Sports Scene: Archbishop Curley, Scheck Hillel football celebrate winning Homecomings


Be honored at Miami Heat game

The Miami Herald and the three-time world champion Miami Heat in partnership with Gatorade are sponsoring the Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player spotlight in Sunday’s youth sports pages in the Neighbors Sunday print section of the Miami Herald and online at

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers or family members can nominate any South Florida recreational, travel league, elementary school, middle school or junior varsity basketball player from fall, winter, spring or summer seasons who displays sportsmanship and good grades or shows improvement in the classroom.

Include school, grade level and grades or interim report. Each selected academic team player will receive a certificate of achievement, a Heat gift pack, two Heat tickets and will be recognized on the court. Plan accordingly as there are three designated ceremony dates during the regular season, and no make-up dates.

To nominate a Team Player, e-mail or call 954-538-7153. Winners will be selected by random drawing from nominees who meet the above requirements.

Be sure to include a contact telephone number and complete mailing address in your correspondence and mail or e-mail a photograph to us. For Heat ticket information, call 786-777-HEAT and log on to

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Archbishop Curley football

The Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep football team celebrated Homecoming with a 41-0 victory over Marahon. The defense recorded its second consecutive shutout.

Demonte Lumpkin had two interceptions, returning one 85 yards for a touchdown. Byran McDonald continued his stellar play with nine tackles with four for a loss. Aaron Ashe returned an interception 60 yards. Natrone Wiggins blocked a punt to key special teams.

Quarterback Marlin Harris scored twice (22 and 27 yards) and threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Woody Morency. Chris Williams started the scoring with a 58-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Germaine Smalls topped that with a 59-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The Knights are 4-2 in the Southeastern Football Conference.

“The outcome of the football game was enjoyable, but the family atmosphere that was present on Saturday was tremendous,” said Coach Greg Magner, ACND’s athletic director. “From Mr. Romanik and the advancement team organizing and entertaining the Classes of 1993 and 2003, to Mrs. Dominique and the Knightingale singers making it back on time from a cross-country meet to sing the National Anthem, to the overall support for our seniors, it was a good day to be a Knight.”

The team features Patrick Prophete (9); Widell Francois (9); Chris Williams (9); Klayde Joseph (9); Kevin Dieujuste (10); Chris Bessard (10); Aaron Ashe (10); Javon Jackson (10); Woody Morency (10); Simeon Fields (10); Karim Joseph (10); Mayer Casseus (11); Beethoven Moise (11); Kervins Francois (11); Dwyane Thomas (11); Marc Guillaume (11); David Cenord (11); Richard Champagne (11); Martin Piquion (11); Marlin Harris (11); Scott Pomare (11); Anthony Guverra (11); Benchly Noel (11); Brandon Wilson (11); Jose Gomez (12); Issacson Innocent (12); Germaine Smalls (12); Demonte Lumpkin (12); Natrone Wiggins (12); Bryan McDonald (12).

Scheck Hillel football

Quarterback Alex Froimzon completed 21 of 30 passes for 289 yards and five touchdowns including the winner, a 35 yarder to Lior Barhai with 30 seconds to play, as the Scheck Hillel Community School varsity football team came-from-behind for a Homecoming victory over (West Palm Beach) Berean Christian School 32-28.

Nathaniel Rub had 11 receptions for 126 yards and three touchdowns, and Barhai had seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

“This team has really excelled this year,” said Hillel Athletic Director Cindy Lyon.

This marks the team’s first year in the Gulf Atlantic Conference. The Hurricanes (3-3) are 3-0 in the conference, clinching a playoff berth.

The exciting game culminated an evening of Homecoming and Senior Night events at the school, where students proudly donned Hurricanes blue -- some girls even sporting blue lipstick. Before the game, the junior and senior classes organized raffles, face-painting , kicking and throwing stations and other activities.

During halftime on the field, Scheck Hillel senior players were honored with their parents.

• Located in North Miami Beach, Scheck Hillel Community School is one of the largest Jewish schools in the country. From early childhood through Grade 12, it inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity through an innovative curriculum enriched by co-curricular experiences. All of this is set within a nurturing, international community united by core values. In 2011, Scheck Hillel was the only private school in South Florida and Jewish school in the country to be named a Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Scheck Hillel is also Florida’s first Jewish International Baccalaureate World School.

