Miami-Dade County

Youth Sports: Locals win International Federation American Football Flag Football World Championship in Italy

International acclaim: Miami-Dade County’s Rolando Reyes, Jorge Cascudo, Justin Romano, Eric Sicre, Johnathan Cruz, Carlos Jaime, Jason Masters and Manny Sanabia, representing the United States, won the International Federation American Football Flag Football World Championships in Rome, Italy.
International acclaim: Miami-Dade County’s Rolando Reyes, Jorge Cascudo, Justin Romano, Eric Sicre, Johnathan Cruz, Carlos Jaime, Jason Masters and Manny Sanabia, representing the United States, won the International Federation American Football Flag Football World Championships in Rome, Italy.

Eight young men from South Florida flew to Rome, Italy, representing the United States in the International Federation American Football Flag Football World Championships, and they returned to Miami-Dade County with the gold medal.

The Americans went undefeated, capped off by beating Mexico 40-14 in the finals. Also participating included teams from Denmark, Italy, Kuwait, Panama, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden.

The champs are Rolando Reyes, Jorge Cascudo, Justin Romano, Eric Sicre, Johnathan Cruz, Carlos Jaime, Jason Masters and Manny Sanabia.

Mo Steel flag football

The Mo Steel Flag Football 10U and 14U teams from the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center won NFL Regional Championships in New Orleans.

The Mo Steel Juniors (10-under) went 6-0, and the Mo Steel Vets (14-under) went 5-0. Each team dominated the competition, qualifying for the NFL National Championships in February in Arizona.

The Mo Steel Juniors are Jonthan Bacal, Steven Friedman, Levi Gans, Abie Klainbaum, Avi Lalo, Carlos Romano, Andres Ruah, Eli Silverman, Mekhi Smith, Allan Strimber, Marc Wendrow, Head Coach Yossi Behar and Assistant Coach Hector Clavijo.

The Mo Steel Vets are David Egozi, David Ezekiel, Bailey Finkelberg, Zack Gervais, Nate Griffiths, Matthew Kaye, Mateo Marcato, Will Poses, Josh Silverman, Head Coach Yossi Behar and Team Manager Dave Kaye.

The Mo Steel Seniors (12-under) reached the finals in regionals. They will attempt to qualify for the national championships by winning at another regional within the next three months.

Mo Steel Football is now in its 15th season, winning eight NFL National Championships along with two world championships. The program has also traveled around the globe competing internationally. In March, the 14U team will travel to Brazil.

If interested in trying out for a spot in this award winning program, contact Head Coach Yossi Behar at josephb@marjcc.org or 305-498-7395.

Kendall Hammocks football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors 100s finished the regular season at 9-1 with a come-from-behind victory over Hialeah 20-18 in Miami Xtreme Youth Football.

On fourth-and-nine in the fourth quarter, Bryan Jacobson threw a winning 1-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Puentes. Earlier, Sebastian Borges had a 39-yard touchdown run, and Trend Damon scored on a 56-yard kickoff return.

The Warriors, the second seed in the 100-pound division, advanced to the first round of the playoffs.

In one of the most exciting games of the season, the Kendall Hammocks Pee Wee defeated South Miami 23-18.

The Warriors defense recorded two safeties. On offense, Angel Orozco scored two touchdowns, and Aiden Rodriguez scored once. The Pee Wees (6-4) advanced to the first round of the playoffs.

The Kendall Hammocks 85s ended the regular season with a 25-0 victory over the Homestead Knights. Ryan Castro, Shawn James and Tyler James scored with Keno Dempsey adding a defensive touchdown. The 85s finished the regular season 6-4.

The Kendall Hammocks 115s capped off the regular season with a 27-15 victory over the Homestead Knights.

Rodney Wimberly scored the Warriors first touchdown in the second quarter to take a 7-6 halftime lead. Corneback Auston Wise interception set up a Dominck Nelson 15-yard touchdown run. Dominick Neslon threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Wimberly to complete the scoring.

