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In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate youth baseball or softball players, who display sportsmanship and good grades or academic improvements. Eligible nominees are from the recreational in-house league or travel league or school league (elementary school or middle school or high school junior varsity).

Honored players – selected by random drawing – will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.

To nominate someone, e-mail or call 954-538-7153.

The Miami Dolphins recently hosted the fourth annual Crowning of the Champions at the Miramar Cultural Center. In a red-carpet-styled award ceremony, the Miami Dolphins in collaboration with Generation Nexxt honored South Florida’s best youth football stars from some of the area’s most popular youth leagues.

“The event is getting bigger and bigger every year. The growth of youth football in South Florida is something that we take pride in and continue to support,” Dolphins Senior Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell said in a release. “Being able to give the coaches, parents and players a night that they can celebrate their accomplishments is very rewarding for our organization as well.”

Thirty-two cities were represented, including the top teams from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Lee and Collier counties, with a variety of awards being handed out to 2013’s top performers, including the best athletes, coaching staffs and squads from eight youth football leagues (SFYFL, AYFL, GMPW, FYFL, NYFL, MXYFL, SWFYFL and BEST LEAGUE).

The event started with the red carpet ceremony, as the nominated athletes came dressed to impress and walked down the carpet before they entered the event. Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders posed for photos with the teams before the ceremony. The award show commenced in front of a capacity crowd with various presenters honoring the athletes.

Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Manager and former Dolphins tight end Troy Drayton and Dolphins cheerleaders presented and distributed awards to the athletes. The organization presented some of their own distinct awards, such as Scholar Athlete of the Year, which honored six boys and six girls who have excelled in the classroom and the Presidential Community Service Award, which honored the board of directors of each youth football league.


1. Top Ranked Youth Football Teams:

AYFL: Pembroke Pines Bengals 125 lbs; GMPW: Liberty City Warriors Jr. Midgets; FYFL: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 11U; BEST: Pompano Chiefs Jr. Midgets; SWFYFL: South Naples Pirates 12U; MXYFL: West Miramar Patriots 13U

2. Top Ranked Cheerleading Squads:

AYFL: Coral Springs Chargers 140s; SWFYFL: Lee County Hawks 15U; FYFL: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 14U; MXYFL: West Kendall Dolphins Jr. Prep

3. Most Outstanding Player by Age (one from each league)

Super Pee: Elijah Hardy, Miami Gardens Vikings

7 year old: Isaiah Scott, NW Boys and Girls Clubs Falcons

8 year old: Xavier Irvin, Overtown Tornadoes

9 year old: Simeon Hines, Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes

10 year old: Jayden McBarrows, PPO Bengals

11 year old: Willie “Polamalu” Floyd, Miami Gardens Bulldogs

12 year old: Willie Davis, PPO Bengals

13 year old: Chatavius “TuTu” Atwell, LBO Warriors

14 year old: Willie Reynolds, NW Broward Raiders

4. Coaching Staff of the Year (one from each league)

AYFL: Pembroke Pines Bengals 105s; GMPW: Overtown Tornadoes Midgets; SWFYFL: Naples Gators 10U; MXYFL: Key Biscayne Key Rats 8U; BEST: East Boynton Wildcats Junior Pee Wees; FYFL: Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes 9U

5. Top Programs of the Year (one from each league)

SWFYFL: Naples Gators; BEST: East Boynton Wildcats; FYFL: Miami Gardens Ravens; AYFL: Pembroke Pines Bengals; GMPW: Gwen Cherry Bulls; MXYFL: Suniland Sundevils

6. Dominant Team Performance of the Year

1. FYFL – Miami Gardens Ravens 12U; 2. AYFL – Davie Broncos 145s; 3. GMPW – Gwen Cherry Bulls Jr. Pee Wees

7. Top Scholar Athletes

AYFL scholar male athlete of the year: Vinson Davis; AYFL scholar female athlete of the year: Ilana Stein

SWFYFL scholar female athlete of the year: Delanie Zohler; SWFYFL scholar male athlete of the year: Dylan Silverman

Miami Xtreme scholar female athlete of the year: Lynnea Gordon; Miami Xtreme scholar male athlete of the year: Loubensky Baine

