Youth Sports

Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables wins USTA Pro Circuit title in Gainesville

In an all-Florida final at the USTA Pro Circuit Gainesville $10,000 Women’s Tennis Tournament, top-seeded Katerina Stewart (left) of Coral Gables outlasted qualifier Sofia Kenin (right) of Pembroke Pines. Also pictured is Tournament Director Dave Porter.
In an all-Florida final at the USTA Pro Circuit Gainesville $10,000 Women’s Tennis Tournament, top-seeded Katerina Stewart (left) of Coral Gables outlasted qualifier Sofia Kenin (right) of Pembroke Pines. Also pictured is Tournament Director Dave Porter. USTA Florida

In an all-Florida final at the USTA Pro Circuit Gainesville $10,000 Women’s Tennis Tournament, top-seeded Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables outlasted qualifier Sofia Kenin of Pembroke Pines 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 to win her first USTA Pro Circuit title of 2015.

The 17-year-old Stewart was not challenged until the semifinals, when in three sets she defeated No.4 seed Katerina Kramperova of the Czech Republic, who beat her in last year’s Gainesville final.

In a battle of qualifiers in the other semifinal, the 16-year-old Kenin beat 17-year-old Kaitlyn McCarthy of the Cary, N.C. Kenin did not face a seeded player until the final, reaching her first USTA Pro Circuit championship.

Both players are former champs at the USTA Florida Bobby Curtis Junior State Singles Championships, and Kenin ended 2014 with her biggest juniors win at the ITF Grade A Metropolia Orange Bowl in December at the Frank Veltri Tennis Center in Plantation.

Kenin and Marie Norris, who qualified into the doubles main draw, lost in the final to Ingrid Neel of Richester, Minn. and Fanni Stollar of Hungary.

Since 1979, 17 USTA Pro Circuit alums (including five Americans) have achieved No.1 world singles rankings. Maria Sharapova, Andy Roddick, Lindsay Davenport, Pete Sampras, Justine Henin, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi are among the game’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.

For more info go to www.usta.com/Pro-Tennis/Pro-Circuit.

More tennis

USTA Florida will bring its Team Tennis Challenge series to South Florida on April 25-26 at Crandon Park Tennis Facility, 7300 Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.

The event -- open to boys and girls, age 7-18 -- is "BYOT" (bring your own team). Teams do not need to have prior participation in a local league to participate. USTA members and non-members are invited to participate, and all players will receive a complimentary lunch during the event.

“USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges offer fewer restrictions, allowing more teams to participate,” said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. “They also give players who are not yet USTA members the opportunity to experience our events and programs, while offering a clear value proposition for our junior members.”

The two-day tournament will host divisions that will include 10-under advanced, 11-14, 14-18, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate, advanced. All age 11 to 18 intermediate/advanced teams need a minimum of two boys and two girls. 10-and-under advanced and all novice teams are gender-blind with a minimum of four players and a maximum of eight players.

The 10-under age advanced and all novice divisions will play with the green-dot ball on a full-size court. Players ages 10 or younger must play in their natural age division. The green-dot ball will also be used in the older novice age divisions.

Registration is open, and coaches are encouraged to register teams early. The cost for early registration is just $25 for USTA members and $35 for non-members. Prices will increase two weeks prior to the event. Facilities and coaches who bring teams to the event will receive special incentives.

For information about Team Tennis Challenges, the facility/coach incentive program and a list of upcoming events visit:

www.USTAFlorida.com/TeamTennisChallenges

Opa-locka track & field

The Opa-locka Hurricanes track & field team competed in the North Miami Invitational Track Meet at North Miami Athletic Stadium.

Some new track stars emerged as others continue their dominance for the Hurricanes.

Some top Hurricanes results:

Gregorianna Frasier (age 7-8 girls) 200 Meter Gold Medal Champion, 100 Meters Silver Medal. Markayla Brown (7-8 girls) Shot Put Gold Medal Champion. Marlon Brown (age 7-8 boys) 400 Meter Gold Medal Champion. Taishawn Williams (7-8 boys) Shot Put Gold Medal Champion. Victoria Genao (9-10 girls) 800 Meter Gold Medal Champion. Ivory Aikens (9-10 boys) 200 Meter Silver Medal. Mikaih Marshall, Dylan Taylor, Mark William, Ivory Aikens, 400 Meter Relay (9-10 boys) Silver Medal. Jordan Taylor (13-14 boys) 100 Meter Bronze Medal. Jessica Newell (15-16 girls) 200 Meter Silver Medal. Antonio Carballo (15-16 boys) 400 Meter Gold Medal Champion. Dione Alexander (17-18 girls) 400 Meter Gold Medal Champion. Deandre Napper (17-18 boys) Long Jump Gold Medal Champion, 200 Meter Silver Medal, 400 Meter Silver Medal. Jayla Joseph (5-6 girls) 800 Meter Bronze Medal.

