Even WWE Superstar Big Show believes in Pat Riley.
WWE will be in Miami on Tuesday, June 28 for SmackDown TV tapings at Riley’s sanctuary, the AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the three-time NBA champion Miami Heat.
Big Show, a former college basketball player who lives in Pinecrest, is a big fan of the hometown Heat.
“I got a chance to meet a few of the guys here and there,” Big Show said. “I met D-Wade. I ran into Chris Bosh. I went to games, too, when LeBron [James] was still here, and I was really amazed at how powerful an athlete he is.
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“Then to see LeBron leave and do his thing and how the Heat have pulled together, I’m really excited to see what [Heat President] Pat Riley’s gonna do this [off-season], because he’s really focused about rebuilding this team and making it a lot stronger.
“I thought they did well this year. They played good together. It’s just that when you have an integral part of your team leave, it’s hard to regroup, but the Heat will pull through.”
How ‘bout that analysis from the big guy.
Take notice ESPN, TNT.
This 7-foot, 450-pound giant from Aiken, S.C. knows a little something something about the game. He played college ball at NCAA Division I Wichita State University in Wichita, Kan.
To reciprocate, the Heat players and administrators know a little something something about WWE. Heat lifer Udonis Haslem, a Miami High and University of Florida grad, is a regular at WWE events in South Florida, especially the AAA. The great Andy Ellisburg, Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations/General Manager for the Heat, can be spotted at WWE shows there, too.
Ellisburg and Haslem may again be joining thousands of South Floridians when WWE tapes SmackDown on Tuesday, June 28 at the AAA.
Also scheduled to appear are Roman Reigns, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Charlotte, Bray Wyatt & the Wyatt Family, Chris Jericho, Sasha Banks, A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, Alberto del Rio, Sheamus, Becky Lynch, Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, The Dudley Boyz, Paige, The Miz, New Day, and more.
Tickets available at the AAA box office or TicketMasterWWEMiami.
Miami Dolphins-Special Olympics
Members of the Miami Dolphins rookie class hosted more than 60 Special Olympics athletes from Broward and Miami-Dade counties to promote physical fitness in the South Florida community at the Dolphins’ Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
“It is such an honor to work with the Dolphins for the third year in a row, to provide this wonderful opportunity to our athletes,” Special Olympics Florida Area Director Linsey Smith said. “This has become a tradition that we look forward to each year and credit this partnership with the large increase we have seen in flag football participation.”
Miami Dolphins rookies Akil Blount, James Burgess, Ruben Carter, Brandon Doughty, Kenyan Drake, Jakeem Grant, Tyler Gray, AJ Hendy, Xavien Howard, Gabe Hughes, Farrington Huguenin, Jordan Lucas, Marshall Koehn, Lafayette Pitts, Rashawn Scott and Brandon Shippen participated in their first Miami Dolphins service event and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It was a cool day coming out here and playing with the kids, running around with them and seeing how happy they were to play with us and have us coaching them,” Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick CB Xavien Howard said. “It’s important to give back, because there are kids that don’t have an opportunity to do what we were doing right now. We are helping them out and giving them some feelings that we get when we’re playing. We had a blast with them.”
The rookies and Special Olympic athletes in grades 6th-12th played flag football games with a high level of energy and plenty of team spirit.
“Today was outstanding. We came out here to have fun. We got the best Miami Dolphins team. It was so awesome. The players are pretty awesome. I can’t wait for the new season, the new stadium being built. It’ll be very exciting,” Special Olympics athlete Max Mogul said. “I think we played really good. We played like champions.”
This event comes ahead of the Dolphins hosting Dolphins Academy Summer Camps for kids, age 5-15, at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. For further information on this, and all Dolphins events in the community, visit
The Belen Jesuit Community is proud to announce that four student athletes signed their national letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. The signing ceremony occurred in the school’s Roberto Goizueta Athletic Center.
Baseball: Julio Aira – Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), Abington, Penn. Albert Gutierrez- Brandeis University, Waltham, Mass.
“Both Albert and Julio are outstanding young men who are very focused,” said Mr. Jerry Albert, Belen baseball head coach. “The fact that they can continue their studies in excellent educational institutions where they can continue to play baseball throughout their college years is a blessing. Both of them have very bright futures.”
Crew: Nicolas Waterhouse - University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Benjamin Gilbert – University of Delaware, Newark, Del.
