Miami Dolphins junior training camp visits Avocado, Palmetto elementary schools


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Dolphins junior training camp

The Miami Dolphins visited Avocado Elementary School in Homestead for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp. Nearly 250 students participated in the JTC, which consisted of interactive football drills and cheerleader routines.

“The Avocado (Elementary) students were great kids, and we had a blast today,” said former Dolphins tight end Troy Drayton, Youth Programs Coordinator. “Teaching these kids about physical fitness, education and making positive choices is crucial.”

Drayton began the morning by lecturing the students on the importance of school, getting exercise and making positive choices. The students were then treated to six interactive football drills and cheerleader routines.

“This is wonderful because not only do [the kids] get to do these drills, but they get to see an excellent role model in Mr. Drayton,” Avocado Assistant Principal Victoria Bourland said. “I think what the Dolphins are doing is great. We can’t tell them how much we appreciate it. The kids will never forget this.”

Avocado Elementary, founded in 1957, is home to approximately 580 students and serves K-3. The school also has some of its own physical fitness initiatives, including the mile club and health club. The mile club encourages children to get exercise by running, and they receive a plastic foot to put on a necklace for every mile they run.

• The Dolphins completed a back-to-back school visit week with an appearance at Palmetto Elementary School in Pinecrest for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp. The Dolphins held two sessions with nearly 500 students participating in the JTC.

“Our students work very hard throughout the year academically, so it’s very good to see the extracurricular side of it,” Palmetto Elementary Principal Eric Torres said. “It’s great, in particular, the Dolphins, who are very admired in the area. For them to come out, it gives the kids a sense that they could achieve through academics and athletics.”

Drayton led the clinic, helping the children with six interactive football drills to enhance speed, agility and fundamentals, such as catching and carrying a football.

“The Palmetto kids were awesome,” Drayton said. “It’s very rewarding to see how much they get out of the JTC, and I think they learned a lot.”

Palmetto Elementary School, which serves Pre-K through fifth grade, founded the wellness initiative Eat Play Succeed, which is now mimicked throughout Miami-Dade County. The school also participates in healthy food choices with their “Tasty Tuesdays” program, which gives students healthier eating options in the cafeteria.

• The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.

For information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camps or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at 305-943-7272 or

Our Lady of Lakes sports

Our Lady of the Lakes Athletic Director German Garcia announced the Primary boys’ basketball and JV baseball teams are All Catholic Conference North Division champions.

To clinch the titles, the basketball team defeated St. Patrick 36-24 concluding the season 9-1, and the baseball team beat Immaculate Conception 7-4 finishing the season undefeated at 10-0.

• The Our Lady of Lakes JV and Varsity cheerleaders competed at the Bash Elite Cheer Competition at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Each team won with spirited cheer/dance routines. Coached by sisters Emily and Isa Caproni (OLL alum), they were also awarded the “Bow Award” worth $250 for their overall performance in the School Division.

Miami Rowing Club

The Miami Rowing Club attended the first novice regatta of the season in Orlando and the first varsity regatta in Fellsmere.

The MRC novice crews dominated the Orlando regatta, attended by nearly 40 Florida crews. MRC won the boys’ eight-man race, the girls eight-person race and the boys’ four- man, quad and double races.

The gold medal winners are:2x NOVICE BOYS (Roury Higgins, John Morcos). 4x NOVICE BOYS (Alex Van Puffelen, John Morcos, Emilio Lamar, Roury Higgins). 4+ NOVICE BOYS (Steven Chica, Marcos Brugo, Zachary Skypeck, Patrik Maher, coxswain Andrew A. Bared). 4+ NOVICE BOYS (Jacob Sorensen, Jeronimo Guijarro, Viking Mayor, Stefano Viergutz, coxswain Xavier Mendez). 8+ NOVICE WOMEN (Sara Hernandez, Daniela Muños, Samantha Salazar, Antonia Martinez, Adrienne Orriols, Elizabeth Ray, Rachel English, Kamila Vasquez, coxswain Ariannie Pena-Aleman). 8+ NOVICE BOYS (Steven Chica, Marco Brugo, Zachary Skypeck, Patrik Maher, Jacob Sorensen, Jeronimo Guijarro, Viking Mayor, Stefano Viergutz, coxswain Andrew A. Bared).

