Sports Scene: High Performance rugby team competes against Croesyceiliog Wales


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The Croesyceiliog Wales youth rugby team traveled to South Florida for a summer camp goodwill trip in helping promote the sport with the local High Performance program.

Wales defeated the Florida Youth Miami/Weston/Boca Raton team, under the High Performance banner, 44-22, in a rainy battle at Tequesta Trace Park in Weston.

The Wales players are accustomed to competing on muddy fields, unlike their American counterparts. So the Wales coaches were impressed with the play of the South Florida contingent, especially with those field conditions.

It marked the first time these Florida youth players from Miami, Weston and Boca Raton formed this team, thanks to Coach Javier Esteve from Weston Rugby. It was a great experience for them against experienced players.

The locals are part of the new High Performance Program, which is for top youth rugby players in Florida. After the game, they bonded with the Wales players during a barbeque.


Facebook: Florida Youth High Performance Program Rugby.


Julie Steinbauer, 18, of Doral won the gold medal in girls’ junior golf during the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel. She also helped Team USA win the junior golf team title.

Steinbauer’s scores for three rounds were par 72, 3-under 69 and 1-over 73 for a total 2-under 214. She won by 18 strokes.

A four-time Miami Herald All-Dade first team golfer and two-time Miami Herald All-Dade Girls’ Golf of the Year while at Carrollton High School, she will play in the fall for NCAA Division II Rollins College in Winter Park.

Marlins RBI

The Miami Marlins RBI Junior baseball team defeated the Atlanta RBI team to win the Southeast RBI Regional Tournament at the Vero Beach Sports Village, formerly Dodgertown. The Marlins advanced to the RBI World Series in Minnesota.

This marked the third time in five years a Marlins RBI Junior team (age 13-15) reached the world series.

At regionals, the Marlins went 4-1. In the championship game against Atlanta, Gianlucca Borelly of Hialeah High School went 4-for-4, and Eddy Nodarse of Hialeah Gardens High School threw a complete game 3-hitter.

Marlins RBI Coach Mario Rodriguez was the coach of the Senior Division team that represented the Marlins in the 2008 RBI World Series. One of his players, Michael Jordan, is now an assistant coach on the 2013 team. Jordan has been instrumental in the Marlins RBI league, working with individual RBI players on a one-on-one basis throughout the year.

Marlins RBI players James Spatafora and Ryan Williams were members of the Marlins RBI team that played in the inaugural Jr. RBI Classic during the 2009 All-Star Week in St. Louis. Ryan’s older brother, Ronnie, was on the Marlins RBI team that played in the 2009 and 2010 RBI World Series. Also, Alejandro Vazquez came from Cuba to Miami a few years ago and gets along with his Marlins RBI coaches and teammates despite having limited command of the English language.

The RBI program was created to revive baseball in inner cities and give those students the opportunity to play baseball in the summer.


Milton Ramos of Hialeah Gardens was named to the roster for the 2013 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

The game showcases 36 of the best high school players, competing in an American vs. National team match-up. The players are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts.

A Florida Christian High School player, Milton is a smooth, fluid shortstop who may be the best defender in the class of 2014. His hands are soft and sure, his feet are quick and efficient, and he has plenty of arm strength from all different angles across the diamond. He has a line drive stroke from the right side using the whole field, and rises to the occasion against quality pitching. Milton is committed to Florida Atlantic University.

“With smooth actions at shortstop, Milton is one of the best high school infielders in the nation,” said Steve Bernhardt, Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Committee and Executive VP of Baseball Operations at Baseball Factory. “He uses a line-drive stroke to spray balls all over the field. A gamer who performs best against quality pitching, we are excited to see what he will produce at the Under Armour All-America Game this summer.”

The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game is the culmination of a four-day baseball celebration, including a formal workout for Major League Baseball scouts and a homerun derby.

In the past five years, 118 of the 138 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 34 first round picks. Top players that went on to sign professional contracts in 2012 include Byron Buxton (2012 No.2 Overall Pick, Minnesota Twins); Kevin Gausman (2012 No.4 Overall Pick, Baltimore Orioles); Addison Russell (2012 No.11 Overall Pick, Oakland Athletics); Gavin Cecchini (2012 No.12 Overall Pick, New York Mets); Nick Travieso (2012 No.14 Overall Pick, Cincinnati Reds); Deven Marrero (2012 No.24 Overall Pick, Boston Red Sox); Styker Trahan (2012 No.26 Overall Pick, Arizona Diamondbacks); Clinton Coulter (2012 No.27 Overall Pick, Milwaukee Brewers); Lewis Brinson (2012 No.29 Overall Pick, Texas Rangers); and Ty Hensley (2012 No.30 Overall Pick, New York Yankees).

