Miami-Dade County

Coconut Grove Titans win Greater Miami Pop Warner title; North Miami Beach Sundevils receive Miami Xtreme banner

The North Miami Beach Sundevils won the 14U (160 pound) Super Bowl in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.
The North Miami Beach Sundevils won the 14U (160 pound) Super Bowl in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah. Miami

Coconut Grove football

Johnathan Ford scored twice in the fourth quarter as the Coconut Grove Titans defeated the Parkland Rangers 22-8 to win the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner Junior Midget Division II Super Bowl during the Sean Taylor Classic at North Miami Athletic Stadium.

Tied at eight, Ford had two big runs (one off a broken play) to set-up his own winning 10-yard touchdown jaunt with 3:24 remaining in the game. The defense, which played well throughout, then added to the scoring.

On the ensuing possession, Coconut Grove’s Richard Cook, Cameron Daniel, William Glover Jr. and Derrick Martin combined on one sack, and Keymaree Mays, Paul Mitchell, Quinton Ware, Daniel, Glover Jr. and the Sawyer cousins (Jerrell and Rasaad) followed up with another combined sack in the end zone for a safety.

Leading 16-8, Martin recovered an on-side style kick on the free punt, which led to Ford sealing the victory on a 23-yard touchdown run.

On his scoring runs, Ford utilized key blocks from Willie Cunningham, Rasaad Sawyer and the offensive line, anchored by Martin and Ware.

With 5:11 left in the second quarter, Tijhani Brown gave the Titans a 6-0 lead with a 20-yard touchdown run off a key block by Brett Cortwright. Ford kicked the 2-pointer with Ware on the snap and Cunningham the holder, and Coconut Grove went ahead 8-0.

Parkland’s Gabriel Feliciano-Munoz opened the second half with a 50-yard kickoff return, and a few plays later, Ryan Kavanaugh scored on a run and kicked the 2-pointer to even things at eight.

The Titans (8-1) also beat Parkland (5-4) during the regular season. Their lone loss was to a Division I team.

Champs: Tijhani Brown, Jerrell Sawyer, Rasaad Sawyer, Jaedin Collier-McCray, Johnathan Ford, Travis Tillman, Michael Knight, Willie Cunningham, William Glover Jr., Corey Thornton, Lemane Williams, Paul Mitchell, Eliseo Riera-Gomez, Keymaree Mays, Marion Mays, Rasmus Wright, Cameron Daniel, D’John Hicks, Frank Gore, Isiah Middleton, Tyler Washington, Quinton Ware, Richard Cook, Roman Farrington, Brett Cortwright, Derrick Martin, Jarrett Woodley, Kama Jackson IV, Yohan Lopez, Savion Holmes, Shaun Bryant.

Runners-up: Camden Colwell, Ryan Kavanaugh, Joshua Gallagher, Hunter Brackett, Gianmarco Herrera, Patrick Petty, Kollin Stuart, Dominic Pagano, Dustin Neville, Jason Vega, Gabriel Feliciano-Munoz, Andres Feliciano-Munoz, Shane Mouhica, Michael McCambridge, Ryan Nemeth, Cole Baldocchi, Dante DelPozzo, Riley Clements, Vince Gallo, Thomas Carvajal, Gabe Gaynor.

North Miami Beach football

Daryn Jones scored the winner on a 3-yard run with 1:28 to play as the unbeaten North Miami Beach Sundevils came from behind to defeat the Ives Estates Thunder 20-13 for the 14U (160 pound) Super Bowl title in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Milander Park in Hialeah.

Tied at 13 in the fourth quarter, North Miami Beach's Charles Bossicot and Devontay Cook made a key tackle for a loss. The Sundevils took over on offense, and Cook ran 27 yards to the Ives Estates’ 9-yard line.

After a 2-yard loss, North Miami Beach took advantage of consecutive off-sides penalties which moved the ball to the Thunder 3-yard line, setting the stage for Jones, who also added the extra point run. Sebastien Fleuriot then recovered the kickoff to start the celebration for the 8-0 Sundevils.

Gael Simprevil was solid on defense for Ives Estates, helping keep the game close.

Moshe Pierre of Ives Estates recovered a fumble at the North Miami Beach 18-yard line, and a few plays later Emmanuel St. Germain scored on a 9-yard run with 6:14 remaining. Isiah Pierre Jean ran the extra point, and the Thunder led 13-6.