The MRC varsity crews raced against 10 high school crews in the kickoff regatta of the spring season in Fellsmere. The race followed a Henley format with crews racing two at a time, head to head, with the looser eliminated and the winner continuing.

Rowers rowed up to three 2,000 meter races, if successful. Miami’s boys eight-man and four-man crews were, winning gold.

The gold medal winners are: 4+ VARSITY BOYS (Frankie Aguilar, Bernie Ramirez, Carlos Tornell, Jose Bared, coxswain Natasha Riveiro). 8+VARSITY BOYS (Frankie Aguilar, Luciano Mercenari, Zachary Skypeck, Bernie Ramirez, Alex Van Puffelen, J. Michael Toohey, Carlos Tornell, Jose Bared, coxswain Marcie Vidaurri).

Local track & field

Senior Alina Anderson of the Gulliver Prep girls’ varsity track & field team won the pole vault event clearing nine feet during a meet at the Westminster Academy Sports Complex in Lauderdale Lakes.

Juan Pino, a junior for Gulliver Prep, was third in boys’ pole vault, scaling 9-06. Junior Jonathan Saintil of Dade Christian won the boys’ long jump in 20-08. Saintil also won the boys’ triple jump in 45-01, followed by junior teammate Dillon Valejo in 39-02.

In the boys’ discus, Dade Christian senior Andrew Florvil won with a throw of 120-04. Senior teammate Aaron Batten was runner-up in 118. Gulliver Prep junior Braynon Edwards was fourth in 107-02. Florvil also won the boys’ shot put in 48-01. Edwards was runner-up in 43-02.5.

Ashley Okeke, a Dade Christian sophomore, was second in the girls’ shot put in 26-10. Northwest Christian freshman Bianca Holzendorf was fourth in 24-10. Dade Christian freshman Cristyn Myland was third in the girls’ long jump at 14-10.

Gulliver Prep’s girls’ 3,200 relay won in 10:45.66. Dade Christian’s boys’ 3,200 relay was tops in 8:45.33.

In the girls’ 400 relay, Gulliver Prep was second in 54.98. The Gulliver Prep boys’ 400 relay won in 44.62. In the girls’ 100, Gulliver Prep junior Melanie Muller was third in 13.64. Dade Christian sophomore Lanoris Graden was second in the boys’ 100 in 11.93, and Northwest Christian senior Samuel Roger was fourth in 11.96.

In the girls’ 1,600, Dade Christian senior Celeste Romero was runner-up in 5:54.83, and teammate Yanisel Stuart, an eighth grader, was third in 5:59.58. In the boys’ 1,600, Adam Ramos, a Dade Christian senior, was second in 4:48.55, and Gulliver Prep senior Alex Hernandez was fourth in 4:55.96.

Gulliver Prep sophomore Ines Zichy Thyssen and junior Kaylee Fantis were third (1:05.57) and fourth (1:05.82), respectively, in the girls’ 400. Dade Christian senior Mathew Bryan was second in the boys’ 400 in 53.19, and Alan Armony, a Gulliver Prep junior, was fourth in 54.46.

In the boys’ 300 hurdles, Dade Christian sophomore Lanoris Graden won in 42.48. Teammate Jonathan Saintil, a junior, was fourth in 46.00. Gulliver Prep senior Carrie Davis was third in the girls’ 800 in 2:41.37, followed closely by junior teammate McKenzie Simkins in 2:41.47.

Austin Ramos, a Gulliver Prep sophomore, was fourth in the boys’ 800 in 2:11.40. Gulliver Prep junior Melanie Muller won the girls’ 200 in 27.57. In the boys’ 200, Gulliver Prep sophomore Antonio Sotolongo was third in 23.68, and freshman teammate Dionte Mullins was fourth in 23.85.

In the girls’ 3,200, Yanisel Stuart, a Dade Christian eighth grader, was runner-up in 13:02.69, and senior teammate Celeste Romero was third in 13:14.35. Gulliver Prep freshman Alyssa Pujols was fourth in 13:27.74.

Gulliver Prep’s girls’ 1,600 relay won in 4:25.53. Dade Christian was fourth in 4:44.67. Dade Christian won the boys’ 1,600 relay in 3:37.32, followed by Gulliver Prep in 3:42.45.