For information on the 2013 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, visit

Southridge football

Harry Davis Jr.’s commitment to Paine College was a decision he knew would shape more than just his college football career.

A 6-1, 210-pound linebacker at Miami Southridge, his determination to play at the collegiate level led him to joining NCSA Athletic Recruiting, an exclusive recruiting network that provides student athletes with the opportunity and technology to be proactive in their recruiting process.

Not only did Davis have the tools he needed for the recruiting process, NCSA also educated him on the steps he needed to achieve his goal.

Davis demonstrated the true meaning of “student-athlete” by keeping up with his grades while being a youth ministry public speaker. He plans to pursue a degree in sociology at the private college in Augusta, Ga.

His self-motivation and trust in the recruiting process has rewarded him with the opportunity to play college football and earn a degree. He began playing youth football at age 5 with Palmetto Bay and later competed for the Palmetto Raiders.

Paine College is under the NCAA Division II banner. Visit

Dolphins camp

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department conducted its first youth football summer camp in the Cayman Islands.

The two-day camp was in George Town, Grand Cayman at Timothy McField Football Field, commonly known as The Annex, and approximately 140 kids participated.

“This was an excellent first camp in the Cayman Islands. The children were very receptive to football, and I think they learned a lot in just two days,” Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “I look forward to returning next year and continuing football education in the Grand Cayman.”

The children were taught fundamental football skills by eight former NFL players, including Dolphins alum Troy Drayton, Sam Madison, James Brown, Lorenzo Hampton, Ed Perry, Derrick Rodgers and Oronde Gadsden. Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Donnell Bennett was also a coach at the camp.

The initiative was 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, while also increasing knowledge of football and physical fitness amongst the Caymanian youth.

Boys and girls, age 6-14, participated in a variety of teaching drills and lessons that emphasized the fundamentals of football.

“I think the camp went really well. The interaction between the children and coaches was excellent,” Drayton said. “I think we are starting to build a foundation here.”

The Dolphins will return to the Cayman Islands in the summer of 2014 for another youth football camp.

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.

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

Pro Pest lacrosse

The Pro Pest Stone Crabs lacrosse team from Miami won the U15 age group during the Casey Powell Orange Classic in Boca Raton.

In the finals, Pro Pest never trailed in a close battle between two unbeaten teams, winning 6-5. Pro Pest was led offensively by Justin Telleria and Gabriel Telleria. Pro Pest played a very aggressive defense anchored by Oscar Ortega, Mathew Boldt and goalkeeper Matt Salas. The coaches were Alan Bellando and Derek Muzio.


Alexandra Besser, 28, of Miami Beach was 54th in the women’s division of the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee.

She completed the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours 24 minutes and 57.11 seconds to finish 15th in her age group.

Sandra Forero, 35, of Sunny Isles Beach was 101st of 1,131 female finishers in 2:19:56.55. Miami’s Laura Rangel, 18, was 218th in 2:25:32.63. Laurie Pemberton, 40, of Miami was 325th in 2:30:12.31. Miami’s Kristell Acosta, 30, was 332nd in 2:30:21.82. Caryn Lubetsky, 42, of Miami Shores was 392nd in 2:32:25.53. Miami’s Jessica Anderson, 24, was 459th in 2:34:38.61. Stephanie Shumate, 28, of Coconut Grove was 555th in 2:38:33.55.

Joe Perez, 35, of Miami Springs was 152nd of 1,546 male finishers in 2:05:00.46. Miami’s James Dugan, 47, was 334th in 2:10:40.11. Miami’s Miguel Llodra, 26, was 349th in 2:10:56.44. Ian Jarrett, 51, of Pinecrest was 418th in 2:13:07.92. Miami’s Frank Green, 55, was 494th in 2:15:06.32. Mike Butler, 39, of Sunny Isles was 539th in 2:16:22.19. Miami Beach’s Dennis Dawson, 50, was 542nd in 2:16:25.94. Abraham Cohen, 31, of Doral was 703rd in 2:20:21.49.

A record field of more than 2,700 athletes (men and women) competed in the Olympic-distance event, near the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Pro Wrestling at Marlins Park

Bill Goldberg and The Hart Foundation (Bret The Hitman Hart, Jim The Anvil Neidhart, Jimmy Mouth of the South Hart) will headline a Legends of Wrestling Night on Saturday, Aug. 24 when the Miami Marlins host the Colorado Rockies at Marlins Park in Hialeah.

