Youth Sports

Next Level Tennis Kendalltown wins USTA Florida sectional title

Miami-Dade South (Next Level Tennis Kendalltown) won the men’s 4.5+ division of the USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.5/4.5+ League Sectional Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. They will represent USTA Florida at the USTA League 40 & Over 4.5+ National Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.
Miami-Dade South (Next Level Tennis Kendalltown) won the men’s 4.5+ division of the USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.5/4.5+ League Sectional Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. They will represent USTA Florida at the USTA League 40 & Over 4.5+ National Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

Miami-Dade South teams reached the finals in three divisions at the USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.5/4.5+ League Sectional Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.

Miami-Dade South won the men’s 4.5+ division and was runner-up in women’s 3.5 and women’s 4.5+.

40 & Over Men’s 4.5+: Final: Miami-Dade South (Next Level Tennis Kendalltown) d. Pinellas County (McMullen Tennis Center, Clearwater) 4-1.

Championship: No. 1 Singles: Pedro Leon (M-D) d. Daniel Glezer 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 Singles: Rick Guevara (M-D) d. Jason Horwitz 6-3, 6-4. No. 1 Doubles: Mike Moenter/Jamie Mckibban (Pinellas) d. Javier Martinez/Jose Chavez 6-2, 6-4. No. 2 Doubles: Kenneth Thome/G. Emerson Fales (M-D) d. Thinh Duong/Clark Maccullough 6-0, 7-6. No. 3 Doubles: Marcos Lopez/Jorge Ramirez (M-D) d. Chris Canfield/Kurt Williams 7-5, 6-4.

Miami-Dade Season Roster: Herbert Portillo (captain), Marcos Lopez, Jorge Ramirez, Stephen Hanssen, G. Emerson Fales, Rick Guevara, Luis Portillo, Carlos Lopez, Isidro Gomez, Jose Chavez, Javier Martinez, Pedro Leon, Kenneth Thome

40 & Over Women’s 3.5: Final: Orange County (Orlando Tennis Center) d. Miami-Dade South (Doral Park Country Club) 3-2.

Championship: No. 1 Singles: Claudia Taboada (M-D) d. Timea Manfredi 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker). No. 2 Singles: Tolly Spengler (Orange) d. Maria Benito 7-5, 6-4. No. 1 Doubles: Jennifer Adams/Wendy Sutch (Orange) d. Cristina Freitas/Mariana Salvioli 6-4, 6-1. No. 2 Doubles: Melissa Gonzalez/Andrea Andrade (M-D) d. Jennifer Carter/Michelle Kechriotis 6-2, 6-4. No. 3 Doubles: Tracy Cheek/Victoria Bushey (Orange) d. Carmen Alvarez/Cecilia Pissane 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker).

40 & Over Women’s 4.5+: Final: Hillsborough County (Harbour Island Athletic Club, Tampa) d. Miami-Dade South (Doral Park Country Club) 4-1

Championship: No. 1 Singles: Elizabeth Baldwin (Hillsborough) d. Maria Araujo 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 Singles: Joan Simmons (Hillsborough) d. Antoinette Looney 6-2, 6-1. No. 1 Doubles: Lisa Balsera/Allegra Campos (Hillsborough) d. Doris Montero/Maria Cors 6-2, 7-6. No. 2 Doubles: Laura Di Lauro/Natalia Moll (M-D) d. Maki Smith/Gueisy Herrmann 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker). No. 3 Doubles: Avery Zercoe/Katarina Rutherford (Hillsborough) d. Jodi Appelbaum-Steinbauer/Sherril Colombo 6-1, 6-1

The winning teams advance to represent USTA Florida at the USTA League 40 & Over 3.5 National Championships on Oct. 27-29 in Fort Lauderdale and the USTA League 40 & Over 4.5+ National Championships on Oct. 20-22 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala.

The event drew the top 40 & Over USTA League teams from throughout Florida, representing various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations that finished at the top of their local leagues. Teams consisting of two singles and three doubles lines competed in a non-elimination round-robin format, with flight winners advancing into a single-elimination semifinal followed by the final.

