Our Lady of the Lakes sports awards

 

About this feature

Sports Scene is a Miami Herald feature that spotlights news and notes from all youth sports activities in your neighborhood. The aim of the section is to feature game notes from any sport and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on the directors and coaches of each league to send information for Sports Scene. We also accept photos, but we ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.

The section is free and open to anyone. Email sportsscene@MiamiHerald.com or send a fax to 305-376-5287.


Be honored at Miami Marlins game

In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate any current or former youth league (recreation or travel), middle school or junior varsity baseball/softball player who displays sportsmanship and has good grades or academic gains. Honored players - selected by random drawing - will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.

To nominate someone, e-mail jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 954-538-7153.


Be a STAR at WWE show in South Florida

In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth who promote the values of the Be a STAR anti-bullying program, World Wrestling Entertainment in conjunction with The Miami Herald is accepting nominations for a special meet-n-greet before a WWE show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise.

Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness.

Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.

WWE superstars and divas often make school visits throughout the country throughout the year, discussing how they dealt with bullying and stereotypes growing up and even into adulthood. They encourage students to Be a STAR.

Teachers, coaches or family members can nominate a South Florida youth, describing how that youth has been a STAR. It can be helping a family member, a classmate, a teammate, a school or something else. You may Be a STAR and not even know it.

Three youth - selected by random drawing - will be invited as Be a STAR finalists to the WWE show at the BB&T Center on Friday, June 7 in Sunrise. Each finalist will receive two tickets to the show and a WWE prize pack. One of the finalists will be drawn as the grand prize winner and participate in a meet-n-greet.

To nominate someone, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone jvarsallone@miamiherald.com.


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Our Lady of Lakes sports

Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School concluded a succesful 2012-13 athletic year with an Athletic Convocation at the school in Miami Lakes.

The 25 teams were recognized, and each participant was congratulated for being an outstanding student athlete.

Our Lady of the Lakes Athletic Director German Garcia and the majority of the 22 volunteer coaches also presented three distinctive awards for each team: Heart and Hustle Award, Most Improved Player, Most Valuable Player.

Coach Garcia closed the ceremony by announcing eighth graders Daniel Padron and Janelle Rodriguez as the Male and Female Athletes of the Year, respectively.

Padron received Most Valuable Player in basketball, cross-country and flag football. He also maintained good grades. In the Fall, he will attend Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches where he plans to compete in basketball and cross-country.

Rodriguez received Most Valuable Player for girls’ volleyball. She was a standout student as well as a leader on and off the court. In the Fall, she will attend Monsignor Edward Pace High School where she plans to participate in volleyball.

Highlights for the 2012-13 athletic year:

All Catholic Conference North Division Champions: Primary Baseball (7-1-1), JV Baseball (9-0), Spring Boys Flag Football (7-1), Primary Boys Basketball (9-1).

All Catholic Conference North Division Runner Up: JV Boys Basketball (7-3).

All Catholic Conference Tournament Runner Up: Primary Boys Cross Country, Spring Boys Flag Football (advanced to school first ACC Flag Football 3A final).

All Catholic Conference Sportsman of the Year Nominee: Coach Eddy Fleitas for Girls Basketball (first Cheetah coach to be nominated).

Notable Achievements: Girls and boys basketball teams played in the Court of Dreams at the AmericanAirlines Arena. A school first, the girls won the Court of Dreams.

Gymnastics

Anais Rey and Bella Torres of Tumblebees Gymanstics in Kendall fared very well during the USAG Regional Championships at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Rey placed second all around for Level 7 scoring 37.75, and Torres totaled 36.0 all around. Rey was first on vault, fifth on balance beam and seventh on floor exercise. Torres was eighth on balance beam and vault. They qualified for regionals with strong performances at the USAG Florida State Championships at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.

Highland Oaks track & field

Highland Oaks Middle School runners Jamir Ferguson and Malik Watson did a good job at the Florida Youth Runners Association Middle School Track Championship at Calvary Christian School in Clearwater.

