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Miami’s Ruben Carter slept with a football when he was little. That’s how much he loved the game.
Very passionate and hard working, Carter played youth football with Liberty City Optimist, competed for Jackson High School and currently is a red-shirt freshman with Florida State University.
Carter (6-5, 310) is a versatile offensive lineman who has enjoyed success on the youth league and high school levels. He is now working hard to succeed on the college ranks.
When Florida State recently battled Northern Illinois in the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Carter was one of six Seminoles from Miami, making a Homecoming during the bowl season.
His parents attended the game along with family and friends. His mother recalled how Ruben got so upset one time (when he was a Pee Wee player) that he did not want to play football anymore.
That didn’t last long; he played again.
Growing up in Miami, Carter was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the Liberty City Optimist 120-pound team, winners of the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Super Bowl. His father, Ruben Carter Sr., coached him and FSU teammate Devonta Freeman, when they were younger, on the Liberty City Optimist 65-pound team.
Freeman, a 5-9, 209-pound sophomore running back for FSU, is a Miami Central High School alum, reuniting with Carter in Tallahassee. The Miami Central High School football team, the 2012 Class 6A state champion, was a guest of the Discover Orange Bowl, watching an alum from field level.
FSU won the Orange Bowl 31-10.
Following the victory, Carter and Freeman spoke with friends Robert Daniels (Overtown Rattlers/Jackson High School), Nathaniel Flowers (Liberty City Optimist/Jackson High School), Willie Quinn (Liberty City Optimist/Jackson High School) and Robenson Therezie (Moore Park Generals/Jackson High School).
FSU junior defensive back Xavier Rhodes (6-2, 217) had a cheering section of 22. He starred in youth football for the North Dade Bulldogs and then Miami Norland High School.
In the Orange Bowl, Freeman had 14 carries for 30 yards and caught three passes for 43 yards. Rhodes made four tackles (two solo, two assists) including one for a loss. He caused and recovered a fumble to stop a drive.
Miami’s Rodney Smith, a 6-6, 219-pound senior receiver, grabbed three passes for 41 yards (25 long). Smith is a graduate of Archbishop Carroll High School.
FSU finished the season 12-2.
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FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
At Nova Southeastern University in Davie
Devonta Freeman - So - RB
Miami Central High School
Liberty City Optimist (Pop Warner)
• On whether or not they were surprised that they were playing NIU:
“I was kind of happy for their program that they actually got a chance to be in a BCS bowl game. It was kind of shocking because I thought we would be playing Louisville instead of them. But I definitely don’t take them for granted or look at them down in any type of way because they practice hard — just like we practice. I think they deserve to be here. They got here on their God-given ability. The media is going to say a lot of stuff, but they deserve it. I think
it is a great chance for them to show that they can play a great game against us.”
• On whether or not they are taking NIU lightly:
“No, we practice hard. Coach Jimbo [Fisher] always preached to us that it doesn’t matter who we play. Just go out there and play like it is your last game. So I know we are practicing at a high level like we were playing in the national championship against a great team.”
• On what he thinks NIU is bringing to the table:
“We are looking for them to come out and play us very hard, very tough, bring a physical game, make a lot of trash talk all night. I just think they are going to come out and give us their best.”
Xavier Rhodes - R-Jr - DB
Norland High School
North Dade Bulldogs (South Florida Youth Football League)
• On being in a BCS bowl
“It was a great atmosphere to be at a BCS bowl and to play at Sun Life Stadium. Not many teams have this type of opportunity and we look forward to getting out there on Tuesday.”
• On NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch
“He is a good quarterback to tell you the truth, a really good quarterback. He can run and throw and is very aggressive, likes to take chances and has made some big plays this season.”
• On facing up-tempo offenses
“We have already faced this type of offense before in playing Oklahoma. They run an up-tempo offense and that experience will help. We have to worry about limiting their big plays and stay disciplined out there.”
• On senior leadership
“The senior leadership has been great. Everyone holds each other accountable and takes responsibility. We feel like everyone wants to take that step to the next level. In order to do that, we have to grow both individually and as a team.”