The Opa-locka mayor, commission, parks & recreation coaches and staff invite the community to support the Opa-locka track stars. For information on the track meets, call 305-953-2875.

Under Armour baseball

Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA), the Baltimore-based leader in performance footwear, apparel and equipment, announced the 2015 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory will be played Aug. 15 at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Herbert Iser, a 6-3, 207-pound catcher from Killian High School in Miami was one of the first players chosen.

Baseball Factory announced the first 13 players (two from South Florida) selected to the roster for the game, which will air nationally and showcase 40 of the nation’s elite high school baseball players.

Seth Beer - OF, 6'3, 195, Lambert High School, Ga.

Austin Bergner - RHP/IF, 6'4, 180, Windermere Prep High School, Fla.

Bo Bichette - SS, 5'11, 200, Lakewood High School, Fla.

Garrett Gooden - RHP/IF, 6'4, 205, St. Pius X High School, Ga.

Herbert Iser - C, 6'3, 207, Killian High School, Miami

Austin James - IF, 6'1, 180, Bloomingdale High School, Fla.

Carter Kieboom - 3B, 6'2, 180, Walton High School, Ga.

Anthony Molina - RHP, 6'5, 180, West Broward High School, Miramar

Riley Pint - RHP, 6'4, 190, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Lenexa, Kansas

Cole Ragans - LHP, 6'4, 190, North Florida Christian High School, Fla.

Blake Rutherford - OF, 6'2, 185, Chaminade High School, Calif.

Alex Speas - RHP, 6'3, 185, McEachern High School, Ga.

Graeme Stinson - LHP, 6'5, 245, Norcross High School, Ga.

Under Armour All-Americans are selected by a committee of Baseball Factory scouts and will compete in an American vs. National team match-up. The All-America Baseball Game is the culmination of a four-day premier baseball experience, highlighted by a formal workout for Major League Baseball (MLB) scouts and a homerun derby, all while under the tutelage of some of the game’s best players and coaches.

“The Under Armour All-America Baseball Game provides the world’s best high school baseball players with a premier opportunity to compete alongside tomorrow’s superstars in a Major League environment,” said Jim Bel Bruno, Senior Category Director, Baseball, Under Armour. “Now in its eighth year, the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game is a prime example of Under Armour’s commitment to the growth of the game and the empowerment of athletes at every level, from grassroots to the Major Leagues.”

The 13 players will be 2016 high school graduates, including OF Seth Beer and RHP Anthony Molina, who participated in the 2014 showcase and join a small, elite group of two-time Under Armour All-Americans.

“We are thrilled to announce the first group of players selected to this year's Under Armour All-America Game,” said Steve Bernhardt, Executive VP at Baseball Factory and Chairman of the Under Armour All-America Game Selection Committee. “Every year we scout worldwide to find high school players to represent Under Armour and Baseball Factory. A talented group, we expect this class to continue the tradition of greatness that Under Armour All-Americans demonstrated in previous years.”

Since the game’s inception in 2008, 185 of the 208 draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft including 51 first round picks. Top players who signed professional contracts in 2014 include Tyler Kolek (2014 No.2 Overall Pick, Miami Marlins); Nick Gordon (2014 No.5 Overall Pick, Minnesota Twins); Alex Jackson (2014 No.6 Overall Pick, Seattle Mariners); Touki Toussaint (2014 No.16 Overall Pick, Arizona Diamondbacks); Grant Holmes (2014 No.22 Overall Pick, Los Angeles Dodgers); Michael Kopech (2014 No.33 Overall Pick, Boston Red Sox).

For information on the 2015 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory,

visit www.baseballfactory.com/AllAmerica.

Howard Palmetto fundraiser

A night of simulated casino gaming action, food and drink is Saturday, April 18 to raise money for the Howard Palmetto 12U Aces baseball team. Funds raised that evening at the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame will enable the Aces to compete in a national tournament in June in Cooperstown, NY.

Hosted by K.C. Jones, president of the U.M. Sports Hall of Fame and a two-time Super Bowl winner with the Denver Broncos, the event will run from 6-10 p.m. at the Hall, 5821 San Amaro Dr. in Coral Gables (next to the Hecht Athletic Center).

Tickets are available in advance and at the door for $100 per player, which covers all food and drink, too. Social tickets for non-players are available for $50. Several prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening. All proceeds will benefit the Howard Palmetto Aces 12U Team, which is a non-profit organization.