Greater Miami-Dade Pop Warner scholar female athlete of the year: Isabella Cespedes; Greater Miami-Dade Pop Warner scholar male athlete of the year: Andres Cruz

BEST scholar female athlete of the year: Mykyaia Byrd; BEST scholar male athlete of the year: Omari Black

FYFL scholar female athlete of the year: Tara McCoy; FYFL scholar male athlete of the year: Lexington Joseph

Top Youth Football Play of the Year: Ricardo Hallman, Davie Broncos 105s

Youth Heisman Award: Chatavius “TuTu” Atwell, LBO Warriors

Top Ranked Youth Football Team of the Year: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 11U and Liberty City Warriors Jr. Midgets

Most Dominant Defensive Player of the Year: Terrance “T2” Lewis, Miami Gardens Ravens

Most patient coach of the year: Buddy Bailey, Miami Gardens Vikings

Female Track Athlete of the Year: Brianna Williams, Miramar Optimist

Male Track Athlete of the Year: Jamal Walton, Miami Gardens Xpress

Track & Field Team of the Year: Miami Gardens Xpress

Orange Bowl Community Impact Award: Davin Joseph

FBU Team of the Year: Team South Florida 7th grade

FBU Tournament MVP: Nayquan Wright

Beyond the Game Award: Josh Pita, Cooper City Cowboys 105s

Goldson’s Legacy Overall All-Star Award: Lynnea Gordon, MXYFL

Blustein Lifetime Achievement Award: Coach Tim “Ice” Harris

Suniland Optimist

has new commissioner

Jose Regalado, founder of the Miami Xtreme YFL, the Kendall-Hammocks Optimist Warriors Football & Cheer Program and former youth sports manager of the Orange Bowl Committee, has become the new football commissioner at Suniland Optimist in Pinecrest.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity of running a youth football program again. Suniland is a very strong program with a lot of history and a lot of success since joining the Miami Xtreme. Besides having Super Bowl Champions in the last two years, including the Pee-Wees in 2013, that were featured on National News and ESPN for executing a perfect Statue of Liberty play for a touchdown by the son of Senator and Coach Marco Rubio, also received Miami Xtreme’s Cheerleading Park of the year and Generation Nexxt’s Program of the year. I’m also very happy to be back coaching and the prospect of coaching my oldest grandson Tyler, having my son Brian coaching, my other grandson Gavin playing and my granddaughter Brianna cheering. It’s going to be a family affair and a lot of fun.”

For information on Suniland Sundevils football and cheerleading, please contact Jose at 305-458-1966 or by e-mail at You can also visit us on the web at Registration is now open for tackle and flag football and cheerleading.

Dolphins Leadership Program

The Miami Dolphins hosted a High School Player Development Leadership Program at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. The event, presented by the National Guard, included 30 high school student athletes from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The students were taught valuable lessons in leadership by members of the National Guard as well as Miami Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline.

“The event as a whole was very successful,” said Troy Drayton, manager of Miami Dolphins Youth Programs. “The students that were selected for this event are already high character individuals. Hopefully, the lessons they learned will help them continue to grow not only as leaders in their respective sport but also in their community.”

The event started with a video presentation from the NFL and was followed by a visit from Hartline. The receiver spoke to the students about how he became a leader in high school by working hard and leading by example. He also answered questions about the difficulties in becoming a leader when you are one of the youngest players on your team and when it is the right time to speak up in a locker room.

“Having Brian Hartline speak to us was very impactful”, said Miramar High School junior John Persaud. “He has been through the same things that we are going through now, and he understands what it takes to be a leader going from high school to college and eventually to the NFL. I am excited about taking the things I learned back to my team and sharing the information with them.”

The day concluded with a service project at the Ann Storck Center, where they helped fix the pavilion and garden areas at the Center. They were also able to go into one of the group homes and clean the inside. After leaving the Center, the students returned to the Stadium and took part in an exercise led by the National Guard.

“It is important for us to share our experiences as leaders and fostering it into the next generation”, Joe Lietz the regional recruiting commander of the Florida Army National Guard, said. “The lessons they learn will help them be successful not only in sports but in their business and families as well.”

The Miami Dolphins are one of eight NFL teams to host the Leadership Program in 2014. In its second year, the event will be hosted in 20 cities and will all be presented by the National Guard.

