Miami-Dade County

Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts, North Miami Beach Sundevils, Suniland Sundevils win Miami Xtreme titles

The North Miami Beach Sundevils won the 12U (130 pound) Super Bowl of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.
The North Miami Beach Sundevils won the 12U (130 pound) Super Bowl of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.

The North Miami Beach Sundevils beat the South Kendall Gators 24-0 to win the 12U (130 pound) Super Bowl of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.

The game was closer than the score indicates as the Sundevils (11-1) pulled away with 18 points in the fourth quarter.

The opposing coaches chose the game MVP for each team. North Miami Beach selected Camron Jones, who dominated on defense with several tackles in the backfield, as the Gators game MVP. South Kendall acknowledged Sundevils quarterback Horace Atkins but gave the North Miami Beach game MVP nod to offensive and defensive lineman Ezekiel Figueroa, the only one to contain Jones.

Leading 6-0 early in the fourth quarter, North Miami Beach coaches, during a timeout, assigned Figueroa on Jones, and the move worked. On the next play, Figueroa stopped Jones, allowing Ebelson Raphael to take the handoff and race around the right side for a 37-yard touchdown and a 12-0 lead.

It didn’t take long for North Miami Beach to score again. Wesly Joseph recovered a fumble for the Sundevils on the ensuing possession, and Atkins made them pay by throwing a long pass to Edgardo San Martin who then dashed for a touchdown covering 60 yards with 8:46 remaining.

Wilkins Senexant made a big tackle on kick coverage, and Phon’te Mannings recorded a sack to help set-up the final score, an 8-yard touchdown run by Davondre Coeur.

San Martin also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Atkins to give the Sundevils a 6-0 advatange with 42 seconds left in the opening quarter. Kraig Eniste had a fumble recovery, and Raphael intercepted a pass, caught a 25-yard pass from Atkins and had a couple of pass breakups, one to help set-up his own score. Keyon Breilla defended a pass, and Patrell Nadal added a 25-yard run. Atkins had a first down run, and San Martin broke two tackles to nearly score another before halftime.

South Kendall’s Trenard Wilson intercepted a pass in the end zone in the first quarter to thwart a drive, and Andre Harvey made a key tackle to stymie a fake punt. Jones registered several solid tackles, including one on fourth down to force a change of possession.

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.

South Kendall Gators: Camron Jones, Raymond Williams, Rayshawn Williams, Trenard Wilson, Kevin Smith, Ali Skipper, Romello Gatlin, Jimel Lane, David Johnson, Marquand Tatum, Michael Batts, Raheem Nottage, Jimmie Bryant, Amarian Johnson, Alvin Kemp, Kahlil Lane, Andre Harvey, Anthony Frith, Jacob Jeudy, Cedric Sawyer, Lamond Morrison, Lloyd Willis.

Kendall Boys & Girls Club football

In a rival battle for the title, the unbeaten Kendall Boys & Girls Club Kolts edged the West Miramar Patriots 22-20 to win the 13U (145 pound) Super Bowl of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.

The Kolts (13-0) beat West Miramar in 2012 for the Super Bowl title, and the Patriots eliminated Kendall B&G last season in the semifinal en route to their championship.

With 1:41 remaining in the game, West Miramar quarterback Jonathan Cotto threw a touchdown pass to Calvin Montgomery covering 39 yards and cutting the deficit to two, 22-20. The Patriots then attempted a tying 2-point kick, but Carlos Roca blocked it, securing the Kendall B&G lead. It was Roca’s second blocked 2-point kick.

West Miramar then attempted an on-side kick, but Kalani Norris recovered it, setting up victory formation for the Kolts.

Kendall B&G took the lead in the first quarter on a Rudy Puig 1-yard touchdown run. Diego Ucros kicked the 2-pointer with Puig the snapper and Brandon McDuffey the holder, and the Kolts went ahead 8-0.

Jose Fonseca didn’t just cause and recover two fumbles for Kendall B&G, but he twice took the ball from the arms of Patriots. Montgomery later stopped the Kolts on fourth-and-three to end a threat in the red zone, but Dwayne Mason recovered a fumble for Kendall B&G. The Kolts utilized the running of Stephen Roig, Puig and Ucros and took advantage of pass interference to set-up Puig’s second 1-yard touchdown run just six seconds before halftime. Ucros kicked another 2-pointer, and the Kolts led 16-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ucros made a touchdown saving tackle at the Kendall B&G 9-yard line to end the half.

Rayne Tanega-Doster scored with 7:51 left in the third quarter for West Miramar, and Lucas Matias kicked the 2-pointer with William Manuel the holder as the Patriots made it a game, trailing 16-8.

