The Orange Bowl is a 348-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community.
The Orange Bowl Festival features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013 and the Discover BCS National Championship on Jan. 7, 2013. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Sailing Regatta Series and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships.
For information on the 2012-13 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program, visit www.orangebowl.org.
Pop Warner Nationals
The Richmond Perrine Giants Junior Pee Wee football team was runner-up in the Division I national tournament, reaching the 56th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Virginia Beach Mustangs beat the Giants 40-27 in the Super Bowl. Richmond Perrine qualified for nationals by winning the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl and then regionals.
National runners-up: Lorenzo Euline, Herman Jackson, Jamari Brown, Jaylen Jones, Tyler Edwards, Brian Wheeler, Vernon Kelson, Robert Hanna, Amin Hassan, Isaac Wynn, David Ealey III, Christopher McCutchen, Tyler Johnson, Lemane Williams, Jeffery Williams, Dwyane Robinson Jr., Raja Smith, Stanley Clark Jr., Nyheim Floyd, Tywon Jones, Johnquavis Ford, Ariyon Riley, Jermaine Delancy.
• Sixty-four teams from across the nation battled their way through regional competition to qualify for the week-long Pop Warner Super Bowl. National champions were crowned at the event in four divisions (age and weight): Jr. Pee Wee (age 8-11), Pee Wee (9-12), Jr. Midget (10-13) and Midget (11-15).
Pop Warner is the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization. It requires academic proficiency in order to participate. The NFL Players Association estimates that roughly 70 percent of current NFL players got their start playing Pop Warner, including Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow (New York Jets), Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens).
• More Pop Warner results next week.
The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships, presented by Sports Authority, was at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.
The OBYFA is in its 14th season and serves more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in nine football leagues across South Florida. Past participants include West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Chicago Bears safety Major Wright and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The two-day event featured 12 games with member leagues’ Super Bowl winners and all-star teams.
• (6U-70 lbs.) Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes (Florida Youth Football League) 7, Suniland Sundevils (Miami Xtreme) 6: Fort Lauderdale’s Edward Louis raced 52 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first quarter, a timed play, with Jason Bell providing a key block, and Christopher Sheppard Jr. added what proved to be the winning extra point run.
With 10 seconds remaining before halftime, Suniland’s Benjamin Blackburn scored on a 2-yard run to trim the deficit to one, but the Cougars’ defense stopped the extra point run attempt. It marked only the second time this season a team scored on the unbeaten Hurricanes (14-0).