Sports Scene: Miami teams do well at at USTA Florida Southeast Regional Team Tennis Challenge

 

Pro wrestling in Miami

The Continental Wrestling Federation comes to the U.S. Century Bank Arena on the campus of Florida International University on Saturday, May 10 in Kendall.

Masterpiece Chris Masters, Carlito, Shane Hurricane Helms, Matt Hardy, Sonjay Dutt, John Morrison, Luke Hawx (with Trina Michaels), MDogg Matt Cross, Team Lucha (Cruz and Rios), JD Maverick, Wes Brisco, Greek God Papadon, Steve Anthony, Cage, Mike Mondo, Robbie E, Cooter Brocephus, Lince Dorado, Jessy Sorensen and more

Tickets are on sale at

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Check out CWF on Facebook at

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or Twitter @CWFContinental.


Be honored at Miami Marlins game

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 jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 954-538-7153.


Tennis

Youth tennis teams from Coral Gables, Doral, Key Biscayne and Miami won titles or reached the finals at the USTA Florida Southeast Regional Team Tennis Challenge at the Midtown Athletic Tennis Club in Weston.

The two-day event featured teams with a minimum of two boys and two girls, and no more than eight players per team. The 10-Under Advanced and all novice divisions were not gender-specific. Age divisions were 10-Under Advanced, 12-Under, 14-Under, and 18-Under, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced.

“With more than 175 players and 36 teams, we had a great turnout and some really great matches,” said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Liz Coates.

In partnership between USTA Florida and the Youth Tennis Foundation of Florida, the Youth Tennis Foundation Scholarship recipient for the event was Franz Bagayas of Coral Reef Park.

Results

14U-18U Intermediate/Advanced

Winner: Advance Tennis Performance Facility, Miami

Nikola Kostie (captain), Carly Xin, Natalie Rubio, Alejandra Arizmendi, Jorge Rodriguez Galvis, William Yang, Aleksa Andrejeciv

Finalist: Midtown Jaguars, Midtown Athletic Club, Weston

Luis Brest (captain), Elias Travares, Ricardo Uliambre, Bernardo Newman, Isabela Chinchilla, Susana Chinchilla

14U-18U Novice

Winner: Polonsky Tennis 2, Miami

Pawell Wegrzyn (captain), Beatriz Avila Runer, Andres Balcazar, Iker Palacia, Andrea Fern, Eduardo Scheuren

Finalist: Matchpoint, Miami Springs Tennis Facility, Miami

Manny Fabian (captain), Adrian Perez, Sophia Perez, Noella Parodi, Angelica Rodriguez, Brenda Adrian

12U-14U Advanced

Winner: Extreme JCC, Doral

Kenichiro Maehama (captain), Ralph Shaoul, Jennifer Miller, Abie Shaoul, Finley Kalinic, MarkoRailic

Finalist: MatchPoint Smashers, Miami Springs Tennis Facility, Miami

Lorina Lazara (captain), Lorina Lazara, Andrew Lazara, Angela Moon, Mauricio Coraminas, Kaitlyn Miller

12U-14U Intermediate

Winner: PBG Strikers, Palm Beach Gardens Park, Palm Beach Gardens

Paul Czerniak (captain), Lily Miller, Ryan Holzhausen, Trey Hardersen, Mya Gardner

Finalist: Miami Hornets, Coral Reef Park, Miami

Kara Borromeo (captain), Zihan Zhao, Deanna Vasserman, Franz Begayas, Karl Philippe-Auguste, Leonardo Bonanno, Olivia Castille

10 & Under Advanced

Winner: Ocean Club 10U, Ocean Club Tennis Center, Key Biscayne

Julio Velosquez (captain), Deigo Cedeno, Ian Wortelber, Marco Wortelber, Nicolas Rodriguez, Sebastian Rubio

Finalist: Robert's Rebels, Coral Gables Country Club, Coral Gables

Robert McNichols (captain), Victor Martin, Luke Tremols, Israel Salabarria, Stephanie Hylton

USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges are ‘BYOT’ (bring your own team) events and do not require any previous team tennis league participation. USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration.