Other scores: 130s: Hialeah 25, Kendall Hammocks 0. 145s: Kendall Hammocks 26, Homestead 12.

Miami Dolphins honors

The William T. Dwyer High School football team ran out of the tunnel in pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during the Miami Dolphins home game against the Green Bay Packers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The high school is one of the only teams in the area that has pink jerseys that represent breast cancer awareness, and the team has been honoring survivors and supporting the cause by wearing them.

Amari Daniels, 11, of the Miami Gardens Vikings in the Florida Youth Football League was honored on the field by the Dolphins as the Youth Player of the Week, presented by Under Armour.

Wide receiver Allex Davis of Monarch High School was honored on the field by the Dolphins as the High School Player of the Week, presented by Under Armour. Jack Daniels of William T. Dwyer High School was honored on the field by the Dolphins as the High School Coach of the Week.

Pinecrest soccer

Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club celebrated its opening day kick-off event at Evelyn Greer Park thanks to the generous support of sponsors like TotalBank and other local businesses. Families enjoyed refreshments, activities, a special appearance by the Fort Lauderdale Strikers soccer team, and an afternoon filled with soccer games.

“Opening day at Evelyn Greer Park was a great way to start the fall session,” said Renato Salazar, president of Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club and senior vice president at TotalBank. “The event brought together families and sponsors like us for a day of fun and soccer.”

More than 1,375 children enrolled in the program, as young as 4-years-old, participated in matches throughout the day.

Pinecrest Premier’s recreation program for boys and girls, age 4-10, is the developmental arm of PPSC and was created for children to have fun while learning good sportsmanship, acquiring knowledge of the game and improving skills.

Carrollton golf

Freshman golfer Tanya Eathakotti won medalist honors while helping the Carrollton School girls’ varsity golf team finish second at the Florida High School Athletic Association District 24 Class 1A Championships at the Biltmore Golf Club in Coral Gables.

Eathakotti shot 73 for top individual honors. Gaby Delgado fired 87, and Charlotte Stott scored 88. Andy Delgado was at 97 and Irene Labarta 122.

Eathakotti is a seasoned competitor who joined the school’s varsity team as a sixth grader and has already competed in two FHSAA Class 1A State Finals. Previously, she won the second flight of the Crutchfield Hawkins Invitational in Sebring. Carrollton’s golf team was runner-up in its division at that event.

At the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Invitational at the Palmetto Golf Course, Eathakotti was third and the team second.

Terra golf

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Invernizzi is having a good season for the Terra High School boys’ varsity golf team.

The junior qualified for regionals by placing third with an 81 at districts at Redlands Golf Club.

Prior, Invernizzi was fifth with a 77 at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair Tournament on the Palmetto Golf Course and finished fourth with a 77 at the GMAC Tournament at the Redlands Golf Club.

Invernizzi, 16, is in his third season with the Terra boys’ varsity golf team, making it as a freshman. Playing golf four years, he also competes on the South Florida PGA Junior Tour.

Barry golf

Doral’s Nico Cavero tied for 32 at 14-over 230 to help the Barry University men’s golf team finish fifth at the Otter Invitational, hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay in Seaside, Calif.

Cavero shot 77 in the final round. A junior, he a is a Ronald Reagan High School graduate.

Highland Oaks cross-country

The Highland Oaks Middle School JV girls’ cross-country team bested 13 teams to win the Jr. Orange Bowl Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park.

Anissa Lespinase-Casimir led the way by outrunning 118 girls on the 2.1-mile course in a personal best 15 minutes 14 seconds. She is the third runner in H.O.M. history to win a cross-country race.

Vashti Claybrook (15:30) was third, and Destiny Desrivieres (16:21) placed seventh. Kayla Yuengling (17:23) finished 29, and Shannon Laguerre (17:59) was 37 to round out the scoring. JV girls setting personal bests were Giuliana Moreno (19:20), Brianna Easy (19:21) and Alyssa Acosta (20:33). Jamie Galo (18:53) ran for the varsity girls, finishing 67 of 127 runners.

