Miami-Dade County

Gwen Cherry Bulls, Tamiami Colts win Pop Warner football national titles

Xavier McElliott helped the Gwen Cherry Bulls (age 8-10) beat the North Philly Aztecs (Pa.) 24-7 to win the Division I Junior Pee Wee National Championship during the 58th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista.
Xavier McElliott helped the Gwen Cherry Bulls (age 8-10) beat the North Philly Aztecs (Pa.) 24-7 to win the Division I Junior Pee Wee National Championship during the 58th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. Gerardo Mora

The Gwen Cherry Bulls (age 8-10) won the Division I Junior Pee Wee National Championship during the 58th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista.

In the finals, the Bulls defeated the North Philly Aztecs (Pa.) 24-7.

Trailing 7-6 in the third quarter, Gwen Cherry’s Marvin Daniels III ran 29 yards to set-up quarterback Zion Turner’s go-ahead touchdown. Later in the quarter, the Bulls’ Jalen Rogers scored on a 37-yard reverse. In the fourth quarter, Gwen Cherry put the game away with a long touchdown pass play from Taverres Blackmon to Xavier McElliott.

With the win, Gwen Cherry capped a perfect 3-0 stretch at nationals.

The Bulls beat the Union Road Jaguars (N.C.) 20-6 in the first round.

Gwen Cherry defeated the East Bay Wolfpack (Calif.) 26-0 in the semifinals.

The event features the Super Bowl champions of various Pop Warner leagues throughout the country.

This marks Gwen Cherry’s second consecutive Pop Warner national title and fourth overall. The Bulls are members of the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League.

National Champs: Gwen Cherry Bulls: Navar Maine, Zackery Baldwin, Jalen Rogers, Zion Turner, Jaylin Bain, De’Andre Francis, Taverres Blackmon, Nyjae Garland, Marvin Daniels III, Xavier McElliott, Jerrod Cameron, Delvin Calhoun, Gabriel Myrthil Jr., Marvin Simms, Michael Sherill, Tavariz Williams, James Flagg, Terrell Burns, Andy Jean, Jabarr Miller Jr., Najeh Ewing, Joshua Lions, Garrison Streeter, Garrien Streeter, Alvin Wallace Jr., Rueben Bain, Benzion Sneed, Jaylin Simpson.

Tamiami Colts

The Tamiami Colts (age 9-11) won the Division II Pee Wee National Championship with a 20-13 victory over the Watkins Hornets (Washington DC) during the 58th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista.

Hector Cordero Jr. recovered a Hornets’ fumble to set-up Marcus Fleming Jr.’s 40-yard touchdown run as Tamiami took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Trailing 7-6 in the second quarter, Fleming scored on a 40-yard run to put the Colts ahead 12-7. Fleming scored again, going 27 yards in the third quarter.

With the win, the Colts capped a perfect 3-0 stretch at nationals, including beating the Norfolk Saints (Va.) 27-6 in the first round and the Kapahulu Raiders (Hawaii) 20-8 in the semifinals.

The event features the Super Bowl champions of various Pop Warner leagues throughout the country. Tamiami is a member of the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League.

National Champs: Tamiami Colts: Marcus Fleming Jr., Ahmaris Harrell, Jermaine Witherspoon, Anthony Alvarez, Maykel Solis, Roscoe Parrish III, Bennie Rhaney Jr., Marlon Barnes, Cristian Herrera, Hector Cordero Jr., Manuel Del Valle III, Waquel Jones, Eduardo Sanchez Jr., Michael Raxach, Dominik Conde Gomez, Cy Mendez, Braydon Osceola, Jabari Ishmael, Julian Llerena.

http://www.miamipopwarner.org/

NFL Flag Football Nationals

Thirty-two teams from across the United States including several from Miami will compete in the NFL FLAG powered by USA Football National Championships in Phoenix, home of the NFL Super Bowl and NFL Pro Bowl.

Eight teams in four divisions (9-10 coed, 11-12 coed, 13-14 boys and 13-14 girls) will participate in the annual flag football event. Teams qualified for the national championships by winning regional tournaments hosted by NFL clubs.

In 2014, a record number 250,000 boys and girls, age 5-17, were part of NFL FLAG powered by USA Football, a fun and dynamic non-contact football experience where kids can develop skills and learn lessons in teamwork, dedication and discipline.