The next Florida Team Tennis Challenge will be for kids 10 and under with the "orange" and "red" ball on May 3 at the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando. The next Team Tennis Challenge for ages 18-10 will be May 17-18 at TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Destin.

To see the 2014 calendar or to register for events go to

www.usptaplayer.com/communities/usta_florid a.

More tennis

The United States Tennis Association announced, through its USTA Facility Assistance Program, that it has awarded a $3,550 grant to the City of Hialeah.

The grant will be used to convert an asphalt-paved area into two new youth-sized tennis courts at the Goodlet Tennis Center in Hialeah. The USTA Facility Assistance Program aims to support and provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments.

“We are committed to enhancing and building more tennis facilities in communities across the country,” Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA, said in a release. “This program allows us to assist in the development process of providing usable tennis venues to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to play and enjoy the health benefits of our great game.”

Since 2005, the USTA has awarded these grants to support tennis facility enhancements, renovations and new construction projects to provide more and enhanced tennis venues for increased playing opportunities. The USTA Facilities Assistance Program has built more than 35,000 tennis courts across the country in the past seven years, for all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport of a lifetime.

In addition, grant recipients receive technical assistance. The USTA Facility Assistance Program provides industry leading experience in tennis court and facility construction from concept plans to professional construction document review.

By investing in the rehabilitation and development of tennis facilities in the United States, the USTA believes these facilities not only will grow the sport but provide venues for communities to gather and provide lifelong healthy activity through tennis.

In 2013, the USTA allocated more than $1.2 million through the Facility Assistance Program to help support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Gabriella Palmisano (water polo) made 27 blocks in the South Florida Middle School Championships against Gulliver and Ransom Everglades.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Sebastian Rodriguez (water polo) made 18 blocks in the South Florida Middle School Championships against Gulliver and Ransom Everglades.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Jackie Lash (softball) had a hit, scored, drove in two and made a diving catch to end the game with the tying run on third base in the district championship win against Archbishop Curley.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Shaun Berman (tennis) advanced to the singles individual finals of the FHSAA State Tournament in Altamonte Springs.

Spartan Super Fan: Sidney Thomas (junior)

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School named two standout athletes as its Student Athletes of the Week.

Boys’ varsity volleyball player Nathan Redensky is recognized for his amazing hustle on offense and defense in a comeback victory. Trailing two games to one, the senior helped lead the comeback with his aggressive defense and power serves.

Girls’ varsity flag football player Danielle Chackman, a junior, is recognized for her rushing yards and leadership throughout Scheck Hillel’s inaugural flag football season. During their last regular season game, Chackman stepped up and played well at quarterback.

St. Brendan swimming

St. Brendan School senior Wayne Denswil signed his letter of intent to swim for the University of Tampa. Denswil was the Class 2A state champion in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley.

Miami Red Dogs baseball

The Miami Red Dogs Baseball Academy team went undefeated to win the prestigious USSSA Spring Slam 14U Tournament in Miami.

The Red Dogs were led by outstanding pitching from Darwin Rodas, DaYran Lopez, Raul Alvarez and Christopher Bohrer. They combined to allow six runs in four games. Christian Ocampo and Tournament MVP Najib Ruiz provided clutch hitting.

Nominate all-star teachers

Major League Baseball, People and Target invite anyone to nominate a current or retired teacher 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

http://link.mlblists.com/r/D23ZNS/WGPGI5/UUJ70Z/6HIORP/GICGAY/VB/t?a=7959670&b=659651063

Nomination deadline is May 6.

Visit www.AllStarTeachers.com.

Miami Country Day lacrosse

The Miami Country Day School boys’ varsity lacrosse team played a challenging schedule, winning four of 11 matches.

