Sports Scene: South Dade Express Track Club impresses at Orange Bowl FLYTAF Meet

 

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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.


South Dade Express track

Rahyah Andressohn, Adrian Bichara and Symone Mason of the South Dade Express Track Club won the Most Outstanding Performer award in their psespective age group during the Orange Bowl FLYTAF Track and Field Invitational Championship at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar.

Andressohn captured the girls’ 12-year-old age group honor by winning the 3,000-meter run (11:04) and 1500m (5:14) and placing second in the 800m (2:37).

Bichara, a first-year runner, earned the boys’ 10-year-old age group award by winning the 800-meter run (2:27) and 1,500m (5:15) and placing fourth in the 400m (1:04).

Mason, the Most Oustanding Overall Female Performer, was the girls’ 14-year-old age group winner. She won the 100-meter run (11.89), 200m (23.89), 400m (55.69) and was part of the winning 400m relay (48.21).

Ransom tennis

Emory University freshman Annette Sullivan, a Ransom Everglades High School alum, teamed with reigning singles champ Gabrielle Clark in doubles during the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.

In the team finals, Williams College defeated Emory, but Clark and Sullivan beat Rebecca Curran and Kara Shoemaker 9-8 (8-6) at No.1 doubles.

The Emory duo went ahead 4-1, before falling behind 6-4. The Eagles rebounded to eventually even things at eight. So the match was decided on a tiebreaker set. Clark and Sullivan edged the Williams’ pairing in the tiebreaker, 8-6, to give Emory a 2-1 team lead heading into more singles play.

A Coral Gables resident, Sullivan earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-America honors as she helped the Eagles place runner-up at nationals.

In the individual doubles tournament at nationals, Clark and Sullivan reached the semifinals. They bested Pomona-Pitzer’s Samantha Chao and Kara Wang in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin of Amherst College beat them to end their season.

Clark and Sullivan finished the 2012-13 season at 19-4, a school record.

Sullivan played four seasons for the Ransom Everglades tennis team, serving as a team captain her junior and senior years. She won a Florida doubles championship in 2012, helping her team win the state title. She was her squad’s No.1 singles and doubles player her senior year. Coached by Steve Keppinger and Julie Steven, she was ranked as a four-star recruit by TennisRecruiting.net.

Emory is in Druid Hills in unincorporated DeKalb County, Ga.

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.

Regional soccer

By winning the recent US Youth Soccer Florida State Championships, two Miami soccer teams have qualified to compete in the US Youth Soccer Region III (South) Championships, presented by the National Guard.

U13 Boys: Coral Gables Soccer Toros 99/00.

U18 Girls: Pinecrest Premier 94/95 Blue

Those two teams will be among more than 200 top US Youth Soccer boys’ and girls’ teams from the 12 US Youth Soccer State Associations competing for the regional title during the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships at the Edmond Soccer Club Complex in Edmond, Okla.

Daily reports and complete results from the tournament will be available on http://Championships.USYouthSoccer.org/regionIII.

Round robin games are Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23.

Quarterfinal matches are Monday, June 24 for the U14-U16 age groups and June 25 for the U17 and U18 age groups.

Semifinals are Tuesday, June 25 for U13 and U19 and Wednesday, June 26 for U14-U18.

The Region III Champions will be crowned on Wednesday, June 26 for U13 and U19 and Thursday, June 27 for U14-U18.

US Youth Soccer State Cup Champions and select runners-up from 12 US Youth Soccer State Associations in Region III, including host Oklahoma Soccer Association will participate. The other State Associations represented are Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Texas, South Carolina, South Texas and Tennessee.

Regional winners of the Under13 through Under19 age groups earn a berth to the 2013 US Youth Soccer National Championships, presented by the National Guard, July 22-28 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex in Overland Park, Kan.

Miami Shores soccer camp

The Miami Shores Soccer Camp for girls is 8:30 a.m.-Noon June 17-21 at the Miami Shores Fieldhouse, 9825 Park Dr., Miami Shores.

Train at the Miami Shores soccer fields and gain experience in all aspects including dribbling, passing and shooting with an experienced coaching staff from the Shores Soccer Club.

Cost is $123 Miami Shores residents, $145 other residents. Register at the Miami Shores Fieldhouse. Call 305-758-6701.

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.

