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Sports Scene: Tim Hardaway, Miami Heat team with American Red Cross, Florida Blue, Sun Sports for swim lessons

The Miami Heat teamed with Florida Blue, Sun Sports and the American Red Cross to surprise summer camp participants during their recent swimming lessons at Miami-Dade County’s Tropical Estates Park Pool.

As part of the Heat Learn to Swim community water safety campaign, Heat legend Tim Hardaway, who made the surprise visit, joined Heat Public Address Announcer Michael Baiamonte, as well as Florida Blue Market President Penny Shaffer, Sun Sports Media Relations Manager Eric Esteban, Miami-Dade County District 10 Commissioner Sen. Javier D. Souto, and American Red Cross Miami-Dade Chapter Executive Alfred Sanchez to provide instruction to the children.

Tropical Estates Park Pool is at 10201 SW 48th St., Miami.

In its 13th year of existence, the Miami Heat Learn to Swim program highlights the importance of water safety to parents and children throughout the region. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children under age 4 in Florida. With an abundance of bodies of water and residential swimming pools in South Florida, the goal of the Learn to Swim program is to prevent these tragedies.

The Heat have created a printable coupon good for $10 off swimming lessons that is available for download on and can be redeemed at select authorized providers of American Red Cross aquatic programs. For a detailed list of authorized American Red Cross aquatic programs or to learn more about the Heat Learn to Swim campaign, visit

Baseball Classic

Elih Marrero of Miami and Daniel Reyes of Miami Springs will represent the East in the 12th annual All-American Baseball Classic on Aug. 10 at PETCO Park in San Diego.

They will join 51 of the best high school baseball players in the country for the nationally televised contest, airing 8 p.m. on MLB Network.

The game’s 12-year history has seen some of today’s biggest Major League Baseball stars and first-round draft picks, including Jose Fernandez, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray, Madison Bungarner, Matt Harvey, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Justin Upton, and Homer Bailey, to name a few.

A 5-9, 190-pound catcher/outfielder, Marrero will be a senior at Coral Gables High School in the new school year. A 6-2, 200-pound outfielder, Reyes will be a senior at Mater Academy Charter School in the new school year. They are members of South Florida Elite.

USA Baseball

USA Baseball announced last week the roster selected to represent the United States at the 2014 WBSC “AA” 15U World Cup in Mazatlan, Mexico that runs through Aug. 11.

The squad, which will be managed by Chan Brown, head coach of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., is made up of players from Florida (6), California (5), North Carolina (2), Texas (2), Arizona (2), Georgia (1), Mississippi (1), New Jersey (1) and Tennessee (1).

The South Florida contingent includes infielder Raymond Gil from Miami, outfielder/pitcher Alejandro Toral from Davie and infielder Mark Vientos from Pembroke Pines.

Coaches include Tommy Duenas from Miami Dade College and Javy Rodriguez from Gulliver Prep.

Follow Team USA throughout their journey on Facebook (/USABaseball), Twitter (@USABaseball15U) and Instagram (USABaseball).

Pace baseball

On a humid, cloudy July morning, workers are digging up dirt to form a pitcher’s mound, as the main baseball field on the Monsignor Edward Pace High School campus is close to finishing its renovations. Just a few hundred feet away, the Pace Spartans baseball team is in the midst of continuing its own rebuilding.

The 2013-14 team, one of the youngest in Pace history, with five freshmen starting on the varsity team and only two seniors graduating, made it all the way to being within two outs from advancing to regionals before losing the game in extra innings.

Head coach Thomas Duffin decided this summer to hold an intensive seven-week summer training camp on the Pace campus for current and incoming players, something that had not been done in previous years.

The camp has been running from Monday to Thursday since June 16 and ended Thursday. The training camp involved a combination of conditioning with weight, plyometric, agility, and speed training, along with skills-focused training such as throwing and infield programs.

While Coach Duffin has hopes to get back to the state championship and win, he also wants to see the rebuilding that began last season continue as his players keep on improving.

“Personally, I want to see the growth and level of play rise above what it was last year,” Duffin said.

Last season’s younger players have a different attitude with more maturity and better mental and physical preparation after being “baptized by fire” last season, according to Duffin. He also expects the older players who were juniors last year take a bigger leadership role as seniors.

Duffin continued: “I think there’s going to be a new attitude, a new start.”