Flag players and coaches will attend the NFL Pro Bowl game and Super Bowl Media Day as part of the festivities. Teams will have the opportunity to practice before taking the field to compete for a national championship.

Pool play is at Reach 11 Sports Complex in North Phoenix, Ariz. The championship games will be at the Phoenix Convention Center, home of the NFL Experience.

Regional tournaments were hosted by the Arizona Cardinals, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins.

For the first time at the NFL FLAG National Championships, all of the 32 teams will wear different replica jerseys representing each of the 32 NFL teams.

Miami teams competing are:

9-10 Coed: Mo Steel Juniors: Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Bacal, Steven Friedman, Levi Gans, Avi Lalo, Andres Ruah, Eli Silverman, Mekhi Smith, Allan Strimber, Marc Wendrow, Abraham Klainbaum. Coaches Joseph Behar, Hector Clavijo.

Red Zone All Stars: Denver Broncos: Khalil Anglin, Ernest Strawther, Taron Dickens, Deyarione Dione Bell, Mark Evans, Jamari Ford, Darren Silva, Rashad Davis. Coaches Luis Rodriguez, Derrick Silva.

Ryan Football: New York Giants: Matthew Boston, Dedrick Browder, Jon Jon Delgado, Kelvon Durham, Carson Haggard, Travious Latham, Floyd Ridgeway, Antonio Smith, Christian Sosa, Nicholas Sosa. Coaches Rudy Fernandez, Michael Haggard.

11-12 Coed: Ryan Football: Cincinnati Bengals: Kelvin Durham, Jamari Brown, Matthew Dylewski, Madison Haggard, Jaheim Jerry, Brashard Smith, Wendel Tillman, Ainara Vadillo, Keshawn Washington, Khaya Wright. Coaches Rudy Fernandez, Johan Betancourt.

Mo Steel Seniors: St. Louis Rams: Robert Behar, Tywan Cash, Aaron Felder, Johnny Fishman, Tyler Gale, Ryan Mendelson, Presley Pomeranc, Tyronn Streeter, Hakeem Sturrup. Coaches Joseph Behar, Isaac Halberstein.

13-14 Boys: Mo Steel Vets: Chicago Bears: David Egozi, David Ezekiel, Bailey Finkelberg, Zachary Gervais, Nathaniel Griffiths, Matthew Kaye, Matteo Marcato, Will Poses, Josh Silverman. Coaches David Fried, Dave Kaye.

Ryan Football: Atlanta Falcons: Ahmose Bernal, Nicholas Casares, Edgerrin Doctor, Dylan Dylewski, Tyler Farias, Adrian Garcia, Sean Moore, Koby Rouviere, Jalen Sloan, Antoine Wright. Coaches Rudy Fernandez, Patrick Webb.

For more about NFL FLAG powered by USA Football, visit www.nflflag.com and www.usafootball.com.

Mo Steel flag football

The Mo Steel Football program at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach won the USFTL National Championship in the 8U, 12U and 14U divisions in Orlando.

NATIONAL CHAMPS: Mo Steel Juniors (8U): Jake Manasse, Nolan Senker, Carson Orlinsky, Andre Bentes, Elie Tamir, Jake DeAngelis, Itty Pomeranc, Brody Minick. Head Coach Hector Clavijo.

Mo Steel Seniors (12U): Tyler Gale, Johnny Fishman, Aaron Felder, Tywan Cash, Robert Behar, Hakeem Sturrup, Ryan Mendelson, Tyronn Streeter, Presley Pomeranc. Head Coach David Fried. Assistant Coach Brian Pomeranc. Program Manager Nadene Wendrow.

Mo Steel Vets (14U): Mateo Marcato, David Egozi, Will Poses, Josh Silverman, Matthew Kaye, David Ezekiel, Zack Gervais, Bailey Finkelberg, Nate Griffiths. Head Coach Yossi Behar. Assistant Coach Dave Kaye.

Mo Steel Football is in its 15th season. The program travels nationally and internationally each season. If interested in trying out for the program, email Coach Behar at josephb@marjcc.org.

Taekwondo

Jessica Huggins, 6, of Cutler Bay is one of the youngest kids in the world to earn a black belt in Taekwondo.

Training in Taekwondo since age 3, Huggins defied the odds in more ways than one.