Miami Fury women’s football

The Miami Fury women’s tackle football season kicks off 1 p.m. Saturday, April 5 against the Orlando Anarchy at North Miami Athletic Stadium on the FIU North Campus, 2555 NE 151 St.

“If you miss football, we cordially ask the public to come out and support the Fury,” said Team Owner/Entrepreneur Gayla Harrington. “It’s exciting and a great way to strike an interest in young girls to play the game and for South Florida to adopt its hometown team. We also provide an evening of safe family entertainment and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, which all helps support women’s athletics.”

For the past 12 years, the Miami Fury has represented South Florida, while providing an opportunity for female athletes to fulfill the dream of playing organized football at the highest level. Sports have really transformed where adults, especially women, now have the opportunity to excel into the Global market as athletes.

The Fury, which has secured four division championships since 2002, began preparing for the eight-game season in February at the Southwest Broward Jr. Athletic Association Complex, 6210 SW 33rd St., Miramar. They practice at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Opportunities are available with the Miami Fury season from April-July, and volunteering can continue year round. For volunteering, community service hours, tickets and more, contact Miami Fury Owner Gayla Harrington at 786-229-7487 or

Kendall Hammocks flag football

The Kendall Hammocks NFL Flag Football program announces registrations dates and times for the 2014 season.

Registration is open to boys and girls, age 5-16 (cannot turn 17 in 2014) . Copy of birth certificate is requested for age verification only during the registration process. Teams are based by age.

The opening exhibition games will be on May 3. The regular season is 12 games.

Registrations, practices and games are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.

Registrations Date: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 4

Registration fee $115. Fee includes NFL team reversible jersey, NFL flag belts with flags, secondary Insurance, referees, and participation awards. Discounted rates for head coaches.

Tryouts and draft are April 19. Time chart by division can be found at

For information or to coach, email or visit

The NFL Flag Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization.

Miami Beach basketball

SRYC basketball 7-8

Lakers 18, Bobcats 16: Julian Corniel led the Lakers with 10 points, Koltun Weissman finished with 4 points, Zach Zimmerman and Paul Russel added a basket each. Franco Lamanna and Jack Meltzer led the Bobcats with 6 points each, Adonys Christo finished with 4 points.

Knicks 18, Pelicans 6: Cole Young led the Knicks with 12 points, Jonathan Garcia and Jacob Katz finished with 3 points each. Alec Miller paced the Pelicans with 4 points and Jamil Hall added a basket.

Clippers 24, Heat 12: Miguel Arronte led the Clippers with 10 points, Zachary Nedjar and Owen Basner scored 4 each and Trent Mospick added a basket. Drew Tobin led the Heat with 6 points, Brody Minick scored 3 points, Logan Moskovitz added a basket and Noah Scheinblum connected on a foul-shot.

Bobcats 26, Pelicans 21: Jack Meltzer led the Bobcats with 14 points, Franco Lamana, Matthew Clark and Adonys Christo finished with 4 points apiece. The duo of Alec Miller and Trey Steward led the Pelicans with 8 points each, Harrison Delisle finished with 4 points and Jamil Hall converted a free throw.

Lakers 17, Heat 16: Julian Corniel and Zach Zimmerman paced the Lakers with 6 points each, Koltun Weissman finished with 2 points, Isaac Sokol, Joshua Harris and Gary Purdie each made a foul shot. Brody Minick scored a game-high 14 points for the Heat and Logan Moskovitz added a basket.

Knicks 22, Clippers 19: Cole Young led the Knicks with 14 points, Caleb Samuel, Owen Ebner, Jonathan Garcia and Andrew Barker added a basket each. Owen Basner and Zachary Nedjar had 6 points each for the Clippers, Miguel Arronte scored 4 points and Trent Mopsick finished with 3 points.

SRYC Basketball 9-11

Bulls 21, Clippers 20 OT: Santiago Machado led the Bulls with 8 points, Mateo Strickland and Adriaan Jansen finished with 4 points each, Aidan Fuentes scored 3 points and Arthur Joulin added a basket. Sebastian Perez-Bravo led the Clippers with 14 points, David Saka, Rolando Medina and Joseph Levey finished with 2 points apiece.

