Sports Scene: Westminster Christian School athletes make new friends with Miracle League players


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Westminster Christian/Miracle League

Westminster Christian School varsity baseball and softball players partnered with the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County to provide a day of fun and friendly competition to children with special needs at the Westminster Christian School baseball field in Palmetto Bay.

Miracle League players were paired with a Baseball Buddy (WCS athlete) who assisted them on and off the field. During the game, the Miracle League players each had a chance to hit the ball and score.

Westminster Christian students have a long tradition of working with community organizations that serve children with special needs. Providing opportunities for students to develop a tradition of service is part of the mission of Westminster Christian School.

Dolphins youth football

The Miami Dolphins stopped by Horace Mann Middle School in Miami for a Gatorade Junior Training Camp, and nearly 200 students participated in the day, which consisted of six interactive football drills, cheerleader routines and the “Dol-Fit” message.

The primary focus of the JTC’s is to impact the youth of South Florida and spread awareness about education, health and positive lifestyle choices. The Dolphins make it a huge priority to spread that message on a weekly basis, and the students of Horace Mann were very receptive to learning the principles of “Dol-Fit.”

“The Horace Mann students were very eager to listen to and digest our message,” Dolphins Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton said. “I think everyone had a great time, and I am really pleased with how the JTC went; you can tell we made an impact.”

The event began with Drayton speaking to the kids, before they were treated to the football stations, which included offensive and defensive drills featuring hurdles, knock-away dummies, ladders and halfback pads just like the Miami Dolphins players.

The girls were taught cheerleader routines from current Miami Dolphins cheerleader Grace. After the camp, Grace and the junior cheerleaders showcased an actual Miami Dolphins cheer for their peers.

“Overall, the event went really well,” Drayton said. “The students learned some good stuff, and we all had fun today. We would be happy to return here.”

Horace Mann Middle, which serves approximately 760 students, has its own health initiatives, such as healthy food choices in the cafeteria.

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through their Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.

For information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camp or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at 305-943-7272 or

Prime Time flag football

Player of the Week Ido Yaari threw two touchdown passes and on defense returned an interception for a touchdown as the Packers beat the Steelers 26-18 in Seniors (5th-6th grade) of Prime Time Sports Flag Football at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Aidan Singer tossed a touchdown pass, and Elan Roffe had three receptions (one a touchdown). Henri Birol made two touchdown receptions, and Michael Efroni caught a pass. Chaz Castro totaled two sacks.

For the Steelers, Avi Alalu two receptions (one a touchdown); Noah Givner three receptions; Noah Markovsky one touchdown pass; Joel Assor one reception for touchdown; Daniel Roffe one interception; Michael Hirsch one reception for touchdown.

More Seniors (5th-6th grade)

Dolphins 25, Vikings 7: Aidan Gold one reception, three sacks; Arturo Jena two touchdown runs, two touchdown passes, two interceptions (one a touchdown); Daniel Broides three receptions (one a touchdown); Lindsey Weingard four receptions (one a touchdown), one interception. For the Vikings, Jack Shechtman one touchdown pass; Joshua Finvarb, one reception; Robert Behar two receptions (one a touchdown), one sack.

Packers 18, Bengals 12: Elan Roffe two receptions for touchdown, one interception for touchdown;; Ido Yaari two touchdown passes, one sack. For the Bengals; David Batievsky one interception for touchdown; Noah Pierre one interception; Sholom Marcus one touchdown pass.

•  Scouts (1st-2nd grade)

Giants 18, Patriots 13: Nolan Senker three receptions; one interception for touchdown; Arie Mizrachi two touchdown run, one reception; Asthon Sklar one reception; Benjamin Leibovich one reception; Noah Kurkin three receptions; Zachary Fisher one reception.

For the Patriots, Ari Dejman one touchdown run, four receptions, one interception; Alexander Schpilberg one reception, Daniel Wengrowsky one touchdown run; Elliot Perel three receptions.

Packers 13, Vikings 12: Evan Seder two receptions (one a touchdown); Jake Manasse two touchdown passes, one reception; TJ Feely one touchdown reception.