Ferguson, who won his heat in the 3,000-meter run, later set a personal best 9 minutes 57 seconds to place eighth overall, earning a medal. Watson also set a personal mark in the 3,000 in 10:09. Both advanced to the championships by faring very well at a qualifier.

More track & field

The Dade Christian School boys’ varsity track & field team was third of 55 schools during the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A State Championships at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

Dade Christian senior Andrew Florvil was runner-up in boys’ shot put at 51-3.75. Teammate Jonathan Saintil, a junior, was runner-up in the boys’ triple jump at 45-2.5.

The Crusaders 1,600 relay (Terrence Alls, Mathew Bryan, Aaron Batten, Lanoris Graden) was runner-up in 3:27.83. The 400 relay (Gary Samson, Terrence Alls, Lanoris Graden, Aaron Batten) was sixth in 43.58. Graden, a sophomore, also placed third in the 300-meter hurdles in 40.33.

Florida Christian junior Marina Gatihno finished fourth in the girls’ triple jump at 35-0. Teammate Victoria Camargo, a sophomore, was ninth in the 800 in 2:28.47.

Miami Beach basketball

Ivinson Bernadel scored 27 points as the Heat defeated the Nets 45-41 in a semifinal in the 12-13 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreational basketball. Andy Salas added nine points. Victor Godoy had 16 points and Isaiah Manasara 12 points for the Nets.

In the other semifinal, the Clippers beat the Grizzlies 29-22. Jeffrey Keeler scored 14 points, and Elies Guennoun chipped in eight points. For the Grizzlies, Donald Dinerman scored 13 points and Alex Priess four points.

• The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars 20-15 in the 7-8 age group.

East All-Stars: Sebastian Alarcon, Julian Corniel, Max Gelber, Jackson Gessner, Alexander Raymond, Dylan Schnur, Owen Spill, Lucas Turano, Cole Young.

West All-Stars: Brett Burstein, Max Lawrence, Jack Meltzer, Manuel Palmieri, David Saka, Noah Scheinblum, Oliver Segal, Isaac Sokol, Dillon Weisman.

• The West All-Stars defeated the East All-Stars 35-25 in the 9-11 age group.

East All-Stars: Dylan Allen, Chaz Berkowitz, Noah Dinic, Isaiah Gardner, Max Gotlin, Joseph Kodsi, Noah Milon, Dahveon Morris, Justin Neely, Kevin Quiroga, Justin Swartz, Matthew Weissmann.

West All-Stars: Arthur Ackerman, Zack Barcenas, Zach Bohm, Drew Burnstine, Anthony Delrosario, Daniel Friedman, Ethan Hunt, Brock Levin, Jacob Martin, Nick Namias, Bryan Saka, Zaire Wade.

South Dade baseball

The South Dade High School freshmen baseball team (13-6-2) defeated Killian 5-4 and Belen 5-2 to win the Freshmen League Championship Tournament at Killian High School.

Outstanding performances by pitchers Giovanni Borges and Austin Mead led the championship effort. Catcher Alec Menoah highlighted the offense with a towering home run.

Palmer Trinity sports

Palmer Trinity School Athletic Director Dr. Jake von Scherrer has been recognized by the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association as this year’s Florida State Award of Merit winner.

The Award of Merit is presented to the athletic director in each state whose leadership and programs have made a significant impact at the national level. Under von Scherrer’s leadership, Palmer Trinity has become recognized throughout the state as being on the cutting edge of sportsmanship on a school-wide basis.

In the past few years, von Scherrer has started a variety of sportsmanship initiatives, including a Captains Pre-Game Sportsmanship announcement, the creation of a Pre-Season Sportsmanship Powerpoint for Parents, the placement of Sportsmanship banners in the gym, along with starting a Captains Council of student athlete leaders as well as developing a first class Student Public Address Announcer. All of these efforts culminated with Palmer Trinity School being honored as the 2012 Florida High School Athletic Association State Champion for Sportsmanship in Class 3A.

• 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. Palmer Trinity School serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12. For information visit www.palmertrinity.org.