Heat 19, Raptors 12: Dylan Allen led the Heat with 11 points, Maximo Bratter scored 5 points and Timmy Haynackie finished with 3 points. Peter Lopez led the Raptors with 8 points, Kyle Glasgow and Sebastian Lopez added a basket each.

Warriors 20, Thunder 12: Justin Neely led the Warriors with 12 points, Ashton Wright finished with 6 points and Jarad Zedner added a basket. Cedric Jenkins led the Thunder with 8 points, Jacob Martin finished with 3 points and Max Lawrence connected on a free throw.

Thunder 15, Lakers 8: Cedric Jenkins led the Thunder with 6 points, Jacob Martin finished with 5 points, Rueben Halimi and Sebastian Alarcon added a basket each. Dillon Weissman led the Lakers with 4 points, Thomas Poliakof and Aidan Connelly finished with 2 points each.

Warriors 25, Raptors 14: Justin Neely led the Warriors with 13 points, Ashton Wright scored 7 points, Aden Karp finished with 6 points and Jared Zedner added a basket. Kyle Glasgow led the Raptors with 7 points, Samuel Vaquez scored 3 points, Davide Pallazo and Sebastian Lopez finished with 2 points each.

Pelicans 19, Timberwolves 15: Owen Spill led the Pelicans with 12 points, Daniel Sordo scored 6 points and Logan Spill connected on a foul shot. Sam Noli led the Wolves with 9 points, Bryant Cuello, Cooper Adams and Michele Di Bari scored 2 points apiece.

North Shore Park 9-11

Heat 23, Warriors 16: Brock Levin scored 10 points for the Heat. Maximo Bratler and Jermian Hereira both had 4 points. Jared Zedner scored 9 points for the Warriors.

Clippers 24, Thunder 16: Sebastian Perez-Bravo scored 11 points and Jared Rogoff scored 9 points for the Clippers. Cedric Jenkins led the Thunder with 10 points.

Lakers 17, Raptors 2: Bryce Hammon scored 6 points and Alex Levine scored 5 points for the Lakers. The Raptors only scorer was Samuel Vasquez with 2 points.

Bulls 13, Raptors 11: Mateo Strickland and Adrian Jansen led the Bulls with 4 points each. The Raptors were led by Samuel Vasquez with 8 points.

Warriors def. Pelicans: Justin Neely led all scorers with 13 points for the Warriors, while Owen Spill led the Pelicans with 8 points.

Thunder 19, Celtics 14: Cedric Jenkins and Rueben Halimi scored 6 points each. Leading scorers for the Celtics were Fadl Jaid 5 points and Jackson Gessner 4 points.

North Shore Park 9-11

Wolves 16, Raptors 14: Sam Noli led the Wolves with 16 points. Kyle Glasgow and Samuel Vasquez combined for 10 points for the Raptors.

Bulls 21, Thunder 11: Mateo Strickland led all scorers with 11 points for the Bulls and Max Lawrence scored 6 points for the Thunder.

Warriors 35, Bucks 9: Jared Zedner had a career high with 17 points and Justin Neely followed with 10 points of his own for the Warriors. Max Gotlin scored 8 points for the Bucks.

Pelicans 19, Knicks 7: Jake Goldberg had 7 points for the Pelicans and Antony del Rosario had 5 points for the Knicks.

Wolves 23, Bucks 18: Sam Noli scored 7 points and Anthony DeSouza scored 6 points for the Wolves and Max Gotlin hit for 10 points and Antonio Todd scored 8 points for the Bucks.

Celtics 19, Lakers 12: Justin Maldonado scored 6 points for the Celtics and Dillon Weismann had 4 points for the Lakers.

North Shore Park 9-11

Clippers 20, Celtics 15: Sebastian Perez-Bravo and Rolando Medina both scored 9 points for the Clippers. Jackson Gessner and Fadl Jaid both scored 5 points for the Celtics.

Bucks 19, Bulls 9: Antonio Todd led all scorers for the Bucks with 8 points. Mateo Strickland had 4 points and Adrian Jensen had 3 points for the Bulls.