Born prematurely at 25 weeks gestation (2-pounds, 7-ounces), her lowest weight was 1 pound, 11 ounces. She was told numerous times she wouldn't be able to participate in sports and normal activities.

But Huggins is extremely resilient.

A grueling weekly schedule with martial arts and dance, Huggins does and enjoys both.

Her Taekwondo instructor, Master Nam of Nam’s Taekwondo Academy in Miami, has been outstanding, training and guiding her every move. He started grooming her at an early age to become extraordinary in mixed martial arts. She is excelling ahead of the older kids who admire her and are amazed by her agility and strength.

Huggins nickname is ‘legs of steel,’ and her teammates call them ‘weapons of mass destruction.’ At her age, she really doesn't understand the meaning behind those sayings; she just knows “I kick hard.”

She dances (jazz, ballet, hip hop) at MyAct Dance Company for Dwight Thompson in Miami.

Huggins is not only doing a stellar job in Taekwondo and dance but also school.

She is a second grader at Brighter Futures for Families Christian Academy, the youngest second grader in her school. She maintains an ‘A’ average under the teachings of Roshan Nelson and Yolanda Nogueras.

Huggins wants to be a doctor when she grows up, because she said she “wants to help everyone feel better.”

Her newest endeavors will include learning to play the flute, track & field and gymnastics.

Highland Oaks track

The Highland Oaks Middle School girls’ track team placed third of 14 teams in the West Kendall Invitational at Ferguson Sr. High School in Miami.

Team Captain Vashti Claybrook led the way by winning the 400-meter dash and finishing second in the 200. Jasmine Messiah was runner-up in the high jump and fourth in the triple jump. The girls’ 3,200-meter relay team (Kayla Yuengling, Destiny Desrvieres, Jadae Barrett, Anissa Lespinase-Casimir) took second.

Also placing second was the 1,600-meter relay unit (Naomi Taylor, Jadae Joseph, Desrivieres, Claybrook). The 400-meter relay team (Briyanna Theodore, Jada Joseph, Kyara Walters, Timaya Everett) finished fourth. Everett also was sixth in the 100 and eighth in the high jump.

Esther Perceval was fourth in the shot put. Brook Couri and Marissa Manley were sixth and seventh, respectively, in the triple jump. Manley also took seventh in the discus and Barrett eighth. Jada Joseph was sixth in the long jump, and Morisa Griffin completed the HOM scoring by placing eighth in the shot put.

The boys’ team was sixth of 11 teams. Ezekiel Figueroa was third in the discus and eighth in the shot put. The 1,600-meter relay team (Jeffrey Joseph, Kemani Brown, Kevin Cam, Wilfrid Coleau) was runner-up. The 400 relay team (Joseph, Cam, Coleau, Zion Gibson) placed third. Coleau was also sixth in the high jump, Brown eighth in the triple jump and Joseph eighth in the 200.

Miami Country Day sports

Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Andrea Nelcha (soccer) was named to the South Florida Middle School Conference All-Tournament Team for her outstanding performance in the playoffs.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Evan Mendelson (basketball) led the Spartans with a combined 27 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists against Cushman and Ransom Everglades.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Yakira Matisonn (soccer) scored three goals and added three assists in wins against Sagemont, Greater Miami Academy and Palmer-Trinity.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Sascha Kappos (basketball) led the Spartans with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in their 82-63 win against Calvary Christian.

Scheck Hillel sports

Scheck Hillel Community School named Tyler Burstyn and Amanda Scheck as its Student-Athletes of the Week.

Burstyn, a senior on the Lions’ boys’ varsity basketball team, started the season fighting for playing time. He earned the sixth-man role. He had a career-high 10 points in a win at Riviera Prep, followed by six points and three steals in a home victory against Somerset. He’s also the team’s defensive stopper on the perimeter.

Scheck, an eighth grader on the Lions’ girls’ varsity basketball team, is a true student-athlete. She has really stepped up her game this season, leading the team in blocks.

Westwood Christian sports

Senior Joseph Jou was named Westwood Christian School Athlete of the Month. Joseph, the captain of the boys’ varsity basketball team, has a 3.1 GPA. A four-year letterman, he is currently averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game to lead the Warriors.

Special Olympics Volunteers

The Special Olympics Florida Miami-Dade County Track & Field Games are March 1 at Traz Powell Stadium at Dade Community College, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami, 33167.

