The Junior Orange Bowl hosted 350 youth from South Florida and 100 volunteers in the 32nd annual Sports Ability Games.
The Sports Ability Games is a three-day series of events for physically challenged youths, which includes sailing at Shake-A-Leg Miami, swimming at Ransom Everglades School and track & field at Tropical Park.
The Sports Ability Games is one of more than 15 athletic and academic events that make up the annual Junior Orange Bowl festival.
The events offered at the Sports Ability Games provide opportunities for athletic competitions that complement the classroom experience for the participants. The variety of events at the games allow each participant to compete at his or her own developmental stage, while meeting and interacting with other children who may share similar physical challenges.
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The events are designed to accommodate children with a wide range of physical disabilities including amputation, blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, spinal lesions, dwarfism and les autres.
“Our games are developmental in nature so participants can take on new challenges in a non-threatening environment with the appropriate encouragement and support,” Richard Naue, Chairperson of the event, said in a release. “It also provides our volunteer community with the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life even for just one day.”
The athletes’ accomplishments were celebrated at an awards ceremony hosted by Melreese Country Club. Melreese also hosted a dinner and dance party after the awards ceremony that provided the athletes an opportunity to socialize and conclude the three-day event in a fun way.
Present at the event were many community and corporate partners who are proud supporters of the Junior Orange Bowl and the youth of the South Florida. The Woody Foundation is an organization dedicated to raising funds for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The Woody foundation was at the games raising awareness and handing out Woody Packs, which contain devices for people with spinal cord injuries.
Other event partners include Badia Spices, KIND Healthy Snacks, Coffey Burlington, Whole Foods Supermarkets, Walgreens, California Pizza Kitchen, Shortys BBQ, University of Miami Physical Therapy Department.
The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, The Orange Bowl Committee, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners.
The JOBC, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the Youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multi-cultural experiences.
Miami Dolphins Championship Series
The Miami Dolphins concluded the fourth annual Miami Dolphins Championship Series presented by Under Armour and Generation Nexxt at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar by crowning nine youth football teams from two prominent youth football leagues in the area: American Youth Football League and Florida Youth Football League.
Six of the nine champions were from the AYFL. The Plantation Wildcats and Miramar Wolverines each took home two titles, and the Davie Broncos and Pembroke Pines Bengals won one apiece. Miami Gardens won the other three titles with two going to the Ravens and one to the Chiefs of the FYFL. This is the third consecutive Dolphins Championship Series that the AYFL won the most championships, with four of its teams winning last year.
Teams from the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League also competed.
“The goal of the Dolphins Championship Series is to truly crown the best teams in South Florida,” Miami Dolphins Manager of Youth Programs Troy Drayton said in a release. “Our hope is to make this event the most prestigious trophy in all of youth football. The tears shed by the champions as well as the runner-ups show you just how much this game and weekend means to them.”
Miami Dolphins Championship Series
FINALS: 8U: Miramar Wolverines (AYFL) d. Zephyrhills Bulldogs (MFFCC) 19-13. 9U: Plantation Wildcats (AYFL) d. Miami Gardens Ravens (FYFL) 8-6. 10U: Davie Broncos (AYFL) d. Suniland Sundevils (XYFL) 27-19. 10U: Miami Gardens Ravens (FYFL) d. Fair Oaks Rattlers (MFFCC) 26-0. 11U: Miramar Wolverines (AYFL) d. South Miami Grey Ghosts (XYFL) 12-0. 12U: Plantation Wildcats (AYFL) d. North Miami Beach Sundevils (XYFL) 44-0. 12U: Miami Gardens Ravens (FYFL) d. Tampa Hurricanes (MFFCC) 33-0. 13U: Pembroke Pines Bengals (AYFL) d. Miami Gardens Ravens (FYFL) 36-28. 14U: Miami Gardens Chiefs (FYFL) d. Polk County Titans (MFFCC) 40-0.
The mission of the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through its Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.
Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner
The Tamiami Colts came from behind to defeat the Miami Youth Hurricanes in the Midget Division II Super Bowl.
Traymane Davis scored on a 35-yard run as the Hurricanes went ahead 6-0 in the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Hurricanes’ Tieren Brown turned a fake punt into a 20-yard gain. Marcus Barthell had a key run, and Arthur Dellmar completed two passes to Keyvon Brown, the second on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line for a touchdown. Dallas Ballard kicked the 2-pointer with Brown the holder, and Miami Youth increased its lead, 14-0, with 1:24 remaining until halftime.