“I am very proud of the accomplishments of both Ben and Nicolas,” said Mr. Yunian Cabrera, Belen crew head coach. “They have put in the time, hard work, dedication, and sacrifice and I know they will continue to represent Belen Jesuit well throughout their college years.”
Monsignor Edward Pace High School senior Armand Del Castillo of Miami Lakes resident continued a big tradition at Pace by signing his Letter of Intent to play basketball for NCAA Division III Washington College in Chestertown, Md.
The signing ceremony was inside the Spartan Center in front of the Pace student body, Del Castillo’s coaches, teammates, and family. Del Castillo is the son of Albert Del Castillo, a Class of 1975 Pace alum.
Armand Del Castillo maintained a 4.3 GPA and was the team captain of the Pace basketball team his junior and senior years. He led the team in scoring last season with an average of 18 points per game. He scored 998 points in his three years on the Pace basketball team, including 170 3-pointers.
Miami Midnites basketball
The Miami Midnites men’s basketball team (5-1) won its fourth straight by beating the Palm Beach Knights 161-114 at Inlet Grove High School in Riviera Beach. Miami connected on 53-of-98 field goal attempts (.541), including 16-of-38 (.421) from beyond the arc.
Guard Miguel Paul had 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field, along with four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Darnell Dodson scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and big man Keion Palmer totaled 25 points and eight boards. Former Florida Memorial University guard George Gray added 19 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
About Miami Midnites
The Miami Midnites, established in 2014, are the official Minor League affiliate of the 2012-13 Israeli Super League champions Maccabi Haifa basketball team. In their first season of existence, the Miami Midnites won the 2014 Florida Basketball Association (FBA) championship, and followed up with back-to-back FBA titles after winning the 2015 FBA title.
The Midnites joined the American Basketball Association for the 2014-15 season and finished runner-up out of 90+ teams across the country. The Midnites compete year-round, playing their home games at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie. For information on the Miami Midnites, visit the team’s official website at
Just two weeks after his high school graduation from Monsignor Edward Pace High School ace pitcher Christopher Rodriguez was drafted in the fourth round (126th overall) of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.
The following day, Alex Mateo, a Pace alum from the Class of 2012, was drafted in the 22nd round of the MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins.
Rodriguez, a right-hander, helped lead the Pace Spartans baseball team to the 2016 FHSAA Class 5A State Finals. He finished his high school career by pitching a 1-0, two-hit shutout against Orlando Bishop Moore in the Class 5A state semifinal. He was named the (2016) 6A-2A Pitcher of the Year at the Miami Herald’s All-Dade Athletic Awards Ceremony and was also named to the Miami Herald’s 2016 All-Dade First Team.
Mateo, a 2016 graduate of Nova Southeastern University, helped lead the Sharks to their first NCAA Division II National Championship this season as one of their top pitchers. He earned a 2.96 ERA and struck out 96 batters en route to being named the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Sunshine State Games
With six sports inclduing judo and more than 1,200 athletes, the Palm Beach County Convention Center was transformed into an amateur sports mecca for the Palm Beach County Festival, part of the Sunshine State Games.
Alejandro Menendez, 19, of Miami was named the Outstanding Senior Male Judoka after winning four matches en route to the gold medal in the Men's Shiai Advanced division, 60.1kg-66kg weight class.
He is coached by his father, Ricardo Menendez, head instructor of the Falcon Judo Club and President of Florida Judo. Beyond SSG, Menendez has competed in two Pan American Judo Championships and the Jr. World Judo Championships. He recently graduated from South Miami Senior High School and has been invited to compete in Japan.
For results of the 37th Annual Sunshine State Games, visit
www.sunshinestategames.com and click the “Results” link for full results of each of the 28 sports of the Games.
The Sunshine State Games are presented annually by the Florida Sports Foundation, the state’s lead sports promotion and development organization.
Barry University men’s golfer Nico Cavero of Doral was named NCAA Division II PING All-America honorable metnion as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Cavero, a graduate of Ronald Reagan High School, finished sixth at the NCAA Division II Super Regional and had one other Top 10 finish. He was 11th at the NCAA Division II Championships. He carried a 73.29 scoring average to cap his college career.