The JV boys’ top runner was Markus Bermudez (14:55), who was 29 of 175 competitors. JV boys’ runners setting personal best times were Jason Pifferrer (15:47), Jaharee Hall (18:44), Kevin Castor (18:50), and Francesco Rignanese (20:13). Kevin Cam ran a personal best 16:09, running for the varsity boys to place 93 of 163.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Sabrina Cabarcos (golf) helped lead her team as a seventh grader to its first district championship in 30 years.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Matt Allen (cross-country) won the Junior Varsity race at the Westminster Academy Invitational and finished sixth at the South Florida Middle School Championships.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Megan Tate (golf) helped lead her team as a senior to its first district championship in 30 years.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Demetri Spiliotis (swimming) won the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly in the Spartans’ tri-meet win against Pace and St. Brendan.

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School Student-Athlete of the Week

Scheck Hillel Community School named Lauren Rub as its Student-Athlete of the Week.

Rub, a freshman, is a member of Scheck Hillel’s girls’ varsity volleyball team. She has been such an asset throughout the season. In the Lions’ season finale against David Posnack Jewish Day School, Rub set-up senior teammate Nikki Scheck on the match winning kill. Rub, a competitive and intense player, is always using her skills to make key plays.

Tennis

Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School in Miami received national USTA Facility Funding in September for tennis court restorations or improvements.

The school received $5,000 in USTA Facility Funding for six benches and aluminum bleachers to complete the resurfacing project of five existing 78-foot tennis courts.

“A goal of the USTA Facility Funding grant is to provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments,” says USTA Senior Director, Market Development & Collegiate Tennis, Virgil Christian. “The essence of this initiative is to assist communities, leveraging their tennis facilities to promote lifelong healthy activity, and to improve their programming by advancing the latest tennis innovations for all program types.”

For information go to www.usta.com.

For information on USTA national grants go to

www.usta.com/About-USTA/USTA-Awards/grants.

For information on USTA Florida Section grants go to

www.ustafloridafoundation.com/apply-for-grant.

More tennis

Tennis and NFL football will converge on Nov. 2 at the Miami Dolphins game at Sun Life Stadium where USTA Florida will offer free tennis to all football fans prior to the game.

Mini-tennis courts will be set up at the Joe Robbie Tailgating Entrance where families and individuals can rally with the USTA Youth Tennis format of play for young children, featuring smaller nets and court sizes, lower-bouncing balls and age-appropriate racquets.

USTA Florida members and tennis fans are encouraged to visit the USTA Florida booth and have a hit on the courts prior to the game.

The event is free and part of the Hispanic outreach initiative 'Tenis para Todos' (Tennis for Everyone) designed to increase tennis participation in the Hispanic community.

The mini-courts will open at 9 a.m. and be available through the opening kick-off of the game against the San Diego Chargers.

For information contact USTA Florida Diversity & Marketing Coordinator Maria Romo-Jackson (Spanish) at romo@florida.usta.com, or USTA Florida Director of Marketing & Membership Laura Bowen at bowen@florida.usta.com.

ZooMiami 5K

Zoo Miami will host a 5K race. The Zoological Society of Florida and West Kendall Baptist Hospital have partnered to offer two fun, wild events on Nov. 16.

Unlike other 5Ks and walks at the zoo, this event will offer benefits that only the team at the zoo can offer, running through the Zoo Miami exhibit path and bringing back memories of the renowned Jungle Jog run that started 31 years ago and ended in 2002.

The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K, which sold out in its inaugural year, is for folks of every speed – from cheetah to tortoise – so no matter your pace, come out for fun and exercise. This 3.1-mile timed race is walker-friendly and will occur around the entire zoo.