On the ensuing kickoff, Cook returned it 80 yards for the momentum changing touchdown, and then the extra point run by Jones evened things at 13.

Cook gave North Miami Beach a 6-0 lead with a 35-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Thunder tied the game with 1:02 left in the third quarter as Pierre Jean raced 50 yards for the score.

The Ives Estates coaches named Daryn Jones the North Miami Beach game MVP, and the Thunder’s game MVP was Emmanuel St. Germain as chosen by the North Miami Beach coaches.

North Miami Beach Sundevils: Daryn Jones, Devontay Cook, Stanley Johnson, Rachid Jacques, Charles Bossicot, Sebastian Fleuriot, Kater Edmond, Alex Israel, Kazmall Paul, Skyler Richardson, Lucson Paul, Rony Charles, Gabriel Silva, Jean Carlos Altamirano, Darryl Joachim, Rainier Prendes, Taylor Hagood.

Ives Estates Thunder: Jamir Lovett, Isiah Pierre Jean, Lenard Anderson, Moshe Pierre, Emmanuel St. Germain, Kenneth Guillaume, Haheem Saintil, Joslin Sylvestre Joslin, Jordan Reyes, Gael Simprevil, Kenny Guerrier, Billy Aristile, Eloyim Fisteac, Darrick Wallace.

East Bay Youth All-American Bowl

The East defeated the West 40-21 in the 8th Grade Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl at Naples High School.

Kenny McIntosh of Miami scored on a 1-yard run for the winning East.

“[It] was the seventh-annual Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, pitting the nation’s top youth football players against each other in an East versus West all-star format,” said Erik Richards, National Recruiting Director for the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. “The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl brings together the top youth talent in America, and we are very proud and happy to have each one of them participate and display their talents and skills on a national level.”

Under Armour All-American Game

ESPN2 will televise the 2015 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game, presented by American Family Insurance, featuring the nation’s best high school seniors against one-another, at 4 p.m. EST Friday, Jan. 2 from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

The annual all-star game allows the next generation of college players to showcase their skill set one last time before National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

Columbus football

Peter Delatour of Christopher Columbus High School was selected to the 2015 U.S. Under-19 National Team, assembled by USA Football.

The U.S. Under-19 National Team will face Team Canada at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7 at Maverick Stadium at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Delatour is a 6-0, 220-pound outside linebacker who remains undecided about a college choice. His Columbus High School team has reached the final four in the Florida Class 8A playoffs with a record of 13-1, allowing just 11 points per game. Delatour also was a member of the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team that earned the gold medal at the International Federation of American Football world championship in Kuwait.

The two-week International Bowl series will feature practices and activities for five high school-aged U.S. National Teams. The U.S. Under-18, Under-17, Under-16 and Under-15 teams will play Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The games are a collaboration of the sport’s national governing bodies in each country – USA Football and Football Canada – featuring top student-athletes in football’s greatest annual international competition.

Miami Dolphins honors

Running back Marcus Barthell of the Miami Youth Hurricanes Midgets 14U team in the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League was honored on the field at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens as the Miami Dolphins’ Youth Player of the Week, presented by Under Armour. Barthell is coached by Coach Brown.

Cornerback James Oliphant of St. Thomas Aquinas High School was honored as the Miami Dolphins’ High School Player of the Week, presented by Under Armour. Oliphant is coached by Rocco Casullo.

Chris Merritt of Christopher Columbus High School was honored as the Miami Dolphins’ High School Coach of the Week.

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick

Carolena Lopez of Miami was second in the girls’ 12-13 age group during the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Team Championships, hosted by the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Rodnika Brown of Miami was third in girls’ 10-11. Michael Arnold of Palmetto Bay was third in boys’ 8-9, and North Miami Beach’s Justin Williams was third in boys’ 6-7. Larry Jean Baptiste of Miami Gardens was fourth in boys’ 10-11.

NFL Punt, Pass & Kick, which began in 1961, is the nation’s largest grassroots sports skills competition. NFL stars, including Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Dan Marino, competed in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick program as youngsters.

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

Our Lady of Lakes basketball

The Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic School varsity boys’ basketball team won the All Catholic Conference Class 3A Championship for the first time since 2009.

The Cheetahs finished the regular season 7-1, East Division co-champions with St. Patrick’s School.