Archbishop Curley sports

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep School Athletic Director Greg Magner announced Antonio Yeash won the school’s Male Sportsmanship Award during the school’s athletic awards’ convocation.

Yeash, a senior, qualified for the state championships in cross-country, excelled as a keeper on the soccer team and became one of the top pitchers in Miami-Dade County. He will attend Miami Dade College.

Fishing

Angler Al Ware of Key West caught a 44-pound dolphin fish that earned his Ware’s the Fish team first overall for $20,700 during the inaugural Florida Keys Dolphin Championship. The innovative Memorial Day Weekend challenge, whose rules allowed fishing anywhere in Keys waters.

Ware, who also captained the boat, was fishing with Fort Pierce residents Juan Soto, Jenny Soto and Eric Soto. They were 30 miles south of Boca Chica Key on the tournament’s first day when Ware caught the winning dolphin.

“I was on the other side of the Gulf Stream,” said Ware, who reported boating the fish after about a 20-minute fight. “I figured everybody would fish on this side, so I went to the other side.”

Runner-up honors (and $11,270) went to team Half Time, captained by Spencer Deno of Miami, with a 41-pound dolphin caught by Miami angler Chris Deno. The team, also consisted of Adam and Tanya Toro.

Team Contagious, skippered by Captain Brian Cone of Islamorada was third. Angler Don DeLeon of Miami caught a 39.74-pound dolphin that earned the team $12,550. Other Contagious teammates were Islamorada’s Bill Keller and Tavernier’s Travis Bennett.

The largest dolphin caught by a junior angler was a 21.58-pounder boated by 7-year-old John Searcy of Key West. The young champion fished on the Lightly, captained by his father, also named John Searcy.

Crissy Wejebe of Summerland Key scored a 23.96-pound fish that was the largest caught by a female angler. She fished aboard Sea Boots with Captain Jim Sharpe Sr. The two-day tournament attracted 76 boats and more than 300 anglers, according to founder Mike Weinhofer.

Swimming

Entrants in the annual Florida Keys Community College Swim Around Key West on June 22 can compete either individually or in teams of two to six swimmers, with or without fins. The 12.5-mile open-water swim challenge typically attracts athletes from the United States, Canada and abroad to vie for awards in multiple age categories.

The swim begins at 7:30 a.m. at the boat ramp at Smathers Beach on the Atlantic Ocean side where South Roosevelt Boulevard meets Bertha Street.

The clockwise route around the island encompasses the waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, with swimmers ending where they began. The course takes participants past Key West landmarks including the Southernmost Point marker that designates the southernmost spot of land in the continental United States.

Each swimmer must provide a support crew and kayak or boat to accompany him or her around the island but can’t touch the boat except for teams making relay changes. Lifeguards and kayaks will be positioned throughout the course for safety.

Swimmers must register by June 21. The race entry fee is $100 per solo swimmer, $160 per two-person relay team, $240 per three-person team, $320 per four-person team, $400 per five-person team and $480 per six-person team. Discounts are available for United States Masters Swimming and USA Swimming members.

The Swim Around Key West benefits the Florida Keys Community College swim program, Key West High School swim team and the Keys’ Bone Island Swim Club.

Event information and registration: www.fkccswimaroundkeywest.com.

Dolphins school visit

The Miami Dolphins are spreading a message to South Florida’s youth: Living a healthy lifestyle gives you the best chance of succeeding in life.

The Dolphins delivered that message at Gloria Floyd Elementary School in Miami, where the team put on a Gatorade Junior Training Camp for nearly 500 students. The camp consisted of six interactive football drills, the “Dol-Fit” message and cheerleader routines.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to build a relationship with the Miami Dolphins and let our students know that they’re not just a football team, but they do things for the community as well,” Gloria Floyd Elementary Principal Todd Morrow said. “Our students are learning how important it is to be physically fit and different types of exercises that athletes do to train and prepare.”

The event started with Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton speaking to the children about the Dol-Fit message, which focuses on education, physical fitness and positive choices. Then the children participated in football stations, such as throwing the ball, running under hurdles and going in between pads.

“The students at Gloria Floyd were amazing. I was happy to impart some wisdom on them, and they seemed like they cared about what we were saying,” Drayton said. “I would be happy to come back to this school in the future.”