McDuffey answered with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Roig to increase the advantage, 22-8. Midway through the fourth quarter, Cotto scrambled 56 yards for a West Miramar touchdown. Roca blocked the 2-point kick, and the Patriots needed eight points to tie. On the ensuing kickoff, Fonseca was told by coaches to help on kick coverage, and he thwarted an on-side kick attempt.

Ucros was named Kendall B&G game MVP by opposing coaches, and Cotto was chosen West Miramar game MVP by opposing coaches.

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.

West Miramar Patriots: Trenod Desrosier, Lucas Matias, Calvin Montgomery, Alex Chisholm, Leonard Cohen, Jonathan Cotto, Taylor Banks, Rayne Tanega-Doster, Vincent Evans, William Manuel, Jaylin Norman, Destin Polk, Jabril Muhammed, Dimitrie Lewis, Devin Wesley, Menelek Denis, Anwar Maroun, Marc Christie, Javier Rosello, Angel Cepero, Justyn Scott, Willy Rimpel, Michael Ninomiya, Rohldy Saintime-Beauvais, Reece Ellis, Willie Webb Jr., Ronaldo Sigers, Tyler Milord.

Suniland football

The Suniland Sundevils capped off a perfect season at 13-0 by beating the South Miami Grey Ghosts 31-7 in the 10U Super Bowl of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.

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.

South Miami football

The West Miramar Patriots beat the South Miami Grey Ghosts 21-12 to win the Pee Wees Super Bowl of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.

Decari Milton received the West Miramar game MVP trophy as voted by the South Miami coaches. Milton scored all the points for the Patriots. He had three touchdown runs and three extra point runs. He also excelled on defense.

Zacuras Dawson was awarded the South Miami game MVP trophy as voted by the West Miramar coaches. Dawson scored all of his team’s points with two touchdown runs. He also made multiple tackles and recovered a fumble.

Dawson and Milton played multiple positions (offense, defense, special teams) throughout the game.

The Patriots improved to 11-1. South Miami ended its season at 10-3.

West Miramar Patriots: Alexander Gammage, Kered Brown, Jaden Dunn, Decari Milton, Kai Moore, Erek Brown, Tyler Felton, Marquis Milbrook, Georell Mullings, Curtiss Brown, Jayden Mendez, Lorenzo Johnson, Basil Proctor, Maverick Slowley, Tristan Carriel, Ryan Isaiah Smithet, Cayden Guillaume, Landon DiCaprio, Nicholas Hatzis.

South Miami Grey Ghosts: Zacuras Dawson, Julian Fernandez, Dymanee Crawford, Jakhari Hamm, Mason Cure, Jeremiah Daniels, Corey Ammons, Sir Dreveon Cody, Jerome Warren, Nate Merrell, Robert Quick, Zion Fairchild, Zuberi Graham, Demetrius Capers.

Mo Steel Football

Mo Steel Football, based at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach and winner of an NFL record eight national championships in its 15-year history, won three divisions at the annual Air It Out Flag Football Tournament at Tamiami Park.

The champs are: Juniors (10U) Levi Gans, Jonthan Bacal, Avi Lalo, Marc Wendrow, Eli Silverman, Mekhi Smith, Carlos Romano, Abie Klainbaum, Steven Friedman, Allan Strimber and Andres Ruah.

Seniors (12U) Tyler Gale, Johnny Fishman, Aaron Felder, Tywan Cash, Robert Behar, Hakeem Sturrup, Ryan Mendelson, Tyronn Streeter and Presley Pomeranc.

Vets (14U) Mateo Marcato, David Egozi, Will Poses, Josh Silverman, Matthew Kaye, David Ezekiel, Zack Gervais, Bailey Finkelberg and Nate Griffiths.

Mo Steel Football is a 10-month program. Teams play more than 70 games a year in national and international games against the highest level teams. If interested, contact Head Coach Yossi Behar at or Athletic Director David Fried at

Eastbay Player of Year nominee

The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Selection Committee has narrowed down its list of nominees to five finalists for the prestigious 2014 General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award.

James Cook, a running back from Miami is one of the nominees. He is the No.1 ranked player in the country by Youth1. Cook helped lead the South Florida 7th grade team to a FBU National Championship as a two-way standout last year. National Championships run in the family as his brother, Dalvin Cook, a Florida State University freshman running back, won the National High School Championship in 2013 with Booker T. Washington High School.

The General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award is given to the Nation’s most outstanding youth football player.

General Dennis D. Cavin, one of the instrumental persons in the creation of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has been a longtime supporter of developing young men through the game of football. The General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award will be recognized at the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl in Naples. The winner will be presented with a trophy at the FBU National Championship desk at Naples High School.