The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash is a race for kids, age 2-9. This race will include a range of distances from 100 to 525 meters and opportunities to interact with Gigi, Kaz and Pio – the popular Zoo Squad mascots.

“We are pleased to team up with West Kendall Baptist Hospital again to bring back the excitement of 5K running at the zoo,” said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami Communications and Media Relations Director. “With 2,000 race registrants already, we know that children and families want to be at Zoo Miami to experience this amazing park. Come take a walk [or run] on the wild side.”

Michelle Mejia, AVP at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, added: “West Kendall Baptist Hospital is thrilled to partner with Zoo Miami in hosting this 5K race. This event is an extension of our three year partnership focused on the health of our environment and our community. With the Healthy Zoo, Healthy You initiative, part of the Healthy West Kendall coalition, we hope to inspire our community to make healthy living a priority. What better way than to get outdoors and run with the animals.”

The Tommy Hilfiger ZooRun5K pre-sale price of $30 is valid through Oct. 28 and increases to $35 from Oct. 29 through Nov. 15. Registration fees will increase to $45 on race day. The Kidz Medical Services ZooKidsDash pre-sale price of $10 is valid through Nov. 15 and increases to $17 on the day of the race.

An additional processing fee will be added per transaction. The first 4,000 5K and 1,000 Kids Dash registrants will receive free admission to Zoo Miami, a premium T-shirt, themed finisher medal, post race food and a race unlike any in South Florida. As if all of this weren’t enough, race registrants can purchase Zoo Miami tickets for friends and family with a 50 percent discount on race day.

To register, visit http://zoomiami.org/run.

Zoo Miami is at 12400 SW 152 St., Miami, 33177. General zoo admission is $15.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (3-12), plus tax. Children under two and zoo members enter free; parking is free. Zoo Miami’s hours are 9:30 am -5:30 pm; ticket booths close at 4 p.m.

For information, visit www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251-0400.

More events, leagues, programs

Soccer

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, as host of Miami-Dade County’s year round Mayor’s Cup Youth Sports Championship Series fostering sports development activities for local youth, announces sponsorship, partnership and volunteer opportunities for the popular Miami Soccer Festival returning to Kendall Soccer Park, Nov. 1-2.

This is the fourth year for this two-day signature event, which features consecutive FYSA-sanctioned tournaments for boys and girls, age 12 and younger, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and free admission for spectators. More than 2,000 people of all ages are expected to watch the tournaments and enjoy the festivities that include entertainment, music, food vendors, a soccer retail village, soccer tricks, juggling demonstrations.

As a father, grandfather and lifetime advocate of the long-term health benefits of regular exercise for children, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez knows first-hand the esteemed values developed from continuous involvement in athletics.

“The Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series allows our youth to learn the value of how working together can build character through organized sporting events,” Mayor Gimenez said in a release. “These lessons on the field, the resilience and leadership skills, combined with teamwork can then be used off the field for future success in life. This is why I ask local businesses and organizations to join us in our commitment to make youth sports available for all children in our community.”

Teams will participate in three elimination games – two on Nov. 1 and one Nov. 2. The finals will follow. Team registration costs are between $70 for younger teams (U5) and $170 for older teams (U12).

For information on the Miami Soccer Festival, visit www.miamisoccerfestival.org

or contact Scott Georgeson at 305-965-9855 or scott.georgeson@soccer5usa.com.

To become a sponsor, partner or volunteer, contact Alan Georgeson at 305-393-5230 or

alan.georgeson@constructive4.com.

Suniland basketball

Suniland Optimist Club Fall Basketball is for boys and girls, age 6-16. Under new management, registration is open now thru Nov. 1. Fee is $160 for the season that runs thru January.

Games will be played on weekdays and weekends. Full teams or individual players can sign up. Registration every weekday during the day at the Park Office or every weeknight from 6-8 p.m. at the Optimist Office at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest.

