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 www.orangebowl.org.
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.