The event featured eight schools (Coral Springs Christian, Dade Christian, Gulliver Prep, Northwest Christian, North Lauderdale-Somerset Prep, South Florida HEAT, Lauderhill-Upperoom Christian, Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy).

Dade Christian was runner-up in the boys’ team standings with 104 points. Gulliver Prep was third with 75.5. In the girls’ team results, Gulliver Prep was third with 80 points and Dade Christian fourth at 44.

More local track & field

Dr. Michael Krop, Goleman, Hialeah Miami Lakes, Miami Beach, Miami Springs, North Miami and North Miami Beach high schools competed in a varsity track & field meet.

Boys’ team results: 1. Dr. Krop 167; 2. Miami Springs 86; 3. North Miami Beach 79; 4. North Miami 42; 5. HML 35; 6. Goleman 30; 7. Miami Beach 19.

Girls’ team results: 1. Dr. Krop 174; 2. North Miami 73; 3. Miami Beach 57; 4. North Miami Beach 51; 5. Miami Springs 35; 6. Goleman 31; 7. HML 6.

Boys’ individual results: 1,600: 1. E. Gilles (NM) 5:00; 2. A. Dulcio (NMB) 5:08. 400: 1. T. Glaskins (DK) 51.00; 2. O. Anamayele (DK) 52.10. 300 hurdles: 1. R. Jackson (DK) 43.10; 2. W. Sylene (DK) 46.04. 800: 1. S. Succer (NM) 2:10.00; 2. W. Thelus (NMB) 2:14.00. 200: 1. T. Gaskins (DK) 22.95. 100: 1. R. Bermudes (MS) 11.03; 2. T. McCullum (NM) 11.28. 3,200: 1. S. Tate (DK) 11:24.00. 3,200 relay: 1. DK 8:50.07; 2. NMB 8:57.00. 400 relay: 1. MS 44.12; 2. DK 45.55. 1,600 relay: 1. MS 3:44.00; 2. NMB 3:56.00.

Triple jump: 1. M. Malcolm (DK) 39-7; 2. T. Wilsmith (DK) 38-6. Long jump: 1. K. Floyd (MB) 19-2; 2. R. Bermudez (MS) 18-9. Shot put: 1. W. Amani (DK) 43-1; 2. K. Jamal (DK) 38-2. Discus: 1. F. Kevrin (NMB) 128-8; 2. St. Webster (DK) 110-4.

Girls’ individual results: 1,600: 1. K. Blondon (MB) 6:02; 2. I. Swtnick (Gole) 6:23. 400: 1. A. Allen (DK) 56.20. 300 hurdles: 1. D. Desmangles (DK) 49.40; 2. F. Allen (DK) 51.90. 800: 1. C. Lewis (DK) 2:34.00; 2. V. Oscar (NMB) 2:44.00. 200: 1. A. Allen (DK) 25.70; 2. M. Carr (DK) 27.50. 100: 1. S. Jean (NM) 13.50; 2. W. Taylor (DK) 13.58. 100 hurdles: 1. D. Desmangles (DK) 16.35. 3,200: 1. K. Blondon (MB) 13:31.00. 3,200 relay: 1. NMB 11:06.00; 2. NM 11:15.00. 400 relay: 1. DK 51.76; 2. MS 55.34. 1,600 relay: 1. DK 4:15.00; 2. NM 4:23.00.

Triple jump: 1. D. Desmangles (DK) 31-11; 2. S. Dorelien (DK) 30-7. Long jump: 1. A. Nliru (DK) 15-7; 2. A. Tiffany (DK) 14-7. Shot put: 1. M. Carry (NM) 35-9; 2. K. Eady (NM) 32-9. Discus: 1. M. Jasmine (NMB) 96-3.

Prime Time Sports top athletes

Prime Time Sports Flag Football Players of the Week at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Scouts (1st & 2nd grade)

Alejandro Berkman had an outstanding game to lead his Gators in a close victory over the Ducks. He had three touchdown runs and five receptions. His performance helped the Gator remain unbeaten at 3-0.

Juniors (3rd & 4th grade)

Gabriel Leizorek had an excellent game on defense. He totaled three interceptions, two of them pick 6. His anticipation on defense was the difference in the Gators victory over the Ducks 40-25.

