Miami Shores residents Sydney Bent, Danielle Franzosa and Julia Ortiz along with Coral Gables sisters Lauren and Stephanie Potter helped the TRIBE 13 ROX of the Tribe Volleyball Club win the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championship in Dallas.
According to team reps, they are the first team in the tri-county area to win natioinals.
In the gold medal match, TRIBE 13 ROX edged Florida’s OVA 13 Asics 25-23, 25-27, 15-11.
TRIBE 13 ROX fought off several crucial match points from several top teams to reach the finals. They faced the two-time defending AAU national champs and one of the favorites during the four-day competition.
The champs are Captain Lauren Bandera (OH), Sydney Bent (OP), Danielle Franzosa (Libero), Lauren Gold (MB), Kaitlin Haeffner (MB), Julia Ortiz (OH), Captain Lauren Potter (OH), Stephanie Potter (DS), Ava Shmueli (S) and Shari Stenglein (DS/S). Ing-Marie Stenglein is the team mom. Alberto Bandera is the assistant coach, and Albert Sturgeon is the head coach.
Gulliver Swim Club’s Jana Mangimelli was fifth in the 200 individual medley in a personal best 2:12.75 during the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships and U.S. World Championship Trials in Indianapolis.
The time was nearly a second better than her previous best and placed her 25th in the FINA world rankings.
Mangimelli was 0.64 seconds from runner-up and Olympic gold medalist Elizabeth Beisel of the University of Florida.
Earlier in the competition, Mangimelli also swam a personal best 2:31.14 in the 200 breaststroke, finishing 14th.
Mangimelli has been swimming for Gulliver since December 2012. In March, she was crowned the Speedo Sectional Champion in two events: the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke.
Mangimelli’s fifth place finish at the World Championship Trials makes her eligible for a spot on the U.S. National Team. On Sept. 2, USA Swimming will announce the national team roster, which will include the top six swimmers from the combined results of the 2013 Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships/U.S. World Championship Trials and the 2013 U.S. Open.
• The Gulliver Swim Club is USA Swimming-certified and open to all athletes – Gulliver students and non-Gulliver students. The club offers various levels of training, practice and competition year-round. For information about the club, visit www.gulliverswimclub.org.
The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade County and the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund invite swimmers of all ages, abilities and skill levels to participate in iSwim for Jenny, a week-long fundraising event Aug. 10-16 at participating Miami-Dade County Parks and community pools.
Set a goal to swim a certain number of laps and solicit pledges from friends and family. Participants can be individuals or teams. Monies raised benefit the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund to provide scholarships for beginner learn-to-swim lessons for underserved children and water safety education.
Swimming must be done at a neighborhood community pool with lifeguard and/or one of the Miami-Dade County Parks aquatic facilities/donation collection sites listed below:
AD Barnes Pool
3401 SW 72 Ave.
Palm Springs North Pool
901 NW 176 St.
South Dade Pool (Helen Sands)
16350 SW 280 St.
11201 SW 24 St.
To register a swim team at a different pool than those listed above, or to register a community pool as an official site for the iSwim for Jenny, contact Jim O’Connor at A.D. Barnes Pool at 305-665-1626. All donations must be turned-in from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 16 at one of the four approved Miami-Dade County Parks’ aquatic facilities/donation collection sites listed above.
Sunshine State Games
Miami teams did very well during the Sunshine State Games Water Polo Championships at the Coral Springs Aquatics Complex. Approximately 750 water polo players from 50 teams competed in eight age groups ranging from coed divisions through men’s and women’s open.
The Gulliver Riptides Women’s Open Team won its fourth consecutive championship, and the Riptides also won the Girls and Boys 16U divisions. The Riptides were the only team to win more than one division. The South Florida Water Polo Club Boys 18U team won its third consecutive gold medal. The Miami Beach International Water Polo Club (A team) edged Club Medellin 11-10 in overtime to win gold in the Men’s Open Division, and the Hialeah Storm captured the Coed 12U title.
CHAMPS: COED 12U: Hialeah Storm. COED 14U: Miami Whitecaps Water Polo Club. GIRLS 16U: Gulliver Riptides
BOYS 16U: Gulliver Riptides. GIRLS 18U: Central Florida Suns. BOYS 18U: South Florida Water Polo. WOMEN Open: Gulliver Riptides. MEN Open: Miami Beach International WPC A.
The Sunshine State Games are the longest continuously-running Olympic-style Sports Festival in the United States dating to 1980.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School had another banner year in athletics.
The Upper School Athletes of the Year were seniors Ricky Gonzalez and Breanna Blot. The Sportsmanship Awards went to seniors Grant Kushner and Jenna Lilly. The Rotary Award for Athletic Achievement was awarded to seniors Rafael Kassin and Mackenzie Bolton. The Spartan Award was presented to seniors Rashad Woodside, Avery Watson and Onika Swaby.