Orange Bowl YFA

Now in its 15th season, the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority visited four Miami Xtreme Youth Football League sites as part of its Park of the Week Program. The OBYFA Park of the Week program presented by Sports Authority recognizes select youth football parks across South Florida each Saturday during the fall to show its continued support to the community.

The Park of the Week program visited Village Green Park in Key Biscayne, Tamiami Park, Doral Meadow Park and Miramar Regional Park.

At each stop during its Park of the Week program, Orange Bowl members, ambassadors and staff distribute promotional items and discounts from official OBYFA sponsors and present each park with a commemorative plaque and a financial contribution towards park improvements.

Plaque recipients were Eddie Blanco-Herrera (Village Green Park Commissioner), Jason Hill (Tamiami Park Commissioner), Steven Diaz (Doral Meadow Park Commissioner) and La Tosha Barnard-Clarke (Miramar Regional Park Commissioner). A coach nominated from each visited league or team also receives a coach’s kit provided by Sports Authority. The recipients were Juan Carlos Fernandez (Key Biscayne Key Rats), Sammy Gutierrez (Tamiami Colts), Joseph LoMonaco (Doral Broncos) and Glen Todd (West Miramar Patriots).

Orange Bowl Committee members Ron Albert Jr., Xavier Gonzalez, Melissa Gracey, Gerald Grant Jr., Yvonne Johnson and Jeff Roberts participated in the park visits.

Gracey was especially thrilled to see Key Rats honoring breast cancer awareness month like their professional idols and their families supporting their athletic passion.

“It’s nice to be involved in something [OBYFA] that impacts the community throughout the whole year,” she said.

OBYFA Vice Chair Albert added. “By being out here and showing that adults in successful organizations care about what the children are doing and that we support their success, it helps foster a community. They say, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ and we’re being part of that village.”

More than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in 10 football leagues across eight South Florida counties directly benefit from the OBYFA presented by Sports Authority. More than $5 million has been invested by the OBC in youth sports in South Florida since 1999.

In addition to its continued support of the OBYFA presented by Sports Authority, the Orange Bowl directly supports locally-based festivals and events, including those that provide participatory opportunities to youth from throughout the world. 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 Orange Bowl Paddle Championships, among many others.

For information about the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority visit

Booker T football

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour visited Booker T. Washington High School to select defensive back Treon Harris.

Booker T. Washington High School honored the 5-11, 170-pound Harris during an assembly with teammates, classmates, fans and family.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour travels across the country from September through December to announce 90 players for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be televised live on NBC from the Alamodome at 1 p.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

Kendall Hammocks football

Joel Rodriguez scored twice, one on a 50-yard run, as the Kendall Hammocks Warriors 14-and-under tackle football team defeated Ives Estates 36-6 in the Miami Xtreme Football League. Shamar Munroe had two touchdowns, one on a punt return.

In the 11-and-under game, Francis Conrado threw touchdown passes to Jabari Ishmael and Aaron Carvajal in a 35-12 defeat to host Tamiami.

Other results: Pee Wees: South Miami 30, KH 6. 8U: South Miami 22, KH 6. 10U: South Miami 28, KH 0. 12U: South Miami 27, KH 6. 13U: South Miami 27, KH 6.


The Holy Rosary St. Richard Catholic School hosted its 15th annual cross-country meet in Cutler Bay.

HRSR is one of two Archdiocesan schools that has enough land (11 acres) to host a large meet on its school grounds. More than 22 Archdiocesan schools participated, with runners in primary, junior varsity and varsity divisions.

The event featured 331 runners in the Primary girls’ race, 286 in the Primary boys’ race, 185 in JV girls, 165 in JV boys, 202 in Varsity girls and 145 in Varsity boys. The length of the race varied by category: Primary one mile, JV race 1.5 miles, Varsity two miles.

HRSR runners Natalie Espinosa, Soleli Guerra and Lynn Reith received medals for placing in the top 10.

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School Athletes of the Week: Nicole Hausmann was the only middle school runner on the varsity cross-country team. She showed great leadership skills and dedication. She made the effort in every meet and showed tremendous improvement throughout the season. Nicole also demonstrates kindness to her teammates and classmates and is well respected by her peers and teachers.

