Dr. Jayne Greenberg, with her long sports career along for the ride, has gone from Canada to South Africa to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, and many other places in between.
On Monday night, her travels took her to Miami Lakes and the Grand Slam Ballroom at Don Shula’s Hotel and Resort, where she was honored as the main recipient during the 34th Delta Psi Kappa Women’s Athletes: Reach for the Stars Awards Banquet. Greenberg received the Lifetime of Giving Award.
“Sports are so important to me,” she told the student-athletes and parents. “Sports teaches you to be a leader and follower, and a good leader also knows how to follow. I don’t really like receiving awards. Being an educator is my real reward.”
Greenberg spent her early years in Brooklyn, New York, before moving to Miami in the sixth grade.
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She played volleyball, basketball and softball as a kid, then after two years at Miami Dade College she attended the University of Massachusetts.
After that, she worked at various schools in Dade and Broward counties as a teacher, coach and administrator. However, more important than that she was a mentor to so many students and athletes, leaving a positive mark in their lives.
“Teaching is great,” she said. “It’s the best career you can go into. It makes you a lifelong learner.”
Sometime along the way, she raised $35 million in educational funds with federal and foundation grants and became district director for health literacy and physical education in Miami-Dade schools.
Also, in her spare time, she managed to write a book entitled “Developing School Site Wellness.”
She summed up Monday’s ceremony by telling the assembled student-athletes, “Anything in life is possible.”
▪ Winning the Alleine Swain Scholarship at Monday’s ceremony was Raquel Pupo of Broward College.
Award winners: Mourning: Sareyah Dad; Booker T. Washington: Paulette Burke; Coral Gables: Melissa Rodriguez; Coral Reef: Madison Stricker; Cutler Bay: Nubia Salinas; Goleman: Amanda Rivera; Krop: Lauren Solomiany; Varela: Sofia Naya; Braddock: Patricia Martin; Hialeah Gardens: Lucy Rosario; Hialeah: Cheyenne Brown; Ferguson: Savannah Ward; MAST Academy: Mia Boloix; Central: Kayla Mosqurea; Coral Park: Natalie Diaz; Killian: Julie Bowers; Palmetto: Samantha Mormile; Miami High: Isabella Pujol; Miami Springs: Briana Gomez; Sunset: Alexandra Poit; South Miami: Carmen Garcia; Southwest: Jocelyn Garcia; TERRA: Natasha Landa; Westland Hialeah: Alicia Fuentes. Alleine Swain Scholarship: Rquel Pupo, Broward College.
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▪ Super Regional: Top-ranked Barry shot 308 to lead Saint Leo by one stroke after one round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Super Region 2 at Elgin, South Carolina. The Buccaneers’ Charlotte Puts leads the 66-player field after shooting a one-over-par 73. Barry’s Tilda Larsson is among a group tied for fifth at 76 (+4). ... Fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern is tied for seventh at the tournament after shooting a 318 in the first round. Michelle Ruiz leads the Sharks after shooting a 6-over 78, good for 14th place.
▪ Regional: Freshman Renate Grimstad shot a one-over 73, and is tied for 14th place as the No. 16 University of Miami is in 10th place of the NCAA Regional Championship tournament at Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hurricanes sit six shots out of sixth place. The top six teams advance to the national tournament in Sugar Grove, Illinois, from May 19-24. Pepperdine leads all team scores after it tallied a 287. North Carolina State’s Laura Kowohl leads all individuals after she shot a three-under 69.
▪ Division II South/Southeast Super Regional: Nova Southeastern’s Richard Mansell shot a three-under 69 and tied for third overall after the first round of the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional at Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Barry’s Mario Beltran shot 2-under 70, and is tied for fifth place individually. As a team, the No. 3 Bucs are in fifth place in the 20-team field after shooting a 292 with two rounds left to play. Fourth-ranked Nova Southeastern shot 297, and is in ninth place. No. 2 Lynn leads the tournament at 4-under 284, and top-ranked West Florida is second, two strokes back. The top seven teams qualify for the NCAA Championship at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee from May 22-26.
▪ Florida Southern 5-10, Barry 1-6: The Buccaneers’ Alexis Monge-Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly accounted for the only run in Game 1, and Claudio Rubiera hit a two-run homer in the second game, but visiting Barry (23-27, 10-14 Sunshine State Conference) dropped both games to the Moccasins (33-13, 11-10 SSC),
▪ Miami Dade College 7, State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota 1: Freshman Joshua Lopez struck out nine, and Brian Rey and Danny Mondejar each drove in two runs as the Sharks dominated at the FCSAA State/NJCAA Region Tournament in Lakeland.
The University of Miami women’s track and field team will enter the 2017 ACC Outdoor Championships at Georgia Tech from Friday-to-Sunday ranked No. 19, according to the NCAA Division I Women’s National Team Computer Rankings for Outdoor Track and Field.