• On reaching goals
“It doesn’t matter who you are, every team has the same goal to go to a big bowl and win it. We were able to reach this game and now we have to focus on doing our best to win it.”
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FSU 31, NIU 10
At Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens
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FSU Players From Miami
FSU junior defensive back Xavier Rhodes (6-2, 217) made four tackles (two solo, two assists) with one tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
FSU senior receiver Rodney Smith (6-6, 219), an Archbishop Carroll High School grad, made three receptions for 41 yards (25 long).
FSU sophomore running back Devonta Freeman (5-9, 209) had 14 carries for 30 yards (nine long).
• Some of YouTube Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel) including FSU’s Carter, Freeman, Rhodes and Smith.
Archbishop Carroll football
Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School football coach Raviel Maisonet led the Private School all-star football team over the Public School all-stars in the third South Florida Private vs. Public High School All-Star Football Game at McArthur High School in Hollywood.
The Private School all-star team included senior football players from Archbishop Coleman Carroll, Chaminade-Madonna, Columbus, Monsignor Pace and St. Thomas Aquinas.
The Public vs. Private game debuted three years ago, providing graduating seniors an opportunity to be seen by coaches and recruiters from colleges across the country.
Miami Country Day cheerleading
The Miami Country Day Middle School cheerleaders worked diligently on their cheers and halftime dances which helped support the football team. The standouts are Melissa Benedek, Violeta De La Guardia, Gabrielle Edgecombe and Veronica Ortiz.
Kendall Hammocks flag football
NFL Flag Football under the direction of the Kendall Hammocks Warriors program has registration for boys and girls, age 5-16 (can’t turn 17 in 2013).
Teams are formed by age. Registration fee $110 which covers a reversible NFL flag jersey, NFL belt with flags, participation awards, referee costs, secondary insurance, exhibition game and 10 game season. All practices and games are at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.
Registration: 6-9 p.m. Feb. 22; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 2, March 16, April 6, May 4 at DevonAire Park.
The Kendall Hammocks Warriors, an all-volunteer program, are members of the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks. To coach or for other information, email Khwfootball@aol.com.
Highland Oaks track
The Highland Oaks Middle School track team opened it season with two runner-up finishes in the Junior Varsity Invitational at Ferguson High School in Miami.
The girls scored 106 points to place second of nine teams. Maryann Jadotte won the discus and shot put and was third in the 100-meter dash. Tianna Jackson won the long jump, was runner-up in the 100 and third in the 200.
Tramese Pierre was second in the shot put and fourth in the discus. Kameron Clarke was third in the shot out and fifth in the discus. Coreena Saintilmond was fourth in the 100. The girls’ 400 relay team (Saintilmond, Jadotte, Jackson, Saharee Davey) finished first. The 1,600 relay team (Pierre, Samantha Castano, Anicia Collins, Hayley Piper) was fourth, and the 3,200 relay team (Piper, Collins, Pierre, Katherine Elizabeth) was sixth.
The boys scored 100 points also for second of nine teams. Jamir Ferguson won the meet’s Best Male Athlete Award for the second consecutive year. Ferguson won the 1,600 and 800-meter runs, was second in the 400 and fourth in the long jump. Bryce Coq won the discus and was sixth in the shot put.
Derrick Spicer finished second in the 1,600 and 800. Neil Fagan took third in the long jump, and Jordan Anderson was fifth. The boys’ 400 relay team (Anderson, Fagan, Wilfrid Coleau, Shaggion Milligen) placed third. The 1,600 relay team (Fagan, Milligen, Coleau, Pablo Rosero) was fifth as was the 3,200 relay team (Rosero, Spicer, Cameron Ross, Timothy Williams).
Bay Harbor Islands 5K
The seventh Bay Harbor Islands 5K (3.1 miles) occurred at Town Hall in Bay Harbor Islands.