Tri-Miami triathlon

Petrina Kaluzhny of Miami won the women’s 25-29 age group during the Tri-Miami International Triathlon at Virginia Key in Key Biscayne.

She covered the 0.5-mile swim, 20-mile bike and 6.2-mile run in 2 hours 12 minutes 50 seconds. Jessican Anderson, 24, of Miami won the overall women’s title in 1:55:10, and Miami’s Gerin Reyes, 34, was third in 2:00:08.

Alejandro Ponce, 41, of Miami was runner-up in the men’s division in 1:45:34.

Local winners: Clydesdale 185 0-39: 1. Claudio Rivero, North Bay Village, 2:21:20. Clydesdale 200 40+: 1. George Garcia, Miami, 2:11:53. Clydesdale 225 0-39: 1. Steven Bradshaw, Homestead, 2:29:57.

Male: 20-24: 1. Jose Cobian, Doral, 2:09:52. 30-34: 1. Mauro Milovic, Miami Beach, 1:57:11. 35-39: 1. Juan Sanchez, Miami, 1:51:04. 65-69: 1. Tim Regier, Miami, 2:12:49. Masters: 1. Adam Ciperski, Cutler Bay, 1:54:35.

• John Jakopin of Miami won the Clydesdale 200 0-39 division during the Tri-Miami Sprint Triathlon.

He finished the 0.25-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in 58 minutes 16 seconds.

Carlos Dolabella, 52, of Key Biscayne won the men’s title in 53:27, followed by Key Biscayne’s Alejandro Rodriguez, 18, in 53:40. Michael Nunez, 37, of Miami placed third in 54:52.

Christina Montes De Oca, 37, of Miami won the women’s title in 1:03:22. Miami’s Jennifer Rubio was third in 1:06:59.

Loca winners: Clydesdale 185 0-39: 1. Brian Hood, Coral Gables, 1:09:19. Clydesdale 185 40+: 1. Ramon Perdomo, Miami, 1:07:47. Clydesdale 225 0-39: 1. Eddy Rafael, Hialeah, 1:06:47. Clydesdale 225 40+: 1. Javier Baeza, Coral Gables, 1:16:20.

Female: 20-24: 1. Rachel Losada, Miami, 1:09:29. 30-34: 1. Michele Pereira, Miami Beach, 1:07:11. 35-39: 1. Magui Martinez-Pena, Miami, 1:10:23. 40-44: 1. Maritza Baez, Miami, 1:11:35. 45-49: 1. Suleica Melow, Miami, 1:11:28. 55-59: 1. Joanne Woodland, Miami Beach, 1:20:03. 70-74: 1. Lois Leon, Miami, 1:15:56. Fat Tire: 1. Gillian Smith, Coral Gables, 1:49:41.

Male: 20-24: 1. Eduardo Gonzalez, Miami, 58:57. 30-34: 1. Tiago Choze, Miami, 57:41. 35-39: 1. Emilio Ferro, Key Biscayne, 59:52. 45-49: 1. Agusti Comabella, Miami Beach, 59:25. 60-64: 1. Ed Swakon, Palmetto Bay, 1:12:16. 70-74: 1. Albert Leon, Miami, 1:16:54.

Visit www.multirace.com.

Tri-Miami duathlon

Linda Kelly, 61, of Miami won the women’s masters title during the Tri-Miami Sprint Duathlon at at Virginia Key in Key Biscayne.

She completed the 1-mile run, 10-mile bike and 3.1-mile run in 1 hour 15 minutes 18 seconds. Miami’s Joel Lezcano was third in men’s overall in 58:10.

Local winners: Athena: 1. Lilian Chiu, Miami, 1:35:02.

Female: 35-39: 1. Melissa Jakopin, Miami, 1:15:18. 45-49: 1. Adelyn Blanco, Miami, 1:21:31.

Male: 15-19: 1. Alec Cuevas, Miami, 1:09:13. 35-39: 1. Maikel Cusimano, Hialeah, 1:00:16. 40-44: 1. Rodrigo Gomez, Doral, 1:04:00. 50-54: 1. Allan Levi, Key Biscayne, 1:18:21. 60-64: 1. Christian Poirier, North Miami, 1:04:39.