Senior quarterback Alex Froimzon (varsity football) stood out in the Homecoming game against Berean Christian, completing 20 of 31 passes for 289 yards and five touchdown.

Senior Aliza Lichy (varsity volleyball) of North Miami Beach played a great defensive game against Somerset with three digs and consistent serving. She is a leader with a great attitude.

Archbishop Curley sports

Coach Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, announced the Players of the Week.

Female Athlete of the Week: senior volleyball player Miquel Goins had five aces, 12 kills, five digs and a block at her final home match, a victory over Princeton Christian.

Male Athlete of the Week: senior cross-country runner Nikko Antido, a four-year lettermen who captured another top finish in 18:35 at his ACND home finale.

• At the final home cross-country meet of the 2013 season versus Hebrew Academy and Divine Savior, 10 ACND runners ran personal bests.

For the girls’ team, senior Jenny Lamy 23:35; senior Milienne Bonenfant 29:24; freshman Weslene Sylvestre 31:56; and senior Christine Masseus 36:06. For the boys’ team, senior Nikko Antido 18:35; sophomore Hedwyn Lamy 21:25; senior Michael Garcia 22:45; senior Yave Calero 23:12; sophomore Eduardo Fajardo-Lara 23:14; and senior Kevin German.

Rhian Romanik finished first overall in the girls’ race. Jenny Lamy was second and Milienne Bonenfant fifth. In the boys’ run, Nikko Antido was second, and Michael Smith took third. Sean Smith was fourth and Daniel Briz fifth.

Prime Time basketball

Dylan Gale had a game-high 14 points as the Golden Eagles edged the Friars 22-20 in the Big East (3rd-4th grade) of the Prime Time Sports Basketball League at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach.

Noah Katzman added four points and Jake Crowder three points. Adam Sananes also scored. For the Friars, Daniel Abbo had nine points, and Noah Volel scored six points. Lucas Korn had five points.

More Big East

Friars 25, Red Storm 15: Benjamin Bronstein 6 pts, Daniel Abbo 8 pts, Lucas Korn 3 pts, Khalil Volel 4 pts, Noah Yecutieli 2 pts Ori Ohayon 1 point. For the Red Storm, Abie Saada 8 pts, Eithan Yisrael 4 pts, Lucas Kac 1 point, Tomer Spivak 2 pts.

Wildcats 18, Pirates 16: Avi Lalo 16 pts (Player of the Week), Simon Kleiner 2 pts. For the Pirates, Jaime Mizrahi 2 pts, Michael Abbo 8 pts, Samuel Courtney 4 pts, Schay Gilinski 2 pts.

Cardinals 19, Fighting Irish 6: Abie Wahba 2 pts, Marc Wendrow 15 pts, Alex Moltmann 2 pts. For the Irish, Abie Bonkovski 2 pts, Jaime Biton2 pts, Andy Ginsberg 2 pts.

Golden Eagles 27, Hoyas 15: Jake Crowder 7 pts, Dylan Gale 18 pts, Noah Katzman 2 pts. For the Hoyas, Ariel Eisen 1 point, Itamar Gal 2 pts, Jonathan Bacal 6 pts, Joseph Abramowitz 2 pts, Menachem Gelman 2 pts.

Cardinals 30, Bulls 20: Abie Wahba 15 pts, Marc Wendrow 9 pts, Joseph Talmaciu 4 pts, Meyer Cusnir 2 pts. For the Bulls, Allan Strimber 14 pts, Carlos Romano 2 pts, Adam Cohen 2 pts, Joseph Gelman 2 pts.

•  NBA (7th-9th grade)

Lakers 54, Celtics 40: Andre Ramos-Katsner 4 pts, Enzo Collomba 23 pts, Jonathan Solomiany 22 pts (Player of the Week), Eli Broides 2 pts, Jonas Senker 3 pts, Moises Lencovski 2 pts. For the Celtics, Ariel Golan 20 pts, Brian Mars 9 pts, Stefano Schaffrath 8 pts.