Kendall Hammocks baseball

The Kendall Hammocks Optimist baseball program announces registrations dates and times for the fall season.

Divisions: T-Ball, 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U

Boys and girls, age 3-14, are eligible with age determined using May 1, 2014

Registration is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9, 16 and 23 at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.

Copy of birth certificate is required for age verification only, during registration. Fee is $190.

The fall season is scheduled to start Sept. 6. For information email or visit

The KHO Baseball program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization.

Our Lady of Lourdes flag football

The boys’ flag football team (6th-8th graders) from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School had an extremely successful season, finishing as All-Catholic Conference Southern Division Co-Champions, ACC Class 3A Champions and Tri-County Champions.

Members of the team included: Michael Yetter, Francis Coronado, Matthew Ramos, Douglas Hodges, Gerardo Palacios, Joshua Diaz, Sebastian Estrada, Carlos Diez, Christian Rodriguez, Matthew Gonzalez, Andy del Valle, Anakin Otero, Zach Polumbo, Drew Jacobs, Antonio Rivera, Danny Canizares and Julian Rodriguez. The coach is Allison Bustamante.

• The school’s 2013-14 Athletes of the Year were announced and honored during the 14th Annual Athletic Banquet at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Honored were Matthew Alfonso, Valerie Sanchez and Julian Rodriguez.

Kendall Hammocks flag football

A stellar season concluded with awards and championships in the flag football program, through the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and NFL Flag Football, at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122nd Ave.

Division champs

U6: Dolphins: Colton Smith, Xavier Perozo, Anthony Gonzalez, Gabriel Stevens, Julien Castillo, Jayden Gonzalez, Adrian Diaz, Ryan Ramirez, DJ McGuire. Coaches Jason Smith and Enrique Sierra.

U8-Recreational: Ravens: Andres Lopez, Devin Hickmon, Ryan Montenegro, Jayden Montenegro, Dominic Basillio, Christopher Villamil, Carlos Rivera, Roman Cossio, Victoria Merino, Grace Fraga. Coaches Eric Arredondo and Eduardo Fraga.

U8-Pro: Bears: Alexander Casanova, TJ James, KJ Dempsey, Matthew Vina, Klay Ilhardt, Magnus Mitchell, Adrian Cardero, Gabriel Fraga, Daniel Diaz, Ruben Rayneri. Coaches Pedro Casanova and Manny Fraga.

U10-Recreational: Saints: Bradley Euster, Brett Euster, Marc Quarrie, Gaby Corrales, Anthony Galardi, Nelson Ramirez, Aron Stephen, Sebastian Saez. Coaches Howard Euster and Laz Corrales.

U10-Pro: Rams: Ryan Gonzalez, Dylan Puentes, Dylan Rodriguez, Ryan Castro, Edgar Aguilar, Daniel Serralta, Mark Cohen, Javier Cifuentes, Angelo Iparraguirre. Coaches Raul Gonzalez and Roly Puentes Jr.

U12-Recreational: Eagles: Brandon Collins, Dayne Jurjo, Anthony Ogando, Noah Coronado, Jared Guell, Justin Lazo, Noah Carroddo, Scott Kirk, Marcos Belaval, Gio Valdes-Martinez. Coach John Collins.

U12-Pro: Dolphins: Succes Federic III, Brandon Puentes, Anthony Cordovi, Mikiah Frees, Tristian Diaz, Seth Robinson, Bronson Leiro, Joshua Ochoa, Christopher Garcia, Kyle Mulvey, Michael Poldo, Dominic Nelson. Coaches Succes Frederic and Roly Puentes Jr.

U14: Dolphins: Nick Watson, Ethan Blandon, Tyler Wise, Alejandro Gil, Elijah Nunez, Alejandro Diaz, Tyler Perez, Michael Regalado, Justin Macia, Christopher Prieto. Coaches Succes Frederic, Keno Dempsey and Roly Puentes Jr.

U16: Rams: Michael Cox, Jr, Shamar Monroe, Richard Armenta, Michael Lopez, Derek Gonzalez, Bazthiele Plantado, Steven Martinez. Coach Raul Gonzalez.

• MVPs: U6: Colton Smith. U8: Evan Arellano. U10: MJ Padilla. U12: Anthony Cordovi. U14: Nick Watson. U16: Shamar Monroe. Coach of the Year: Doc Serralta. Rookie Coach of the Year: Steve Gaudette.