Heat 27, Knicks 13: Max Bratter had 13 points and Dylan Allen hit 10 points for the Heat. Anthony Del Rosario scored 7 points for the Knicks.

North Shore Park 12-13

Warriors 35, Wolves 31: Jhon Chirinos and Enrique Pellot both scored 10 points each for the Warriors. Isaiah Gardner scored 8 points and Noah Dinic had 7 points for the Wolves.

Heat 29, Lakers 22: Noah Ogaza had 8 points and Robert Lopez and Leo Pedraza both had 6 points for the Heat. Donald Dinerman had 22 points for the Lakers.

Thunder 27, Warriors 24: Arthur Ackerman finished with 8 points for the Thunder and Jhon Chirinos had 8 points for the Warriors.

Heat 35, Wolves 18: Robert Lopez had 11 points and Leo Pedraza added 8 points for the Heat. Noah Dinic scored 6 points for the Wolves.

Wolves 37, Lakers 11: Ronald Luque hit 5 points for the Lakers. Isaiah Gardner hit 12 points and Andy Salas hit 10 points for the Wolves.

Heat 34, Thunder 19: Alejandro Nieves had 12 points and Robert Lopez had 11 points for the Heat. The Thunder had 4 players with 3 points each.

Lakers 29, Warriors 20: Donald Dinerman scored 16 points for the Lakers and Angel Rodriguez scored 15 points for the Warriors.

Wolves 30, Thunder 27 OT: Isaiah Gardner scored 21 points for the Wolves and Drew Burnstine had 10 points for the Thunder.

Thunder 25, Lakers 21: Every player for the Thunder scored across the board. Donald Dinerman had 16 points for the Lakers.

Heat 37, Warriors 26: Noah Ogaza had a season-high 19 points for the Heat. Angel Rodriguez had 14 points for the Warriors.

Thunder 16, Wolves 12: Johnathan Perez had 10 points for the Thunder. Noah Dinic had 10 points for the Wolves.

Warriors 41, Lakers 28: Matthew Zorrilla scored 15 points and Angel Rodriguez scored 14 points. Donald Dinerman hit 12 points and Brock Levin hit 9 points for the Lakers.

North Shore Park

Girls’ Basketball 8-14

Shock 12, Sparks 6: Fenetre Delexy-Smith and Alana Capote both scored 4 points each for the Shock and Alicia Gonzalez had 4 points for the Sparks.

Liberty 8, Storm 7: Alyanna Flowers had 4 points for the Liberty and Vicky Casaca had 3 points for the Storm.

Spark 8, Storm 4: Alicia Gonzalez had 2 points and Jordan Fishman had 4 points for the Sparks. Grace Matos scored 4 points for the Storm.

Shock 4, Liberty 2: Sarah Burgoyne and Alana Capote both scored 2 points each for the Shock. Franchesea Moore scored 2 points for the Liberty.

Storm 8, Shock 6: Vicky Casaca and Grace Matos both had 4 points each for the Storm. Sarah Burgoyne, Alana Capote and Fenetre Dalexy-Smith had each 2 points for the Shock.

Sparks 14, Liberty 0: Alicia Gonzalez and Jordan Fishman both scored 6 points each for the Sparks.

Liberty 10, Storm 6: Saiah Amarilla had 8 points for the Liberty and Vicky Casaca had 4 points for the Storm.

Spark 14, Shock 4: Alicia Gonzalez had 8 points for the Spark and Sarah Burgoyne and Leah Onur scored 2 points each for the Shock.

Scheck Hillel top athletes

Scheck Hillel Community School named boys’ varsity volleyball player Daniel Fiske and girls’ varsity flag football player Daniella Wolf as the school’s athletes of the week.

Fiske delivered excellent serving at the start of this inaugural season for Scheck Hillel and has displayed strong fundamentals in passing, setting and hitting.

Wolf is being recognized for stepping up as the team’s quarterback in the opener against Somerset Academy Boca Raton. She played tough and made quick, swift passes against a fast rushing team.

Miami Country Day top athletes

Miami Country Day School announced its Athletes of the Week.

The girls’ middle school award goes to Gaby Palmisano, varsity water polo. Gaby made 27 blocks in the varsity matches against Mast Academy and ATM. The boys’ middle school award goes to Jorden Gross, baseball. Jorden recorded the win against Palmer Trinity by pitching the complete game with 10 strikeouts. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBI.

