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Junior Orange Bowl basketball
The Junior Orange Bowl hosted 16 boys and girls’ middle school basketball teams from throughout South Florida for the Junior Orange Bowl Classic at the Miami Springs Recreation Center. North Miami Middle School and Aspira Charter School won the girls and boys’ titles, respectively, during the fourth annual event.
Aspira Charter defeated Palmetto Middle School 61-51 in the boys’ championship. Belen defeated Carver 46-29 for third place. Richmond Heights, Miami Springs, Mater Academy and John F Kennedy Middle School rounded out the boys’ field.
On the girls’ side, North Miami Middle School beat John F Kennedy 43-23 in the final. Miami Springs finished third by defeating Jose de Diego. The other teams competing in the girls’ bracket included Campbell Drive, Norland, Charles Drew and Richmond Heights.
Mark Strickland, formerly of the Miami Heat, and Jack McClinton, two-time first team All-ACC for the University of Miami, attended the tournament.
The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, The Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners.
The Junior Orange Bowl Committee, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the Youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multicultural experiences. For information on the Junior Orange Bowl, ontact 305-662-1210 or visit www.jrorangebowl.org.
Miami Beach basketball
El Mehdi Amrouss scored 12 points, and Tabias Sosa added 11 points as the Clipper s defeated the Bulls 37-30 in the 12-13 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation basketball at Flamingo Park.
Angel Rodriguez had 11 points and Adrian Thompson nine points for the Bulls.
The Clippers also beat the Heat 62-39. El Mehdi Amrouss scored 30 points, and Tobias Sosa recorded 21 points. For the Heat, Noah Stein scored 16 points and Alexis Amaya 12 points.
The Nets edged the Clippers 38-37. Isaiah Mansara scored 23 points, and Noah Ogaza added eight points. Tobias Sosa scored 12 points and Mehdi Amrouss 10 points for the Clippers.
The Grizzlies beat the Bucks 31-26. JR Hopkins scored 16 points, and Ethan Rozenwaig chipped in six points. For the Bucks, Parmasar Ramdass and Jorge Incerna each had six points, and Victore Gheller recorded five points.
• 9-11: The Knicks defeated the Bucks 31-20. Chaz Berkowitz scored 23 points, and Dylan Allen scored six points. Bryce Hammon added two points The Bucks’ Dahveon Morris totald 13 points, and Noah Milon had five points. Mathew Lonnberg also scored.
The Clippers edged the Grizzlies 22-20. Zaire Wade scored 15 points, and Aden Karp scored three points and Zach Bohm two points. For the Grizzlies, Bryan Saka had 11 points, and Jacob Martin scored five points and Zach Bohm two points.
The Celtics edged the Nuggets 14-13. Noah Dinic scored 10 points, and Asher Lieberman chipped in four points. Ethan Hunt had five points, and Alex Levine, Blaze Williams and Nick Namias each scored two points for the Nuggets.
The Knicks defeated the Bucks 31-20. Chaz Berkowitz scored 23 points, and Dylan Allen had six points. Bryce Hammon added two points. Dahveon Morris scored 13 points, and Noah Milon had five points for the Bucks. Mathew Lonnberg also scored.
The Clippers edged the Grizzlies 22-20. Zaire Wade scored 15 points, and Aden Karp had three points. Zach Bohm chipped in two points. Bryan Saka scored 11 points for the Grizzlies. Jacob Martin scored five points and Zach Bohm two points.
The Celtics edged the Nuggets 14-13. Noah Dinic had 10 points, and Asher Lieberman totaled four points. The Nuggets’ Ethan Hunt had five points and Alex Levine, Blaze Williams and Nick Namias also scored.
• 7-8: Quarterfinals: The No.6 seeded Lakers upset the Bulls 8-7. Oliver Segal scored four points, and Max Lawrence and Jack Meltzer each had two points. Dylan Schnur led the Bulls with four points, and Julian Corniel added a basket.
The Heat edged the Thunder 8-5. LucaS Turano had five points, and Max Gelber finished with three points. For the thunder, David Saka had three points, and Joshua Roseman scored.
• Girls: 8-10: The Liberty defeated the Sparks 16-4. Melina Flores and Garcia Mendez each scored six points. The Sparks’ Saiah Amailla and Alexia Miranda had two points apiece.