The Spartans were led by seniors Sam Cohen, Henry Clements, Drew Hansen and Jordan Karp. After an injury to senior Pablo Vivas, the team relied more on young up-n-comers like Pablo Mejia, Paul Julien Giraud and Austen Weinberg. Karp was the team’s leading goal scorer.

Kendall Hammocks cheerleading, football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors announces the registrations dates and times for the 2014 tackle football and cheerleading season.

Registration is open to boys and girls, age 5-14. Must turn 14 after Aug 1 .

A copy of birth certificate, 2x2 color face photo and a 2014 physical is needed by July 30 but is not required at time of registration. Potential players must be present during the registration process to be weighed in, and cheerleaders will be sized for uniforms.

The tackle teams are based on age and weight. Cheerleaders are based only on age.

Tackle & Cheerleading Registrations Dates:

11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10, 17 and 31 and June 28

Tackle Registration Fee: $180

Fee includes use of equipment, helmet, shoulder pads, home and away uniform at the end of the season the player keeps the home jersey, participation award, secondary insurance, referee cost, county and league fees. Fee also includes yearly one day NFL Tullock Camp.

Tackle Military Discount: As part of giving back and honoring the real Warrior heroes, the league offers a 15 percent discount with proper military ID.

Rookie Camp: Free with paid registration fee. Camp, an introduction to tackle football, is for new players.

Cheerleading Information: For detailed information on the cheer registration fee and cheer gear packages, email Cheerleading Commissioner Alicia Zamorano at Cheer.4Warriors@aol.com. A mini camp is in June for a nominal fee.

Planned include new uniforms for cheerleaders and also a cheerleading competition at Disney’s Wide World of Sports aside from the local competitions.

Registration and practices are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Practice begins 6:30 p.m. on July 7.

For added tackle information, email Kendall Hammocks Football and Optimist President Mike Pintado at khwfootball@aol.com or visit the web site at www.khwarriors.org

The tackle and cheerleading programs consist of an all volunteer group under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks.

Suniland football, cheerleading

The Suniland Optimist Club Sundevils have registration for youth football and cheerleading for the 2014 Miami Xtreme League season.

Cheer registration is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays thru July 8 and Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays thru July 5 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy. (US1) Pinecrest, 33156.

Ages 5-15. Registration fee is $160 for the season that starts in July and runs thru December. For information, contact Cheer Commissioner Roca Nova at 305-733-9872 or e-mail at sunilandsundevils@aol.com

Football registration is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and Noon-4 p.m. Saturdays thru July 5 at Suniland Park.

Ages 5-14. The fee is $160 for the season that starts in July and runs thru December. For information, call Football Commissioner Jose Regalado at 305-458-1966 or e-mail sunilandsundevils@aol.com. Visit WWW.SUNILANDSUNDEVILS.ORG.

Archbishop Curley sports camp

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep will offer a summer sports camp for students in grades 6 through 9 from June 16 to July 18.

The Summer Knights Athletic Camp teaches the fundamentals of sports and competition with each week focusing on a new area including: basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, soccer, softball, baseball, and wrestling.

ACND Athletic Director Greg Magner, a Miami-Dade County Football Coach of the Year, heads the camp. Instructors have between five and 40 years coaching experience. The camp costs $100 per week with discounts for multiple weeks booked.

Visit www.acnd.net/SummerKnights for information or to register online.

Golf

Alliance for Aging, Inc. is hosting the 13th annual Golf Tournament on Friday, May 9 at Shula’s in Miami Lakes, 6701 Miami Lakes Dr.

Registration/box lunch begins at 10:30 a.m. Shotgun start at noon.

Also, all day 19th hole reception, awards reception and dinner, raffle, “Mother’s Day Silent Auction,” live auction hosted by the voice of the University of Miami Hurricanes Jay Rokeach

The event benefs the programs and services of the Alliance for Aging, Inc., the area agency on aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Individual golfer registration is $250 and includes all the festivities as well as a goody bag.

For information and reservations, call Judy Fisher at 305-671-6368.