U.S. water polo
Ransom Everglades graduate Ashleigh Johnson will be in goal for the U.S. Olympic women’s water polo team when it plays an exhibition match against Hungary at Ransom Everglades on June 27, six weeks before the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The match will be part of a seven-city, cross-country, pre-Olympic tour.
Johnson, a 2012 Ransom grad, grew up in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County, played water polo as a youth with the Cutler Bay Riptides club and won five state titles at Ransom Everglades (one in swimming). She was named international “Water Polo Player of the Year” for 2014 and 2015 by Swimming World magazine. She is currently at student at Princeton.
Tickets for the 6 p.m. contest are available only through USA Water Polo. They are $20 at the door, $15 for members of USA Water Polo.
Mayor Zavier Garcia and Council Members Bob Best, Billy Bain, Roslyn Buckner and Jaime Petralanda invite the general public to attend the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting for the new Aquatic Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 1 in Miami Springs.
A tour of the facility and light refreshments will be offered following the ceremony.
The pool will open for swimming at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2.
Designed by Carty Architecture and Alleguez Architecture, the new Aquatic Center offers a community-oriented pool with water activities, cabanas, a large activity room, concession stand, modern support facilities with lockers, conventional and family restrooms, showers, administrative and equipment spaces and a consolidated parking lot.
The facility layout showcases simplicity and efficiency and echoes the modern renditions of the Pueblo - Mission Revival design elements of the existing Community Center, with which it shares a campus and the new parking lot. Signature art work has been created for the Aquatic Center by the husband and wife team of Pavlina and Alfredo Alea, and includes decorative fencing, wall tile murals in the pool area and a distinctive metal relief figure at the entrance.
For additional information, call Caitlin Smith, Aquatic Supervisor, at 305-805-5078.
More events, leagues, programs
The countdown to summer is on, and the city of North Miami is providing a fresh way to cool off with free swim lessons at the Thomas Sasso Pool & Playground, 1100 NW 125 St.
North Miami residents, age 3 and older, can register for beginner, intermediate and advanced swim lessons at no cost. Classes will be administered on a first come, first serve basis. Residents may register for one free session. Space is limited. To register, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Office at 12300 NE 8 Ave. in North Miami, 33161.
For more information about swimming lessons, summer camps and programs offered in the city of North Miami for residents and non-residents call 305-895-9840 or view the 2016 Summer Program Guide online at
USTA Florida will be hosting four Development Camps for Diverse Backgrounds in 2016 in different areas of the state, for junior tennis players, age 12-18, who are currently participating in USTA tournaments, are looking to improve their game and learn about college scholarship opportunities and the latest in sports science and physical training.
“This will be the second year we are hosting more than one Diversity Camp to give more players around the state the opportunity to participate in this great learning experience,” said USTA Florida Player Development Coordinator Andy Gladstone. “The more players we can impact through the camps, the better it is for our sport and for the participants to improve in areas such as match play, strategy, and learning the amazing experiences they can have as college players.”
Pros and college stand-outs that have attended USTA Florida Diversity Camps in the past include Sloane Stephens, Victoria Duval, Sachia Vickery, and former University of Florida star Sekou Bangoura.
The cost for the one-day camp is $50. The fee includes drills, match play, a camp t-shirt, classroom improvement sessions for parents and players, and lunch.
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The Warrior Basketball Pre-Travel Team Program in Miami is intense training for boys and girls, age 8-15, to prepare athletes for a travel team level.
The athletes will train two times a week in a two-hour practice. To gain experience, scrimmages will be set up, and tournament like situations will slowly be introduced to the team.
Practice days are Wednesdays, Fridays and/or Sundays. Kids will receive a Warrior basketball jersey and shorts.
The Sunshine State Athletic Conference, a multiple sport athletic organization made up of 35 private and charter schools created in 2008, announced that two additional sporting opportunities are being introduced for the 2016-17 school year.
SSAC currently offers four sports, including football and basketball at the middle and high school levels, but in keeping with its pledge to student-athletes and their families, the conference will grow to offer a second football classification and the formation of girls’ beach volleyball.
The second football classification of a Developmental Football League, debuting next fall, will provide member schools that are starting, growing or rebuilding programs with a competitive, but level, playing field in which to compete. This will not replace nor negate the highly successful championship Florida Bowl Series but will instead compliment all football programs and schools in the SSAC. The only criteria for schools to participate in the new Developmental Football League is for teams to have less than 23 players, and the championship Florida Bowl Series will be open to them, if they desire to participate.