Local results: Female: 9U: 2. Ana Carolina Leite, Bay Harbor, 54:05. 15-19: 5. Beth Cohen, Bay Harbor, 48:34. 25-29: 1. Heather Schry Setter, Miami, 24:21; 3. Angelica Lopez, Miami Shores, 41:09; 4. Erin Hantman, Aventura, 42:27; 5. Emily Vainstein, Bay Harbor Islands, 48:33. 30-34: 2. Paola Ruiz, Miami Lakes, 34:24. 35-39: 1. Luciana Leite, Bay Harbor, 54:04. 45-49: 1. Pam Ryder, Miami, 26:52; 2. Emily Rosenstein, Miami Beach, 28:57; 5. Bahee Salver, Bay Harbor Islands, 39:17. 50-54: 1. Susan Fernandez, Miami Beach, 28:22; 3. Debbie Setuain, Sunny Isles, 33:25. 65-69: 1. Susan Hantman, Miami, 1:04:56. 70-74: 2. Ilene Wallace, Bay Harbor Islands, 55:15. Masters: 1. Debra Frisch, Aventura, 26:37.
Male: 9U: 2. Marcus Chumney, Doral, 1:11:35. 15-19: 1. Alejandro Veguilla, Surfside, 22:25; 2. Joshua Rosenstein, Miami Beach, 26:58; 3. Daniel Cohen, Bay Harbor, 36:34. 25-29: 1. Geoff Okins, Miami Beach, 25:18. 30-34: 2. Alexander Ruiz, Miami Lakes, 34:20; 3. Luis Morales, Miami Shores, 41:09. 40-44: 4. Adilson Leite, Bay Harbor Islands, 37:22. 55-59: 1. Robert Kaltenbach, North Miami Beach, 33:12; 2. Robert Yaffe, Bay Harbor Islands, 33:52. 65-69: 1. Lawrence Hantman, Miami, 1:04:56. 70-74: 2. Al Tisch, Aventura, 32:16. Masters: 1. Geoff Bagshaw, Miami Beach, 21:55.
Bay Harbor Islands 10K
Lisa Dorfman, 51, of Miami won the women’s title of the Bay Harbor Islands 10K at Town Hall in Bay Harbor Islands. She completed 6.2 miles in 47 minutes 39 seconds.
Local results: Female: 10-14: 4. Tranyla Lewis-Sutton, Bay Harbor Islands, 1:32:35. 20-24: 1. Kristen Gee, Sunny Isles, 54:49. 35-39: 1. Marsha Feldman, Aventura, 57:39; 2. Alexandra Bergman, Bay Harbor Islands, 1:02:41; 3. Jannah Landsaw, Homestead, 1:04:37; 4. Ana Maria Muniz-Leen, Coral Gables, 1:05:06; 5. Evelyn Casal, Miami, 1:24:00. 40-44: 2. Trenaye Lewis-Sutton, Bay Harbor Islands, 1:32:41. 45-49: 3. Jane Cohen, Bay Harbor Islands, 1:11:29.
Male: 15-19: 1. Alexander Setuain, Sunny Isles, 52:04. 30-34: 1. Nick Ostrowski, Miami Shores, 52:39; 4. Nic Kopplin, Homestead, 1:04:00. 35-39: 2. Craig Leen, Coral Gables, 55:54. 40-44: 2. Claudio Suarez, Doral, 52:10; 4. Sean Clancy, Miami Beach, 1:02:15; 5. Lamar Lewis-Sutton, Bay Harbor Islands, 1:18:35. 45-49: 2. Nick Sirianni, Miami, 54:48. 50-54: 1. Jose L. Valderrama, Miami, 52:58; 2. Leo Blachar, Bal Harbour, 56:37; 3. Alan Wolfson, Golden Beach, 1:01:23. 55-59: 1. Jim Allen. Golden Beach, 53:13.
Youth basketball players competed in Opa-locka Vice Mayor Joseph L. Kelley’s Annual Basketball Classic at the Sherbondy Village Gymnasium, 215 North Perviz Ave., Opa-locka.
The three-day event featured several age divisions. the Trinity Titans Church team won the 16-and-under and 14-and-under titles, defeating Opa-locka Parks & Recreation in each final, 40-35 and 53-36, respectively.
The basketball teams, comprised of community youth, practiced throughout the year to prepare for this anticipated tournament.
Vice Mayor Kelley said: “All these athletes are winners. The Basketball Classic is a great way to encourage our youth to engage in productive activity during the holiday break.”
