Deajawon Johnson caught a winning 6-yard touchdown pass from Jamal Cooney on the final play in regulation as the Miami Gardens Ravens defeated the Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts 20-14 to win the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championship, presented by Sports Authority, in 13U (150s) at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.
Cooney, a receiver, started at quarterback for Marlon Smith, who could not play quarterback because of weight requirements. It was Cooney’s first action at quarterback in five seasons when he played for the Miami Gardens Chargers.
With one second left in the game, Cooney made a perfect pass to a wide open Johnson for the winner as time expired, and then the celebration began in the end zone.
Tyler Jones scored twice, and Kaelon Mazelin kicked a 2-pointer as the Ravens built a 14-8 lead. Kendall scored to even things, but Smith blocked the 2-point kick attempt, and the game remained tied.
Andre Auguste and Jesus Machado Jr. starred on defense for Miami Gardens, and Council Allen Jr. did a good job at cornerback.
Just seconds into the second quarter, Jones ran 12 yards for the game’s first score.
Brendan McDuffey connected with Kalani Norris on a 39-yard touchdown pass play, and Diego Ucros kicked the 2-pointer to give the Kolts the lead in the third quarter. Jones answered less than a minute later with a 56-yard touchdown run, and Mazelin kicked the 2-pointer as the Ravens regained the lead 14-8.
Ucros evened things on a short touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.
The Miami Gardens Ravens were Super Bowl champions in Florida Youth Football League. The Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts won the Super Bowl in Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.
Miami Gardens Ravens: Dale Ogarro Jr., Travell Cook, Jamal Cooney, Deajawon Johnson, Michael Bucknor, Marlon Smith, Tyler Jones, Jakari Jones, Jacarie Peak, Lavar Williams Jr., Semar Melvin, Keon Greene, Victor Covington III, Council Allen Jr., Bryan Escorcia, Damond Hepburn, Wesley Harris, Khalid Allen, Timothy Powell, Malik Godbee, Mikal Ragin, Dajuan Johnson, Kaelon Mazelin, Karl Gaskin III, Demetrius Cooper Jr., Danny Pierre-Louis II, Maurice Smith II, Denzel Pierre-Louis, Tarant Miller Jr., Andre Auguste, Jesus Machado Jr.
Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts: Rudy Puig, Kalani Norris, Dajon Clark, Jose Fonseca, Carlos Roca, Brandon McDuffey, Gabriel Alonso, Stephen Roig, Dwayne Mason, Andrew Brown, Diego Ucros, Robert Blanco, Julian Leonard, Jorge Garcia, Joe Pozo, Gabriel Cerra, Alec Olmedillo, Kyle Ferbeyre, Dante Velasco, Austin Leon, Danny Vassuer, Sean Gilbert, Samuel Diaz, Gabriel Rios.
Miami Gardens Chiefs
Terrence Horne scored three times as the Miami Gardens Chiefs beat the Oak Grove Raiders 31-0 to win the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championship, presented by Sports Authority, in 14U (165s) at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
Horne made a one-handed catch off a screen pass from Jahani Wright and raced 20 yards for the touchdown. Horne also scored on 1-yard runs to give the Chiefs an 18-0 lead and a 31-0 advantage. Wright also tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Johaun Beresford Jr. who made a nice leaping catch. On defense, Beresford Jr. intercepted two passes.
Chandler Jones scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone, and Ketwan Williams added an extra point run. Ty’reke Joseph did a good job as a shutdown cornerback, and linebacker/strong safety Randy Russell Jr. was outstanding.
The Miami Gardens Chiefs were Super Bowl champions in Florida Youth Football League. The Oak Grove Raiders won the Super Bowl in the South Florida National Youth Football League.
Miami Gardens Chiefs: Tyrese Cooper, Randy Russell Jr., Johaun Beresford Jr., Terrence Horne, Chandler Jones, John Crawford Jr., Ketwan Williams, Jahani Wright, Laron Brown, Ty’reke Joseph, Joshua Brabham, Rolland Toussaint, Juvante Roswell, Christopher Smith, Anthony Sanders, Andy Hayes, Joshua Jennings, Corey Church Jr., Ja’barrei Capers, Keyshawn Fede.
Oak Grove Raiders: Stanley Petit-Fard, Jason Lubin, Gregory Rinville Jr., Jasmison Charles, Antoine Dorsainvil, Devon Johnson, Nickenson Baptiste, Derrick Alexis, Darnell Centero, Brador Bien-Aime, D’ontea Crump, Maken-Love Petit-Ford, Marc Louis, Izaya Simon, Stanley Joseph, Tyshon Joseph, Ronald FanFan, Jason Louis, Leroy Wilson, Athanase Petit-Frere, Joselio Felix, Leroy Charles, Ericson Alfred, Walkins Balan, Samuel Cherubin, Remees August.