Presented by the David L. Singer Memorial Foundation and the North Miami Beach Optimist Club, more than 400 Special Olympic athletes from Miami-Dade County schools and group homes will participate.

Volunteers are needed.

http://nmbtrackandfield.com/

http://specialolympicsflorida.org/miami-dade/

Suniland conditioning

Optimist Club of Suniland Sports Conditioning is Feb. 1-May 31 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest.

Registration is 6-8 p.m. weeknights for boys and girls, age 5-15. Fee is $20 which covers T-shirt, insurance and awards. Contact Jose Regalado 305-458-1966 or josearegalado@att.net.

More events, leagues, programs

Running for Cause

Team Lifeline was born when 26 men got together in New York 10 years ago and decided to run in the Miami Marathon and use the race as a fundraiser for Chai Lifeline, an organization that raises money to help children with cancer and other life threatening diseases.

This year and $13.5 million later, more than 400 runners will race in the Jan. 25 Miami Marathon and Half Marathon, produced by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM), under the Team Lifeline banner. In 2015, the organization hopes to raise at least $1.4 million, which will allow more than 400 children to attend Camp Simcha summer camp in Glen Spey, N.Y.

While Team Lifeline has grown into the largest charity partner in the history of the Miami Marathon, it is one of more than 40 charity organizations with teams at the starting line; each making a massive impact on the lives of many while runners navigate the streets of South Florida.

“Nearly 35 percent of Miami Marathon participants are running for a greater cause,” Javier Sanchez, Miami Marathon race director, said in a release. “Together we’re utilizing the outreach of this internationally recognized event to help promote associated charitable groups and their causes. We look forward to the continued growth of the groups program within the event and welcome newly formed groups each and every year.”

Other charities involved in this year’s marathon include:

Achilles International, which aides athletes with disabilities. Team World Vision, which runs for clean water in Africa. Team Challenge, which supports finding a cure for Crohn's and Colitis. Team in Training, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Team Yachad, which helps Jewish people with disabilities. Friendship Circle, which creates meaningful relationships between teen volunteers and children with special needs.

Visit www.themiamimarathon.com

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NFL Football Matters

The National Football Foundation announced the launch of FootballMatters.org, a powerful new addition to the organization’s campaign to highlight the good in the game and the lifelong benefits to those who play it.

“Football makes a positive impact on so many levels, and we realized that we needed a centralized resource for capturing and subsequently promoting all the great football stories out there,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “FootballMatters.org provides us a potent platform for addressing that void and delivering compelling content directly to audiences who can help us amplify our messages about the value of football in producing leaders and creating educational opportunities.”

NFF Chairman Archie Manning added: “It’s just gratifying to be part of something that does so much good for our young people. The stories are out there, including the thousands of young kids who could not have gone to college but got some aid because of football, and their lives have been changed for the better. FootballMatters.org will enable us to directly capture those stories and inspire the next generation to further their educations.”

The NFF has linked with Arkleus Broadcasting, a Dallas-based full-service media company, to create the platform, which also encompasses a strong social media component to gain traction for the campaign.

“Arkleus is honored and thrilled to be chosen by such a prestigious American institution as the NFF to build and market an exciting new sports media property,” said Arkleus Broadcasting President Joe Shults. “We are passionately committed to helping the NFF in every way to protect, enhance, and ensure the future of football for generations to come.”

The site focuses on stories, videos, and franchises highlighting the very best in high school and college football, such as: Football Moms, Special Teams, Hook & Corporate Ladder, Man-to-Man, the Quote of the Day and many more. The site will also be the home to exclusive profiles of Campbell Trophy finalists, Leadership Award Winners, Courage Award Winners and all the honors associated with the NFF.

“We are really excited about the Football Matters initiative,” said Hatchell. “I want to thank everybody at Arkleus for their passion for the project. They have done a marvelous job of getting it up and running in a short amount of time, and we have already received great feedback.”

The site focuses on the stories that evoke the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal, character building and the drive for academic excellence that exemplifies many of the young men who play football and the families who support them.

You can learn more about the site and watch a video featuring NFF Chairman Archie Manning and NFF Board Members Jack Ford, Archie Griffin, Kevin Plank and Rod West by clicking here.

Visit www.footballfoundation.org.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NFFNetwork

Twitter https://twitter.com/NFFNetwork

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/NFFOnDemand

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 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).

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