The Vice Mayor clarified the challenge is for everyone who qualifies, noting 14-year-old Vernisha Jenkins, a starter on the Opa-locka team.
Charles Brown, director of Opa-locka Parks & Recreation, said: “While taking a break from the television and video games, our kids learn sportsmanship and attitude control during these games. Participating in local park programs also leaves less time for mischievousness, and it is a clean, healthy way of competing through physical activity.”
Several parents expressed appreciation for the opportunity to see their children’s talents on the court. One parent inquired if an adult division can be incorporated in the basketball challenge next year.
The three Opa-locka park facilities are open year-round, during park hours for Opa-locka residents of all ages to enjoy.
Tournament results: 16U: Winners: Trinity Church. Runners-up: Opa-locka Parks & Recreation.
14U: Winners: Trinity Church. Runners-up: Opa-locka Parks & Recreation.
12U: Winners: Opa-locka Parks & Recreation. Runners-up: Liberty Square Colts.
10U: Winners: Opa-locka Sherbondy Park. Runners-up: City of Opa-locka Ingram Park.
8U: Winners: Opa-locka Parks & Recreation. Runners-up: Moore Park.
Archbishop Carroll basketball
The Archbishop Coleman Carroll High School boys’ varsity basketball team won the Stingray Classic at Seacrest Country Day School in Naples. Archbishop Carroll (17-4) is ranked fifth in the state in Class 4A.
The team includes Max Amaro, Brett Levitt, Gianni Garcia, Brandon Lima, Nicky Leon, Robert Serrapiñana, Daniel Gabuardi, David Fernandez, Amida Brimah, Anthony Brown, Alex Leon and Diego Cohen.
Brimah has verbally committed to play at the University of Connecticut and Garcia to Webber International University in Babson Park, Fla. The Bulldogs head coach is Juan Hernandez, and the assistant coach is Juan Hernandez Jr.
The Conchita Espinosa Academy Middle School boys’ soccer team defeated Divine Savior in a shootout to win the Greater Miami League championship. It marked Conchita’s first middle school soccer championship in school history.
Trailing 1-0, Frankie Puentes scored the tying goal in regulation to force penalty kicks. Rodrigo Aragon, Puentes and Jorgeluis Espino scored in the shootout, and keeper Alvaro Aragon made a save to clinch the win.
Miami Lakes soccer
The Miami Lakes U18 girls’ travel soccer team was a finalist at the Disney Soccer Showcase at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
Miami Lakes, ranked sixth in the state, beats teams from Alaska, Pennsylvania and Florida. They lost one of their top scorers, Sharon Tejeda, because of injury but managed to play close in the finals, losing 2-1 in overtime.
Under the direction of coaches Michele Smith and Erasmo Tejeda, Miami Lakes worked hard each day of the four-day tournament.
The Pinecrest Pumas 18U travel baseball team went 6-0 to win the Disney Rawlings Gold Glove Baseball Tournament at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
The Pumas have won several tournaments. Players compete on their high school varsity teams in Miami-Dade County and Key West.
The champs are Brendan Auerbacher, Josh Cohen, Elliott Cutillas, Eddie Cutillas, Alex Cabrera, Andy Perez, William Rogers, Chris Manteiga, Steven Wells, Victor Morrell and Richie Sotolongo. The assistant coaches are Steve Wells, Ed Cutillas and Corey Cohen, and the manager is Frank Manteiga.
Baseball legend Camilo Pascual visited Belen Jesuit Preparatory School and spoke to members of the Wolverines high school baseball team, under the direction of coach Jerry Albert.
Pascual offered them advice: “study hard, finish school and if you work hard and its meant to be, you’ll make it to the majors.”
He continued: “Never let your guard down, keep your eye on the bases.” He also showed the student athletes his signature curve ball and other pitches.
Born in Cuba, Pascual was a right-handed pitcher for 18 years (1954–1971) in the major leagues. He competed for the Washington Senators (which became the Minnesota Twins in 1961), Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cleveland Indians. He was also known by the nicknames Camile and Little Potato.