• 11-14: The Sparks beat the Dream 23-8 with Arielys Rodriguez scoring 11 points and Rita Vega adding 10 points. Shandi Teste had four points and Isadora Dron three points for the Dream.
Prime Time basketball
Justin Korakakos scored 15 points, and Player of the Week Enzo Collomba had 13 points as the Nets defeated the Knicks 45-25 in NBA (7th-9th grade) of Prime Time Sports basketball at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach.
Keith Bonwitt added seven points and Alex Fraynd two points. For the Knicks, Michael More had 17 points, and Daniel Berkman and Ian Schillinger had four points apiece.
More NBA (7th-9th)
Celtics 32, Lakers 19: Josh Klein 20 pts, Nicholas Mufson 1 point, Kevin Weiger 4 pts, Eli Broides 5 pts, Brando Holcman 2 pts. For theLakers, Uriel Epelbaum 12 pts, Kai Vagio 2 pts, Daniel Haddad 2 pts, Josh Becher 3 pts.
Spurs 40, Heat 23: Brandon Elyakim 14 pts, Joseph Wiener 8 pts, Bruno Wesley 12 pts, Felipe Lombello 1 point, Nicholas Dimartino 2 pts. For the Heat, Alejandro Klimberg 2 pts, Christian Zorzi 3 pts, Daniel Pitichiesky 3 pts, David Ezekiel 7 pts, Johnmichael Sossa 2 pts, Jordan Markofsky 2 pts, Yomtow Bejar 2 pts.
• SEC (5th-6th grade)
Razorbacks 25, Wildcats 21: Eric Getzel 14 pts, Samuel Taieb 4 pts, Benjamin Wolf 7 pts. For the Wildcats Jonathan Kiblisky 6 pts, Andres Bacal 13 pts, Gabriel Bramy 2 pts.
Crimson Tide 48, Tigers 37: Yaniv Assraf 21 pts, Ben Ratzker 3 pts, Shaul Levy 10 pts, Daniel Zipori 4 pts, Avi Alalu 6 pts, Jaime Acherman 2 pts, Ziv Markovitz 2 pts. For the Tigers, Simon Waxman 11 pts, Matias Ostrowicz 8 pts, Saul Bendayan 2 pts, Jeremy Saunders 9 pts, Eithan Cherem 5 pts.
Volunteers 24, Gators 23: Nathaniel Elharrar 10 pts (Player of the Week), Elan Roffe 4 pts, Armando Ruah 10 pts. Alan Grinspun 10 pts, Nathan Azizollahoff 5 pts, Gabriel Dayan 8 pts.
Bulldogs 25, Commodores 19: Noah Markofsky 19 pts, Steven Becker 3 pts, Eli Gelb 3 pts. For the Commodores, Jonathan Abbo 2 pts, Jake Strober 8 pts, Noah Pierre 1 point, Menachem Rosenwasser 8 pts.
• BIG EAST (3th-4th grade)
Bearcats 22, Hoyas 20: Liam Senker 12 pts, Aaron Sherit 4 pts, Michael Efroni 2 pts, Roy Blank. For the Hoyas, Lauryn Hornstein 8 pts, Michael Abbo 2 pts, Benny Bakar 4 pts, Daniel Gutkin 6 pts.
Golden Eagles 26, Scarlet Knights 13: Pryce Markson 8 pts, Jared Brody 4 pts, Allan Strimber 6 pts, Jaden Katz 6 pts, Samuel Courtney 2 pts. For the Scarlet Knights, Daniel Abbo 5 pts, Eithan Yisrael 2 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 6 pts.
Huskies 39, Orangemen 16: Ryan Mendelson 19 pts (Player of the Week), Tyler Gale 12 pts, Val Share 2 pts, Oliver Sejas 4 pts, Evan Ben-Shmuel 2 pts. For the Orangemen, Daniel Broides 8 pts, Jaime Mizrahi 2 pts, Michael Benzadon 2 pts, Ran Meshulam 2 pts, William Shaoul 2 pts.
Bulls 30, Wildcats 20: Jacob Golan 12 pts Josh Finvarb 4 pts, Marc Wendrow 10 pts, Elie Bibliowicz 2 pts, Jake Gelb 2 pts. For the Wildcats, Meyer Shalom 6 pts, Abie Saada 6pts, Menachem Gelman 2 pts, Carlos Romano 3 pts, Avi Lalo 3 pts.
Palmer Trinity baseball
The Palmer Trinity School varsity baseball team beat Marathon High School to win the South Florida Baseball Conference Championship for the first time in school history.