The Sandra Lee Kenna Award, named in memory of the late Miami Country Day School athletic director, was awarded to senior Giovanni Cragnotti and junior Danielle Minott.
The Middle School Athletes of the Year were Jordan Sale, Calypso Peraticos and Channise Lewis. The Sportsmanship Awards went to Jonathan Abramowitz and Blake Kushner.
The Rotary Award for Athletic Achievement went to Christian Claramonte and Amelia Gregorio.
Eighth grader Channise Lewis was recognized by the Miami Herald and Miami Heat as an Academic Sportsmanship honoree at a Heat/Cavaliers game at the American Airlines Arena.
Eighth grader Jesse Grosman was recognized by the Miami Herald and Miami Marlins in a Team Player spotlight.
Miami Country Day School’s FIAAA Sportsmanship Award nominees were seniors Breanna Blot and Brian Hernandez. Seniors Jenna Lilly and Mitchell Mosheim were FIAAA’s Scholar Athlete nominees and senior Jenna Lilly and eighth grader Amelia Gregorio were nominated for The Sports Society Outstanding Female Athletes of the Year. Jenna Lilly and fellow senior Grant Kushner were Miami Country Day’s Wendy’s High School Heisman nominees.
FHSAA Academic All-State Team nominees were Mackenzie Bolton and Grant Kushner. Grant was named as one of twelve male finalists in the state of Florida for this prestigious honor.
The FHSAA recognized the Miami Country School girls’ soccer and water polo teams as the Academic Team Champions for having the highest team GPA in Class 1A and Single class, respectively.
Miami Herald Scholar Athlete nominees were Maurizio Boano and Avery Watson.
David Butter was Miami Country Day School’s Silver Knight nominee in the area of Athletics.
Miami Country Day School is proud of its Miami Herald All-Dade first team representatives. They include Avery Watson and Eduardo Macedo in soccer. This was Avery’s second consecutive year on the first team. Onika Swaby and Danielle Minott were named first team in basketball. This was Onika’s third season in a row making the first team. Giovanni Cragnotti made first team in water polo, and Shaun Berman was named first team for a second year in a row in tennis.
Coach Ochiel Swaby was named Miami Herald Class 4A-2A Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year, and Danielle Minott was named Miami Herald Class 4A-2A Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. Avery Watson was also a finalist for Miami Herald’s Overall Class 4A-1A Female Athlete of the Year.
FACA All-State first team soccer representatives were Avery Watson, Daniel Mendez, Eduardo Macedo and Ricky Gonzalez.
Southeastern Football All-Conference first team representatives were Sam Cohen, Ricky Gonzalez, Rashad Woodside and Michael Fente, who was named to the Academic All-Conference Team.
All-Conference first team honors in baseball went to Michael Fente. Adam Seif was named to the Academic All-Conference baseball team.
Continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level are Giovanni Cragnotti in water polo at Johns Hopkins, Ivana Vlahovic in volleyball at Carnegie Mellon, Breanna Blot in volleyball at Fairmont State and Onika Swaby in basketball at St. Thomas University.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami
As part of its ongoing charity initiatives, Boost Mobile donated $11,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade County to support its summer camp literacy program. Boost Mobile executives and more than 50 Boys & Girls Club members were at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Hank Kline Club to accept the check.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Youth of the Year’s Adrian Abreau accepted the check on behalf of the club. He addressed the crowd about his love for the Boys & Girls Club and how it has helped him learn how to communicate with people after going deaf from chicken pox when he was younger.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade program addresses the “summer slide” that often occurs when kids are out of school during the summer. Every kid in summer camp has a literacy class each day taught by a certified teacher. The money donated will help support all aspects of this program.
Boost Mobile recently partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to resurrect its most successful handset promotion, $1 Phone Days. For each new customer who signed on from May 29 through June 2, Boost Mobile donated $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs. During $1 Phone Days this year, Boost Mobile raised more than $106,000 which will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs across the nation, including the $11,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade County.
Florida Soccer Expo organizers will bring an estimated 8,000 fans to Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 14-15 in Miami Gardens. This celebration of “the beautiful game” will host the soccer community including soccer clubs, associations, tournament organizers, coaches, trainers, referees, soccer families and players from throughout the world.
The event features hosting a trade show, an indoor soccer tournament and interactive areas where the soccer public can participate in numerous soccer-related activities, organized by Florida Soccer Expo partners, sponsors and other exhibitors. This highly anticipated show will include coaching clinics, referee and nutritional and health seminars.