Seniors (5th & 6th grade)

Jorge Batievsky played big on Monday Night Football. He threw three touchdown passes, scored on a run, intercepted a pass and made a reception to key the Longhorns’ 32-35 victory over the Fighting Irish.

Varsity (7th-9th grade)

Josh Silverman had a complete game with three touchdown passes, one touchdown reception, one sack and three receptions. He was the X factor in leading the Longhorns to a 3-0 start. Great job Josh!!!

Prime Time Sports Basketball Players of the Week at the Michael Ann-Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

SEC (5th & 6th grade)

Elan Roffe scored seven points, four in clutch time. Elan drove to the basket and made a crazy shot that put the Volunteers ahead by two. Then, the Commodores tied the game off an out-of-bounds play that sent the game to overtime. In overtime, Elan scored the winning basket.

BIG EAST (3th & 4th grade)

Daniel Broides was the leader scorer in the game with 25 points to help his Orangemen to their first win of the season, beating the Golden Eagles in a close battle, 31-30.

NBA (7th-9th grade)

Justin Korakakos was the leading scorer with 20 points. He was dominant helping the Nets to a 2-0 start. He had assists, too, keeping everyone involved.

Visit and and the Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach, 33180.

Miami Country Day top athletes

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Evan Meiselman (tennis) won his singles match against Riviera Prep.

Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Channise Lewis (varsity basketball) combined for 24 points, 13 assists and 10 steals in regional playoff wins against Florida Christian and Palmer-Trinity.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Breanna Blot (basketball) combined for 26 points and 18 rebounds in regional playoff wins against Florida Christian and Palmer-Trinity.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Jordan Karp (lacrosse) scored seven goals and added two assists in a Spartans’ win against Coral Reef.

Spartan Super Fan: Jesse Bernstein (Upper School Science Teacher).

Archbishop Curley top athletes

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep’s Athletic Director Coach Greg Magner announced the school’s Athletes of the Week.

Senior Jackysha Jean won the long jump and triple jump and was a member of the the winning 400 relay during a tri-meet against Coral Shores and St. Brendan.

The Male Athlete of the Week goes to senior Christopher Moss who won the 110 and 300 hurdles in that tri-meet.

Westwood Christian top athlete

Westwood Christian High School recently named Gabriel Gonzalez its Player of the Month for January.

Gabriel, a senior, is the captain of the district champion boys’ varsity basketball team. He has been on varsity three years and has a 2.7 GPA. His attitude on and off the court, along with his tireless work-ethic and passion propelled him as a unanimous choice for Player of the Month honors.

Braddock volleyball

The Braddock High School boys’ volleyball team is young with just two returning varsity players.

One is senior Idalberto Delgado who has been playing four years. He is an extremely athletic and versatile player. He was a key player on the varsity team since his sophomore year. He led the team in kills last season.

Jesus Eguino is also in his fourth year. He is extremely hardworking with a strong block in the middle.

Juniors Angel Jover and Alvaro Llarralde will help the Bulldogs who were 14-6 last season for Coach Adriana Fundora.

Coral Reef volleyball

Graduating two starters from last season’s squad, Coral Reef High School boys’ varsity volleyball will rely on 6-5 senior hitter Malik Audain and 6-7 junior middle blocker Zavier Peart this season.

Audain had 203 kills, 54 blocks, 25 aces and 55 digs in 2012. Peart totaled 77 kills and 65 blocks.

The Barracudas went 15-11 a year ago, placing second in the district. Senior setter Anthony Caba (469 assists, 81 digs, 17 aces) returns as does 6-0 senior hitter Ozzy Lievano (71 kills, 20 blocks, 28 aces, 81 digs) for Coach Yasmin Ortiz.

AAU basketball

An AAU sanctioned youth basketball tournament is March 22-24 in Hollywood. The event is open to fourth through eighth grade teams.

Each team is guaranteed at least three games. Cost is $225 per team with multiple team discounts.

Contact Vladimir at 305-336-3237 or visit


The Mo Steel flag football team is Europe bound to run football clinics and compete in tournaments.

The team is raising funds to cover travel costs.