Several Falcons were selected to the All-Conference Team. Blake Miller, Gio Soto and Justin Ziegelasch were named first team. Nick Font and Ben Roberts were second team, and Dustin Phillip and Julian Stark were chosen third team.
The champs are Julian Adrien-Stark, Ted Fernandez, Nicholas Font, James Jones, Keith Macaulay, Blake Miller, Dustin Philipp, Jarrett Pico, Ignacio Pigna, Benjamin Roberts, Matthew Roberts, Giovon Soto, Evan Steinman and Justin Ziegelasch Gandia.
• Palmer Trinity School, a coeducational, Episcopal day school, provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, an essential goal of the school’s mission. The school serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12. For information about the school, visit www.palmertrinity.org.
Prime Time flag football
Abraham Klainbaum had two touchdown runs, three receptions and a touchdown pass to lead the Cowboys overs the Ducks 25-21 in Scouts (1st-2nd grade) of Prime Time Sports flag football at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach.
Player of the Week Eyal Vaxman had two receptions, one a touchdown and also scored on an interception return. Jonathan Almosny had a reception, and Noam Vainslein made three receptions. Samuel Attias totaled two sacks and three receptions. For the Ducks, David Benhamron caught a touchdown pass, and David Lalo had three receptions. Michael Stiberman scored twice on runs, threw a touchdown pass and made three receptions. Ricardo Koenig added a sack, a reception and an interception.
More Scouts (1st-2nd grade)
Gators 18, Fighting Irish 12: Alejandro Berkman one touchdown run, seven receptions; Andre Levy one reception; Jonathan Bacal two touchdown runs, six receptions; Jose Levy one reception; Nolan Senker six receptions. For the Figthing Irish, Jack Harris eight receptions, one touchdown run; Max Kertznus two receptions; Kyle Ratzker one touchdown pass, four receptions; Arie Mizrachi five receptions, Dylan Wigoda three receptions (one a touchdown).
Longhorns 13, Ducks 0: Jamie Mizrahi one reception; Michael Benzadon one interception; Noah Kurkin two receptions; Ashton Sklar one reception; Hank Klein two touchdown runs, three sacks, one interception. For the Ducks, Benjamin Leibovich one reception; Colin Grant one interception; David Lalo three sacks, two receptions; Michael Stiberman four receptions; Noah Yecutieli one reception.
Hurricanes 26, Crimson Tide 12: Alan Strimber one touchdown run; Daniel Brown one touchdown run, one touchdown pass; Eithan Hornstein two receptions; Marcos Romano two receptions (one a touchdown); Isaac Feldman two receptions, Patrick Savoia two receptions (one a touchdown); Michael Kiblisky one reception. For the Crimson Tide, Adam Cohen three receptions (one a touchdown), two sacks; Andres Ruah two receptions; Ari Dejman four receptions; Rafael Derzavich three receptions.
• Juniors (3rd-4th grade)
Player of the Week Andres Furzyfer had four receptions including the winning touchdown as the Hurricanes edged the Crimson Tide 6-0.
Benjamin Klein threw the winning touchdown pass and on defense intercepted a pass. Ilan Koenig totaled six receptions, and Jacob Singer had a reception and three sacks. Eric Ramos-Kastner recorded two receptions. For the Crimson Tide, Daniel Broides made six receptions. David Amsalem had a sack, and Eli Silverman had three receptions.
Cowboys 14, Ducks 0: Marc Wendrow two touchdown passes, one interception; Carlos Romano one interception; Johnny Fishman three receptions (one a touchdown); Samuel Courtney two receptions (one a touchdown).
Gators 13, Fighting Irish 6: Alex Benarrouch one interception; Daniel Solomiany one sack, one reception; Gabriel Leizorek six receptions (one a touchdown); Jaime Meller two receptions (one a touchdown) Moises Micha one reception; Tyler Gale two touchdown passes. For the Fighting Irish, Meyer Shalom one touchdown pass , one reception; Alexander Moltmann nine receptions; Avi Lalo ten receptions (one a touchdown); Tomer Spivak one reception.
