Danny Romeu was the tournament Most Valuable Player, and teammates Steven Marin and Jose Mas made the All-Tournament team.
In the Boys’ 16s semifinals of the 64th USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Championships, No.7 seed Alfredo Perez of Coral Gables and No.11 seed Mirko Radosevic of Miami won.
Radosevic upset No.2 seed Javier Restrepo of Miami, and Perez upended No.3 seed Terrance Whitehurst of Tallahassee, both in straight sets at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.