“This is an opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of young Miami athletes and their families,” said K.C. Jones. “We welcome Howard Palmetto Aces supporters to the Hall of Fame for what will be a fun evening.”

Richard King, manager of the Howard Palmetto 12U Aces, said, “Our team is honored to represent the Howard Palmetto league at this prestigious tournament. On behalf of league officials, our team parents and the players, I would like to thank K.C. and the U.M. Sports Hall of Fame for providing a one-of-a-kind venue for our fundraiser. From this Hall we shall help our kids to compete in the shadows of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.”

For information, contact Diana Joa at joa.diana@gmail.com , David Schull at david.schull@russopartnersllc.com or Angie King at amking26@aol.com.

Follow the event on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/events/368944979960517/.

MLB Bat Girl contest

Nominate someone who is Going to Bat Against breast cancer.

Winners will receive MLB game tickets and the opportunity to be recognized on-field during the game. Vote for nominees affected by the disease.

Nominate at

BatGirl

Visit mlb.com.

Pitch, Hit & Run

Pitch, Hit & Run allows boys and girls, age 7-14, to showcase their baseball and softball skills, while also providing them the opportunity to advance through four levels of competition, including Team Championships at every Major League stadium or ballpark and the National Finals at the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.

Hosting a local competition is fun and free. Upon registering, an administrative kit is provided to each host including a handbook, strike zone banner, posters, awards and other materials needed to host the event.

♦ Free to the local host and local competitors

♦ Any coach, parent or adult volunteer can host a competition

♦ Local competitions can be offered in March, April or early May

♦ An exciting one-day community event that can take as little as 2-3 hours

Go to

PitchHitRun

Questions, contact pitchhitrun@mlb.com.

Jose’s Heroes

To support Miami Marlins star pitcher José Fernández on his road to recovery, the Marlins announce the return of the José’s Heroes season ticket package for the 2015 season.

For $499, José’s Heroes receive:

-A ticket to all 81 Marlins regular season home games. That’s about $6 a seat.

-A special edition José’s Heroes T-shirt each month.

-A complimentary ‘K’ Card!

-A meet-and-greet event with the man himself, José Fernández.

-Purchase the José’s Heroes season ticket package and travel to Marlins Park to support the Fish, 25 men strong.

For information, visit marlins.com/josesheroes, email SeasonTickets@marlins.com or call 305-480-2521.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School: Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Yakira Wardlaw (tennis) has been a consistent contributor to the undefeated girls’ tennis team, winning her singles match against Westminster Christian.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Jack Finvarb (lacrosse) scored three goals and had three assists against Palmer Trinity and Ransom Everglades.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Amelia Gregorio (water polo) combined for eight goals and four assists in wins against Hialeah High School and Miami Springs High School.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Brian Macias (baseball) recorded the win against Dade Christian and scored the winning run against Marathon High School.

Barry basketball

Barry University men’s basketball player Yunio Barrueta was named a Daktronics/College Sports Information Directors of America NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-American.

A 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior forward from Miami, Barrueta led the Buccaneers in scoring (18.7) and rebounding (9.7) on the way to a school-best 25-6 season which ended in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Barrueta had 14 double-doubles this season. He scored a career-high 31 points at Palm Beach Atlantic and twice grabbed a career-best 16 rebounds, including in the NCAA Tournament. His 581 points scored ranks fourth in school single-season history. His 300 rebounds rank second.

Barrueta shot .518 from the field, including .418 from 3-point range this season. He sank a career-high 11 of 11 free throws in a win at No.16 Lynn.

He was also named CoSIDA First-Team All-South Region and First-Team All-Sunshine State Conference. Barrueta enters his senior season 23 points shy of 1,000 in his Barry career.

Barrueta, a Hialeah Gardens High School grad, is a former Miami Herald All-Dade first team selection.

Kendall Hammocks flag football

The Kendall Hammocks NFL Flag Football program announces the registrations dates and times for the 2015 NFL Flag season.

Registration is open to boys and girls, age 5-16. Can’t turn 17 in 2015. Copy of birth certificate is requested for age verification only, during the registration process.

Teams are based by age only. Regular season is 12 games, and the season starts May 4.

NFL Flag Registration Dates:

April Registration fee: $125 -- Friday, April 10 and 24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Registration fee includes: NFL team reversible jersey, NFL flag belts with flags, secondary insurance, referee cost, and participation awards.

Discounted rates for head coaches. If interested in coaching, email khwfootball@aol.com.