The girls’ upper school award goes to Megan Tate, tennis. Megan won her No. 1 singles and doubles matches against Palmer Trinity and Doctor’s Charter. The boys’ upper school award goes to Max Cohan, tennis. Max won his singles matches and helped lead the Spartans to wins against Ransom Everglades and Palmer Trinity.

Our Lady of the Lakes sports

The Our Lady of the Lakes varsity girls’ volleyball team opened its season against Blessed Trinity. After a slow start losing 25-10 in the first set, they turned it around winning the second set 25-23 and the deciding final third set 15-11. The team is now 1-1.

The OLL varsity boys’ flag football team is off to a fast start, winning the first two games of the season. The Cheetahs defeated St. Lawrence 40-1 and Mother of Our Redeemer 47-12.

Miami Storm baseball

The Miami Storm 12U baseball team won its second tournament of the year, the 2014 Superseries Baseball World Series at Grapeland Park on March 16.

Team members are: yan Herskowitz, Anthony Artola, Tico Perrera, Gino Torrente, Joey Franco; Andrew Garcia, Benji Fourquet, Rod Alea, Richie Rodriguez, Ronnie Gallo, Ale Vicente, Nick Garcia, and Alex Alvarez.

The general manager is Jorge Alea and the head coach is Jon Herskowitz. Coaches are Elio Garcia, Julio Torrente and Armando Vicente.

Miami Shores soccer

The Miami Shores Soccer Club U15 girls’ travel soccer team defeated Weston FC 98 Premier Grey to become the 2014 Region A Cup Division II Champions. Next, the team travels to Punta Gorda, where they will compete for the Division II Cup title.

Members of the team include Isabella Allen, Juliana Hontou, Danielle Geathers, Alexis Whittaker, Ava Hansen, Alyssa Mendez, Myla Smart, Angelica Gurevich, Sandra Feld, Carly Garazi, Carolina Figueroa, Jacqueline Kirk, Brooke Krantz, Pauline Gruener, Yakira Matisonn, Lauren Solomianey, Mary Allen and Laurene Jean Jacques.

World Cup soccer

McDonald’s is giving young soccer enthusiasts in South Florida the opportunity to meet their soccer heroes competing for the 2014 FIFA World Cup title in Brazil this summer and also secure a $1,000 grant for a South Florida soccer organization.

McDonald’s Player Escort sweepstakes gives 25 children, age 6 to 10, across the country the chance to travel to Brazil and walk hand-in-hand with some of the world’s best soccer players as they take the field for a 2014 FIFA World Cup match. One lucky winner, along with their parent or guardian, will represent South Florida and embark on a four-night, five-day trip to Brazil, with the first stop in Rio de Janeiro.

The 25 McDonald’s Player Escorts will lead players onto the field in one of four match cities – Rio de Janeiro, Natal, Manaus or Recife. Parents or guardians in South Florida can visit between now and April 6 to enter the sweepstakes.

Nominate all-star teachers

Major League Baseball, People and Target invite anyone to nominate a current or retired teacher who is a classroom all-star, someone who makes a difference in the lives of students as well as the community.

Thirty teachers will attend and be celebrated at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game at Target Field in Minnesota.

Nominate at

Nomination deadline is May 6.



USTA Florida will host a workshop under the new “Coach Youth Tennis” education curriculum for coaching players age 10 and younger on Saturday, April 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Coral Reef Park in Palmetto Bay.

Coach Youth Tennis now serves as a prerequisite to becoming a certified teaching professional by the PTR or the USPTA. Coach Youth Tennis has been developed in partnership between the Professional Tennis Registry, the United States Professional Tennis Association, the United States Olympic Committee and the United States Tennis Association. The program consists of six on-line courses and a 10-under Tennis Workshop.

The workshop fee is $15. It is highly recommended that participants take online courses prior to attending the workshop. All workshops are nonrefundable and non-transferable once you are registered.

Participants are asked to come dressed appropriately to participate in on-court workshops and to bring a racket.

Coral Reef Park is at 7895 SW 152nd St. in Palmetto Bay.