For the Vikings, Andy Kizer one reception; Eyal Vaxman one touchdown reception; Max Szomstein one touchdown run, one touchdown pass, three receptions; Michael Benzadon one reception, one interception.

Steelers 25, Dolphins 12: Ryder Rosenberg one touchdown run, six receptions (with two touchdown catches) (Player of the Week); Carson Orlisnky three sacks, two receptions; Matthew Finvarb two receptions; Zach Friedland one touchdown run, one reception, one interception.

For the Dolphins, Alejandro Berkman seven receptions (one a touchdown); Alex Hausmann one reception; Dylan Wigoda one touchdown run, one reception; Noah Vainstein one reception.

•  Juniors (3rd-4th grade)

Patriots 19, Bengals 12: Pablo Sangranichne two touchdown passes; Adam Cohen one reception; Benjamin Bronstein four receptions, one interception, one touchdown run; Yaakov Marcus five receptions (one a touchdown), two interceptions (Player of the Week) , Adam Scher two receptions, Sam Szapiro one reception, David Lalo one reception.

For the Bengals, Allan Strimber two touchdown passes; Jonathan Bacal seven receptions (one a touchdown), one interception; Joseph Abramowitz six receptions; Kayla Bigelman two receptions; Marcos Romano six receptions (one a touchdown), one sack; Samuel Attias four receptions.

Dolphins 12, Packers 7: Ari Schottenstein one reception; Jackson Gold six receptions (one a touchdown); Eli Silverman one touchdown pass, one touchdown run, four receptions, two sacks; Michael Stiberman one reception, one interception; Ricardo Koenig three receptions.

For the Packers, Andres Ruah one reception one touchdown pass, one sack; Levi Gans three receptions, one interception; Rocco Lulinski two receptions (one a touchdown), Nicholas Ludwig five receptions.

Steelers 13, Giants 12: Max Wagenber two touchdown passes; Tomer Spivak two receptions (one a touchdown), one interception; Jack Harris one touchdown reception.

For the Giants, Marc Wendrow one touchdown passes, three receptions; Isiah Pierre one reception; Jaime Mizrahi one reception, Abraham Klainbaum four receptions (with two touchdown catches).

•  Varsity (7th-9th grade)

Steelers 19, Dolphins 12: Jared Weingard two touchdown passes; Jonas Senker one receptions; Rafael Suarez one reception; Dylan Gabay one reception, Menachem Balkany one touchdown reception; Darren Hirsch five receptions (with two touchdown catches), one interceptions; Joey Leizerowitz one reception.

For the Dolphins, Alex Fraynd two touchdown passes, one interception; Mendy Benamu one touchdown reception; Robert Behar two receptions (one a touchdown); Nadav Marianowsky two receptions.


Ransom Everglades volleyball

The Ransom Everglades School girls’ varsity volleyball won the sixth annual Smoothie King Invitational in Miami.

For the second consecutive year, Ransom Everglades beat Westminster Christian in the Gold Division final. Raiders senior setter/right side hitter Nikki Colonna was named Tournament MVP. Senior teammates Lisette Tellez and Tere Bernace and junior Caroline Sklaver were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The champs also feature Sophie Bullard, Sophie Carrera-Justiz, Sheridan Rodstein, Debbie Ajagbe, Sydney Bent, Danni Simms, Annie Elkin, Cristina Ortiz, Sabrina Pereira and Stephanie Bent.

The Raiders later won their eighth consecutive district title, qualifying for regionals.

Highland Oaks cross-country

The Highland Oaks Middle School varsity boys’ cross-country team placed second of 13 teams at the Hammocks Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.

Jamir Ferguson was second of 116 runners, running the 2.1-mile course in 12:30. Derrick Spicer fought a leg cramp to take fifth in 12:58, and Euniel Fortunato, despite losing a shoe during the race, was 13th in 13:24. Jack Gottlieb was 24th (13:44), and Devon Pryor (14:18) rounded out the scoring in 34th. Levensky Laguerre ran a personal best 14:56. Eddie Gabriel was timed at 16:04.