Tryouts and draft will be Saturday, May 2. Time chart by division can be found at the web site www.khwarriors.org

All registrations, practices and games are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.

For information email khwfootball@aol.com or visit www.khwarriors.org.

The NFL Flag Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization, serving the community in sports for more than 26 years.

Palmetto Bay flag football

Palmetto Bay Broncos Flag Football is at Coral Reef Park.

Open to boys and girls, age 4-18. Register as an individual for $100 or register as a team of 10 with a coach for $800

Practice starts April 20. Practices and games are weekdays either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.

In its 39 years, the Broncos have provided more than 7,000 children the opportunity to participate in an organized football and cheerleading program. Tackle football and cheerleading are under the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner League banner.

Visit Palmetto Bay Broncos

Email info@palmettobaybroncos.org

Cavaliers football, cheerleading

Registration is open for the Cavaliers Tackle Football and Cheerleading program for boys and girls, age 4-14, at Coral Gables High School. For information contact Jon at 305-923-7656 or visit www.playactionsports.org.

South Beach Triathlon

The 2015 South Beach Triathlon, produced and presented by Life Time - The Healthy Way of Life Company (NYSE: LTM) and part of the 11-race Life Time Tri Series, is returning on Sunday, April 19 with the gorgeous backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and Miami Beach's Art Deco district.

Classic and International distances will start with a salt-water swim off the shores of South Beach, followed by a bike ride across the MacArthur Causeway into Miami and a run through South Beach.

Registration is open.

In addition, Triathlon weekend offers a series of support events including an Open Water Swim and First Timer Clinic at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18 and the St. Jude Tot Trot, a 50-yard beach dash for children, age 3-5, and a 100-yard dash for children, age 6-9, at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 19 with all proceeds going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The South Beach Triathlon also features the CEO Challenge for business owners, Presidents and C-Level executives of companies with at least $1 million in annual revenue.

The race serves as a major fundraiser for St. Jude, which has raised more than $1 million through the South Beach Triathlon.

Registration for the South Beach Triathlon is $190 (International Individual), $275 (International Relay), $140 (Sprint Individual) and $225 (Sprint Relay) and can be processed at southbeachtriathlon.com.

For information and updates, visit

southbeachtriathlon.com or lifetimetri.com.

Suniland conditioning

Optimist Club of Suniland Sports Conditioning is now-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.

Footgolf

The international sport Footgolf is being introduced to the South Miami-Dade community at Killian Greens Golf Club, 9980 SW 104th St..

Footgolf (18 holes) can be played in two hours and is a great source of exercise for those who enjoy kicking a soccer ball. Times are available everyday of the week after 4:30 p.m. to players of all skill levels, families and groups. Balls are available for rent for $5 to those who do not already own one.

Killian Greens is an accredited Footgolf course with the American Footgolf League. Call 305-271-0917.

More events, leagues, programs

Heads Up Football

USA Football’s Heads Up Football program for high schools and youth organizations will include sudden cardiac arrest protocols andHeads Up Blocking fundamentals in 2015.

Both topics are now included in USA Football’s Level 1 coaching education course and its high school certification course.

USA Football is the national governing body of the sport and educates more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the United States.

USA Football’s Heads Up Football program is supported by more than two dozen medical and football partners.

“Coaches should be prepared to respond to a life-threatening emergency if needed,” said Dr. Jonathan Drezner, past president of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and a member of USA Football’s Medical Advisory Committee.

“With prompt recognition, early CPR and use of an AED, sudden cardiac arrest is largely a survivable event if treated quickly. USA Football is committed to the safety of young athletes, and I am proud that a sudden cardiac arrest training module is being added to the Heads Up Football program. The module provides coaches the information they need to be prepared for sudden cardiac arrest.”

“Blocking is one of football’s basic skills that every player needs to be taught,” said Jeff Saturday, a former NFL All-Pro center and ESPN analyst. Saturday is a member of USA Football’s Football Advisory Committee.

“USA Football’s Heads Up Blocking technique helps coaches teach this fundamental – properly engaging with a defender, driving with the legs and maintaining the correct body position for effective and safer play. This is how blocking should be taught.”

Heads Up Football is a comprehensive collection of resources and medically approved protocols to establish important standards rooted in education to change behavior for the better.

In addition to sudden cardiac arrest and Heads Up Blocking, the program covers concussion awareness and recognition, heat and hydration protocols, proper tackling fundamentals and equipment fitting. More than 5,500 youth leagues and 750 high schools in 2014 participated in the program this past fall, benefiting nearly 1-million players.

Follow USA Football at www.facebook.com/usafootball

or on Twitter @USAFootball

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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