On the ensuing kickoff, Tamiami’s Andre Stringfield returned the ball 80 yards through the middle for a score, cutting the deficit to eight. The Colts nearly scored again before halftime, but time ran out.
Miami Youth opened the third quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run by Barthell for a 20-6 advantage. Tamiami responded, scoring two minutes later on Derrick Wise’s 5-yard run, set-up by Stringfield‘s long run. Jordan Nadelman kicked the 2-pointer with Cory Del Prado the holder as the Colts trailed 20-14.
Late in the third quarter, Miami Youth extended its lead when Brown scored on a 52-yard run, before Tamiami rallied in the fourth quarter.
Tamiami, which edged Miami Youth 3-0 in the regular season, improved to 7-2. Miami Youth finished its season 6-3.
Champs: Jeremiah Williams, Manuel Gonzalez, Andre Stringfield, Derrick Wise, Cory Del Prado, Jaloni Clarke, Jordan Nadelman, Nomar Hernandez, Christopher Esteves, Bradley Charon, Dominic Padron, Fredy Espinosa, Dana Edwards, Richard Baxter, Myles Hammond, Gabriel Fernandez, Enrique Bovo, Coby Vigo, Fernando Perez, Christopher Guevara, Rodolfo Moreno, Justin Tobar, Brandon Hernandez, Ian Castellanos, Nicholas Serrano.
Runners-up: Anthony Rodriguez, Tieren Brown, Traymane Davis, Ruben Perez, Shirod Myrick, Robert Coats, Dallas Ballard, German Lobo, Rhyhiem Woodard, Arthur Dellmar, Keyvon Brown, Isaiah Jean Baptiste, Cayman Smith, Reggie Keys, De’Marcus Wright, Marcus Barthell, John’Trell Love, Anthony Jackson, Michael Rahming, Dorrian Cooper, Abdul Anthony Jr., Eduardo Flipo, George Archer, Reginald Dixson, D’Angelo Dorsett.
Miami Country Day football
The Miami Country Day School Middle School football team ended the season 3-5.
The Spartans were sparked by eighth grader Sean Fuller who led the team in rushing yards and tackles. Maximo Eriksson was stellar in his first season playing football. QB Noah Markofsky and offensive linemen Jackson Halliwell and Richard Lovelace had outstanding seasons. Riley Weiss and Nate Outten were solid on both sides of the ball. Necomer Romain Vinois surprised many with his improved play.
The Miami Country Day School varsity football team rebounded after having to stop the 2013 season after five games because of injuries. The young Spartans went 3-6 this season.
Senior Blake Thomas led the team in receiving from the passing of senior Matt Wendrow. Senior defensive back Paul-Julien Giraud along with team leading tackler Sam Cohen, a junior, spearheaded the defense. Senior linebacker/tight end Justin Walker and senior running back/linebacker Austen Weinberg were dual threats.
Junior C-Jay Charles had spectacular kick-off returns, and sophomore Hector Estupinan churned out yards on the sweep. The offensive and defensive lines were manned by juniors Adrian Rega and Chris Haefner, along with newcomer Kenny Byers.
Warren Henry Player of the Year
Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions Inc. awarded North Miami Senior High School quarterback Hilton Joseph the “Warren Henry Player of the Year” award.
Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions Inc. are also the official sponsors of the 17th annual Miami-Dade North vs. South All-Star Football Game at the Curtis Park Sports Complex. The game has produced such NFL players as Brandon Harris, Roscoe Parrish, Asante Samuels, Geno Smith and numerous other NFL and NCAA athletes.
South Florida is known as the top community for scholastic football, producing more NFL athletes than any other area in the country. Warren Henry Auto Group adds prestige and honor to the selection of the Player of the Year award, recognizing football excellence.
“The South Florida High School football players lead a healthy lifestyle, work hard and have true passion and love for the game, mirroring the values of Warren Henry Auto Group and making this a natural partnership,” Warren Henry Zinn, President and CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group, said in a release.
“We are excited to team up with the 17th annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star Football Game and support this first class event and couldn't be more proud to support Tournament of Champions Inc. in their efforts to honor these incredible football players.”
Junior and senior high school football players in Miami-Dade County are eligible for the award. Joseph is a senior.
Miami Country Day volleyball
Miami Country Day School showcased six middle school volleyball teams at various levels.