“The nominated players exhibit exemplary direction as they transition from their youth football careers to high school. Their proven leadership defines the Dennis D. Cavin award. The character traits General Cavin displayed throughout his career are a proven guide for these young men to continue,” said Erik Richards, national recruiting director.

Past years recipients include Plantation-American Heritage grad Sony Michel from the University of Georgia, Shane Simmons committed to Penn State University, and Dylan Moses committed to LSU.


Sofia Sewing, 15, of Doral became the first player to win back-to-back 14s and 16s titles in consecutive years at the Eddie Herr Junior Tennis Championships in Bradenton.

Sewing defeated California’s Dominique Schaefer 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) for the girls’ 16s singles title.

The previous day, Sewing teamed with Schaefer to win the girls’ 16s doubles title. They were the tops seeds, beating unseeded Ally Bojczuk of Tennessee and Madeline Meredith of Alabama 6-4, 6-2.

Sewing trains with coach Robert Gomez at the Metropolia Tier One Academy in Coral Gables.

The annual Eddie Herr tournament features top junior players in age groups 12-18.

Miami Country Day swimming

The Miami Country Day School girls’ varsity swim team (6-3) finished second of 12 teams at the district tournament, and the Spartans’ boys’ team (6-3) placed fourth of 12 teams.

Nine individuals and four relay teams qualified for regionals.

The Spartans’ girls were led by seniors Dani Saad and Jackie Lash. The up-n-coming boys’ squad was led by seniors David Franco and Marco Cartolano.

Qualifying for states was the girls’ 200 medley relay team (Amelia Gregorio, Emma Rodriguez, Gabriella Marchesani, Madisyn Jones). Rodriguez also advanced to states in the 100 breaststroke.

Palmer Trinity sports

Palmer Trinity School Athletes of the Week

Gus Deribeaux, a junior varsity boys’ basketball player, scored 19 points and made six steals in the Falcons’ 87-42 win over Westwood Christian.

Vicky Rosales, a varsity girls’ soccer player, scored three goals in Palmer Trinity’s 8-0 district win over SLAM Academy.

Keenan Rodriguez, a varsity boys’ soccer player, had three goals in Palmer Trinity’s 8-0 win over Hebrew Academy.

About Palmer Trinity School: 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 To follow Palmer Trinity School on Facebook, click here.

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School named Ian Stern and Sami Lieberman as its Student-Athletes of the Week.

Stern, a sophomore, is the reserve keeper on the boys’ varsity soccer team. He had a strong performance during a road game against Palmer Trinity, making 10 saves to help the Lions record a tie.

Lieberman, a senior, is captain of the girls’ varsity basketball team. She has displayed sound leadership on and off the court. She is very motivated, reflective through her role as team captain and her performance in each game and practice. Against (Miramar) Somerset Academy, Lieberman led the Lions with 21 points.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Alyson Rodriguez (soccer) scored four goals in wins against Cushman and Jacobson Sinai.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Reggie Luis (basketball) combined for 32 points, 14 assists and 11 steals in games against Ransom Everglades, St. Rose of Lima and Riviera Prep.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Laurel Ivory (soccer) had seven goals in wins against Hillel, Archbishop Curley and Boca Christian.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Ryan Gomez (basketball) combined for 26 points and nine rebounds in wins against Hillel and Ransom Everglades.

Westwood Christian sports

Shelby Osceola is the Player of the Month for Westwood Christian High School. A sophomore who starts on the boys’ varsity basketball team, he currently has a 2.7 GPA. His attitude and desire have been a huge Blessing to the team and school.

Michael-Ann Russell JCC soccer

Agustin Kohen scored four goals for the Michael-Ann Russell JCC/FBS U11 soccer team in a 9-2 win over Juventus to remain in first place in Miami-Dade County.


More events, leagues, programs


Young sailors from around the globe will converge on South Florida for the 69th annual Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta.

The four-day event from Dec. 26-30 occurs on Biscayne Bay and is the largest youth regatta in America, attracting more than 675 competitors from 27 states and 23 countries. One of the largest dinghy regattas for sailors, age 8-18, in the world, the OBIYR is at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove, with support from the U.S. Sailing Center Miami, Lauderdale Yacht Club, and Shake-A-Leg Miami.

The event, a staple in South Florida for almost seven decades, attracts more than 200 volunteers from around the community.

“Coral Reef Yacht Club is proud to be involved in this premier event, which provides up-and-coming sailors with an opportunity to race competitively and become more active within the sailing community,” said OBIYR Chair Lori Harvey. “Besides the excitement of the regatta, more than half of the sailors and their families come from outside of South Florida and spend an average of 5-6 nights here, which helps support our local economy in the form of hotel nights, food, transportation, and retail sales.”