Spurs 45, Clippers 35: Dan Berflein 14 pts, Ethan Ayache 12 pts, Victor Gilinski 3 pts, Saul Birmaher 8 pts, Eli Navarro 6 pts, Daniel Hassoun 2 pts . For the Clippers, Avi Weisskoff 8 pts, Abraham Woldenberg 2 pts, Max Weisinger 10 pts, Samuel Taieb 10 pts, Donavin Necthman 3 pts, Jake Wax 2 pts.

Heat 51, Knicks 38: Alex Bitchatchi 11 pts, Brandon Weinstein 10 pts, Jordan Weinstein 18 pts, Daniel Berkman 5 pts, Jonathan Woldenberg 7 pts. For the Knicks, Darren Hirsch 12, Aaron Ben-Shmuel 6 pts, Benjamin Brener 11 pts, Jake Singer 4 pts, Keith Bonwitt 5 pts.

Thunder 63, Pacers 29: Jordan Kasimow 13 pts, Andres Bacal 10 pts, Ian Schillinger 10 pts, Sammy Bitchatchi 2 pts, Yaniv Assraf 22 pts, Nathan Meyer 4 pts, Joel Yisrael 2 pts. For the Pacers, George Kaswan 15 pts, Joshua Klein 10 pts, Luis Ruah 4 pts.

Heat 56, Clippers 54: Alex Bitchatchi 3 pts, Brandon Weinstein 8 pts, Jordan Weinstein 26 pts, Daniel Berkman 10 pts, Jonathan Woldenberg 9 pts. For the Clippers, Avi Weisskoff 15 pts, Abraham Woldenberg 2 pts, Max Weisinger 3 pts, Samuel Taieb 17 pts, Donavin Netchman 3 pts, Eithan Cherem 2 pts, Matheus Maia 2 pts, Jake Wax 6 pts.

Bulls 43, Celtics 24: Yomtov Bejar 20 pts, Sion Cherem 4 pts, Daniel Shaferman 4 pts, Christian Yol 2 pts, Yannick Waingarten 2 pts, Alan Berkman 5 pts, Alejandro Klimberg 4 pts, Matias Ostrowicz 2 pts. For the Celtics, Ariel Golan 12 pts, Brian Mars 7 pts, Stefano Schaffrath 3 pts, Cory Mars 2 pts.

•  SEC (5th-6th grade)

Crimson Tide 25, Wildcats 24: Jaime Acherman 8 pts, Jack Brown 7 pts, Brendan Katz 6 pts, Evan Lastra 2 pts, Yuvak Yafe 2 pts. For the Wildcats, Liam Senker 9 pts, Michael Berenstein 4 pts, Oren Borax 2 pts, Jake Moss 1 point, Oliver Sejas 4 pts, Orel Hamami 4 pts.

Aggies 40, Tigers 9: Jeremy Saunders 17 pts, Simon Waxman 7 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 6 pts, Michael Odzer 2 pts, Amit Sapir 8 pts. For the Tigers, Evan Scheck 3 pts, Lauren Hornstein 3 pts, Elan Roffe 3 pts

Rebels 35, Volunteers 32: Saul Birmaher 19 pts (Player of the Week), Alan Wainer 6 pts, Noah Pierre 2 pts, Jared Brody 7 pts, Miguel Walsh. For the Volunteers, Myles Gilbert 18 pts, Eric Ramos-Kastner 2 pts, Ariel Bouskila 7 pts, Ariel Yecutieli 5 pts.

LSU 28, Razorbacks 24: Nathaniel Elharrar 14 pts, Avi Alalu 2 pts, Joel Assor 7 pts, Daniel Mundlak 2 pts, Michael Braun 3 pts. For the Razobacks, Benjamin Yogev 13 pts, Daniel Broides 5 pts, Aden Ben-Saadon 2 pts.

Auburn 34, Gators 24: Alan Berkman 19 pts, Eli Gelb 7 pts, Pryce Markson 2 pts, Kovi Gelb 2 pts, Jack Shechtman 2 pts. For the Gators, Asher Courtney 12 pts, Benjamin Ratzker 5 pts, Daniel Gutking 7 pts.


Barry volleyball

Barry University volleyball defeated No.19 West Florida, 18-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-20 at the South Region Crossover in Pensacola.