The second addition to SSAC athletics is an exciting opportunity that perfectly captures the spirit of Florida’s athletic environment. Starting in spring of 2017, the SSAC will debut girls’ beach volleyball. This up-and-coming sport is quickly spreading around the nation and will undoubtedly be a natural fit for Florida student-athletes. This addition will help build exposure and opportunity for female student-athletes and will add value to SSAC’s independent athletic conference.
“Including girls’ beach volleyball was a decision that just made sense; it only requires a few players and we are blessed with an abundance of sun and sand,” said Stuart Weiss, president of Sunshine State Athletics Conference. “We believe that by adding these two new opportunities for Florida high schools, we are continuing to provide more choice and control to our partner schools addressing the need for a level playing field in high school athletics.”
Visit the SSAC website at
NCSAA academics honors
The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the field.
Three hundred and eight nine soccer teams (243 girls, 146 boys) from throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year.
To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
For information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit
Gifts in Golf
PGA Certified Pro Philip Argianas, program director of GIG-Gifts In Golf, is proud to bring his expertise to special people with special needs to Coral Gables.
GIG programing -- like Golfing with Autism and Kids Swing Into Golf -- enrich the quality of life for families in the community.
Coach Phil said in a release: “Our fun programing impacts kids by teaching them life skills while providing physical and mental training through learning the game of golf.”
For information about registration including schedules and release forms, go to GIG’s website
To volunteer or for any other questions on the Autism and Down syndrome golf programs, call Coach Phil at 888-909-5709, check the website http://www.giftsingolf.org and Facebook page for updates.
GIG was founded in 2009 and has been serving several communities in Miami-Dade County. The organization provides fun instruction and mentoring while empowering special people with special needs. Integrating families and community, it provides all the benefits that golfing delivers with a focus on a person’s ability.
Olive Garden and the NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, are teaming up to recognize Team Moms and the high school athletes they support. This partnership includes the launch of GoTeamMoms.com, which will serve as a resource and destination to recognize Team Moms.
Team Moms volunteer to assist coaches and often lead team communications, fundraising, travel coordination and more. The website will feature Team Mom’s Best-Kept Secrets and game day highlights from high schools around the nation. In addition, coaches, athletes, family members and the community are invited to contribute shout-outs or photos of their favorite Team Mom using #GoTeamMoms on Twitter and Instagram to be featured on the website.
“The goal of the NFHS Network is to serve and support both the athletes and their fans,” said Christopher Young, senior vice president of sales for the NFHS Network. “There’s no bigger fan than a Team Mom and no better partner for the NFHS Network than Olive Garden, which resonates so deeply with our audience and shares our same commitment to families and the local community.”
To further assist Team Moms, each Olive Garden restaurant in the U.S. will be paired with a local high school to support through two national fundraising nights and Olive Garden VIP Passes that give teams access to exclusive discounts. With dining options that include ToGo and catering, Olive Garden is often the choice for feeding an entire team.
"Our restaurants are excited to support their hometown high schools and give back to their communities," said Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “This partnership allows us to thank Team Moms nationwide as well as give families and teams chances to connect over meals and create memories during the busy sports season.”
ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN
Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over $6.8 billion in annual sales.
Headquartered in Orlando, and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 33 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com.
ABOUT THE NFHS NETWORK
The NFHS Network (www.nfhsnetwork.com) captures the passion, pride, and energy of the high school experience by delivering live high school sports and events to family members and fans whenever they want, wherever they are.
The NFHS Network celebrates and showcases the unique accomplishments of high schools students, including the student-athletes participating in 27 different sporting events and the student broadcasters from schools around the country that produce events through the School Broadcast Program. The NFHS Network also broadcasts state playoff and championship events in 46 states.
The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports. The NFHS is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. PlayOn! Sports is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is the nation’s largest high school sports media company.
Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram at @NFHSnetwork for the latest news and event information.
Heads Up Football
USA Football’s Heads Up Football program for high schools and youth organizations will include sudden cardiac arrest protocols andHeads Up Blocking fundamentals.
Both topics are now included in USA Football’s Level 1 coaching education course and its high school certification course.
USA Football is the national governing body of the sport and educates more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the United States.
USA Football’s Heads Up Football program is supported by more than two dozen medical and football partners.