More events, leagues, programs

Miami Fury women’s football

The Miami Fury women’s tackle football season is underway. Home games are at North Miami Athletic Stadium on the FIU North Campus, 2555 NE 151 St.

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.

They practice at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Southwest Broward Jr. Athletic Association Complex, 6210 SW 33rd St., Miramar.

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 info@miamifuryfootball.com.

Marlins Jose’s Heroes

Tickets to the José's Heroes Fan Zone are available each time Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernandez takes the mound at Marlins Park.

For $16, fans receive:

A ticket in the José's Heroes Fan Zone (Left Field Bullpen Reserved)

A José's Heroes T-shirt

A 'K' Card to wave when José records a strikeout

Go to

http://miami.marlins.mlb.com/mia/ticketing/joses_heroes.jsp?partnerId=ed-8012831-665489153

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 per 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 of 10 to 25 people are available by appointment.

For more 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 (Northwest Sixth Street between 14th and 15th avenues) and are for the time and date specified.

Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

South Miami baseball

The South Miami Youth Baseball League at Palmer Park has openings in the 8-to-12-year-old divisions.

Call Coach Nick at 305-878-5087 or email brisuela44@gmail.com.

HOF baseball

Hall Of Fame Baseball is sponsoring travel baseball teams for 11-12, 13-14, 15-18 (high school) players.

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.

ThunderPlex

Thunder Athletix and Brain Gymnasium LLC teamed to offer a complete fitness program of body and mind at the new ThunderPlex, 1440 NW 82 Ave. in Doral.

Students can improve their basketball skills and physical fitness, as well as strengthen their academic skills through specialized tutoring programs. They can have fun and finish their homework.

The mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game to children age 5-17.

Brain Gymnasium offers specialized tutoring, homework help, FCAT Prep, SAT/ACT Prep, and Entrance Exam Prep. Their degreed, professional and experienced teachers provide a simple and exciting approach to learning.

For information on special packages, after school programs and summer programs,

visit www.jointhunder.com ; contact@jointhunder.com or call 786-505-5585.

For information on Brain Gymnasium, visit www.braingymnasium.org or call 305-788-7339.

Tennis

Kids love playing on teams, from junior team tennis to middle school tennis to high school. The new USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge is bringing recreational team play events to Miami-area children.

A USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge for 10-under players, presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, will be hosted by the Tamiami Tennis Center, 11201 SW 24th St., on Saturday, June 28.

The one-day tournament will host gender-blind teams of no more than six players per team. Players must be age 10 or younger to compete in "orange ball" and "red ball" divisions.

The USTA Youth Tennis format allows smaller children to emulate adult play on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, low-compression low-bouncing balls, a simple scoring system, all adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes.

These "BYOT" (bring your own team) events do not require previous team tennis league participation. USTA members and non-members can participate, with USTA members receiving a $10 discount on registration. Team registration closes on June 23. To register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

“We have seen consistent demand across Florida for more open, recreational formats of play,” said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. “The new USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate.”

USTA Florida strongly encourages coaches to register teams early.

“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 for Wilson Racquet Sports.

Coaches and players can also connect with USTA Florida via Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BYOTeamTennis.

The Tamiami Tennis Center Tennis Center is at 11201 SW 24th St., Miami, 33165.

For more information or to register go to www.ustaflorida.com/teamtennischallenges.

Tennis

USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation announced a landmark three-way agreement with Special Olympics Florida to provide more tennis playing opportunities to athletes in Florida.

The formal agreement builds on the existing support that USTA Florida and its charitable arm have provided to local Special Olympics programs by offering free 10 and Under Tennis workshops, grants and other resources to providers that offer tennis programs to Special Olympics athletes.

Likewise, Special Olympics Florida will encourage their athletes to participate in USTA Florida programs and events.