Longhorns 18, Ducks 13: Pablo Sangranichne two receptions, one touchdown pass; Daniel Eidelstein two receptions; Alan Wainer one reception, one interception; Abie Bonkovski two receptions (one a touchdown), one interception for touchdown; Adam Weinberg one sack, Daniel Roffe one interception for touchdown. For the Ducks, Steven Friedman one touchdown pass; Mason Weisfisch one interception, one reception; Levi Gans one touchdown run; Dylan Morningstar three receptions, one interception for touchdown; Evan Scheck one sack, one touchdown reception.
The Columbus High School boys’ varsity lacrosse team won the District 29 title.
In a semifinal, the Explorers beat arch-rival Belen 15-2.
Grant Nordlund had six points (four assists and two goals). Gabe Perez had a goal and four assists, and Alec Carreras and Steven Hernandez contributed four goals and an assist. Jake Quigley played well on defense and offense, adding a goal and an assist and winning several faceoffs. Marcus Davide had a goal and an assist, and Danny Gomez and Danny Rancano also scored. Defensively, Michael Davide made 11 saves.
In the final, Columbus defeated Ransom Everglades 16-10.
Michael Davide and Steven Hernandez led their respective ends of the field. Davide registered 16 saves to keep Columbus in the lead most of the game. Hernandez played a pivotal role, too, with an impressive seven goals and three assists.
The game was tight in the early stages, but the Explorers separated themselves in the third period and were never challenged again.
Also on offense Alec Carreras tallied five points off four goals and an assist. Grant Nordlund added three goals and an assist. Marcus Davide scored twice, and Josef Shabaz had a goal and an assist. Sebi Cancio and Alex Ferran also scored.
Ann Cadreche, 41, of Miami was the top women’s masters runner during the KB Half Marathon at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Cadreche completed the 13.1094-mile run in 1 hour 43 minutes 53 seconds..
Other top local finishers: Female: 15-19: 1. Shelby Walker, Homestead, 2:10:20. 35-39: 1. Maria Paredes, Doral, 1:43:39. 60-64: 1. Evelyn Behr, Miami, 2:26:30.
Male: 15-19: 1. Christopher Ventura, Miami Lakes, 1:43:48. 50-54: 1. Jean-Louis Beaudonnet, Miami Beach, 1:32:57. 55-59: 1. Al Bakari, Miami Gardens, 1:28:53. 60-64: 1. Alfred Caporale, Miami, 1:55:32.
Victoria Degtyareva, 26, of Miami Beach won the women’s division of the 5K Run to Cure Diabetes at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
She covered the 3.10686-mile run in 22 minutes 4 seconds.
In the men’s division, Daniel Moisio, 28, of Miami was the winner in 18:18.
Other top local finishers: Female: 12-14: 1. Delilah Ayan, Miami, 33:40. 20-24: 1. Ivette Sierra, Miami Beach, 31:21. 25-29: 1. Claire Pavlovic, Miami Beach, 24:05. 70-74: 1. Georgina Martinez, Miami Lakes, 53:44. 75-79: 1. Essie Faria, North Miami, 36:09.
Male: 15-19: 1. Jarvin Bastidas Abad, Miami, 25:16. 20-24: 1. Ramiro Cipullo, Miami, 27:31. 25-29: 1. Giovanni Torres, North Miami Beach, 27:11. 30-34: 1. Miguel Rivera, Hialeah, 19:29. 35-39: 1. Derron Coy, Miami Gardens, 23:35. 40-44: 1. Agusti Comabella, Miami Beach, 22:39. 45-49: 1. Nick Sirianni, Miami, 23:23.
Miami’s Ali Black, the No.6 seed, was runner-up in Girls 18s during the prestigious Easter Bowl ITF Tennis Championships in Rancho Mirage, Calif. California’s Mayo Hibi, the No.13 seed, beat Black 6-3, 6-2 in the finals.
Miami’s Katerina Stewart and Ponte Vedra Beach’s Josie Kuhlman were runners-up in Girls 18s doubles. Spencer Liang of Maryland and Peggy Porter of Texas defeated Kuhlman and Stewart 6-4, 6-4 in a battle of unseeded combos in the finals.
Miami Country Day top athletes
Miami Country Day School: Upper School School Female Athlete of the Week: Mackenzie Bolton (water polo) made 23 saves and scored twice in leading her team to a 9-8 overtime win against Mast Academy for the girls’ team’s fifth consecutive district championship.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Talal Bazzi (water polo) led the Spartans to the district championship by scoring four goals, including the winner in the Spartans 13-12 come-from-behind victory against Hialeah High.
Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Mina Segall (tennis) led the Spartans girls’ team to the runner-up trophy in the South Florida Middle School Championships by winning the No.2 singles title.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Alexander Slezynger (tennis) led the Spartans boys’ team to the runner-up trophy in the South Florida Middle School Championships by winning the No.3 singles title and No.2 doubles championship.
Spartan Super Fans: Alexandra Piussan and Camile Martayan.
Archbishop Curley top athletes
Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep School, announced the Athletes of the Week.
Female Athlete of the Week
Sophomore track & field standout Carmen Pierre advanced to the regional championships in three events (100 hurdles, 400 relay, 100-meter dash). She was the district champ in the 100.
Male Athlete of the Week
Senior track & field talent Demitry Georges also advanced to the regional championships in three events (long jump, triple jump, 400 relay).
• The following Knights were Miami Herald All-Dade Honorable Mention selections for their respective sport.
Boys’ Basketball (Class 4A-2A): Phil Cheron, Casey Ermitus, Denvon Esgullian, Bryan Dorvil. Boys’ Cross-Country: Sebastian Delpeche, Danny Diaz, Nikko Antido, Nick Salow. Girls’ Cross-Country: Rhian Romanik, Jenny Lamy, Silvia Bacchelli. Wrestling: Scott Pomare. Football (Class 5A): Sam Echevarria, Byran McDonald, Deronne Ricks, Chris Williams. Girls’ Volleyball (Class 5A-2A): Jenssen Rayburn, Megan Romanik.
Former tight end Troy Drayton played nine seasons in the NFL, including 1996-99 with the Miami Dolphins, and he is now the Dolphins’ youth program coordinator.
Drayton is adding a new title to his listing – NFL Ambassador for Heads Up Football.
The NFL and USA Football jointly announced the national launch of Heads Up Football, a youth football program aimed at making the game of football better and safer for all who play it. The program is being supported with a $1.5 million grant from the NFL Foundation.
Three million kids already play tackle football and the game can be even safer. Heads Up Football includes a tackling model that removes the head from the game.
Heads Up Football has five core elements: 1) The use of the Heads Up Tackling model, 2) coaching certification, 3) Player Safety Coaches, 4) concussion education, and 5) proper equipment fitting.
The program was launched in three pilot markets last year. This year, it will expand to more than 600 youth leagues throughout 50 states. Of these leagues, 100 will be assigned a former NFL player mentor. Drayton will serve as a mentor to a local Heads Up League – the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.
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More events, leagues, programs
Soccer 5 Academy
Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small-sided soccer, makes its South Florida debut at three Miami-Dade County-owned parks – Tropical Park (7900 SW 40 St. in Miami), Kendall Soccer Park (8011 SW 127 Ave.) and Amelia Earhart Park (401 E. 65th St in Hialeah).
Headed by Soccer 5’s Director of Coaching Development Alan Georgeson, who has more than 15 years of experience in Europe in mini/small-sided soccer, kids, age 3-12, will learn the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer play for kids, youth and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in 3v3 to 7v7 matches.
With Kendall Park, ts recent grand opening of Soccer 5 Tropical Park and its third location at Amelia Earhart Park, mini/small-sided soccer will be available across the county, providing a greater opportunity for children and families to access the proper 4G turf game fields specifically designed for “5v5,” “6v6” and “7v7” games.
With smaller fields, mini soccer is much easier for young children or children who have never played. In addition, mini soccer is designed for competitive play against less number of players, providing more opportunity for pick-up games, as well as more opportunity to play the ball making mini soccer popular with older players, too.
Soccer 5 Tropical Park is open 3 p.m.-midnight Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m.-midnight Saturdays and Sundays.
“I cannot thank Miami Dade Parks and our Soccer 5 coaching staff enough for making our dream of developing small-sided soccer for kids in the Greater Miami area a reality,” Georgeson said. “It is an exciting time for us at Soccer 5 as we continue to expand our Kids Academy in South Florida built on the success of our public/private partnership with Miami Dade Parks and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.”
Allison Diego, Director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, added: “The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is delighted to partner with The Soccer 5 vision to provide an outstanding experience for this community through soccer. We are happy to be a part of this important child sports development.”
For information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.
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).
Kendall Hammocks cheerleading, football
Celebrating its 25th Warrior season the Kendall Hammocks Warriors program announces registration for the 2013 tackle football and cheerleading program.
