Sports Scene: Key Biscayne, Miami Gardens, Suniland win Orange Bowl Youth Football titles

 

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The 2013 Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships presented by Sports Authority were at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Kendall. Twenty four teams from eight leagues and 12 different weight classes competed in the championships.

The two-day event featured Super Bowl champions from various leagues.

Highlights will be shown on “Inside the Orange Bowl” at 6 p.m. on Jan. 1 on Sun Sports.

5U/70 pound: Suniland Sundevils 33, Helping Hands Bulls 18

The first game of the 2013 Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships presented by Sports Authority saw the Suniland Sundevils win the title.

Suniland running back Bryce Fitzgerald made it difficult for the Bulls’ defense as he reached the end zone five times, scoring all of the touchdowns for the Sundevils, including three 45-yard touchdown runs. Suniland is a member of Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

Ronnie Jones Jr. scored all three touchdowns for the Bulls of the South Florida National Youth Football League.

Suniland Sundevils: Jason Barket Jr., Jaden Glasper, Frank Acosta, Antwaun Simmons, Justin Rowell, Bryce Fitzgerald, Camaul King, Jacob Quallo, Samuel Coleman, Ronald Sippio, James Taylor, Dominic Rubio, Ian Pruessner, Jonathan Nua, Ronin Robles, Antwan Borden, Joel Anthony Young.

Helping Hands Bulls: Vincent Lipscomb, Ronnie Jones Jr., Yahliem Loller, Jermell Fashaw, Antanious McClendon, Antonio Harris, Steve Achille, Xavier Juarez, Ja’Kaurri Carter, Shane Eutsey, Antonio Cobb, Darion Coakley, Desmond Johnson.

8U/80 pound: Key Biscayne Key Rats 20, Pahokee Baby Blue Devils 0

Ignacio Falla, Michel Musi and Franco Schena scored for the Key Rats, representing the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League. Pedro Duran added a 2-point kick. The Baby Blue Devils are with the Glades Tri-City Youth Football League.

Key Biscayne Key Rats: Ryan Earle, Ignacio Falla, Diego Milanesi, Michel Musi, Franco Schena, Fernando Milanesi, Steel Reed, Pedro Duran, David Serra, Christopher Fuentes, Raul Rivero, Alejandro Noriega, Evan Escobar, Santiago Olea, Cristian Fernandez, Joshua Davis, Connor Scholz, Gonzalo Cortes, Marley Washington, Dante Mairhofer, Michael Lemke.

Videos of Key Biscayne-Pahokee

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10U/100 pound: Miami Gardens Ravens 32, Helping Hands Bulls 0

The Helping Hands Bulls of the South Florida National Youth Football League displayed a valiant effort against the Ravens of Miami Gardens, but they just could not stop the powerful Ravens offense.

Led by Katravis Geter Jr. and Christopher Sweeting Jr., the Ravens offense also scored often. Geter Jr. started the scoring on a long touchdown run with just over eight minutes to go in the first quarter. Sweeting Jr. followed with a touchdown run, and Geter Jr. then had a 30-yard touchdown run to put the Ravens ahead 26-0 by halftime.

Torrie Cox Jr. added a 52-yard touchdown run. Terrance Lewis Jr. had two extra point runs. Center Wadlin “Mann Mann” Fevrier anchored a solid offensive line.

Miami Gardens is with the Florida Youth Football League. Geter Jr. was MVP of the FYFL Super Bowl.

Miami Gardens Ravens: Jamaal Floyd, Katravis Geter Jr., Kem Williams Jr., Christopher Sweeting Jr., Jacquez Holloway, Terrence Lewis Jr., Torrie Cox Jr., Torrar Norris, Dyjuan Daniels, Santwaun Brinson, Kion James, Damacio Green Jr., Ephraim Williams III, Daeron Hicks, Donnell Cooney, Marcus Murray Jr., Wadlin Fevrier Jr., Meldryk Glenn, Jahiem Piquion, George Pickens IV, Amos Brown, Nathan Lynes.

Helping Hands Bulls: Anthony Scott, Tramaine Gulfin Jr., Jerry Cooper Jr., Youonnie Hughes, Joe Summersett III, Jaylan Smith, Johnneth Rhodes Jr., Xavier Ferguson Jr., Dartrell Ables, Johnny William, LeAndre Lubin, Jarmal Wooden, Franklin Michel, Antwone Brown, Riley Santiago-Paniagua, Tarvorise Brown Jr., John Mills, Malikk Brown, David Boursiquot Jr., Darrel Edmond, Jason Fuller, Damari Watson, Roscoe Gibson, Pablo Aguillon.

Videos of Miami Gardens-Helping Hands

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11U/115 pound: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 24, Tamiami Colts 0

The undefeated Bulldogs scored early and often en route to their 15th consecutive victory this season. Remarkably, Miami Gardens is unbeaten in five seasons (Pee Wees, 70s, 80s, 100s, 115s), winning five Super Bowls and five OBYFA Championships

Quarterback Cedquan Smith, running back Chavon Wright and wide receiver Anthony Johnson Jr. led the offense. Willie Floyd and James Williams anchored a strong defense.