“We are absolutely committed to changing lives through tennis,” said Linda Curtis, executive director of the USTA Florida Section Foundation. “This agreement is a prime example of how USTA Florida and our Foundation work together to impact communities each and every day. These athletes play tennis for the pure joy of the sport. It’s inspiring to see, and I’m proud to know that we will be able to provide even more opportunities for them to play through this partnership.”

Sherry Wheelock, president and chief executive officer of Special Olympics Florida, said: “At Special Olympics Florida, we embrace the transformative power of sports. USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation will help us bring first-rate trainings and competitive experiences to our athletes throughout the state. We are excited for this new partnership and are confident that it will further ignite a passion in our athletes for tennis.”

To get a program started, Special Olympics coaches may apply for a USTA Florida Section Foundation equipment grant for adaptive tennis equipment and other program needs by contacting Jessica Flynn at Special Olympics Florida. For additional training opportunities and training resources, contact Linda Curtis at the USTA Florida Section Foundation at www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com.

Tennis

USTA Serves, the national charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, announced awards of $450,000 in grants to 40 organizations that provide tennis and education to underserved youth and people with disabilities. This brings the total awarded during the 2013 grant funding cycle to more than $1.2 million. Combined with scholarships, USTA Serves awarded a total of $1.6 million in 2013.

Special Olympics Florida of Miami-Dade County is a grant recipient. It incorporates tennis in providing year-round sports training and competition to children and adults age 8 and older with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It currently serves 2,848 athletes throughout Miami-Dade County.

The biannual grant process, a national initiative of USTA Serves, was established to award organizations that successfully combine tennis and education for underserved youth as well as people with disabilities to gain an opportunity to play tennis and improve their academic skills in a structured format. These programs also strive to help combat childhood obesity by promoting healthy lifestyles.

“USTA Serves is proud to end the year by awarding and recognizing some of the country’s most phenomenal programs for their efforts toward impacting the lives of youth through tennis and education,” Dan Faber, USTA Serves executive director, said in a release. “These programs have a solid foundation and exhibit tremendous dedication to serving children who deserve a life filled with education and physical activities. For this, we thank them for leading the way in designing a nurturing environment where students can thrive and succeed on and off the tennis court.”

USTA Serves has awarded more than $17 million in grants and scholarships to standout players and programs throughout the country in order to provide at-risk and underserved youth with greater opportunities to achieve success.

For more information about USTA Serves, visit www.ustaserves.com.

Youth Rugby South Miami

The Miami Rugby Youth Division, for boys ages 6-18, practices from 6 to 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 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.

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 Bird Rd.), Kendall Soccer Park (8011 SW 127th Ave.) and Amelia Earhart Park (401 E. 65th St., 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 3 to 12 years old will learn the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer for kids, youth and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in “3v3” to “7v7” matches.

The three locations make mini/small-sided soccer 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 competition among teams with fewer 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. to midnight Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 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 more information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.

Soccer

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

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

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

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

Soccer Academy of the Americas (socceraa.com) at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24th 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 Bird Rd., (786-370-4222).

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

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

Southern Soccer Coalition-AYSO (kendallsoccer.com) at Millers Pond Park, 13350 SW 47th St. and Westwind Lakes Park, 6805 SW 152nd Ave. (305-965-0083).

Thunder basketball

Thunder Basketball opened its new year-round facility at ThunderPleX, 1440 NW 82th Ave., Doral.

Thunder Basketball is currently running a day camp and summer league, open to boys and girls ages 5 to 17. Thunder Basketball’s mission is to teach the principles, fundamentals and basic skills of the game. It stresses the importance of team and sportsmanship.

Thunder also encourages players to succeed in the classroom and all aspects of life. For more information visit www.jointhunder.com Registration is now open. Email 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 raising funds.

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 ages 5 to 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 résumé — 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 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: The use of the Heads Up Tackling model; coaching certification; Player Safety Coaches; concussion education; and proper equipment-fitting.

The program was launched in three test markets last year. This year, it will expand to more than 600 youth leagues in all 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 Second 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 the Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School Biscayne Bay Campus.

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. 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 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 or 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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