For information contact the Basketball Commissioner Sammy Hernandez at 786-203-8671 or e-mail sammysfullcourtprep@gmail.com or Club President Jose A. Regalado at 305-458-1966 or e-mail josearegalado@att.net.

Visit www.sunilandsundevils.org

Suniland flag football

Suniland Optimist Club Sundevils Fall NFL Flag Football is for boys and girls, for age 5-15. Under new management, registration is open now until Nov. 1. Fee is $125 for the season that runs thru December.

There is a 10-game season, and all teams make the playoffs in Recreational and Top Gun divisions. Full Teams or individual players can sign up. All games and practices are at Suniland Park. Registration every weeknight from 6-8 p.m. at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest.

For information contact Flag Football Commissioner Ken Hanna at 305-992-2991 or by e-mail at kenhanna412@gmail.com or Club President Jose A. Regalado at 305-458-1966 or by e-mail josearegalado@att.net.

Visit www.sunilandsundevils.org.

Kendall Hammocks baseball

The Kendall Hammocks Optimist Baseball program announces the registrations dates and times for the Spring season.

For registration, a copy of the birth certificate is required for new players and is for age verification only

Space will be limited in divisions 6U Coach Pitch, 8U Coach Pitch, 10U, 12U, 14U.

Register (in person) 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave., 33186.

Fee: $190 with uniforms and $160 without uniforms.

Opening Day is Jan. 10.

For added information email khobaseball@aol.com or visit www.khobaseball.org

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

North Miami Beach baseball

North Miami Beach Little League baseball registration for girls and boys, age 4-14, is 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at Ives Estates Park.

For info and to register www.NMBLL.org.

Senior Games

Amateur athletes, age 50 and older, can register for the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships which are Dec. 6-14 in Lee County and Cape Coral.

Visit https://events.clearthunder.com/FSG2014 to register.

The event is a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, Minn. in the summer 2015.

Entry fees begin at $11 per event and vary by sport. Sports with multiple events carry additional charges per event. Team sports have a team entry fee. The deadline for online registration is Nov. 21.

The state championships feature 24 sports and events over nine days of competition. Some sports and events require a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games to participate at the state championships. Those sports include; 3-on-3 basketball, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis and track & field.

Sports that are open to all athletes without a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games include archery, bag toss, billiards, bocce, croquet, fencing, powerlifting, power walk, race walk, racquetball, road race (5K and 10K) and volleyball.

For information about the 2014 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships, visit

www.flasports.com or call toll-free 1-866-FLGAMES (354-2637).

Football

The FBU National Championship kicks off Dec. 6 at 16 venues across America, with the winners advancing to round 2 on Dec. 7.

The structure of the Football University National Championship is a combination of the Little League World Series and the NCAA March Madness. The single-elimination tournament, features 192-region-based teams (64-teams in each age bracket – 6th, 7th and 8th grade) comprised of the top 30 all-star athletes from their area who had to try out to earn a roster spot.

The first four rounds will occur at regional sites, with the semifinals and championship weekend Dec. 20-21 in Naples for the final four teams in each age bracket.

Miami-Dade County youth athletes have been given the extraordinary honor of participating in the tournament beginning Dec. 6. Sixth graders, seventh graders, and eighth graders were selected to play for the FBU Miami-Dade County Team in each of their grade levels. Each team, comprised of top football players from through the county, will be competing in full contact football games with the ultimate goal of advancing to the championship in Naples.

The Miami-Dade County team, led by State Director Damian Sosa, will begin the tournament on Dec. 6 in West Palm Beach.

This year’s tournament marks the fourth year of the biggest youth football event to date, with 192 teams nationwide, including more than 250 games, 6,000 athletes and 1,200 coaches. The tournament will showcase 250 games through a three-week period, resulting in more than 1,000 hours of play.

Visit www.fbunc.com

Football

The fifth annual National Bowl, featuring some of the best FCS (NCAA Division I-AA) players in the country, is Dec 5-7 at Florida International University at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium in Miami.