Gloria Floyd Elementary, home to 600 students, does its part to keep its children healthy. The school is a member of the Healthy Schools Initiative, where they train students on what foods are healthy for them. In addition, Gloria Floyd participates in the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge to ensure students get exercise.

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department visit schools on a weekly basis for Junior Training Camps and other initiatives. Visit the Dolphins Academy to request dates for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp, Fins Friday or Beyond the Game.

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 youthprograms@dolphins.com.

JCC Maccabi Games

The Levis JCC in Boca Raton proudly hosts the JCC Maccabi Games Aug. 10-15. The Olympic-style event welcomes thousands of Jewish teen athletes who will compete in team and individual sports and participate in social and community service activities.

The JCC Maccabi Games, managed by JCC Association, began as a 1982 pilot project in Memphis with 300 Jewish youth and has ballooned to an annual summer event which attracts thousands of teens from North America and abroad to multiple sites in the United States and Canada.

“We are thrilled to again welcome the Levis JCC to the long list of host communities,” said Dan Deutsch, director of JCC Maccabi Experience. “Hosting the Games is an incredible community building project. The impact of hosting can be felt for years.”

Locally chaired by Levis JCC Board of Directors members Bonnie Schweiger and Matt Baker, the Levis JCC will welcome Jewish teens from the United States, Israel and several other countries. Athletes will compete in a variety of team and individual sports including girls’ and boys’ soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf and swimming at venues throughout Boca Raton.

“Having hosted the Games in 2000, we are very excited about being given the opportunity to host the JCC Maccabi Games in our community for a second time. We anticipate another extremely successful JCC Maccabi Games,” said Randy Colman, Executive Director of the Levis JCC. “Involvement begins now. We are actively recruiting host families, athletes, volunteers, sponsors and coaches to participate in our Games. This is an incredible experience for all who are involved and for the Levis JCC to engage our entire community.”

In every team and individual contest, Games participants are encouraged to follow the “Rachmanus Rule,” a credo that dictates fair play, based on the Jewish values of mercy and compassion. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and respect for opponents are prized over winning at any cost.

Supplementing the team and individual sports competitions, there are fun and engaging social programs that promote friendships and JCC Cares projects that instill the Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedakah (social justice). That creates an informal educational instruction that foster a personal connection to the State of Israel. Over the years, participants have spoken of making new friends and memories to last a lifetime, motivating many to return to the Games annually, even volunteering as delegation heads and coaches when they are no longer participating as athletes.

Since they were established in 1982, the Games have offered a life-changing experience, not just to the athletes themselves, but also to their parents and coaches and the legions of volunteers in host communities who work hard for more than a year to plan a busy week of events on and off the field. There are numerous opportunities for people to become involved, from greeting athletes as they arrive, to hosting teens, to raising funds.

To encourage a stronger connection to Israel, the Opening Ceremonies will include a moving tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany.

The JCC Maccabi Games are a joint project of JCC Association, Maccabi Canada, Maccabi World Union, and Maccabi USA.

Those interested in being part of the JCC Maccabi Games in any capacity should contact Nancy Carroll, JCC Maccabi Games Director, nancyc@levisjcc.org or call 561-852-3117.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Cindy Bergman cindyb@levisjcc.org or call 561-852-3253.

Girls’ Sports Camp

The Miami Shores Recreation Department hosts the Fast Twitch Female All Sports Camp 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17-21 at the Johnson & Wales University Wildcat Center, 1701 NE 127th St., North Miami.

The camp will consist of an hour of Performance Training by the staff at Fast Twitch, focusing on lateral agility and quickness, vertical jump, upper and lower plyometrics. Players will also participate in basketball, volleyball and soccer.

Former University of Miami basketball standout Kym Hope, the current women’s basketball head coach at Johnson & Wales University, will lead the players in basketball; former Barry University volleyball talent Michele Rosamiglia and former University of Miami volleyball player Lici Mcgee will train players in volleyball; Johnson & Wales soccer coach Eric Dobrazanski will direct the girls on the soccer field.

Girls, age 7-14, are eligible. Cost is $160 Miami Shores residents, $190 other residents. Register at the Miami Shores Fieldhouse. Call 305-758-6701.

Marlins Park

Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins, received the Gold Award for the Sports and Recreation category during the IIDA Mid America Design Awards.