As the top seed in the Class 3A playoffs, the team had home court advantage in the semifinal game versus Our Lady of Lourdes Jaguars. By halftime, the Cheetahs were ahead by 12. They won the game 43-32. The team was led by Ulises Hernandez III (eighth grader) who had 19 points and Andres Gancedo (eighth grader) who had 10 points. The defense forced 14 turnovers.

Our Lady of the Lakes advanced to the championship game versus the St. Rose of Lima Cardinals. In the first half, the Cheetahs led 19-8, but with six minutes left in the game, the Cardinals rallied with a 19-8 run, tying the game at 27. With 10 seconds to play, Our Lady of the Lakes coaches German Garcia and Frank Perez reminded the players of their motto this year: “One Heart, One Pulse, One Team,” saying, “This is our last seconds of unity; we must be one team right now and stay together to win this game.”

Those words inspired the Cheetahs, and they won the championship when Alejandro Llano (eighth grader) and Andres Vega (eighth grader) set a pick for Ulises Hernandez III who penetrated to the right of the basket and made a winning lay-up as the buzzer sounded.

Hochberg Prep sports

The Hochberg Prep Middle School girls’ basketball team went 6-1 to win the IAL South Division Championship.

Led by Ariel Fishman, Daniela Arionsk and Emily Davidovic, the Lions were runners-up in the playoffs. They played without team captian and leading scorer Ahava Greenbaum who was sidelined with a broken finger.

#Jack Harris threw a touchdown pass to Meyer Cusnir in overtime as the Hochberg Prep fourth-grade flag football team edged Hillel 34-28 to win a championship.

Reserve defender Mikael Levin made a big defensive play in overtime to seal the championship. Zack Kaplan, Jack Harris, Max Jacobs and Jacob Shaked also scored.

#The Lions’ fifth-grade flag football team beat Sinai 12-0 for a championship.

After an amazing catch by Abie Bonkovski was negated by a penalty on fourth down, Solomon Sion scored on another stellar pass from Pablo Sagrinache for a 6-0 lead. On the game’s final play in the red zone, Sagrinache intercepted a pass at the goal-line and returned it for a touchdown to thwart a game-tying drive and seal the win.

Aryeh Bloom was outstanding on defense with multiple flag pulls, and Maxwell Hochenstein, Ari Assraf and Skye Mawardi were standouts.

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School named Ali Wolf as its Student Athlete of the Week.

Wolf, a sophomore on the girls’ varsity soccer team, was chosen for her strong performance in the Lions’ game versus Posnack, where she scored four goals.

A starter on the varsity squad since seventh grade, Wolf is having a stellar season. She is an offensive and defensive threat and a strong leader.

Miami Country Day golf

After going 5-3-1 in the regular season, the Miami Country Day School boys’ varsity golf team qualified for regionals for the 14th consecutive year.

Senior Spencer Berens, who qualified for states, led the Spartans. Seniors Lorenzo Figueroa and Matteo Moscucci improved greatly throughout the season. Newcomer Griffin Steutel, a seventh grader, surprised with his consistent play.


South Miami-Dade County (Coral Oaks Tennis Club, Pinecrest) won a Florida state title in the Men’s 7.5 Division during the 2014 USTA Florida Combo 50 & Over Sectional Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

In the finals, South Miami-Dade County (Coral Oaks Tennis Club, Pinecrest) d. Sarasota/Manatee counties (Bath & Racquet Fitness Club, Sarasota) 2-1.

No. 1 Doubles: Lane Trotter/Randy Brodsky (S/M) d. Raul Moskovitz/Carmelo Rubio 6-2, 6-4

No. 2 Doubles: Jorge Hernando/Michael Schlesinger (SMD) d. Andy Hratko/Mark Davy 6-7, 6-1, 1-0 (super-tiebreak)

No. 3 Doubles: Patricio Comparini/Manuel Fernandez (SMD) d. Todd Smith/Cliff Menezes 6-1, 6-1

Champs: Carmelo Rubio, Kenneth Pyatt, Patricio Comparini, Raul Moskovitz, Frank Rosenberg, Douglas Orth, Oscar Orihuela, Jorge Hernando, Ricardo Salgo, Javier Siu, Michael Schlesinger, Miguel Daud, Manuel Fernandez.

More events, leagues, programs

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.

Website reference

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.





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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