The middle school varsity volleyball team had a fantastic season going 17-6. The Spartans finished as the runner-up at the South Florida Conference Championships and at the SLAM Invitational. They were led by Eva Sirlin, Molli Leoni, Alexa Altman, Ananda Naves-Penkwitt, and Madeline Suhdeo.
The middle school JV volleyball team ended the season 8-3. The Spartans received outstanding contributions from Sophie Naves-Penkwitt, Taylor Lynott, Charlie Leoni, and Marley Mayer-Perez.
In the Spartan League, the Gold Team went 6-1; the Blue Team finished 4-3; the White Team went 3-4; and the Red Team ended 1-6.
Archbishop Curley sports
Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep Athletes of the Week
Male Athlete of Week: At the Coral Gables Cavaliers Duals, 148-pound senior wrestler Scott Pomare recorded four victories.
Female Athlete of the Week: In victories over Hialeah Education, Somerset and Doctors Charter, junior guard Ashley Savain averaged 16 points, six rebounds and three steals per game.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Alicia Rodriguez (soccer) scored both goals in the Spartans’ 2-0 win against Florida Christian.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Alejandro Roye (soccer) scored twice and added an assist in the Spartans’ 6-0 win against Florida Christian.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Kelsey Marshall (basketball) combined for 35 points, nine rebounds, five steals, and seven assists in wins against Jacksonville Ribault and Flagler Palm Coast.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Julian Claramonte (soccer) had two goals and an assist in the Spartans’ wins against Divine Savior Academy and Westminster Academy.
Miami’s Kariann Pierre-Louis teamed with Emma Decoste of Stuart to win the Girls’ 16s Doubles title during the Metropolia Orange Bowl International Championships at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation.
Pierre-Louis and Decoste upset top seeded Sofia Munera Sanchez of Colombia and Camila Vargas Gomez or Peru 6-1, 7-5 in the finals.
Sarah Dreyfuss of North Miami Beach reached the Girls’ 16s Singles semifinals. She trains at the Bill Clark Tennis Academy at the Cooper City Tennis Center.
More events, leagues, programs
Mo Steel Football
Mo Steel Football, based at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach and winner of an NFL record eight national championships in its 15-year history, won three divisions at the annual Air It Out Flag Football Tournament at Tamiami Park.
The champs are: Juniors (10U) Levi Gans, Jonthan Bacal, Avi Lalo, Marc Wendrow, Eli Silverman, Mekhi Smith, Carlos Romano, Abie Klainbaum, Steven Friedman, Allan Strimber and Andres Ruah.
Seniors (12U) Tyler Gale, Johnny Fishman, Aaron Felder, Tywan Cash, Robert Behar, Hakeem Sturrup, Ryan Mendelson, Tyronn Streeter and Presley Pomeranc.
Vets (14U) Mateo Marcato, David Egozi, Will Poses, Josh Silverman, Matthew Kaye, David Ezekiel, Zack Gervais, Bailey Finkelberg and Nate Griffiths.
Mo Steel Football is a 10-month program. Teams play more than 70 games a year in national and international games against the highest level teams. If interested, contact Head Coach Yossi Behar at firstname.lastname@example.org or Athletic Director David Fried at email@example.com.
Former tight end Troy Drayton played nine seasons in the NFL, including 1996-99 with the Miami Dolphins, and he is the Dolphins’ youth program coordinator.
Drayton added a new title to his résumé — NAmbassador for Heads Up Football.
The Nand 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 NFoundation.
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 expanded to more than 600 youth leagues in 50 states. Of these leagues, 100 were assigned a former Nplayer mentor. Drayton served as a mentor to a local Heads Up League — the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.
Florida Christian lacrosse
Florida Christian School Athletic Director Ed Riggan, announced that FCS Athletics will offer lacrosse at the JV level for the spring of the 2014-15 school year. For information call 305-226-8152 or visit www.floridachristian.org.
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,
For information on Brain Gymnasium, visit www.braingymnasium.org or call 305-788-7339.
Thunder Basketball opened its new year-round facility at ThunderPlex, 1440 NW 82th Ave., Doral.
The 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 information visit www.jointhunder.com
Registration is open.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-505-5585.
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 youth basketball registration is open for girls and boys ages 5 to 16.
Email Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.
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.
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 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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small-sided soccer, is 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.
For more information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.
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.
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.
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.
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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