“After receiving awards for our green efforts, construction and design excellence, we are honored to be recognized for the interior design work at Marlins Park,” said Claude Delorme, Marlins EVP of Ballpark Operations and Events. “It continues to highlight the details and attention we dedicated to all facets of our venue.”

MADA is a biennial event that recognizes excellence in Interior Design.

Design firms submit projects from numerous market sectors and compete for outstanding recognition among their peers. Award winners will be honored for exceptional work in the Design and Architecture profession. Project judging is based upon innovation, functionality and implementation of design through use of materials, color, balance, light and overall design intent. A panel of nationally distinguished judges makes the selections.

“Populous-designed Marlins Park received the Gold Award in the Sports + Recreation category at the 2013 IIDA Mid-America Design Awards,” said Greg Sherlock, Principal, Populous.

“Marlins Park, which opened in March of 2012, was recognized for its vibrant design, high quality interior spaces and innovative design approach. The awards, held every other year, honor exceptional interior design projects in the Mid-America region in categories including retail, civic and government, corporate, education, hospitality and healthcare. Populous was awarded Gold in Hospitality for Arrowhead Stadium during the 2011 award ceremony.”

Volleyball camp

The Miami Shores Girls’ Volleyball Camp is 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. June 10-14 at the St. Rosa Lima indoor gym, 425 NE 105 St., Miami Shores.

The camp will be directed by collegiate standout players and current high school/club and collegiate coaches, including Michele Rosamiglia, a former All-American from Barry University and Lici McGee, a former All-ACC player from the University of Miami.

Girls, age 7-14, are eligible. Cost is $155 Miami Shores residents, $185 other residents. Register at the Miami Shores Fieldhouse. Call 305-758-6701.

Running

The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep cross-country team invites the community to join them at the Summer Fun Runs.

The free runs are 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 1. The group meets at the Miami Shores Recreation Center, 9617 Park Dr.

The school and community tradition grown from a small following of about seven runners per week to a record-breaking turnout of 354 runners in 15 gatherings. Athletic experience ranges from a 25 time participating marathoner to a tri-athlete to someone who had never run recreationally. Age range has been 11-60, but all ages are welcome.

Coach Br. John Corcoran designs three courses of gradually increasing mileage: one for beginner runners or walkers, another for recreational runners and joggers and also for advanced or competitive runners.

For information call the school at 305-751-8367, email Br. J. Corcoran at jcorcoran@acnd.net or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/207555209393534/.

Softball camp

A girls’ softball camp is 8:30 a.m.-Noon July 8-12 at the Miami Shores Fieldhouse, 9825 Park Dr., Miami Shores.

The US Baseball and Softball School is providing an excellent opportunity for softball players to improve their skills. Players will work with quality coaches to develop all aspects of the game including fielding, hitting, pitching and catching.

Cost is $123 for Miami Shores residents and $145 for other residents. Register at the Miami Shores Fieldhouse. Call 305-758-6701.

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Heisman high school nominations

Now through Oct. 23, high school class of 2014 seniors can apply for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award, a program honoring outstanding high school scholar-athletes for their commitment to academic achievement, community service involvement and athletic prowess.

To apply, students can go to www.WendysHeisman.com for a chance to win the Award and the prestige of joining an ever-growing family of distinguished past winners. The first 25,000 students with completed applications will receive a Wendy’s gift card valued at $10.

Created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994, the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award has impacted the lives of thousands of scholar athletes who have been a part of the program for the past 20 years. Since its inception, Wendy’s High School Heisman has received more than 400,000 applications and honored more than 228 National Finalists and 38 National Winners.

A partner award with college football’s acclaimed Heisman Memorial Trophy, the Heisman caché touches students at every level of the program. In addition to recognition at school and state levels, six female and six male national finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to New York City to attend the Wendy’s High School Heisman Awards Ceremony and college Heisman Memorial Trophy Award weekend festivities in December 2013. The one male and one female Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winners will also earn $10,000 for their high school and a $500 Wendy’s gift card.

The Wendy’s High School Heisman Award is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trust, host of the College Heisman Memorial Trophy. The 2012 winners were Samuel Prakel of Versailles, Ohio, who plans to study chemical engineering or biology this fall, and Zoe Alaniz of Corpus Christi, Texas, who plans to swim at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall and to follow a pre-med track.

A complete list of past WHSH finalists and winners can be found at www.wendysheisman.com.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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).

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