Sophomore Mariana Ruiz, an Aventura resident who graduated from Dr. Krop High School, had three aces as the Buccaneers improved to 6-9. Barry is under the NCAA Division II banner.

North Miami Beach baseball/softball

North Miami Beach Little League, a non-profit, has registration 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 2 at Pelican Park in Sunny Isles and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Mishcon Park in North Miami Beach. Baseball is open to boys and girls age 4-14 and softball for girls age 9-12. Registration is also available online at

Soccer clinic

Gulliver Preparatory School presents G.O.A.L.S. (Get Out And Love Soccer), a free soccer clinic for children within the autism spectrum and other related disabilities.

The clinics are 10 a.m.-noon on Nov. 9, Nov. 23, Feb. 22 and March 1 at The Sean Taylor Memorial Field at Gulliver Preparatory School, 6575 SW 88th St., Miami, 33156.

Boys and girls, age 2-17, are invited to attend the soccer clinics. G.O.A.L.S. provides an opportunity for children to enjoy exercise through soccer and various games and activities under the guidance of high school students. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

To pre-register contact Yary Roman at or call 305-666-7937, ext. 1423.

More events, leagues, programs


The Florida International University baseball and softball programs have announced that former Major League Baseball pitcher and current broadcaster Jim Kaat will speak at the annual Diamond Dinner on Feb. 8 in the Graham Center Ballroom on campus.

Kaat was a pitcher for five different teams in a stellar 25-year career. He currently broadcasts games on the MLB Network.

“Jim pitched 25 years in Major League Baseball and was one of the greatest in the history of the game,” said FIU baseball coach Turtle Thomas. “He is very much of a household, recognizable name we look forward to speaking at the Diamond Dinner. Jim received seven Emmy Awards for broadcasting excellence, which makes him significant for both his on field and off field endeavors.”

FIU softball coach Jake Schumann added: "I am truly excited to not only have someone of Jim Kaat’s baseball background speak at this year’s Diamond Dinner, but I’m truly excited because as someone who grew up in Minnesota, I am a life-long Twins fan, and to get the chance to meet him will be a great honor. When someone like Jim speaks about his life in baseball, it can only be a positive influence on our student-athletes. Having heard Jim call games on TV and hear him speak about not only baseball but things other than the game, it should be a great evening for our teams to take that knowledge and apply it to their everyday lives.’

Kaat, who was nicknamed “Kitty,” kicked off his career in the big leagues with the Washington Senators in 1959. Once the team moved to Minnesota in 1961, Kaat was a member of the Twins organization until 1973. After 15 years between both clubs, he went on to have stints with the Chicago White Sox (1973-75), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-79), New York Yankees (1979-80) and St. Louis Cardinals (1980-83). He won 283 career games while posting a lifetime ERA of 3.45. During the 1966 season, he won a league-leading 25 games for the Twins and finished fifth in the AL MVP voting.

At the time of his retirement in 1983, Kaat’s 25-year career was the longest of any pitcher in Major League history. He is now third all-time behind Nolan Ryan’s 27 seasons and Tommy John’s 26 years. During Kaat’s playing career, there were seven different United States Presidents.

After a brief coaching stint with the Cincinnati Reds, Kaat focused on his broadcasting career. Most recently, he has served as a broadcaster on the MLB Network. Kaat has won seven Emmy Awards for excellence in sports broadcasting.

Tickets to the Diamond Dinner cost $120 for an individual and $1,200 for a table of 10. Purchases can be made through Anybody interested in opportunities to give to the Diamond Dinner fund, contact Alyssa Meyer at 305-348-7297 or by email at


For the first time in more than 20 years, the World Rowing Championships will be in the United States.

Sarasota’s Nathan Benderson Park has been selected by the International Federation of Rowing Associations to host the 2017 World Rowing Championships.

The 2017 World Rowing Championships are expected to attract more than 1,500 Olympic-caliber athletes from more than 70 countries. The international competition, which is a precursor to the Olympic Games, will be broadcast to a worldwide television audience of 130 million people.

An estimated 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.

The official announcement was made on Sept. 2 in Seoul, South Korea.