Tackle football: Boys age 5-14. Must be 5 by April 1 and cannot turn 15 in 2013.
Teams are formed by age and weight. Participants must be present to register. Age and weight chart is found at www.khwarriors.org.
Cheerleading: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 11, May 18, June 1, June 8; 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 3 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $160. Email Cheer.4Warriors@aol.com.
• The Kendall Hammocks Warriors are members of the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all-volunteer program. For information or to inquire about coaching email Khwfootball@aol.com.
The USA Swimming Foundation granted more than $250,000 to help local Make a Splash partners in 19 states provide children with life-saving, learn-to-swim instruction for free or at a reduced cost.
More than 130 applications were received, and 41 local programs were selected as recipients of 2013 Make a Splash grants. Among the 41 recipients nationwide was Hialeah.
Make a Splash is the national child-focused, water-safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation. Make a Splash partners with more than 600 learn-to-swim providers in all 50 states in an effort to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim.
“This funding allows our local partners to provide swimming lessons to children who otherwise may never have the opportunity to learn the life-skills of swimming,” said Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. “The USA Swimming Foundation is excited to see continued growth, as we now have programs in all 50 states and have reached nearly 2 million children since 2007. We are incredibly grateful to our donors and corporate sponsors who are dedicated to making sure all children in American learn to swim.”
The USA Swimming Foundation grants money to partner organizations on an annual basis, and, to date, has disbursed more than $2.8 million. Grants are made possible by the support of donors, foundations and corporate partners.
Since June of 2007, more than 1.8 million children have taken lessons though local Make a Splash partners. Grant recipients like Hialeah provide a portion of its lessons for free or at a reduced cost, or provide free water safety education in their communities.
• About USA Swimming Foundation
The USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions – in the pool and in life. Whether we’re equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country.
The Foundation also serves as the home for our National and Olympic Team Alumni reunions and regional events. The development efforts of the USA Swimming Foundation aim to establish an endowment to strengthen the future of USA Swimming’s programs and services. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.
Moments of Month
Liberty Mutual Insurance announced the annual search for the most responsible youth sports moments of the year, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance.
Now in its third year, the “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” of 2013 seeks to identify and applaud acts of sportsmanship, selflessness, integrity, fairness and honesty from youth sports fields, rinks, courts, mats and pools around the country.
This year, with the help of U.S. Olympic skiing legend and youth sports parent Picabo Street, Liberty Mutual Insurance will name the “Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments” at the close of 2013.
Aligning with the brand’s ongoing commitment to responsibility, Liberty Mutual Insurance recently announced its partnership with the United States Olympic Committee and Team USA as the Official Property and Casualty and Life Insurance Partner of the 2014 and 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that will compete in Sochi, Russia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Street, best known for her gold medal performance in the super-G at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, and silver medal downhill performance in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway, joins Liberty Mutual’s commitment to youth sports as a mother and avid supporter of sportsmanship at all levels.
“As an athlete and now a mother of four young sons, I know first-hand the influence youth sports have in enriching a child with the values of sportsmanship and responsibility,” Street said. “To see U.S. Olympic Team partners like Liberty Mutual Insurance celebrate responsibility on the youth sports level is something I am proud to be a part of, and I urge fans across the country to share their examples of selflessness with us as nominees for 2013’s ‘Top 10 Responsible Sports Moments.’”
Now through Nov. 30, coaches and parents can submit a moment that celebrates the inherent goodness in youth sports at www.ResponsibleSports.com or by tweeting a nomination using #RSMoments. In addition, throughout 2013, Liberty Mutual Insurance and PCA will scour local headlines across the country and identify additional moments that exemplify sportsmanship within local communities.
Each month, three nominees will be highlighted on the Responsible Sports site where fans can tweet their vote for the most responsible “Moment of the Month.”
Winning moments will be announced at the close of 2013 and be honored by Liberty Mutual Insurance with a charitable donation of $1,000 to the 10 organizations that are responsible for each Responsible Sports moment. The Top “Moment of the Year” winner, as voted on by fans on Twitter, will also earn an extra $1,000 honorarium for its organization.
For information, visit www.ResponsibleSports.com or join the conversation @RespSports.
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.
Anglers who register for the inaugural Florida Keys Dolphin Championship, which is May 24-26, have an opportunity to win a new SeaHunter bay boat valued at $75,000.