Several key soccer associations have been invited and are joining the efforts as Institutional Partners and will contribute with the promotion and success of this event, these include:
CONCACAF, American Youth Soccer Organization, Women Premier Soccer League, Miami Dade Soccer League, Miami-Dade Sports Commission, Florida State Referees, Florida State Soccer Association, SunLife Stadium and Miami Dolphins.
The expo includes six indoor soccer fields. For those interested in soccer shopping, the event features more than 80 exhibitor booths available at the event, including a wide variety of soccer and sports-related products, gear and equipment, food and drinks sampling, and other consumer goods and services. Exhibitors interested can contact the organization via email at email@example.com or send a message at www.floridasoccerexpo.com.
For information: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.floridasoccerexpo.com or call 305-280-2088.
Thunder Basketball opened its new year-round facility at ThunderPleX, 1440 NW 82 Ave., Miami.
Thunder Basketball is currently running a day camp and summer league, open to boys and girls, age 5-17. Thunder Basketball’s mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game. They stress the importance of team and sportsmanship.
Thunder also encourages players to succeed in the classroom and all aspects of life. For information visit www.jointhunder.com Registration is now open. Contact email@example.com or call 786-505-5585.
Miami Herald youth sports online
For more area sports photos, go to www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth/miami-dade.
YouTube youth sports and more
YouTube at the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)
More events, leagues, programs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/207555209393534/.
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
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 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: email@example.com or 813-966-7844.
Jordan Karp, a 16-year-old senior at Miami Country Day School, is leading a unique program to introduce lacrosse to under-privileged, at-risk inner city youths being tutored on the campus of the school. The program began June 17 in collaboration with Breakthrough Miami, a nonprofit organization that provides disadvantaged students with the tools they need to reach their goals.
Jordan provides his lacrosse expertise to the students of Breakthrough Miami: how the sport is played, its rules and the team-building skills that will help the children not just in sport but life. Jordan secured revolutionary lacrosse equipment from major manufacturers who donated beginner equipment. He hopes that it will inspire similar programs for other sports to include underprivileged children throughout the nation as well as promote the expansion of lacrosse and encourage kids to play the game.
Breakthrough Miami is a tuition-free academic enrichment program that provides motivated middle-school students from underserved communities with the tools they need to achieve their most ambitious goals in life. It was recognized for its excellence by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with a grant of $3.25 million to expand and serve more students and families in need. Breakthrough Miami serves more than 1,000 students from across Miami-Dade County at five independent schools and one public charter school. It become an eight-year program, guiding students from the 5th grade through high school graduation.
Lacrosse will continue through July 26.
Jordan’s introduction to lacrosse began when he first picked up a stick in the 6th grade, and it has become his life’s passion, followed closely by academics. This season as a junior attackman, he was honored as the leading scorer on the Miami Country Day varsity lacrosse team. He will return to school as a Captain of the team next year.
Jordan was named by The Miami Herald as an All-Dade lacrosse player. Riding this momentum, Jordan was recently selected and is playing for Team Miami and the Elite Team Florida, which represents the state in two national tournaments: one held in Princeton, N.J. and the most prestigious tournament, Hotbeds at the University of Delaware. Florida Lacrosse News recently mentioned Jordan “as someone to keep an eye on” from his performance at the Team Florida All-Star competition.
USTA Florida is launching a new series of recreational team tennis events, under the mantra “Bring Your Own Team.” Dubbed Team Tennis Challenges, these two- and three-day tournaments are a more fun, open recreational format for teams to play.
Teams from anywhere in Florida can register for the inaugural State Team Tennis Challenge July 26-28 at the Florida Tennis Center. Four regional Team Tennis Challenges will follow in the fall across the state. USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration.
“We have seen consistent demand across Florida for more open, recreational formats of play,” said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. “The new USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate. They also give players who are not yet USTA members the opportunity to experience our events and programs, while offering a clear value proposition for our junior members.”
To participate in the State Team Tennis Challenge, teams must have a minimum of two boys and two girls and no more than eight players per team. Age divisions include 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U, and there are three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced, with short-set scoring utilized.
Participation is limited, and USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early to ensure their place in this landmark event.
More info, including a link to register, is online at www.USTAFlorida.com/teamtennischallenges. You can also connect with USTA Florida via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BYOTeamTennis.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 561-852-3117.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information, contact Cindy Bergman email@example.com or call 561-852-3253.
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.
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.
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, started the 2013 season at sites throughout Florida.
Top male and female doubles teams will compete for over $75,000 cash prizes during the 2013 season. 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
South Miami soccer camp
The South Miami Grey Ghosts Soccer Club is hosting a summer camp, weekly 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.
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).
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.
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).