More than $40 million in public and private-sector funds have been committed to help transform a former borrow pit into Nathan Benderson Park, the premier rowing venue in North America, capable of hosting an Olympic-caliber event. Those funds have paid for Phase I (dredge and fill) and Phase II (installation of park amenities, hardscaping and landscaping). Phase III of the project, construction of a state-of-the-art boathouse, timing towers, grandstands and other amenities, will be funded by SANCA and corporate support.

In addition to the commitment of state and local elected officials and the community, FISA officials cited the park’s proximity to Interstate 75, Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport and the City of Sarasota, calm waters and year-round good weather as reasons for choosing Nathan Benderson Park.

Many of the best rowing teams in North America spend the winter months training at Benderson Park. The opportunity for Sarasota-Bradenton to partner with USRowing to host the World Championships will further develop rowing interest around the country. The United States has more than a quarter of a million rowers competing domestically and internationally. NBP will continue to host events throughout the year, demonstrating that the United States of America has the premiere rowing venue in the Western Hemisphere.


The new 2013-14 Century Doubles Men’s Tournament series, presented by Cliff Drysdale Tennis and an official USTA Florida Pilot Event Series, will conclude in Miami.

The five-event Century Doubles Men’s Tournament series is open to men’s doubles teams with a combined age of 100 years or over, featuring a Club Division and an Open Division. Players must be age 35 or older to compete.

For each individual tournament, players will earn points on a sliding scale toward qualification in the end-of-series Grand Finals at The Ritz-Carlton, (Miami) Key Biscayne in April. A minimum of 60 total points will be required to participate in the Grand Finals.

“Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded for each tournament’s division winners and runners-up, with the addition of luxury hotel getaways awarded to the series winners,” said series coordinator Bertan Cikigil. “All participants are guaranteed at least two matches, with a maximum of three per day at each event.”

Series schedule:

Nov. 2-3: BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens.

Dec. 7-8: West Bay Beach and Golf Club, Estero.

Jan. 25-26: Weston Tennis Center, Weston.

March 1-2: Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island.

April 5-6: Miami Grand Finals & Awards hosted by The Ritz-Carlton Tennis Garden, Key Biscayne.

The Club Division and Open Division at each event will be limited to 16 teams each. Scoring is best of three sets, with a 10-point tiebreak in lieu of a third set. USTA rules and regulations apply, including the point penalty system and 15 minute default rule. Teams must be available to start at 9 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

“USTA Florida is excited about partnering with Cliff Drysdale Tennis to offer alternative events that will offer different play opportunities compared to our traditional events,” said USTA Florida President Bob Pfeander.

Event entry fee is $100 per team, and players must be active USTA members.

For information contact Bertan Cikigil at or call 914-815-4093, or to register online go to

Senior Games

Florida senior athletes have the opportunity to register for the 2013 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships.

The event, presented by the Florida Sports Foundation in conjunction with the Lee County Sports Authority, is Dec. 7-15 in Lee County.

Online registration is open in 22 sports of the annual Olympic-style Sports Festival for athletes age 50 and older. Visit and fill out registration forms in pdf documents and send the completed forms to the Florida Sports Foundation. Registration deadlines are in mid-to-late November, and entry fees vary by sport.

JCC Maccabi program

The Levis Jewish Community Center seeks participants for its JCC Maccabi program.

Jewish athletes between ages 13 and 16 (as of July 31, 2014) can participate in team sports, and athletes between ages of 12 and 16 (as of July 31, 2014) can participate in individual sports.

Athletes will represent the Boca Raton Mitchell Dobbin Maccabi Team in boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ baseball, boys’ flag football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ soccer, swimming, tennis, bowling, golf and Star Reporter (a competition for Jewish teens with skills in writing, reporting, photography and social media). Participants will show off their skills and be inspired by the values of community involvement, teamwork, creativity, integrity and pride.

The JCC Maccabi Games is the largest Jewish youth event in the world. From Aug. 10-15, 2014, the South Florida community will welcome more than 1,000 visiting Jewish teens from across the globe and involve more than 1,000 members from the area including 400 host families, 1,000 volunteers and 200 local teen athletes.

Athletes interested in competing in individual sports must contact the JCC Maccabi Games Delegation Head at 561-852-3257 or by Jan. 10. Individual athletes do not need to tryout but must pre-register online at by Jan. 10.

Visit for details.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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