Joining Goldberg and The Hart Foundation will be Greg The Hammer Valentine, Koko B. Ware, Brutus The Barber Beefcake, Bushwhacker Luke, The Nasty Boys, The Genius (Lanny Poffo), Mr. Anderson (Mr. Kennedy), Chavo Guerrero Jr., Garett Bischoff, Wes Brisco, Davey Boy Smith Jr. and more.

Goldberg will throw out the first pitch. There will be an autograph session on the Promenade Level during the game. Three to four wrestling matches will follow the game on the West Plaza. Wrestlers subject to change.

Just buy a Marlins ticket for the game on Aug. 24, and the wrestling event is included. For ticket information, visit

WWE in Miami

A WWE pay-per-view will be in South Florida on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami.

This is the first pay-per-view at the AAA since WWE’s Survivor Series in November 2010.

The AAA is a long-time host of WWE events including the first SmackDown of 2013, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony during WrestleMania Week in 2012, the Raw after WrestleMania in 2012 and the Rock’s birthday on Raw in 2011.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 via TicketMaster. Keep posted at

More events, leagues, programs


USTA Florida has teamed with the City of Homestead and Friends of Miami Tennis to bring an array of new tennis programs to JD Redd Park.

The park is one of seven facilities across the state to participate in USTA Florida’s new “Tenis para Todos” initiative, which is focused on bringing tennis to more Hispanic families in Central and South Florida.

Through this partnership, JD Redd will offer USTA Leagues and Junior Team Tennis at the park. Additionally, Friends of Miami Tennis is partnering with Special Olympics to have year-round programming at the site. Programming officially begins Sept. 1, and USTA Florida and Friend of Miami Tennis will host a series of events this fall to invite families to experience tennis at the park.

“This partnership is really an outstanding example of how USTA Florida is working with our community partners to grow tennis here in South Florida. With the support of the City of Homestead and the direction of Friends of Miami Tennis, we can reach out, not only to Hispanic families, but the entire community of Homestead,” said Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator.

Chairwoman of Parks and Recreation Councilwoman Judy Waldman added: “It is no secret I love my City and the parks within it. When there is opportunity to bring fun and exercise together in our beautiful parks, I am behind it 100 percent. I am so proud of our Parks and Recreation Department for their hard work and collaboration in bringing Friends of Miami Tennis to Homestead. When I believe in a project, I am totally committed; and I am over-the-moon happy about this tennis partnership.”

Event details:

Sept. 7

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Free Family Tennis Festival

Featuring the University of Miami women’s tennis team on court and racquet demonstrations with Babolat.

To register visit

Oct. 5

Junior Tennis/PlayDay,

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

To register visit:

• Check for more details.

• For information on “Tenis Para Todos” and a full list of events, visitñol.


USTA Florida is launching a new Hispanic outreach initiative, designed to bring youth and adult tennis programs to Hispanic communities across the state. Tenis Para Todos or Tennis for Everyone will initially focus on programming and outreach at seven facilities in Central and South Florida, workshops and tools to help promote additional outreach in all Hispanic communities, and a series of family-friendly events this fall.

As part of the initiative, USTA Florida also will be launching a new web site,, later this month to help provide a wealth of information about tennis and USTA Florida programs in Spanish. This new initiative builds on the organization’s already strong focus on diversity.

“I understand first-hand the positive impact that tennis can have on Hispanic families and communities. Born and raised in Colombia, I was very fortunate to have been introduced to tennis at an early age. I started playing when I was five years old and it taught me discipline, hard work and social skills,” said Maria Romo, diversity & marketing coordinator for USTA Florida. “I am happy and excited to have an opportunity now to share the sport with Hispanic communities in Central and South Florida.”

Through Tenis Para Todos, USTA Florida is working with a team of local tennis professional and volunteers to deliver adult and youth programming to Hispanic families at Fort Gatlin Recreation Center (Orlando), Oak Street Park (Kissimmee) and Lake Cane Tennis Center (Orlando) in Central Florida, as well as Brian Piccolo Park (Cooper City), Pembroke Isles (Pembroke Pines), Fellsmere Elementary (Fellsmere) and JD Redd Park (Homestead) in South Florida.

Sept. 28: Ocean Club, 795 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, 33149

To register:

A full list of events is posted at

• As part of the initiative, USTA Florida also is hosting a series of workshops in August for local providers in Orange, Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties to educate them on best practices in reaching Hispanic communities. The one-day workshops, which are open to everyone, will be led by High-Performance Coach Gustavo Granitto of GTC Tennis Consultancy.

Attendees will learn how to educate parents about the benefits of getting their children involved in tennis; how to motivate and develop young players; the business side of reaching the Hispanic community; and the tools and services that USTA Florida offers through Tenis Para Todos to help local providers reach out to their communities.