“Our parents, grandparents and student athletes will savor this visit,” said Carlos Barquin, Belen Jesuit athletic director. “In my own humble opinion; Camilo had the best curve ball ever in baseball. Once an article came out where a famous psychologist claimed that the curve ball did not exist, and that it was only an optical illusion to which another famous writer replied... ‘stand behind a tree and let Camilo Pascual throw you a curve ball.’”
Former Major Leaguer Orlando Peña was also at the event. Born in Cuba, Peña was a right-hander with a wide variety of off-speed pitches. Pena’s 14-year career spanned from 1958 to 1975 with eight different teams including several trips to the minors.
Miami Country Day volleyball
The Miami Country Day Middle School varsity volleyball team went 17-7.
The Spartans were led by an experienced group of eighth graders, anchored by Mia Paez, Megan Osorio, Katarina Filpi, Sophia Lopez de Mesa, Lauren Gold and Sonia Bucan. Seventh graders Jade Iadarola, Gaby Nayor, Bridgette Lewin, Mia Simmonds and Nyasia John also contributed to the success.
It marked the first time the Miami Country Day middle school varsity team beat all the school’s major opposition (Ransom Everglades, Gulliver, Westminster Christian, Carrollton, Palmer Trinity, Dade Christian and Florida Christian) in the same season.
• A group of first-year players anchored the Miami Country Day Middle School junior varsity team (5-8). Captain Yakira Matisson, Madeline Sukhdeo, Alexa Altman, Molli Leoni and Vittori van Blommerstein showed potential, improving throughout the season.
Archbishop Curley top athletes
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Athletic Director Greg Magner announced the Players of the Week.
Female Athlete of the Week: Senior captain Megan Romanik, who concluded an outstanding four-year career, scored two goals in her final regular contest as the Knights’ girls’ varsity soccer team defeated Princeton Christian 4-0.
Male Athlete of the Week: Eighth-grader Zachariahya Brown led the Knights’ boys’ varsity basketball team to district victories over Miami Country Day and Dade Christian by averaging 17 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
Miami Country Day top athletes
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Breno Medina (soccer) was named to the South Florida Middle School Soccer All-Conference Team.
Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Guilia Bronzi (soccer) was named to the South Florida Middle School Soccer All-Conference Team.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Lorenzo Figueroa (junior varsity basketball) combined for 70 points and 41 rebounds in wins against Dade Christian, Palmer Trinity, Hillel and Mater Academy.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Danielle Minott (basketball) combined for 35 points, five assists, 10 rebounds and nine steals in wins against Dade Christian and LaSalle.
Spartan Super Fan: Ricky Gonzalez (junior).
Miami Herald youth sports online
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More events, leagues, programs
NFL/Wharton Leadership Program
NFL Player Engagement and the Wharton Sports Business Initiative will host the second annual NFL-Wharton Prep Leadership Program for student-athletes entering their senior year of high school.
The program, which runs from June 24-26 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in Philadelphia, offers leadership training and development programming with instruction from Wharton professors and NFL executives. Last year’s 36 participants are now in the college application process.
“We are excited to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of these extraordinary high school student-athletes as leaders both academically and athletically,” said former Miami Dolphins defensive back Troy Vincent, who is the NFL Vice President of Player Engagement. “NFL Player Engagement looks forward to assisting them even more through our PREP 100 series in further developing essential life skills that result from leadership in academic performance, athletic experience and community service.”
Kenneth Shropshire, Wharton Professor and Faculty Director at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative, added: “For Wharton, this is the perfect blend of sports, academics and social impact. We are excited about playing a role in developing future leaders impacted by sport, blending sports and academics at the highest levels.”
Male and female student-athletes who will be high school seniors in the 2013-14 school year can apply for the program at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative website www.whartonsportsbiz.org from now through March 15.
Thirty six student-athletes will be selected to participate based upon academic transcript, athletic experience, leadership activities, coach and teacher recommendations, and personal essays. All costs other than travel to and from the program will be covered by Wharton.