“Coaches should be prepared to respond to a life-threatening emergency if needed,” said Dr. Jonathan Drezner, past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and a member of USA Football’s Medical Advisory Committee.
“With prompt recognition, early CPR and use of an AED, sudden cardiac arrest is largely a survivable event if treated quickly. USA Football is committed to the safety of young athletes, and I am proud that a sudden cardiac arrest training module is being added to the Heads Up Football program. The module provides coaches the information they need to be prepared for sudden cardiac arrest.”
“Blocking is one of football’s basic skills that every player needs to be taught,” said Jeff Saturday, a former NFL All-Pro center and ESPN analyst. Saturday is a member of USA Football’s Football Advisory Committee.
“USA Football’s Heads Up Blocking technique helps coaches teach this fundamental – properly engaging with a defender, driving with the legs and maintaining the correct body position for effective and safer play. This is how blocking should be taught.”
Heads Up Football is a comprehensive collection of resources and medically approved protocols to establish important standards rooted in education to change behavior for the better.
In addition to sudden cardiac arrest and Heads Up Blocking, the program covers concussion awareness and recognition, heat and hydration protocols, proper tackling fundamentals and equipment fitting. More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools in 2014 participated in the program this past fall, benefiting nearly 1-million players.
Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball
or on Twitter @USAFootball
NFL Football Matters
The National Football Foundation announced the launch of FootballMatters.org, a powerful new addition to the organization’s campaign to highlight the good in the game and the lifelong benefits to those who play it.
“Football makes a positive impact on so many levels, and we realized that we needed a centralized resource for capturing and subsequently promoting all the great football stories out there,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “FootballMatters.org provides us a potent platform for addressing that void and delivering compelling content directly to audiences who can help us amplify our messages about the value of football in producing leaders and creating educational opportunities.”
NFF Chairman Archie Manning added: “It’s just gratifying to be part of something that does so much good for our young people. The stories are out there, including the thousands of young kids who could not have gone to college but got some aid because of football, and their lives have been changed for the better. FootballMatters.org will enable us to directly capture those stories and inspire the next generation to further their educations.”
The NFF has linked with Arkleus Broadcasting, a Dallas-based full-service media company, to create the platform, which also encompasses a strong social media component to gain traction for the campaign.
“Arkleus is honored and thrilled to be chosen by such a prestigious American institution as the NFF to build and market an exciting new sports media property,” said Arkleus Broadcasting President Joe Shults. “We are passionately committed to helping the NFF in every way to protect, enhance, and ensure the future of football for generations to come.”
The site focuses on stories, videos, and franchises highlighting the very best in high school and college football, such as: Football Moms, Special Teams, Hook & Corporate Ladder, Man-to-Man, the Quote of the Day and many more. The site will also be the home to exclusive profiles of Campbell Trophy finalists, Leadership Award Winners, Courage Award Winners and all the honors associated with the NFF.
“We are really excited about the Football Matters initiative,” said Hatchell. “I want to thank everybody at Arkleus for their passion for the project. They have done a marvelous job of getting it up and running in a short amount of time, and we have already received great feedback.”
The site focuses on the stories that evoke the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal, character building and the drive for academic excellence that exemplifies many of the young men who play football and the families who support them.
You can learn more about the site and watch a video featuring NFF Chairman Archie Manning and NFF Board Members Jack Ford, Archie Griffin, Kevin Plank and Rod West by clicking here.
The international sport Footgolf is being introduced to the South Miami-Dade community at Killian Greens Golf Club, 9980 SW 104th St.
Footgolf (18 holes) can be played in two hours and is a great source of exercise for those who enjoy kicking a soccer ball. Times are available everyday of the week after 4:30 p.m. to players of all skill levels, families and groups. Balls are available for rent for $5 to those who do not already own one.
Killian Greens is an accredited Footgolf course with the American Footgolf League. Call 305-271-0917.
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.
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children with disabilities in its youth leagues. If you need accommodations to participate, call 305-735-7847 (V/TDD).
Submit info to Sports Scene
Sports Scene spotlights news and notes from youth sports activities in your neighborhood. The aim is to feature game notes and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.
We rely on the directors and coaches of each league, as well as community members, parents and schools to submit information. We accept photos but ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.
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Be honored for academics, sportsmanship 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, travel league or school league (elementary school or middle school aged) from any season of the year.
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 Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone at
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-376-3621.