USTA members can attend the workshops at a discounted rate.

To register for a Tenis Para Todos Workshop, go to

For information on Tenis Para Todos, visitñol.


Florida tennis facilities can bring the power of Nickelodeon to tennis events and get more kids playing by hosting a USTA Free Tennis Play Event any day from Sept. 1-30.

Events will receive television exposure on Nickelodeon with millions of players and family members driven to to find events in their area.

Florida events will join thousands of USTA Free Tennis Play Events occurring throughout the country from Sept. 1-30 in an effort to get kids active in celebration of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.

Schools that host a Kids’ Tennis Club and USTA Free Tennis Play Event can receive an equipment package of 12 racquets, 24 youth tennis balls and a portable net.

Visit to register or call 1-800-990-8782.

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.

Water golf

An unusual on-the-water golf tournament enables boaters in the Keys to hone their swings while raising money for charity one shot at a time. The unique Conch Scramble is Saturday, Sept. 28.

A kick-off party and team registration is 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the Alligator Reef, an exclusive private oceanfront compound at mile marker (MM) 87.4. Kick-off party tickets are available for nongolfers at $35 each.

A live auction and a 50/50 cash raffle also are planned. Bidders can participate in the online portion of the auction now through Sept. 27 at

Teams meet at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Islamorada Fish Company, MM 81.5, for breakfast and hole location assignments. Shotgun start is 9 a.m.

Teams of four players travel by boat from tee to tee and have two shots at each of nine holes at waterfront venues throughout Islamorada. Boats are docked, and golfers come ashore to tee off. An additional designated driver is required to accompany the teammates.

Holes consist of two floating rings whose distances from shore range from 30 to 120 yards off the venues’ dock or beach -- and only irons and putters are allowed. Golfers are awarded points for their shots, depending on whether they land inside or outside the rings. Mulligans are available for purchase.

Golfers use environmentally friendly biodegradable golf balls that become fish food after 96 hours in the water.

An awards ceremony is 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Ocean View Pub & Inn at MM 84.5 gulfside. The top three teams with the best scores receive trophies. Additional honors recognize the best individual score, most team spirit and hard luck awards.

Up to 45 teams can participate, and entry fee is $500 per team. Proceeds from the golfing challenge benefit the Upper Keys Foundation that funds athletic programs and facilities in the Keys.

Event information and registration:


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


Just over a year after a Florida Keys artist completed an eight-mile Atlantic Ocean swim to promote preserving six aging Keys lighthouses, interested competitive swimmers can attempt the same feat. The inaugural Swim for Alligator Light is Saturday, Sept. 21.

Larry Herlth, known locally in the Keys as Lighthouse Larry for his detailed, scale metal reproductions of Keys lighthouses, completed his roundtrip open-water swim to Alligator Reef Lighthouse in five hours and 11 minutes.

The passionate 53-year-old hopes participation in the competitive swimming event will grow each year along with awareness about the need to preserve the Keys lights. The large beacons were built in the 1800s to warn ships away from the Florida Keys reef tract.

“We need to bring the attention to a national treasure,” Herlth said. “These structures need to be saved.”

Modern Global Positioning System navigation has replaced the need for lighthouses in the Keys and, with the exception of their navigation lights, they are no longer maintained.

Swimmers can enter the eight-mile challenge as individuals or as two- or four-person teams. To compete as an individual, entrants must show prior proof of completing a 1,650-meter or one-mile swim in 35 minutes or less.

Individual and team swimmers have up to six hours to complete the course. The event is to have an in-water start and a beach finish, ending shoreside at The Moorings at the end of 123 Beach Road oceanside in Islamorada.

Awards await the top three male and female finishers overall.

Registration and check-in is 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20 at the Founders Park swimming pool at mile marker 87 bayside.

Entry fees are $95 per individual swimmer, $75 per person for a two-person team and $50 per person for a four-person team. Admission for spectators is free.

Event information:


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 or send a message at

For information:, or call 305-280-2088.

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


South Kendall Sun Blazers ( at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Miami Dade Soccer League ( at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).

Soccer 5 ( at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).

Club Atletico De Miami ( at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas ( at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer ( at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester ( at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).

Coral Estates Soccer Club ( at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)

South Kendall Soccer Club ( at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO ( at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47 St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave. (305-965-0083).

Thunder basketball

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 Registration is now open. Contact or call 786-505-5585.

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 or call 305 -273-1145.

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

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

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 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: Contact: or 813-966-7844.

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 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

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 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 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.

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

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.


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 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 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


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 or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

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 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 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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