The varsity girls were third of nine teams as Ayoolah Gbolade (14:50) took fourth for the third consecutive meet, and Vashti Claybrook (16:03) was 10th of 89 runners. Hayley Piper (18:33), Kathy Elizabeth (18:38) and Emily Palmeiro (19:12) ran their best races of the season, placing 37th, 39th and 42nd, respectively. Caileigh Marshall finished 61st in 21:09.

The following JV boys and girls successfully completed the course: Roger Henriquez (18:57), Deandre Richards (19:18), Kevin Castor (19:29), Jamie Galo (19:57) and Giuliana Moreno (22:43).

Archbishop Curley top athletes

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

Junior Rhian Romanik was seventh in 21 minutes 32 seconds at the District 16-1A Cross-Country Championships at Greynolds Park. Romanik, an award winner, qualified for the regional championships.

Senior Germaine Smalls led the Knights with three receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown in a first round Southeastern Football Conference playoff game against Coral Springs Charter. On defense, Smalls totaled seven tackles.

• At the District 16-1A Cross-Country Championships, Weslene Sylvestre (30:44), Jamal Mapp (20:10) and Hedwyn Lamy (21:16.) ran personal bests.

Our Lady of Lakes sports

The Our Lady of the Lakes School Cheetahs varsity boys’ basketball team (7th and 8th grade) defeated Immaculate Conception 35-15.

The varsity girls’ basketball team (5th-8th grade) beat Immaculate 15-2 and St. Patrick’s 19-2 to start the season 2-0.

The Primary boys’ baseball team (2nd-4th grade) defeated Immaculate 7-4 to improve to 1-1.

The JV flag football team (5th-6th grade) opened the season with a last minute victory over St. Agnes 14-8 The defense recorded three interceptions.

The cross-country team wrapped up its season with the All Catholic Conference Tri-County Meet at Belen Jesuit School and the All Catholic Conference State Meet also at Belen.

The JV girls were seventh at the ACC Tri-County meet with Danielle Martinez (5th grade) placing 16th in a personal best 10:47. The JV boys took fourth with eight runners setting personal bests.

They are: Adam Magoulas (4th grade) 8:45, first overall; Michael Sanchez (5th grade) 8:59, fourth; Joshua Kunkel (2nd grade) 10:04; Miguel Palacios (6th grade) 10:31; Jason Ravelo (2nd grade) 11:09; Brandon Ravelo (4th grade)11:22; Ian Cueli (5th grade) 11:27; and David Espinoza (5th grade) 12:13.

The Varsity boys were Danny Quesada (7th grade) 15:24 and Ethan Cueli (7th grade) 16:30.

Michael Sanchez (5th grade) received a medal for placing 20th with a personal best 12:48 at the All Catholic Conference State Meet.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Ryan Finvarb (cross-country) finished fifth for the Spartans (18th overall) in helping lead the varsity team to its second consecutive district championship at Greynolds Park.

Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Isabella Allen (cross-country) was first for the Spartans (sixth overall) in helping lead the varsity team to runner-up honors at districts at Greynolds Park.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Alexandra Piussan (cross-country) was second for the Spartans (ninth overall) in helping lead the varsity team to its runner-up finish at districts at Greynolds Park.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Alexander Cohen (cross-country) was first for the Spartans (fifth overall) in helping lead the varsity team to its second consecutive district title at Greynolds Park.

Spartan Super Fan: Coach Matthew Chaka Bainbridge.


Alejandro Menendez, 16, of Miami was selected to represent the United States at the Junior World Judo Championships in Slovenia.

Competing in the 55kg weight class, Menendez practices at Falcon Judo Club, 515 SW 71 Ave., Miami 33144.

He is also a student at South Miami Senior High School.

Prime Time basketball

Player of the Week Aaron Ben-Shmuel scored a game-high 18 points as the Knicks edged the Celtics 39-36 in the NBA (7th-9th grade) of the Prime Time Sports Basketball League at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach.