Smith had two one-yard touchdown runs in the early-going to give the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead before Chavon Wright scored twice, including a 50-yard touchdown run.

The Bulldogs represented the Florida Youth Football League. Floyd, who noted the success is because of the team’s dedication and hard work, was the MVP in the FYFL Super Bowl. Tamiami is a member of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

Miami Gardens Bulldogs: James Williams, Cedquan Smith, Willie Floyd, Shamarr Wright, Anthony Johnson Jr., Chavon Wright, Demil Morten, Matthew Siggers, Keith Murray Jr., Terrance Tate Jr., Terrance Grant Jr., Horace Atkins, Quaishawn Escoffery, Omari McCray, Robert Smith III, Jahaad Pennywell, Darius Curry, Marone Michel Jr., Kristian Jackson, Cameron Gretton, Don-E Holloway, Samari Wilson, Raymond Bailey Jr., Ketron Johnson, Avant Latimore, Stephon Young-Rolle, Jonathan Jean, Amed Atehortua Jr., Reginald Wimberly Jr., Shaundrick Hamilton Jr.

Tamiami Colts: Kahmari Lovett, Anthony Cordovi, Charles Fiuza, Anthony Alvarez, Maykel Solis, Ahmaris Harrell, Jermaine Witherspoon, Roscoe Parrish, Seth Robinson, Hector Cordero, Alexander Gomez, Michael Montes De Oca, Dany Martinez, Kenden Aguilera, Jonathan Mosley, Michael Raxach, Dustin Vinas, Dominik Conde, Amaruion Kinson, Rafael D. Gomez, Dylan Mira, Bryan Morales, Sebastian Rodriguez, Joshua Scott, Shaine Cortes, William Magarin, Fabian Dennes II..

Rec All Stars/85 pound: Dick Conley All-Stars 13, Palm Beach All-Stars 6

Palm Beach scored first on Aiden Malcolm’s touchdown run in the first half. Dick Conley answered as Antonio Jackson and Jaden Miller each scored in the come-from-behind win.

Dick Conley All-Stars: Brandon Trujilo, Nashubie Humphrey, Khamani Alexander, Jaden Miller, Eduardo Nunez, Dylan Jones, Devante Grant, Antonio Jackson, Kevin Wiggins, Sir Robertgeau, Raul Cepeda, Octavius Jackson, Jason Workman, Gilbert Rosales, Kevin Gonzalez, Angel Amezquita, Jermaine James, Ethan Brown, Jordan Olvera, Bruce Olvera.

Rec All Stars/165 pound: Key West All-Stars 12, Palm Beach All-Stars 6

Palm Beach took the early 6-0 lead in the second quarter on a 20-yard touchdown run by Arnold Augustin. Key West tied the game at six on a John Greer touchdown run.

With three seconds left on the clock, Palm Beach ran the ball inches from the goal line when the ball popped out. Donovan Mompoint of Key West caught the ball in the back of the end zone and ran it the length of the football field to give Key West an incredible 12-6 victory.

Key West All-Stars: Deangelo Rivas, Jon Greer, Alvin Howard, Michael Willett, Richie Lorman, Neal Kennedy, Brayden DiMarino, Christian McCain, Donovan Mompoint, Benny Cassis, Dario Sagastume, Matthew Age, Randy Culmer, Peter Estevez, Andre Campos, Tyler Campos, Ty Torres.

• The Future Youth Bulls, Super Bowl champions of the South Florida National Youth Football League, were runners-up in the 12U/130-pound Division of the OBYFA Championships.

Future Youth Bulls: Shemar Rattray, Richard Lawson, Derrick Spicer, Elijah Denail, Raj Barrett, Denzel Washington, Omar Huggins, Zephaniah Pielle, Jamel Jackson, Adrien Ortiz, Troy Matos, Samuel King, Camilo Lombard, Deven Molina, Roney Boldes, Johnathan King, Jacquez Jackson, Reshaud Pond, Itae Washington, Kedash Hendricks, Jones Jean-Jacques, Samuel Point-A-Jove, Damerius Ekuma, Datari Francois.

• The Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority is in its 15th season and serves more than 16,000 young football players and cheerleaders in 10 football leagues across South Florida. Since its inception in 1999, the Orange Bowl has invested approximately $5 million in youth sports in South Florida.

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

Miami Beach flag football

The Broncos prevailed over the Phoenix 19-12 in the finals of the 9-10 age group of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation flag football at Flamingo Park.

In the first half, the Broncos shut out the Phoenix. Broncos quarterback Owen Spill threw three touchdown passes. Alex Martinez, Jack Costaregni and Gavin Basner caught the scoring passes.

The Phoenix made it a game the second half with a touchdown run by Justin Schwartz, who also tossed a touchdown pass to Mendy Rudd. The Broncos answered with a spectacular run by Owen Spill to clinch the victory.