Among the topics covered in the full group sessions, breakout groups and panel discussions: Basics of Leadership – assessments, styles, motivating others; Professional Development – life skills, social media; Career Development – preparing for the future (resume, mock-interview, public speaking, networking); Financial Education – introduction to financial terms, tools, and the role of financial advisors; Basics of Management; Total Wellness – empowering student-athletes to make positive health decisions.
NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support and resources provided before, during and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, Next. NFL Prep provides high school and college student athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education.
The Wharton Sports Business Initiative is a research, executive education and consulting focused think tank dedicated to provide practical and tangible solutions positively impacting a variety of clients and areas within the sports business globally.
Tennis Campus Kids’ Day
St. Thomas University hosts a USTA Campus Kids’ Day on Feb. 15 in Miami Gardens.
Free and open to the public, USTA Campus Kids Days are designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis. Food and refreshments are provided, and fans are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities such as raffles, contests, racquet stenciling, autograph signings, clinics, etc., as well as watching a college tennis match.
On Feb. 15, St. Thomas University hosts Ave Maria University at 2 p.m. on its campus in Miami Gardens. Contact Bruce Carrington at email@example.com.
Campus Kids’ Day is an opportunity for the relationship between junior tennis and college tennis to grow, and for players to experience college tennis. The program occurs around the United States throughout the tennis season, from top Division I programs to Division II and III programs, bringing the community together and raising excitement for the game of tennis.
Campus Kids’ Days and all promotions are open to all attending, and do not conflict with NCAA compliance issues for junior players.
For information on USTA Campus Kids’ Days go to www.usta.com/Play-Tennis/College-Tennis/Campus_Kids_Days.
Tennis classes, programs
Tennis classes and programs for all ages are at the Penny Sugarman Tennis Center at Sans Souci, 1795 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami. Call for information on group lessons, annual passes, court rates and private lessons. Tennis pro is Ross Dubins. Call 305-893-7130.
Jai-alai is open to anyone, age 10 to 80.
With a rubber ball and cestas, the amateur jai-alai facility is at 1935 NE 150th St. in North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.
It is indoors, air-conditioned and open to all. Contact Luis at 305-389-2313 or Bob at 786-556-3574.
Who said you have to be a male to play Jai Alai? Just as many females play the sport in Spain, France and Mexico, and gals can play it in South Florida at an amateur indoor air-conditioned fronton.
There are also leagues for males and children. Rubber or plastic balls used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls also provided free with a nominal court fee. Open everyday. Email admanUSA@aol.com or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.
JCC Maccabi Games
The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center seeks participants for the JCC Maccabi Games.
JCC Maccabi Games: Athletes age 13-16 (as of July 31, 2013) can represent the Boca Raton Mitchell Dobbin Maccabi Team in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ baseball, swimming, tennis, boys’ and girls’ soccer, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse (depending on interest) and girls’ softball in Austin, Texas from July 28-Aug. 2 and Orange County, Calif. from Aug. 4-9.
Participants will display their skills as well as be inspired by the values of community involvement, teamwork, creativity, integrity and pride.
Tryouts for Team Sports are Feb. 3 and 10 at the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton and South County Regional Park, Boca Raton. Cost is free. Visit www.levisjcc.org for details.
Athletes interested in competing in individual sports must contact Lesley Surfer, the Levis JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head, at 561-852-3212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tamiami youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.
Miami Lady Express basketball
The Miami Lady Express girls’ basketball team needs funding to continue competing in tournaments throughout the United States. The coaches volunteered to train the girls, giving them something positive to do, and the parents have been fundraising.
Travel costs, food, tournament fees and lodging are very expensive for these girls. They practice at the Keys Gate Gym in Florida City and South Dade High School where their coaches teach. Contact Coach Larry Hicks at 786-301-2577.
Howard Palmetto baseball, softball
Registration for the 2013 Howard Palmetto Baseball & Softball winter season has started. Go to www.howardpalmetto.com to sign up.
The season starts in January and continues through April/May. Registration fees are $219 for baseball, $195 for softball and $185 for T-ball. Registration includes T-ball Titans for boys and girls age 4-6; baseball for boys age 6-15; high school boys’ baseball for grades 10-12; fast-pitch softball for girls age 6-17.