Teammate Tal Emano had eight points, and Benjamin Brener added five points. Darren Hirsch had four points, and Keith Bonwitt and Josh Exposito two points apiece. For the Celtics, Ariel Golan scored a team-high 14 points. Brian Mars and Stefano Schaffrath totaled eight points apiece. Justin Moskovitz had four points and Cory Mars two points.

•  More NBA (7th-9th grade)

Spurs 48, Thunder 44: Dan Berflein 9 pts, Ethan Ayache 17 pts, Victor Gilinski 2 pts, Saul Birmaher 9 pts, Eli Navarro 4 pts, Daniel Hassoun 2 pts, Bernardo Faigenblat 4 pts. For the Thunder, Jordan Kasimow 14 pts, Simon Assouuline 6 pts, Yaniv Assraf 21 pts.

Bulls 49, Nets 26: Yomtov Bejar 22 pts, Daniel Shaferman 8 pts, Christian Yol 8 pts, Yannick Waingarten 2 pts, Alan Berkman 7 pts, Alejandro Klimberg 2 pts. For the Nets, Adrian Garcia 11 pts, Joshua Silverman 9 pts, Leonardo Castillo 4 pts, Eric Getzel 2 pts.

Knicks 43, Nets 27: Aaron Ben-Shmuel 10 pts, Darren Hirsch 12 pts, Josh Exposito 2 pts, Keith Bonwitt 3 pts, Lee Friedman 9 pts, Jake Singer 7 pts. For the Nets, Adrian Garcia 11 pts, Leonardo Castillo 7 pts, Samuel Mejia 2 pts, Benjamin Wolf 4 pts, Amitay Ben-naim 3 pts.

Lakers 39, Thunder 31: Andre Ramos-Katsner 18 pts, Enzo Collomba 9 pts, Jonas Senker 6 pts, Jonathan Solomiany 2 points, Mijael Shapiro 2 pts, Moises Lencovski 2 pts. For the Thunder, Jordan Kasimow 14 pts, Yaniv Assraf 13 pts, Andres Bacal 2 pts, Sammy Bitchatchi 2 pts.

Spurs 42, Pacers 35: Dan Berflein 8 pts, Ethan Ayache 16 pts, Victor Gilinski 7 pts, Saul Birmaher 2 pts, Eli Navarro 3 pts, Daniel Hassoun 6 pts. For the Pacers, Ben Shayner 2 pts, Joshua Klein 10 pts, Luis Ruah 5 pts, Ron Benhayoun 3 pts, Shaul Levy 3 pts, George Kaswan 9 pts, Gavin Sklar 2 pts.

Heat 48, Bulls 45: Alex Bitchatchi 4 pts, Jordan Weinstein 12 pts, Daniel Berkman 18 pts (Player of the Week), Brandon Weinstein 10 pts, Jaime Acherman 4 pts. For the Bulls, Sion Cherem 8 pts, Daniel Shaferman 24 pts, Christian Yol 2 pts, Alan Berkman 8 pts, Matias Ostrowicz 2 pts.

•  SEC (5th-6th grade)

Razorbacks 29, Wildcats 15: Benjamin Yogev 16 pts, Daniel Broides 7 pts, Isaac Almkies 6 pts. For the Wildcats, Liam Senker 6 pts, Oren Borax 6, Jake Moss 4 pts, Oliver Sejas 2pts, Oliver Hamami 2 pts.

Crimson Tide 40, Rebels 38: Jaime Acherman 19 pts, Camari Austin14 pts, Brendan Katz 7 pts. For the Rebels, Saul Birmaher 24 pts, Jacky Camhi 2 pts, Joshua Schmutter 6 pts, Jared Brody 6 pts.

LSU 29, Aggies 24: Nathaniel Elharrar 13 pts, Avi Alalu 4 pts, Joel Assor 4 pts, Chaz Castro 6 pts, Daniel Mundlak 2 pts. For the Aggies, Jeremy Saunders 10 pts, Simon Waxman 1 point, Jordan Ben-Shalom 8 pts, Michael Odzer 1 point, Amit Sapir 4 pts.