• The Broncos reached the finals by beating the Warrioras 24-12. Felipe Llanos threw a touchdown pass to receiver Alfredo Miranda who also scored on a run.

Noah Ogaza not only threw a touchdown pass to Thomas Murphy but he also had an interception, returning it for a touchdown. Warriors quarterback Arthur Ackerman completed touchdown passes to Mia Ogaza and Chance Levin.

• In other playoff action, the Seahawks defeated the Hurricanes 19-7. The Hurricanes quickly took the lead with consecutive long passes from quarterback Joel Perez to receiver Ezra Rivera.

The Seahawks answered when Brock Levin tossed a touchdown pass to Maximo Castillo. The momentum shifted to the Seahawks in the second half on two touchdown runs by speedster Manuel Nores and a strong defense that shut out the Hurricanes in the second half.

Palmetto cheerleading

The Palmetto Raiders Youth Development Club Inc. in Cutler Bay did a very good job representing the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League at the Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.

The Palmetto Raiders Midget Dance Team (age 12-15) placed fourth to capture the first cheer and dance trophy at Pop Warner nationals in the 48-year history of the Palmetto program.

The Raiders were third in the local competition at the Dade County Auditorium in October, qualifying for the Southeast Region Championships in November. They dazzled the arena to win southeast regionals against teams from Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. That allowed them to represent the southeast region at the Pop Warner National Championships, which included teams from throughout the United States.

The talented Palmetto team features Jayla Pates, Jakia Armorer, Tajah Flowers, Sybonne Reed, Dasjha Hughes, Cassandra Richardson, Quanisha Brooks, Tomya Johnson, Brianca Coney, Destiny Hills, Shanya McCullor, Aisha Charles, Terri Pettway, Diamond Moore and Ja’nya Terry. The head coach is Temesha Bruton, and the coaches are Sharonney Partridge and Denzel Williams. The Palmetto cheer commissioners are Yelena Anria and Tiffany Moss.

More events, leagues, programs

Marlins golf tournament

The Marlins Foundation announces the inaugural Jack McKeon Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic which is Feb. 12 at Crandon Golf Course Key Biscayne. Previously known as the Marlins Celebrity Golf Classic, the Marlins will pay tribute to former Marlins Manager John “Jack” McKeon, a two-time National League Manager of the Year and 2003 World Series Champion.

Marlins personalities scheduled to attend include: President David Samson, President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill, Vice President and General Manager Dan Jennings, Marlins Manager Mike Redmond, along with Marlins players and other community leaders.

Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Miracle League of Miami-Dade County; a Marlins Charity Partner. The Miracle League is a nationally recognized baseball program for children with special needs. The mission is to provide children with developmental, intellectual, mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to play baseball on special custom designed rubber turf fields that accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

"We look forward to honoring Jack for his contributions to baseball in South Florida. Thanks to the generous donations of individuals and organizations, we can continue to impact the lives of children through baseball,” said Mike Redmond, Marlins Manager and Event Chair. “This event will give participants the opportunity to play alongside Marlins players as well as donate to a worthy cause.”

The daylong event will follow the below agenda:

Registration: 9-10:30 a.m.; Shot Gun Start: 11 a.m.; Awards Dinner: 4 p.m.

Event registration is available online at www.marlins.com/golf. For information contact the Marlins Foundation at 305-480-2550 or email foundation@marlins.com.

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 tours@marlins.com. 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.

FIU

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 FIUSports.com. Anybody interested in opportunities to give to the Diamond Dinner fund, contact Alyssa Meyer at 305-348-7297 or by email at alymeyer@fiu.edu.

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 www.hofball.net 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.

Visit www.miamirugbykids.com .

Tennis

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:

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 b.cikigil@cliffdrysdale.com or call 914-815-4093, or to register online go to www.CenturyDoublesTennis.com.

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.

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 age 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.

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

Visit www.levisjcc.org for details.

Swimming

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 www.usaswimmingfoundation.org .

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 www.miamisoccer5.com.

Soccer

South Kendall Sun Blazers (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Miami Dade Soccer League (miami-dadesoccer.com) at Three Lakes Park, 13375 SW 136 St. (786-488-5216).

Soccer 5 (ussoccer5.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (1-888-575-2976).

Club Atletico De Miami (camsoccer.com) at Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave. (305-764-5783).

Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24 St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer (pinecrestpremier.com) at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester (tropicalsoccer.org) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 St. (786-370-4222).

Coral Estates Soccer Club (coralestatessoccer.org) at Coral Estates Park, 1411 SW 97 Ave. (305-279-2328)

South Kendall Soccer Club (sksoccer.org) at Kendall Indian Hammocks Park, 11395 SW 79 St. (305-630-3314).

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) 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 www.jointhunder.com Registration is now open. Contact contact@jointhunder.com 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 Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.

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.

Visit www.rebelleathletics.com .

Jai-Alai

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 admanUSA@aol.com 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 cbsportsclub.com. 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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