There are currently four high schools in Miami-Dade County that have active sailing programs: Ransom Everglades, Gulliver Preparatory, Coral Gables Senior High, Westminster Christian School. Many of these high school sailors will compete in the OBIYR, giving them exposure to some of the top sailing coaches from around the country.

The four days of competition feature several types of vessels: Optimists, Lasers (Full, Radial, and 4.7), and Club 420s. This year’s regatta has already reached its cap in all three categories, and fleets are being put on a wait list. Platinum sponsors for the event include: the Orange Bowl Committee, McLaughlin, Sperry Top-Sider, KO Sailing, and Gill. Awards are distributed to the top sailors in each vessel category by government officials, Orange Bowl Committee leaders and Olympians including Magnus Liljedahl, a former U.S gold medalist who will be presenting this year’s Magnus Liljedahl Sportsmanship Award. In addition, this year’s top local Opti sailor will be presented with a trophy sponsored by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District.

Staging for the four-day regatta will occur at several locations including the CRYC, U.S. Sailing Center Miami and Shake-A-Leg Miami. For information or a daily schedule of events, visit or call 305-781-5177.

NFL Football Matters

The National Football Foundation announced the launch of, 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. “ 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. 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.





Orange Bowl shoe drive

The Orange Bowl announced the launch of its annual Kicks For Kids Program, in partnership with In Jacob’s Shoes, a local charity that provides new and gently used shoes, school supplies and athletic shoes and equipment to economically disadvantaged youth.

The organization will once again challenge schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties to collect shoes. In addition, the Orange Bowl is partnering with Baptist Health South Florida to use its facilities as community collection sites. Anyone can drop off a pair of new or gently used athletic shoes in the Kicks For Kids boxes at participating Miami-Dade or Broward County Baptist Health Urgent Care Centers or Baptist Health Medical Plazas. TD Bank is also an associate sponsor of this year’s Kicks for Kids Program.

The Orange Bowl and Baptist Health are hosting a photo challenge, where people can post pictures of themselves donating shoes at the Baptist Health collection sites for a chance to win a VIP experience for two at the 2014 MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic featuring game tickets and behind-the-scenes access. To participate, donors are encouraged to use the hastag #Kicks4KidsChallenge tagging @BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and, nominate their family and friends to take the challenge.

For the school challenge, six schools – three schools from Miami-Dade and three from Broward County – will have the opportunity to win up to $1,500. Participating schools from across both counties are asked to collect new or gently used athletic shoes and cleats throughout the month of November. The top collectors from Miami-Dade and Broward counties will each receive a $1,500 grant from the Orange Bowl, with the second and third finishers receiving $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Last year, the Orange Bowl collected more than 4,000 shoes, the majority from the School Challenge. This year, the Orange Bowl’s goal is to collect 5,000 pairs for South Florida youth.

“The South Florida community’s response to the Orange Bowl’s Kicks for Kids program has been very gratifying,” said Orange Bowl CEO Eric Poms. “Because of their contributions, we have exceeded our own goals in each of the first three years. We can’t wait to see the results of this year’s challenge.”

For a list of participating collection sites,


Other businesses and individuals are also encouraged to participate.

If you or your business would like to collect or provide shoes or make a monetary donation to the program, contact Melissa Klein at

The Orange Bowl is a 360-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community.

The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31, 2014. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships.

For information on the 2014-15 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread,

log on to

In Jacob’s Shoes is a 501(c)3 Charity and was formed in 2009 in loving memory of Jacob S. Zweig. In Jacob’s Shoes provides new and gently used shoes, school supplies and athletic gear to children in need as well as grants for camp, athletic and enrichment programs.

Since inception, In Jacob’s Shoes has served more than 80 agencies, schools and shelters and provided 23,000+ pairs of shoes and 2,500 backpacks with school supplies for children living in shelters, foster care and poverty in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

For information, including volunteer opportunities,

visit or

Football camp

Miami speed and agility training company, Training Farm, announces its first charity venture; a free football skills and performance clinic hosted by NFL player and former University of Miami standout DeMarcus Van Dyke for athletes, grades 8-12.

The event is 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3 at Ives Estates Park, 20901 NE 16 Ave., Miami, 33179. Multiple football skills, agility and strategies will be taught by Tony Fulton, one of the nation’s top speed and agility coaches; formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Music by DJ Scoobz. WSVN-Ch.7’s Donovan Campbell will emcee. There is food, fun and of course football. Register on Eventbrite, via email at or contact Cedric Dawkins at 305-804-4287 or PJ Augustine at 305-333-5329.

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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.

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


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.

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

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.


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

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 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.


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

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.



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.

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).

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