Gators 31, Razorbacks 30: Asher Courtney 19 pts (Player of the Week), Benjamin Ratzker 4 pts, Daniel Gutkin 2 pt, Adam Rimeris 1 point, Haim Sadovnic 4 pts. For the Razorbacks, Benjamin Yogev 16 pts, Daniel Broides 6 pts, Isaac Almkies 6 pts, Aden Ben-Saadon 2 pts.

Aggies 35, Volunteers 26: Jeremy Saunders 18 pts, Simon Waxman 2 pts, Jordan Ben-Shalom 7 pts, Michael Odzer 4 pts, Amit Sapir 2 pts, Ilan Koenig 2 pts. For the Volunteers, Myles Gilbert 23 pts, Eric Ramos-Katsner 4 pts, Nissim Chaillo 1 point, Ariel Bouskila 1 point.

LSU 43, Tigers 26: Nathaniel Elharrar 10 pts, Avi Alalu 11 pts, Joel Assor 10 pts, Aidan Singer 4 pts, Daniel Mundlak 4 pts, Michael Braun 4 pts. For the Tigers, Samuel Taieb 6 pts, Evan Scheck 2 pts, Lauren Hornstein 8 pts, Elan Roffe 6 pts, Amit Lambert 1 point, Leo Paul-Benichou 2 pts.

Auburn 36, Wildcats 30: Alan Berkman 26 pts, Eli Gelb 6 pts, Jack Shechtman 2 pts, Kovi Gelb 2 pts. For the Wildcats, Liam Senker 6 pts, Oren Borax 6, Jake Moss 3 pts, Oliver Sejas 6pts, Oliver Hamami 3 pts, Adolfo Bucay 2pts, Michael Berenstein 4 pts.

•  BIG EAST (3th-4th grade)

Wildcats 27, Red Storm 11: Avi Lalo 12 pts, Alex Ruah 6 pts, Andres Ruah 2 pts, David Lalo 7 pts. For the Red Storm, Abie Saada 6 pts, Lucas Kac 3 pts, Tomer Spivak 2 pts.

Cardinals 32, Hoyas 23: Marc Wendrow 24 pts, Joseph Talmaciu 4 pts, Abie Wahba 4 pts. For the Hoyas, Jonathan Bacal 13 pts, Ariel Almkies 8 pts, Joseph Abramowitz 1 point, Menachem Gelman 2 pts.

Bulls 21, Musketeers 16: Allan Strimber 30 pts (Player of the Week), Carlos Romano 2 pts, Michael Benzadon 2 pts, Jacob Shaked 2pts, Aidan Sager 2 pts, Adam Cohen 6 pts. For the Musketeers, Yahir Hojberg 5 pts, Eli Bibliowicz 8 pts, Samuel Merenfeld 6 pts, William Shaoul 15 pts.

Golden Eagles 35, Bulls 32: Jake Crowder 12 pts, Dylan Gale 17 pts, Benjamin Rabinowitz 1 point, Adam Sananes 4 pts, Noah Katzman 1 point. For the Bulls, Allan Strimber 23 pts, Carlos Romano 2 pts, Michael Benzadon 2 pts, Jacob Shaked 5 pts.

Hoyas 34, Musketeers 29: Menachem Gelman 14 pts (Player of the Week), Ariel Eisen 2 pts, Ariel Almkies 6 pts, Itamar Gal 4 pts, Jonathan Bacal 4 pts, Joseph Abramowitz 4 pts. For the Musketeers, David Amsalem 5 pts, Eli Bibliowicz 2 pts, Samuel Merenfeld 2 pts, William Shaoul.

Wildcats 20, Irish 2: Avi Lalo 14 pts, Alex Ruah 4 pts, David Lalo 2 pts. For the Irish, Abie Bonkovski 2 pts.

Cardinals 28, Friars 19: Abie Wahba 2 pts, Marc Wendrow 13 pts, Joseph Talmaciu 5 pts, Meyer Cusnir 2 pts, Eduardo Halfen 2 pts, Isiah Pierre 4 pts. For the Friars, Lucas Korn 11 pts, 5 pts, Noah Yecutieli 2 pts, Ricardo Koenig 1 pt.



