The Warriors are part of the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammcoks.
Tennis standout Miami’s Katerina Stewart raised the trophy at the USTA Girls’ 16s National Hard Court Championships in San Diego.
Stewart, the No.2 seed, ousted top-seeded Ena Shibahara in the final 6-4, 6-1. She was coming off a runner-up effort weeks earlier at the USTA Girls’ 16s National Clay Court Championships.
Kariann Pierre-Luis of Miami teamed with Boca Raton’s Anna Bright to win the doubles title at the USTA Girls’ 14s National Hard Court Championships in Peachtree City, Ga. The No.5 seeds defeated No.9 seeds Victoria Flores and Isabella Lorenzini 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the final.
Jonathan and Michele Drucker of Coral Gables were runners-up in the Husband/Wife division during the National Family Tennis Championship at Sportime Randall’s Island in New York City.
The competition included 23 teams from 14 states in six divisions.
The 23 teams earned a trip to the national championship after winning an NFTC tournament at their local tennis facility and then winning or earning a wildcard slot into the finals at one of three Super Regional Playoffs
Teams for the national championships received travel and hotel accommodations at the Grand Hyatt in New York City, as well as tickets to Arthur Ashe Kids Day and opening day of the US Open at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
NFL Play 60
The Miami Dolphins partnered with the NFL and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz for a two-day NFL Play 60 Character Camp at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah.
The two-day camp hosted approximately 300 local boys and girls, age 9-13, with little to no football experience. The children, mostly from local youth organizations, were taught football skills by former NFL players and current high school and college coaches.
The camp focused on three components: Football, Play 60 and Character. The first portion consisted of teaching the kids how to play football; the Play 60 portion focused on teaching kids about exercising and proper nutrition; the character component focused on teaching kids traits such as honesty, integrity, self-control and faith.
The camp featured former NFL players Jeff Faulkner, Roy Foster and Jed Weaver in addition to Muñoz.
“I think for a lot of the kids it’s one of the biggest days of their lives. They watch television and see the Dolphins playing, so for them, it’s a dream come true,” said Ryan Betscher, director of the camp. “We want to give them a positive experience from the game of football. We want them to be life-long Dolphins fans and life-long football fans.”
The mission of the event was to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. The program will work in collaboration with USA Football and their FUNdamentals curriculum, which introduces children to football by teaching basic skills in a non-contact setting.
Each camp participant received a football with a bilingual hang-tag that offers youth an opportunity to view videos in Spanish and English that teach the basics of football on the NFL’s youth website, www.NFLRUSH.com. The NFL donated more than 30,000 footballs to youth as part of its Hispanic outreach initiative.