Coaches step in when Dad is out of the picture

  • Volunteer coach Darren Baldwin has some serious words with 5-year-old Zamari Dewberry during his first football practice on the field. Working with Florida City Parks and Recreation director Curtis Dewberry, Baldwin and his fellow volunteer coaches mentor about 445 kids a year in half a dozen athletic programs. Since 1998, 22 boys have gone from the programs to college on full scholarships and on to the National Football League. Baldwin tried out for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Coach Curtis Dewberry, left, demonstrates a wrestling maneuver to 13-year-old Corey Harvey during a Twin City Wrestling Club practice at the new Florida City gym. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Coach Curtis Dewberry shouts out to one of his Twin City wrestlers at the recent Florida Spring Classic tournament in Hialeah Gardens. The team, which takes its name from neighbor cities Homestead and Florida City, hopes to send four qualifiers to the June 22 national competition in Utah that will determine the All Americans who wrestle their international counterparts in Puerto Rico. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Ten-year-old Jaylin Jean-Baptiste strains to break his opponent's hold at the recent Florida Spring Classic wrestling tournament at Hialeah Gardens High School. The spring wrestling season culminates in June with the Southeast regionals and the national All American team qualifier on Jun. 22 in Utah. Jean-Baptiste is one of four Twin City wrestlers who qualified to compete in Utah for the All American honor. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Twin City wrestler Zahkari Francis, 8, grins his trademark big smile during wrestling practice at Florida City's new gym. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Jaylin Jean-Baptiste, left, and Zahkari Francis, of Twin City Wrestling Club enjoy meeting kids from competing clubs before the start of the recent Florida Spring Classic tournament at Hialeah Gardens High School. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Cordell White, 7, of Twin CIty Wrestling Club, right, gets a hold on his opponent at the recent Florida Spring Classic tournament at Hialeah Gardens High School. White is one of four Twin City wrestlers who qualified for this year's nationals on June 22 in Utah to determine the All Americans who will compete against international teams in Puerto Rico. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Cordell White, 7, of Twin CIty Wrestling Club, right, faces his opponent at the recent Florida Spring Classic tournament at Hialeah Gardens High School. White is one of four Twin City wrestlers who qualified for this year's nationals on June 22 in Utah to determine the All Americans who will compete against international teams in Puerto Rico. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Twin City volunteer coach Lisa Oberlander -- "Miss Obie" to the boys -- horses around with 5-year-old Zamari Dewberry at Florida City's Loren Roberts Park. Oberlander, who teaches art and photography at Herbert Ammons Middle School, trained as a boxer. Zamari's dad Curtis Dewberry taught her to wrestle. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Damacio Arciniega with his sons Armando, 10, left, and Santiago, 8, right, who both wrestle for Twin City. Santiago Arciniega was among four Twin City wrestlers who qualified for the June 22 national competition in Utah that will determine the All Stars who will compete against international teams in Puerto Rico. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • D.J. McCormick focuses intently on a football drill during one of the first pre-season training days at Loren Roberts Park in Florida City. Volunteer coach Derren Baldwin supervises in the background. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Coach Curtis Dewberry stands with Twin City wrestler Jaylin Jean-Baptiste on Florida City's Loren Roberts Park, where football training is already underway. Dewberry and his volunteer coaches mentor about 445 kids a year in half a dozen athletic programs offered by the city's Parks and Recreation Dept. Since 1998, 22 boys have gone from the programs to college on full scholarships and on to the National Football League. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Zamari Dewberry, 5, horses around with a basketball in his dad Curtis Dewberry's office at the new Florida City gym opposite Loren Roberts Park. Dewberry (in background) and a cadre of volunteer coaches mentor about 445 kids a year in half a dozen athletic programs offered by the city's Parks and Recreation Dept. This year, four boys qualifed for the wrestling nationals in Utah on June 22 that will determine the All American team that will face international competitors in Puerto Rico. Since 1998, 22 boys have gone from Florida City athletic programs to college on full scholarships and on to the National Football League. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Corey Harvey, 13, is one of Twin City's standout wrestlers this year, ranking fourth in the country in the Schoolboy Division. He is one of four Twin City wrestlers who qualified to compete in Utah on June 22 to participate on the All Star team that will face international contenders in Puerto Rico. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Christian Dunkes, 11, watches the wrestling matchup before his turn comes up at the recent Florida Spring Classic at Hialeah Gardens High School. Dukes is one of the top young wrestlers in the country for his age and weight in the Novice Division. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Twin City wrestler Jaylin Jean-Baptiste, left, puts a comforting arm around his teammate Cordell White who is up next for his match at the recent Florida Spring Classic tournament at Hialeah Gardens High School. Both boys qualified this wrestling season for the June 22 nationals in Utah that will determine the picks for the All Star teamt that competes against international contenders in Puerto Rico. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Twin City volunteer coach Jeremy Sands helps Cordell White with his helmet at the recent Florida Spring Classic at Hialeah Gardens High School. Despite a tough year matched against older wrestlers, White qualified for the June 22 nationals in Utah that will determine the All American team that goes on to Puerto Rico to wrestle international contenders. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Tedrick Lee, Jr., 5, right, practices with his wrestling partner Zahkari Francis, 8, at Florida City's new gym. This year was Lee's first season wrestling with Twin City. He won second place medals for Greco and Freestyle in state as well as local tournaments. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Twin City volunteer coach Jeremy Sands comforts a nervous Cordell White before his match at the recent Florida Spring Classic at Hialeah Gardens High School. White went on to win his match and is one of the four Twin City wrestlers who qualified for the June 22 nationals in Utah that will determine the All American team that competes against international talents in Puerto Rico. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Five-year-old Tedrick Lee, Jr., right, practices with his wrestling partner, 8-year-old Zahkari Francis, left, at the new Florida City gym, which opened last April in time for wrestling season. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff

  • Christian Dunkes, 11, watches the wrestling matchup before his turn comes up at the recent Florida Spring Classic at Hialeah Gardens High School. Patricia Borns / Miami Herald Staff