Sports Scene: Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance begins Park of the Week program


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Now in its 15th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance (Orange Bowl YFA) presented by Sports Authority kicked off its annual Park of the Week program by visiting five sites.

The highlight of the day was a visit with City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and Police Chief Manuel Orosa at Curtis Park. The Orange Bowl YFA Park of the Week program recognizes select youth football parks across South Florida each Saturday during the fall to show its continued support to the community.

This Park of the Week schedule included visits to five Miami Xtreme Youth Football members – the Hialeah Cougars, Miami Police Athletic League, North Miami Beach Sun Devils, Ives Estates Miami Thunder and Dania Beach Bears. At each stop during its Park of the Week program, Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff distribute promotional items and discounts from official Orange Bowl YFA sponsors and present each park with a commemorative plaque and a financial contribution towards park improvements.

More than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in 10 football leagues across South Florida directly benefit from the Orange Bowl YFA. More than $5 million has been invested by the Orange Bowl Committee in youth sports in South Florida since 1999. In addition to its continued support of the Orange Bowl YFA, the Orange Bowl directly supports locally-based festivals and events, including those that provide participatory opportunities to youth from all over the world. These events include the Junior Orange Bowl, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Lacrosse Classic, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and the Orange Bowl Paddle Championships.

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the Orange Bowl has been one of South Florida’s leading civic organizations, driving tourism and economic development, while supporting scholarships and community athletic facilities. Inspiring thousands of student athletes every year, the Orange Bowl’s activities help foster youth confidence, celebrate student achievement, engage the community and enhance the South Florida economy.

The Orange Bowl YFA is presented by Sports Authority, with additional sponsors American Airlines, Doctors Hospital, Florida Blue, FOX Sports Florida / Sun Sports, Hampton Farms, MetroPCS, Nike, Sparkling ICE, Sun Life Stadium and The Miami Dolphins, The Miami Herald, Toyota, and Wells Fargo.

For more information about the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance, please visit

Kendall Hammocks Warriors

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors hosted the Doral Broncos in Week 2 action of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League. Both teams brought out the fans as a large crowd opened the 25th year of football at Devonaire Park.

The results were:

PW: Doral 26, KH 14; 8U: KH 25, Doral 6; 10U: Doral 32, KH 0; 12U: Doral 30, KH 0; 13U: KH 20, Doral 0; 14U: KH 31, Doral 0.

In highlights, Julian Harris and Shamar Munroe returned punts for touchdowns in the 14U victory and Diamonte Howard converted three points after touchdown. In the 13U game, Emmanuel Griffin blocked a Doral punt allowing Sam Alonso to pick up the block and score from the 40-yard line. Nick Macias scored two touchdowns.

The Warriors next host Ives Estate and North Miami Beach. The Warriors are part of the Kendall Hammocks Optimist Club.

Palmer Trinity athlete

Wins at Triathlon

Palmer Trinity School Senior Alejandro Rodriguez Santilli finished as the Male Overall winner at the Mack Cycle Triathlon Sprint Trilogy No. 3 on Aug. 19 at Virginia Key.

The Mack Cycle Triathlon Trilogy – South Florida’s longest running triathlon series – is a four-part series where athletes have a chance to race each month from June to September. This is Alejandro’s second Sprint Trilogy Triathlon of the series, and the second time he has taken home first place Male Overall.

Next month, Alejandro will be representing Palmer Trinity and the Youth Division of Team USA as he competes at the London World Triathlon.

8th-grader wins

kart race in N.C.

Palmer Trinity School 8th-grader Juan Manuel Correa captured first place in the Junior Division at this year’s U.S. Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Nationals kart race in Mooresville, NC. The Rotax series is the largest international sanctioning body in the world of karting. Juan Manuel went up against 59 other racers in winning first place.

USA Triathlon

returns to roots

USA Triathlon aims to return multisport to its roots with the inaugural USA Triathlon Retro Tri Series, which debuted 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- to 400-yard swim, 5- to 10-mile bike and 2- to 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

Pop Warner football

Tackles nutrition

More than 400,000 kids nationally are taking to the field this fall and in an effort to further educate parents and coaches about sports safety and nutrition, Pop Warner Little Scholars and DSM Nutritional Products have teamed up on a multiyear program called, “Eat Smart, Play Safe.”

By pairing Pop Warner’s expertise in athletics with DSM’s vast knowledge in nutrition, “Eat Smart, Play Safe” is laying the foundation for how families think about young athletes' health and safety – both on and off the field.

The initiative has pulled together a panel of nationally recognized experts, connected to the medical, nutritional and football communities, each of whom provides unique perspectives on sports nutrition and safety for young athletes.

Dr. Julian Bailes: Dr. Bailes is the chairman and medical director of the Pop Warner Medical Advisory Board, co-director of the NorthShore Neurological Institute. As a former NCAA and NFL physician, Dr. Bailes can address how nutrition plays a role in injury recovery as well as safety concerns parents have.

Sarah Hasselbeck: A former collegiate athlete, Hasselbeck is the wife of Pro-Bowler and National Football League quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and a mother of three active, school-aged children. As spokeswoman for the campaign, nutrition and active lifestyles are very important to her to ensure her kids’ minds and bodies are nourished and healthy.

Elizabeth Somer: A registered dietitian and author of four nutrition titles, Somer is well-versed in nutrition research and is a nutrition consultant to the program. She is an expert in identifying the nutrients children need in their diet and ways to get kids to eat nutritiously without the fuss.

Jon Butler: Executive director for Pop Warner for more than 20 years, Butler is also vice president of the National Council of Youth Sports and is an honorary member of the American Football Coaches Association. He can provide information about Pop Warner, why there was a need to educate families about nutrition and why this organization connected to DSM Nutritional Products on this initiative.

In addition to providing families with health and safety information, DSM Nutritional Products is providing a grant to Pop Warner to further its scholarship program.


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.

Event details:

Sept. 7: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Free Family Tennis Festival will feature 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. to 6 p.m.

To register visit:

Check for more details.

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

More tennis

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 through Sept. 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 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.


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.

WWE in Miami

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

This is the first pay-per-view at the arena since WWE’s Survivor Series in November 2010. The AmericanAirlines Arena 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 are on sale at the arena box office and via TicketMaster. Keep posted at

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