South Miami Grey Ghosts
The South Miami Grey Ghosts shut out the Miami Gardens Ravens 12-0 to win the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championship, presented by Sports Authority, in 11U (120s) at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
Keenan Toomer scored on a 20-yard run to put the Grey Ghosts ahead 6-0 with 9:39 remaining in the first quarter. With one minute left before halftime, AJ Law threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Amarvion Kinson.
Rodney Williams intercepted a pass in the first half, and Kahmari Lovett caused and recovered a fumble in the end zone in the third quarter to thwart Miami Gardens’ drives.
The South Miami Grey Ghosts were Super Bowl champions in Miami Xtreme Youth Football League. The Miami Gardens Ravens won the Super Bowl in the Florida Youth Football League.
South Miami Grey Ghosts: Alexander (AJ) Law Jr., Kahmari Lovett, Keenan Toomer, Isacc Eberchardt, Rodney Williams, Terry Doctor, Victor Cardos, Kristopher Falcon, Amarvion Kinson, Neil Louis Toloza, Leron Dukes, Darrell Bellinger Jr., Ryan Rivera, Troy Frederick, Kaalen Teixeira, Dustin Vinas, Patrick Bailey Garcia, Eitan Grimberg, Maiko Sanchez, Ryan Rodriguez, Heriberto Valladares, Shawn Allen McWilliams, Bryan Morales.
Miami Gardens Ravens: Terrence Williams, Kem Williams Jr., Tavaris Austin, Deandre Tamerez, Torrie Cox, Keenan Bailey, Malcolm Davis Jr., Clive McDermott III, Semaj Banks, Wallance Fevrier, Avari Marshall, Khalani Bush, Kenneth Saunders Jr., Eric Van Dyke Jr., Levonte Jenkins, O. Robers, Keemoni Garnett, Chad Jackson, Trenton Young, Marcus Murry, Tamari Matthew, Xavier Thompson Jr., Antonio Webb Jr., Kwame James, Kenyatta Jackson Jr., Kamauri Fullwood, Brandon Harris Jr., Jamal Johnson, Tydrice Brown.
The Suniland Sundevils of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League defeated the Pahokee Youth Football Baby Blue Devils of the Glades Tri-City Youth Football League 25-12 to win the 10U (105-115 lbs) Division.
Matthew Boston led the Sundevils, scoring all four of the team’s touchdowns. His first two scores were on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter, with the second on a 50-yard catch and run.
His two scores gave the Sundevils a 13-0 lead, but the Blue Devils narrowed it when Tyler Young scored with approximately two minutes to play in the first half. Boston extended the lead before halftime with a 35-yard touchdown run.
After a scoreless third quarter, Sylvanus Wiley for Pahokee scored 90 seconds into the fourth quarter, closing the gap to seven, 19-12, but Boston sealed the win with a 45-yard touchdown run.
Suniland Sundevils: Matthew Boston, Kelvon Durham, Dedrick Browder, Travious Lathan, Carson Haggard, Floyd Ridgeway, Dennis Randall, Antonio Smith, Christian Beaubien, Abraham Mole, Jonjon Delgado, Yavis Ferrell, Quinn Lennon, AJ Santana, Michael Alvarez, Jonathan Llopiz, Waltran Palmer, Tyler Regalado, Joseph Wein, Louis Ramsay, Dillon Llewellyn, Marquis Pierre, Maurice Pierre, Malachi Hyppolite, Tyler Blevins, Markell Miller, Tyreke Tyson, Courtney Orr, Zavier Williams, Santi Laguardia. Head Coach Mike Haggard, assistant coaches Dedrick Browder, Sean Beaubien, Rudy Fernandez, Kelvin Durham, John Betancourt, Joe Ray, Patrick Wess, and Nick Sheehy.
North Miami Beach Sundevils
12U (130 lbs.): Okeechobee Wildcats 25, North Miami Beach Sundevils 6: Playing with just 13 players, the Okeechobee Wildcats of the Glades Tri-City Youth Football League defeated the North Miami Beach Sundevils of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships presented by Sports Authority.
Kysell Richardson scored early in the game for the Wildcats on a 7-yard quarterback keeper. Keyon Brizilla tied the score on a 5-yard touchdown run for the Sundevils only score of the game.
Early in the second quarter, Richardson found Jerome Roundtree on a 17-yard touchdown pass that put Okeechobee ahead for good. Michael Harvey extended the lead in the second half with a pair of touchdowns; the first a 3-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and then an 18-yard fumble return late in the fourth.