Its garage sale fundraiser is 7 a.m.-noon on March 9 and 10 at 1875 NE 197 Ter., North Miami Beach, 33180.

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More events, leagues, programs


Anglers can vie for top-honor trophies for catches of bonefish and redfish during the renamed and reformatted Jim Bokor Islamorada All-Tackle Bonefish and Redfish Shootout from March 13-15 in Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

Tournament information: Betsy Bullard at 305-587-1460 or

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 from now through March 15.

Thirty six tudent-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.

ROGY tennis

Ready to introduce your child to organized tennis, but not sure if they’re ready for a league, and you don’t want to spend all day or a weekend playing a tournament?

Then you’re ready to ROGY.

USTA Florida ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions) Tourn-events are three-hour play periods where boys and girls, age 8-18, hone their tennis skills in a fun, no-pressure format using modified equipment. Depending on age and experience, they will play with the correct racquet size (smaller for kid’s hands) and court size (36-foot for beginners or very young children, up to 60-foot and regulation 78-foot courts), and with lower-compression balls that bounce in their hitting zone rather than over their head.

“These three-hour events feature fun match play, without the pressure of rankings,” said Andy McFarland, associate executive director of USTA Florida. “ROGY is ideal for youth players of all ages who want to improve their game by playing opponents with a similar skill level, in a time format that doesn’t take up a parent’s entire day or weekend.”

ROGY events are designed for rookie-level players who can serve, volley and keep score. By removing the rankings and focusing on gaining experience playing against kids of the same level rather than winning, ROGY events provide a more fun way for youth players to participate.

“It’s a great intermediate step for kids who were introduced to tennis through a Festival or Kids Tennis Club and are ready to play more organized matches,” McFarland said. “Kids enjoy immediate success playing with the modified equipment, making tennis fun as opposed to playing with adult equipment on an adult court.”

Upcoming local ROGY event:

March 9: ROGY Grand Prix, Reiner Heinser Tennis Academy, Miami

To sign-up for a ROGY event, contact the club or facility listed above.

To see the entire 2013 ROGY schedule in Florida to date or learn more about ROGY, go to

Tennis Festivals

Thousands of Tennis Festivals are in March across the country including South Florida to boost junior participation. By hosting a tennis festival, tennis organizers, including facilities, parks and clubs and schools have the opportunity to showcase their youth tennis programs and attract new players.

Tennis Festivals are designed to welcome families to play tennis at all skill levels. Parents and children are encouraged to participate and experience first-hand the way in which tennis is now sized right for their child’s age and ability.

South Florida facilities registered for Tennis Festivals as of Feb. 6 are:

March 7: Coral Springs: Intramural Fun, Sawgrass Springs Middle School Tennis Courts,


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.

Big Shot Volleyball Series

The Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball Series, presented by Rider Sandals, will start the 2013 season at sites throughout Florida. Teams from throughout the East Coast will compete as they warm up for the 2013 Pro Beach Volleyball Tour.

Top male and female doubles teams will compete for over $75,000 cash prizes during the 2013 season including $12,000 at the Spring Florida events. Tournament play will start at 9 a.m. with women’s finals scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturdays and men’s finals Noon Sundays. Admission is free for spectators.

Spring Tour Schedule

April 6-7: St. Augustine

April 20-21: Hollywood

April 27-28: Siesta Key

Separate divisions for players of intermediate and novice levels on Saturdays and Sundays. The $60 entry fee entitles players to a day of tournament play, an official Reflekt Polarized Big Shot Volleyball T-shirt and a chance to win merchandise prizes from tournament sponsors Spalding, Rider Sandals, 4C Totally Light 2Go Energy Drinks, Rox Volleyball, 1st Place Volleyball, SOB Volleyball Vacations, Sixpak Volleygear, Zem Booties, Dig Magazine, Bally’s Casino and Park and Sun Sports.

The Big Shot Volleyball Series holds 35 events leading to the $8,000 Big Shot Championships at Bally’s Casino Sept. 7-8 in Atlantic City and the $5,000 Volley America National Championships in October in Clearwater Beach. Visit

Rebelle volleyball

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.



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.

More Jai-Alai

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 or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

USA Triathlon

USA Triathlon aims to return multisport to its roots with the inaugural USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, which debuts this spring with 10 beginner-friendly events -- one in each USA Triathlon region including Miami.