Visit www.multirace.com.

Tennis

Katerina Stewart of Miami helped the U.S. Junior Fed Cup team (16 and younger) advance to the finals by qualifying through the North/Central American and Caribbean Championships in Montreal.

Coached by USTA National Coach Freddy Rodriguez, the United States lost only one set in winning all nine singles and doubles matches against Canada, Mexico and Cuba. The Junior Fed Cup Finals will be in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Dolphins Youth Programs

More than 1,400 children from 15 schools throughout Grand Cayman were impacted by the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department during a series of pep rallies as part of a recent three-day tour. This was the first time that the organization conducted youth programs initiatives in the top Caribbean destination.

“The pep rallies were very exciting for the youth and staff of our area schools but most importantly, the message shared by the Dolphins was extraordinarily positive, echoing the values that we, as a country, try to instill in our children such as making positive choices, being active, and committing to education,” Director of Tourism for the Cayman Islands Shomari Scott said. “Collaborations such as this will enable us to share the spirit of the Cayman Islands with international visitors through the relationship with the Dolphins and their fans who come to participate in the camp this summer, and we are excited to welcome these families.”

The pep rallies were part of an innovative partnership with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism that began in 2012 with the goal of spreading awareness of the islands as a travel destination and also increasing knowledge of football and physical fitness among the Caymanian youth.

“To have the opportunity to make an impact on kids in an international setting is amazing,” Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “We want our youth programs to spread outside of just South Florida, so having this tour in the Cayman Islands is a great step toward that goal.”

The pep rallies included interactive events such as dance contests, question and answer sessions, a meet and greet with an alumni cheerleader, team mascot T.D. and giveaways. The Dolphins also presented their Dol-Fit program, which taught children the significance of education, physical fitness and positive choices.

The Dolphins Youth Programs Department will conduct a football camp in Grand Cayman July 24 and 25. For information on the Cayman Islands camp, visit http://www.dolphins.com/caymanislands. To learn more about the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs and summer camps, visit www.DolphinsAcademy.com.

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.

Registration is 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 1 and June 8 at DevonAire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Fee is $180. Email khwfootball@aol.com. Visit www.khwarriors.org.

Cheerleading: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 1 and June 8 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.

South Miami soccer camp

The South Miami Grey Ghosts Soccer Club is hosting a summer camp, weekly from June 10 through Aug. 16 at South Miami Park, 4300 SW 58th St.

Grey Ghosts Soccer Club offers male and female players, age 5-15, an opportunity to learn the game in a fun and challenging environment. Techniques and basic individual tactics are emphasized. The philosophy of learning skills through fun games, which require maximum touches of the ball, introduces the young player to the most advanced techniques. To register or for information go to www.southmiamigreyghosts.com.

Children’s Hospital fundraiser

A fundraiser for the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 when the Miami Marlins battle the New York Mets at Marlins Park in Hialeah.

Purchase a $20 Baseline Reserved seat, and $10 from every ticket sold benefits JDCH.

The only way to do that is by going to WWW.MARLINS.COM/JDCH. Use promo code JDCHFOUNDATION.

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More events, leagues, programs

Fishing tournament

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.

More fishing

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 fishnfever@bellsouth.net.

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.

Heads Up

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.

Swimming

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.

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.

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 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.

Visit www.rebelleathletics.com.

Jai-Alai

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.

Jai-Alai for women

Who said you have to be a male to play jai-alai? Just as females play the sport in Spain, France and Mexico, and gals can play it in South Florida at an amateur indoor air-conditioned fronton at 1935 NE 150 St., North Miami, near FIU’s north campus.

There are also leagues for males and children. Rubber or plastic balls used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls also 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

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

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.

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 series will continue through the Oct. 20 Longboat Key Duathlon in Longboat Key. 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: kvaughan1229@gmail.com 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 lesleys@levisjcc.org.

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 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.

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 tours@marlins.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.

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 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.

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.

Soccer

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).

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 facebook.com/MilkMustache 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 cbsportsclub.com. 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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