Ocean Club of Miami in Key Biscayne won championships at USTA Florida’s third Regional Team Tennis Challenge at the Swim and Racquet Club in Boca Raton.

The event was open to junior team tennis squads.

Southwest Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge division winners: 10U Advance: Ocean Club 2, Miami. 14U Intermediate: Ocean Club 14, Miami.

Participants also had the chance to vie for the Youth Tennis Foundation “Kelley” Awards by writing a short essay on what tennis means to them. Natalie Sancho of Miami was named the winner and will receive a $250 scholarship toward her tennis expenses.

The new Regional Team Tennis Challenges are BYOT (bring your own team) events, which means prior participation in a local tennis league is not required. USTA members and non-members can participate in the events open to teams of kids age 8-18. The events are presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, and USTA members receive a $10 discount on registration.

“The partnership with USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges is a great fit for Wilson Racquet Sports and our shared vision to attract more youth participation,” said Erika Offerdahl, promotions manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. “These events give all skill levels the opportunity to compete and experience team competition in a fun format.”

Upcoming: Nov. 16

Ten and Under Team Tennis Challenge

Tamiami Park, Miami (open to 10-and-under teams from Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties)

For information or to register teams go to Join the conversation on Twitter with #BYOTeamTennis.


The PGA of America announced that 19 PGA Professionals including two from Miami have completed the requirements to achieve certification through the advanced PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0 (CPP 2.0).

CPP 2.0 is a valuable achievement in a learning strategy that is aimed at improving PGA Professional proficiency and advancing career opportunities. Serving as The PGA’s enhanced, all-digital training and education curriculum, PGA CPP 2.0 is aligned with the goals of the Golf 2.0 strategic initiative to give PGA members a state-of-the-art skill set to grow the game of golf. PGA CPP 2.0 is an online, career-enhancing solution that ensures that PGA members have the skills, competencies and job requirements demanded by employers and customers throughout the golf industry.

The two locals are Santos Caceres of Miami - Crandon Golf Academy, South Florida PGA Section (Instruction); Jarryd Wood of Miami Beach - La Gorce Country Club, South Florida PGA Section (Instruction).

“PGA Professionals play such an integral leadership role in growing the game of golf on many levels, and when I see some of the most respected and prominent men and women take advantage of The PGA’s continuing education program, it truly validates PGA Education,” said PGA Master Professional Dawes Marlatt, the senior director of Education and Employment for The PGA of America.

Designed with direct input from employers and industry experts to immediately enhance the expertise and performance of PGA members in the workplace, the all-digital PGA CPP 2.0 is an intuitive program available on that offers certifications in Golf Operations, General Management, Player Development and Instruction. These four distinct certification programs encompass seven defined Career Paths (Golf Operations, Retail, General Management, Executive Management, Ownership and Leasing, Golf Instruction and Player Development)—supporting PGA members who are committed to continuously enhancing their golf management skills, in order to stay ahead of the increasing demands of the industry. Since the PGA Certified Professional Program’s original inception in 2004, a total of 817 PGA Professionals have earned a combined 1,623 certifications in their desired career paths.

The online learning approach ensures broad access to the program, while reducing the time and travel costs associated with traditional classes. Further, the new digital integration of the educational curriculum offers e-learning solutions and best-in-class applications, so PGA Professionals can experience unique situations; use critical thinking to acquire relevant knowledge; and immediately transfer and apply their knowledge to real-time situations and everyday business matters. PGA CPP 2.0 enables PGA Professionals to maintain a competitive edge in the workforce, while gaining additional tools to enhance performance at their facility.

Barry rowing

Miami’s Nicole Cristo helped the Barry University women’s 4+ crew finish 24th in 24 minutes 8.4 seconds in the College and Club 4+ event of the Head of the Hooch national regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The competition featuring some of the nation’s top Division I programs. Cristo, a junior, is a 2010 graduate of American High School. The Buccaneers are under the NCAA Division II banner.

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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

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.


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:

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

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.

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.


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.

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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