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Miami’s Juaqin Trigeuros won the boys 16-18 age division with a 1-over 73 at event No.7 in the SFPGA Junior Challenge Tour at Plantation Preserve Golf Club in Plantation.

Plantation Preserve has been a regular stop for the South Florida PGA Junior tour over the years. Due to strong storms, the event was shortened to a one-day, 18-hole event.

Timothy Simpson of Fort Lauderdale shot a 1-under 71 to claim the overall title while Parkland native Blake Leon took home the boys 13-15 age division.

The 11-12 year old age division provided some outstanding play as usual this week. Vero Beach native Carter Dalili fired an even par 72 to take top honors for the boys division. Miami native Jake Beber-Frankel fired 1-over 73 to take third place in the division.


More than 50 children participated in tennis in a fun, noncompetitive environment, when Arcola Lakes Park hosted the Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Play Day.

Children were from programs at Gwen Cherry and North Glade parks.

“The event included different tennis stations and Tennis Skillastics, which develops hand/eye coordination and improves concentration,” USTA Florida Miami-area Tennis Program Coordinator Cathy Nordlund said in a release. “Coach Billie from Arcola Lakes Park led the activities. We ended the day with a Hit for Prizes, with each child going home with a prize.”

USTA Play Days are events designed to introduce kids to competition in a low-pressure setting where results are not documented. The events provide kids with the opportunity to continue to develop and enhance their skills. For novices and experienced players, Play Days are a welcoming way for kids to experience the social and competitive aspects of tennis.

For additional information go to:

Miami-Dade Parks:

USTA Florida Play Days and Youth Events:

USTA Florida Website:

Thunder Summer Camp

The Thunder Basketball Summer Camp is at the ThunderPlex, a 10,000 square-foot facility in Doral at 1440 NW 82nd Ave.

Thunder Basketball operates year round, and the mission is to play basketball in a recreational setting, teaching students the principles, fundamentals and basic skills.

The camp runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Aug. 15.

Sibling discounts are available. Call for pricing and availability.

Thunder has also teamed with Brain Gymnasium for complete mind and body fitness. Brain Gymnasium will offer help with summer reading and math review classes K-12.

For information, visit or


Practices for Miamibasketball Fall season begin Sept. 15 with games scheduled to begin Sept. 22. Registration is now open for the league where games are played at the Gibson & Bethel Community Center Arts & Crafts Room at the South Miami Community Center, 5800 SW 66th St. in South Miami.

The season consists of eight games plus playoffs. Individual players are welcome to register and teams can register as well.

The coaches meeting is Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. and tryouts and draft will be Sept. 11 on the outside courts. Ages 5-9 will tryout at 6:30 p.m. and ages 10-13 will tryout at 7 p.m.

Individual players are guaranteed a spot in the U7 and U9 divisions, but are not guaranteed on the U11 and older leagues.

For information, contact Eddie Vidal at or 305-439-9240; Andre Daniels at or 786-205-5198; or visit the website at

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

More events, leagues, programs


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 ; or call 786-505-5585.

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

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 information visit

Registration is open.

Email 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 or call 305 -273-1145.

Kendall Hammocks cheerleading, tackle football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors announces the registrations dates and times for the 2014 tackle football and cheerleading season in the Miami Xtreme Youth League.

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 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 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 is underway.

For added tackle information, email Kendall Hammocks Football and Optimist President Mike Pintado at or visit the web site at

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

Heads Up

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 — 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 expanded to more than 600 youth leagues in 50 states. Of these leagues, 100 were assigned a former NFL player mentor. Drayton served as a mentor to a local Heads Up League — the Tamiami Colts of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.


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

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.

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

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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 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.

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 or call David Hofman at 954-804-5600 or Ed Tisdale at 803-463-2591.

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.

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Soccer 5 Academy

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.

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


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

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

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

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

Soccer Academy of the Americas ( at Tamiami Park, 11201 SW 24th St. (786-486-3804)

Pinecrest Premier Soccer ( at Deerwood Bonita Lakes, 11511 S. Dixie Hwy. (305-255-3422).

Optimist Club of Westchester ( at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd., (786-370-4222).

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

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

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

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.

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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 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 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).