North Miami Beach Sundevils: Isaiah Altenor, Ray’Je Grant, Dmitri Pierre, Patrell Nadal, Keyon Brezilla, Davondre Coeur, Phon’te Mannings, Riyad Wilmot, Ebelson Raphael, Bryan Trillos, Emanuel Leatherwood Jr., Horace Atkins, Edgardo San Martin, Alvin Bailey, Wilkins Senexant, Darren Joseph, D’Mor Jean-Baptiste, Nathaniel Gesper, Ezekiel Figueroa, Karyne David, Carlens Jean-Francois, Kraig Eniste, Elias Blandon, Derek Jean-Jacques, Wesly Joseph, Gregory Pierre-Louis, Osney Dalcy, Charlevensley Dorvil.
Orange Bowl YFA
At the culmination of each season, the best of the best participate in the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance Championships, presented by Sports Authority at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
The two-day event pits champions from various leagues against each other to crown a champion of champions in each of eight weight-classes. FSFlorida/Sun Sports once again produce a highlight show that aired in early January.
Teams from Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties participate in the OBYFA.
Elks Hoop Shoot
Six young local basketball players distinguished themselves during the Miami Elks Hoop Shoot, a free throw contest at the Kendall Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
The winners are: Girls: 8-9: Arianna Guerra. 10-11: Isabella Betancourt. 12-13: Alexandra Montalvo. Boys: 8-9: Angel Mozas. 10-11: Jose Espinosa. 12-13: Emanual Valdes.
Those young athletes represented Miami Lodge 948 at the South District Hoop Shoot, also at the Kendall Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Arianna Guerra and Isabella Betancourt became South District winners. Angel Mozas won the boys’ 8-9 title, and Jose Espinosa finished first in boys’ 10-11.
Also, Jordan Parks, sponsored by Key West Lodge, won the district contest for boys’ 12-13. Natalie McCormick, sponsored by Florida Keys Lodge, won the girls’ 12-13 age group.
The South District winners will represent the district at the Southeast Regional Hoop Shoot.
Twenty-four Elks volunteers participated in one or both of these contests. Delfin Mule chaired the Miami Lodge event. The South District was chaired by Jeffrey Muehlfeld.
The Cushman School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams finished their seasons at the South Florida Middle School Conference Tournament.
Both teams reached the semifinals.
The Cougars girls beat Riviera Prep 20-8 in the opening game. In the second round, they upset No.1 seed and undefeated Florida Christian 13-12.
The Cougars boys beat Palmer Trinity 48-39 in the quarterfinals.
Highland Oaks track
The Highland Oaks Middle School girls’ track team was second of 20 teams at the Miami-Dade County Fair Invitational at Ferguson Sr. High School.
Vashti Claybrook won the 400-meter dash and was second in the 200. Jasmine Messiah placed second in the high jump and third in the triple jump. Marissa Manley finished second in the discus throw.
The 400-meter relay team (Arielle Walker, Brielle Walker, Kyara Walters, Timaya Everett) was second. The 1,600 relay (Brielle Walker, Jadae Joseph, Destiny Desrivieres, Claybrook) also finished second. The 3,200 relay (Naomi Taylor, Desrivieres, Kayla Yuengling, Jadae Barrett) took third.
Everett also was third in the high jump and seventh in the 200. Jada Joseph placed third in the long jump, and Jadae Joseph was seventh. Barrett was fourth in the 800. Brook Couri placed fifth in the triple jump. Esther Perceval rounded out the scoring placing seventh in the shot put.
The Highland Oaks boys’ track team was ninth of 22 teams. Ezekiel Figueroa was second in the shot put. The 1,600 relay (Jeffrey Joseph, Braxton Lee, Xavier Richemond, Wilfred Coleau) was third. Joseph also was seventh in the high jump and eighth in the 200. The 400 relay (Lens Bernadel, Richemond, Coleau, Joseph) finished seventh.
Palmer Trinity sports
Palmer Trinity School Athletes of the Week
Ethan Becker, a senior, scored 55 points to set the school’s single-game scoring record in boys’ varsity basketball during a victory over Northwest Christian. He also grabbed 17 rebounds.
Marcus Montalvo, an eighth grader, had 14 points with five steals and five assists to lead the boys’ JV basketball team in a win over Northwest Christian.
Andrew Waldman, a sixth grader, scored seven points in the final 35 seconds to help lead the boys’ middle school basketball team to an overtime win over Northwest Christian. He went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final seconds of regulation.
Palmer Trinity School—a coeducational, Episcopal day school—provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates knowledge, compassion and social responsibility, an essential goal of the school’s mission.
Palmer Trinity School serves students from a broad range of socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds in grades 6-12. For information about the school, visit www.palmertrinity.org.
Miami Country Day sports
Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Jordan Fishman (basketball) was named to the South Florida Middle School Conference All-Tournament Team.
Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Connor Sazant (basketball) was named to the South Florida Middle School Conference All-Tournament Team.
Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Laurel Ivory (soccer) made 11 saves in the Spartans' 1-0 regional semifinal win against Marathon High School.
Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Owen Wesley (basketball) combined for 37 points,10 steals and 13 assists in wins against Palmer-Trinity, Archbishop Curley, and Dade Christian.
Archbishop Curley sports
Coach Greg Magner, athletic director at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame Prep, announced the school’s Athletes of the Week.
Sarisha Wiggins, a sophomore point guard for the girls’ varsity basketball team, averaged 14 points, six steals and five assists in the Knights’ victories over City of Hialeah Educational Academy and Palm Glades Preparatory Academy.
David Anilus, a junior point guard for the boys’ varsity basketball team, averaged 21 points, four steals and four assists against City of Hialeah Educational Academy and Palm Glades Preparatory Academy.
Hochberg Prep sports
The Hochberg Preparatory School fifth grade basketball team beat Sinai Academy 20-12. Eyehole Bloom had a career-high nine points, and Pablo Sagriniche also helped lead the way.
The Hochberg Preparatory Middle School soccer team defeated Sinai Academy 5-3. The Lions were led by Ariel Fishman with four goals and Daniela Aronsky with a goal and stellar all-around play.
Barry University freshman Juan Yumar shot 72 in the final round of the Titan Invitational at Suntree Country Club in Melbourne.
Yumar, a Miami Columbus High School product, who’s played three collegiate events, finished at 8-over in the 54-hole tournament on the par-72, 7,057-yard course. His final round 72 is a season low.
Florida International University’s Chris Anderson, a Southwest Miami High School grad, was named to the Preseason All-C-USA Team as chosen by Conference USA’s 12 head coaches.
Anderson, a 6-1, 180-pound sophomore pitcher, was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year last season. In 15 games (12 starts), the right-hander went 9-3 with a 1.95 ERA.
Anderson is a former Miami Herald All-Dade second team and third team selection.
More events, leagues, programs
Bay Skate launch
Bay Skate is a fun-filled family activity created by the Macias brothers, founders of an integrated creative content & brand development advertising agency based in Miami.
Located in the heart of Downtown Miami’s Bayfront Park, Macias created Bay Skate to help activate one of the city’s most important parks and surrounding communities, that’s currently booming with new residents, local businesses, and experiencing an exciting evolution.
After winning The Miami Foundation’s “Public Space Challenge,” this exciting initiative is set to launch on Feb. 26.
Macias hopes the inaugural event will set the stage for their bigger idea of creating an ongoing community activation that benefits the park and local community, allowing Bay Skate to evolve into a monthly Downtown staple during the late Fall through early Spring seasons.
Bay Skate will be fueled by live music and DJ sets, spinning the perfect mix of skate jams, including old school funk, soul, freestyle and other mixed-genre classics that will set the mood. The team has also announced that classic hip-hop legend Monie Love will emcee and host the launch.
Kendall Hammocks flag football
The Kendall Hammocks NFL Flag Football program announces the registrations dates and times for the 2015 NFL Flag season.
Registration is open to boys and girls, age 5-16. Can’t turn 17 in 2015. Copy of birth certificate is requested for age verification only, during the registration process.
Teams are based by age only. Regular season is 12 games, and the season starts May 4.
NFL Flag Registration Dates:
February registrations fee: $110 -- Friday, Feb. 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, Feb. 21 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
March Registrations fee: $120 -- Friday, March 6 and 13 (6:30-8:30 p.m.); Saturday, March 14 and 28 (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)
April Registration fee: $ 125 -- Friday, April 10 and 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)
Registration fee includes: NFL team reversible jersey, NFL flag belts with flags, secondary insurance, referee cost, and participation awards.
Discounted rates for head coaches. If interested in coaching, email email@example.com.
Tryouts and draft will be Saturday, May 2. Time chart by division can be found at the web site www.khwarriors.org
All registrations, practices and games are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.
The NFL Flag Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization, serving the community in sports for more than 26 years.
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.
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.
To support Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernández on his road to recovery, the Marlins announce the return of the José’s Heroes season ticket package for the 2015 season.
For $499, José’s Heroes receive:
-A ticket to all 81 Marlins regular season home games. That’s about $6 a seat.
-A special edition José’s Heroes T-shirt each month.
-A complimentary ‘K’ Card!
-A meet-and-greet event with the man himself, José Fernández.
-Purchase the José’s Heroes season ticket package and travel to Marlins Park to support the Fish, 25 men strong.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Optimist Club of Suniland Sports Conditioning is now-May 31 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest.
Registration is 6-8 p.m. weeknights for boys and girls, age 5-15. Fee is $20 which covers T-shirt, insurance and awards. Contact Jose Regalado 305-458-1966 or email@example.com.
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 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).