The first 200 teams that register for the tournament are eligible to win the 24-foot-long SeaHunter boat, said Mike Weinhofer, a veteran Keys angling skipper who conceived the event. Registration is $600 per team.
The innovative tournament features five different Keyswide weigh stations.
“If you’re among the first 200 teams that register and you catch the tournament’s largest dolphin, more than 55 pounds, you’ll win the boat,” Weinhofer said, “and that fish is worth another $50,000, if it’s caught from any size SeaHunter boat purchased from an authorized dealer after May 24, 2007.”
Weinhofer added that $15,000 awaits first place, and cash and prizes are awarded in 36 other categories.
Registration/weigh-in locations include Buzzards Roost and Garden Cove Marina in Key Largo, Plantation Yacht Sales in Islamorada, Tarpon Creek Marina and Restaurant in Marathon, Boondocks Grille and Draft House in the Lower Keys and Dante’s Restaurant at Conch Harbor Marina in Key West.
Fish must be caught in Keys waters, although it is permissible to use motor vehicles to drive them to weigh stations before the stations close at 5 p.m. each day of fishing. Event information, rules and registration, visit www.floridakeysdolphinchampionship.com or call 305-396-2025.
Fishing charity event
The sixth annual Nick Sheahan Dolphin Rodeo is May 3-5, heralding the start of the much-anticipated Florida Keys dolphin season.
The family-friendly angling challenge has donated more than $69,000 in scholarship monies in honor of Nick Sheahan, a Coral Shores High School student who died tragically in 2004.
Adult as well as junior anglers, age 12 and younger, are to fish May 4 from lines-in at 7:30 a.m. to lines-out at 4:30 p.m., and May 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. International Game Fish Association tournament rules apply.
Cash prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500, respectively, are for the top three adult anglers catching the heaviest dolphin. First through third place trophies and prizes are for the top junior anglers.
A $25,000 cash prize awaits the angler who breaks the current Florida state record for dolphin.
Prizes also are for the largest wahoo, yellowfin or blackfin tuna. One entry per species per angler is allowed.
Entry fees are $150 per adult and $35 per junior angler.
Tournament information: www.nicksheahan.com.
Another fishing tournament
In pursuit of the perfect game fish, scores of anglers are to aim for blue water and weed lines during Marathon’s seventh annual Bull and Cow Dolphin Tournament May 2-5.
Teams of up to six anglers can register for the popular Middle Keys challenge. Fishing is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 4 and 5.
A grand prize of $10,000 cash goes to the team that catches the largest bull and cow combined.
Cash prizes of $1,000 are awarded for the largest combined weight of three dolphin fish and for the largest wahoo, blackfin tuna and tripletail. A rod and reel combo is the prize for catching the largest single dolphin, and other awards await the top female angler, junior angler, angler with the most unusual catch and more.
Entry fee is $650 per team. Event website and registration: www.bullandcowtournament.com or Big Time Bait & Tackle at 305-289-2199.
Attracted by Islamorada’s ‘sport fishing capital’ moniker, 30 of the world’s top fly anglers will compete during the Outback Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament from May 19-22 in the Florida Keys. Limited spots remain available, according to tournament organizers.
Fishing is 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20-22. Breakfast is 5 a.m. at the Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar, MM 82 bayside. All boats depart from the Lorelei and return to the Islamorada Fishing Club for an afternoon dockside gathering and weigh-in.
Anglers can fish only with fly gear, and participants are to use a tournament-furnished tippet not to exceed 16-pound test.
Tarpon must measure at least 48 inches in length to earn release points. To earn weight points, a tarpon must weigh at least 70 pounds. Anglers can enter a maximum of five fish for weight points. All fish must be released alive for an angler to score.
The awards banquet is 7 p.m. May 22 at Outback Steakhouse, MM 80 oceanside. Entry fee is $1,100 per angler.
The tournament was founded by the late Billy Pate, a legendary angler who was inducted into the 2003 International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and set a world record for catching a 188-pound tarpon on a fly rod in 1982. Tournament information contact Betsy Bullard at 305-587-1460 or email@example.com.
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 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 www.eevb.net.
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.
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.
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.
USA Triathlon Retro Series Schedule
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 www.usatretroseries.com.
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 www.usatriathlon.org 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. Distances: 2-mile run, 20-mile bike, 5-mile run. Website: http://longboatkeytri.com/. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com.
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 youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys, age 5-16. Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com 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 www.mlb.com/phr.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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).
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.
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.
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).