The focus of the Retro Tri Series is participation, rather than competition. The aim of the events is to introduce the sport of triathlon and educate race participants about the healthy and active multisport lifestyle. The events are open to first-timers, seasoned veterans and those looking to stay active -- swimming, biking and running in a safe atmosphere. Each event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

“Our new Retro Tri Series events offer something for anyone interested in participating in the sport of triathlon,” USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach said. “These races can be for athletes who want a good, safe workout, or for someone who may feel intimidated by going to a larger race. We’re looking forward to this year’s events and can’t wait to introduce more and more newcomers to the multisport lifestyle.”

The Retro Tri Series events are geared toward adult and youth competitors age 13 and older. Each race will feature a 300-400-yard swim, 5-10-mile bike and 2-5-kilometer run.

2013 USA Triathlon Retro Series Schedule

April 27: Rio Grande Triathlon-Reverse Sprint, Albuquerque, N.M.

May 4: E-Bomb Triathlon, Biloxi, Miss.

June 8: Moses Lake Triathlon, Moses Lake, Wash.

June 23: Blue Ash Community Triathlon, Cincinnati.

July 20: Big Spring Super Sprint & Kids Tri, Big Spring, Texas.

July 20: Runner’s Roost Retro Triathlon (R3 Tri), Buffalo.

July 28: Gaucho Super Sprint Triathlon, Goleta, Calif.

Aug. 4: Omaha Retro Family Triathlon, Omaha, Neb.

Sept. 8: FIU Triathlon, North Miami.

Nov. 3: Old Dominion University (ODU) Triathlon, Norfolk, Va.

For more on the USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, visit

USA Duathlon

With the aim of introducing more athletes to the exciting multisport discipline of duathlon, USA Triathlon unveiled the 10 events that will comprise the 2013 USA Triathlon Duathlon Race Series including one in Florida.

Ten races comprise USA Triathlon’s 2013 Duathlon Race Series. (David Sanders/USA Triathlon)

With one event in each of USA Triathlon’s 10 regions, athletes across the country will have the opportunity to compete in a top run-bike-run event. Each event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon and will count toward the popular end-of-year Duathlon National Rankings for USA Triathlon annual members.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each series event.

The first event of the series - the Frost Yer Fanny Duathlon - is Feb. 18 in Fort Worth, Texas, and series races will continue through the Oct. 20 Longboat Key Duathlon in Longboat Key, Fla. USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships is Oct. 26 in Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz. Visit for information on Duathlon Nationals.

USA Triathlon sanctioned nearly 600 duathlon races in 2012, more than doubling the number of sanctioned races from 2006.

Florida Race: Oct. 20: Longboat Key Duathlon: Longboat Key, Fla. Distances: 2-mile run, 20-mile bike, 5-mile run. Website: Contact: or 813-966-7844.

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. Visit 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

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.

Tamiami basketball

Tamiami youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email or call 305 -273-1145.

MLB Pitch, Hit & Run

Major League Baseball invites you to host a local competition of Pitch, Hit & Run, presented by Scotts.

Any coach, parent or adult volunteer can host a competition, a one-day community event that can be run in just a few hours.

Boys and girls, age 7-14, have the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game.

It is free and can be offered in March, April or early May.

An administrative kit is provided with a handbook, strike zone banner, posters, awards and other information needed to host. Register to host a local competition at

Marlins Tours

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 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.

HOF baseball

Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school).

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 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


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.

More Jai-Alai

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 or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.


South Kendall Sun Blazers ( at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Miami Dade Soccer League ( at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).

Soccer 5 ( at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).

Club Atletico De Miami ( at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas ( at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer ( at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester ( at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).

Coral Estates Soccer Club ( at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)

South Kendall Soccer Club ( at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO ( at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).

Got Milk

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 where visitors can also learn more about the exclusive SAMMY awards weekend and view behind the scenes footage.

CB Sports Leagues

CB Sports Club offers Youth Basketball, Flag Football, Youth Soccer, Adult Soccer and Adult Basketball. Visit Call 786-273-5639.

Physically Challenged

Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).

Read more Miami-Dade Youth Sports stories from the Miami Herald

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