Games are at Evelyn Greer Park, Suniland Park, Palmetto Bay, Coral Reef and Chapman Field. Register online or for information, visit www.howardpalmetto.com.
The Miami Marlins offer behind the scenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for $10 a person.
The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the bobblehead museum and the premium areas including the Suites.
Tours operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when the Marlins play at home or when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment.
For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or e-mail email@example.com. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW 6 Street between NW 14 Avenue and NW 15 Avenue) and are for the time and date specified.
Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.
Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school) for the fall season.
Hall Of Fame Coach Rich Hofman and his staff will coach the teams which will practice and play in tournaments and leagues. Register for a tryout at www.hofball.net or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.
Youth Rugby South Miami
The Miami Rugby Youth Division, boys age 6-18, practices 6-8 p.m. Mondays at Murray Park and Wednesdays at Palmer Park, 6120 SW 67th Ave., South Miami. Call 305-400-0134, ext. 101. Visiti www.miamirugbykids.com.
Rebelle Athletics Club offers girls’ volleyball tryouts at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School, 4949 NE 2nd Ave.
The volleyball club, a member of the United States Volleyball Association, is under the direction of Mandi Tate, Dee Rey and former Barry University player Kelly Dantas. They are former coaches with South Florida Volleyball Club and currently coach at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School in Biscayne Bay.
Rebelle Athletics is dedicated to providing developmental and participatory athletic sports programs beginning at the youth development level. It offers a progression of sports activities for persons of all ages, races and creeds. It strives to enhance the physical, mental and moral development of amateur athletes at all levels, promoting sportsmanship and active citizenship.
South Kendall Sun Blazers (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).
Miami Dade Soccer League (miami-dadesoccer.com) at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).
Soccer 5 (ussoccer5.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).
Club Atletico De Miami (camsoccer.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).
Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)
Pinecrest Premier Soccer (pinecrestpremier.com) at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).
Optimist Club of Westchester (tropicalsoccer.org) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).
Coral Estates Soccer Club (coralestatessoccer.org) at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)
South Kendall Soccer Club (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).
Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).
The National Milk Mustache “got milk?” campaign launched the call for entries for the 15th annual Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Awards.
The SAMMY scholarship recognizes 25 student-athletes who excel in academics, athletics, community service, leadership and who fuel their daily success with milk.
Milk Mustache celebrity judges will help select 25 winners from across the country who will receive a $7,500 college scholarship, an awards ceremony at Walt Disney World and an opportunity to appear in their own special Milk Mustache ad.
For complete contest rules and applications log onto facebook.com/MilkMustache where visitors can also learn more about the exclusive SAMMY awards weekend and view behind the scenes footage.
Stand Up! For Those Who Can’t, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering children, families and communities through (w)holistic programs in education, culture and the arts, and as fiscal agent for the Sunshine Child Wellness Collaborative, has received a $50,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation to implement “Sunshine Fit for Tots,” an obesity-prevention program developed by SCWC for 3-year-old children.
“One in five preschool-age children in the United States are overweight or obese. We recognize the need to start prevention at the earliest age possible to promote lifelong habits of health and wellness,” said Mary Rae Smith, president and founder of SCWC. “We want to bend the curve on childhood obesity and are grateful to the Aetna Foundation for this opportunity to enhance obesity prevention through exercise and nutrition programming.”
Through March 2013, 60 children from four early childhood centers in Miami-Dade will receive nutritional education and obesity-prevention activities through art classes and dance lessons. The centers selected to receive the program are Fantasyland Learning Center in Westchester; Happy Kids in Miami Beach; Happy Children of Overtown; and Alberto’s Dream Childcare in North Miami.
“We thank the Aetna Foundation for awarding us this grant,” said Jeannette Egozi, president of SUFTWC. “In the United States, low-income families are the most affected by the alarming obesity trend. With these funds we can teach children how to eat healthfully and be physically active throughout their lives.”
For information about “Sunshine Fit for Tots” call the Sunshine Child Wellness Collaborative at 305-807-5229 or Stand Up! at 305-864-5237, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
CB Sports Leagues
CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit cbsportsclub.com. Call 786-273-5639.
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).