Representatives from 10 Nteams attended in 2013, and NFilms distributed game film to teams. Fifteen players in the past two years participated in Ncamps, seven in 2013.

NATIONALBOWL.ORG

FCSBOWL.COM

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 — 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.

Park upgrade

The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department and Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr., announce the completion of new amenities at the 20-acre Norman and Jean Reach Park, 7901 NW 176 St., Miami.

The improvements include a new six-foot perimeter asphalt walkway with wayside shaded benches, expanded concrete patio space around the recreation center and concession building, and a new portable bleacher.

Miami-Dade County and The School Board of Miami-Dade County have entered into agreements to provide for the joint use of their respectively owned public properties for recreational purposes. Palm Springs North Elementary School is adjacent to the park, and the walking path will be built on both properties to provide a safe route for walking activities. This project was made possible with the assistance of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, the School Board and the School Board Chair, Perla Taberas Hantman, District 4, where Palm Springs North Elementary School is located.

“Amenities such as these will provide residents and visitors with more opportunities to enjoy nature and recreation at Norman and Jean Reach Park,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I want to thank the Parks Department for its great work in helping us build a healthier and more livable community.”

Commissioner Bovo said: “I am very pleased to see this completed development at Norman and Jean Reach Park. I highly encourage neighbors to come out for a walk in the park and to take full advantage of these improved recreational spaces.”

Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys added: “Norman and Jean Reach Park offers active recreation for people of all ages. These new amenities have enhanced this beautiful park and all that it has to offer.”

Miami-Dade County Parks completed this project together with Sagua Construction Inc. Funding of $154,000 was provided by the Quality Neighborhood Improvement Program (QNIP), Capital Outlay Reserve Funds (CORF), Impact Fees, and the Miami-Dade County District 13 Commission Office.

Norman and Jean Reach Park also contains two-lighted basketball courts, four-lighted softball fields, two-tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a picnic shelter.

For directions and information about the recreational facilities and programs offered at this park

visit www.miamidade.gov or call 305-823-2414.

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.

ThunderPlex

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 www.jointhunder.com ; contact@jointhunder.com or call 786-505-5585.

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

Thunder basketball

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 contact@jointhunder.com 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 Tamiamibasketball@gmail.com or call 305 -273-1145.

Tennis

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, 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 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 tours@marlins.com. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows on Felo Ramirez Drive (Northwest Sixth Street between 14th and 15th avenues) and are for the time and date specified.

Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable.

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 www.hofball.net 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.

Visit www.miamirugbykids.com.

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.

For more information or to register, visit www.miamisoccer5.com.

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.

Visit www.rebelleathletics.com.

Jai-Alai

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 admanUSA@aol.com or call Brucio 786-629-5428. The American Amateur Jai-Alai Academy is a not-for-profit organization.

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).

Be honored at Miami Heat game

The Miami Herald and the three-time world champion Miami Heat in partnership with Gatorade are sponsoring the Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player spotlight in Sunday’s youth sports pages in the Neighbors Sunday print section of the Miami Herald and online at http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth-sports/.

Youth league coaches, team reps, school coaches, administrators, teachers or family members can nominate any South Florida recreational, travel league, elementary school, middle school or junior varsity basketball player from fall, winter, spring or summer seasons who displays sportsmanship and good grades or shows improvement in the classroom.

Include school, grade level and grades or interim report. Each selected academic team player will receive a certificate of achievement, a Heat gift pack, two Heat tickets and will be recognized on the court. Plan accordingly as there are three designated ceremony dates during the regular season, and no make-up dates.

To nominate a Team Player, e-mail (Jim) jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 954-538-7153. Winners will be selected by random drawing from nominees who meet the above requirements.

Be sure to include a contact telephone number and complete mailing address in your correspondence and mail or e-mail a photograph to us. For Heat ticket information, call 786-777-HEAT and log on to HEAT.com.

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