To register go to and click on the "workshops" tab and filter by state. For information contact Cathy Nordlund at

More 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 more, featuring a Club Division and an Open Division. Players must be 35 or older to compete.

For each tournament, players will earn points on a sliding scale toward qualification in the end-of-series Grand Finals at The Ritz-Carlton 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,” Series Coordinator Bertan Cikigil said in a release. “All participants are guaranteed at least two matches, with a maximum of three per day at each event.”


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.

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

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

Tennis Play Days

Miami-area tennis facilities will host Tennis Play Days in March and April in an extended celebration of World Tennis Day.

The events introduce children to the excitement of tennis competition in a low-pressure setting of organized play, with rotation of opponents and short continuous matches over a two- to three-hour period.

“Play Days are a great transition for kids to team tennis and tournaments as they provide them with the opportunity to improve their game in a competitive environment with players of their same level, and where results are not reported,” Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator for the Miami area, said in a release. “Kids new to the game can pick up tennis right away with the youth tennis equipment designed to ease them into the game, including smaller racquets, lower-bouncing balls and smaller court sizes.”

For more information about the new way for kids to learn tennis, go to

Kids of all skill levels and ages are welcome to the events that will showcase the “red” and “orange” lower-bouncing balls on 36-foot and 60-foot courts for children age 10 and younger. Both members and nonmembers of the USTA can participate, but USTA members will receive a discount on the registration fee.

World Tennis Day on March 3 is the international effort to get kids excited about and active in tennis. It is a celebration of tennis around the world that includes professional tennis matches in New York City, Hong Kong and London. The televised World Tennis Day celebration at New York’s Madison Square Garden featured Novak Djokovic squaring off against Andy Murray, and Bob and Mike Bryan taking on John and Patrick McEnroe.

More than a thousand facilities will host USTA Tennis Play Events this month, each showcasing how fun and easy it is for families to get into the sport. These events will also allow parents to sign up their children for spring and summer tennis programs.

Sunday, April 6

11 a.m., Michael-Ann Russell JCC, 18900 NE 25th Ave., North Miami Beach 33180

Donna Toleffsen, 305-932-4200, Ext. 160

Saturday, April 27

Turnberry Isle Tennis, 19735 Turnberry Way, Aventura 33180

Eduardo Gomez, 786-312-0128

For information visit or email Cathy Nordlund at

Health & Wellness Fair

For the second consecutive year, Orange Bowl Health & Wellness Fair, presented by Sunshine Health will held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 5 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

More than 60 vendors will provide a variety of services and products including free health screenings, fitness classes and interactive demonstrations. The fair will address the health and medical needs of the South Florida community, encourage youth and families to improve their eating habits and maintain a physically active lifestyle.

Free health screenings, including glucose, blood pressure testing and posture analysis, will be available to all attendees. Sunshine Health, presenting sponsor of the Orange Bowl Health & Wellness Fair, will be one of the many exhibitors providing free information and services. One Beat CPR will provide free CPR classes throughout the day. Baptist Health will conduct presentations on sport concussion education and prevention. More exhibitors and services are being added daily.

“The Orange Bowl Health & Wellness Fair presented by Sunshine Health is part of the Orange Bowl’s mission to engage the South Florida community and inspire its youth,” Orange Bowl CEO Eric Poms said in a release. “The Orange Bowl is proud to host a variety of events that not only entertain but educate and support local residents.”

Chris Paterson, CEO, Sunshine Health, added: “Sunshine Health is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Orange Bowl Health and Wellness Fair again this year. This important awareness fair not only highlights healthy behaviors and practices, but it offers a free opportunity for attendees to receive health screenings, which are vital to staying well. Regular primary care is a core component of the services we provide to our members, and events like the Orange Bowl Health and Wellness Fair help us spread that message.”

Along with the exhibitors, the event will feature activities for the entire family including live performances, music, games, raffle giveaways, a bounce house and face painting for children.

This event is free and open to the general public.

For more information or if you are an exhibitor requesting to participate in the Orange Bowl Health and Wellness Fair, presented by Sunshine Health, email


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. Call 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, women can play it in South Florida at the 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 are used with free lessons by former pros. Cestas and balls are also provided free with a nominal court fee. Open every day. Email or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

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