NTRP levels of play were 3.5 and 4.5+. For more information on NTRP levels go to

Maccabiah Games karate

Emalie Belokon, 16, of Aventura won two silver medals in karate at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

Selected to represent Team USA at the Games, Belokon was runner-up in kata (forms) and kumite (sparring). She was the only member of Team USA to win two silver medals in karate (no gold for Team USA in karate).

The Maccabiah Games is an Olympic-style event for Jewish athletes from around the world.

Born and raised in South Florida, Belokon trains at DB Karate School under the direction of Sensei Demian Bermudez in Sunny Isles Beach.

Belokon has competed locally and nationally, winning numerous medals and trophies. She is an AAU National Champion in kata (forms), an AAU National silver medalist in kumite (sparring) and Florida state champion in kata.

She also gives back, teaching young students at the DB Karate School, 17070 Collins Ave., Suite 264, Sunny Isles Beach, 33160. Call 786-624-1512. Visit

Maccabiah Games soccer

Matias Lancewicki, 16, of Aventura was one of 20 Jewish athletes selected to compete for the Team USA boys’ soccer team at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

The Maccabiah Games, also known as the Jewish Olympics, is the third largest international competition, just behind the Olympics and Pan American Games. This year, with more than 10,000 athletes from 85 countries, the 20th Maccabiah Games was the largest in its history.

Matias, a striker, made his mark on the field throughout the tournament and scored in a win against Australia.

He began to play soccer as soon as he could walk, and after years of training, he achieved the level needed to compete against top athletes at the Maccabiah Games.

Matias also plays for the Scheck Hillel Community Day School boys’ soccer team as well as the Hollywood CTC Bandits, his travel club team. He helped teams win a silver medal in an ESPN tournament in Orlando and the Adidas South Florida Super Cup.

Although he is fully dedicated to soccer, Matias is well balanced. He maintains good grades and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Maccabiah Games fencing

During the 20th annual Maccabiah Games in Israel (coinciding with the USA Fencing Championships), Team USA member Abby Tartell of Aventura won two medals in fencing.

In Women’s Sabre, she earned gold in Open Team and silver in Senior Open.

Abby is a starting member of the NCAA Division I Northwestern University fencing team. She traveled to Wuxi, China to join her Northwestern teammates for the 2017 Absolute International Collegiate Fencing Invitational. Collegiate fencers from the USA (nine universities), China (10 universities), Korea (four universities) and Japan (one university) participated in camps and competition.

Abby is also a member of the Sabre Outreach Network travel team, training at the DuelLIFE Olympic Fencing Center in North Fort Lauderdale.

Sabre Outreach Network & DuelLIFE Olympic Fencing Center: 954-990-0090.



Palmetto Golf Tournament

Tanya Eathakotti, 17, of Coral Gables and Leopoldo Herrera, 15, of Doral were the big winners of the 38th annual Palmetto Junior Golf Tournament.

Eathakotti shot 73-74-75 for 222 total to finish first in the girls’ 13-17 age group. Herrera fired 69-77-74 for a tournament best 220, which topped the boys’ 14-15 age group as well as the boys’ 16-17 age group.

Eathakotti and Herrera earned entry into the Orange Bowl Golf Tournament.

Sharif Amastha, 17, of Miami placed first in the boys’ 16-17 division. He scored 67-79-77 for 223. His 67 was a tournament best round. Sebastian Barcia, 13, of Miami won the boys’ 12-13 age group with 240 (82-78-80).

Trophies were awarded for first, second and third place in each division.

Giuliana Gomez, 13, of Miami was runner-up in girls’ 13-17 with 237 (83-75-79). Brett Kaufman, 12, of Palmetto Bay was second in boys’ 12-13 at 257 (83-87-87). Anthony Amoroso, 15, of Homestead was runner-up in boys’ 14-15 at 233 (77-79-77), and Luis Suarez, 17, of Doral was second in boys’ 16-17 at 228 (72-78-78).

Dolphins High School Media Day

The Miami Dolphins hosted 106 high school football programs from throughout South Florida in their fifth annual High School Media Day at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

The event is another in the sample of signature events hosted by Youth Programs to develop South Florida high school athletes on and off the field. This event is catered to South Florida media, giving them an opportunity to interview and interact with the rising stars in the region.

“We’re honored to host football teams from the tri-county area for our fifth annual high school media day at Hard Rock Stadium,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Jason Jenkins said in a release. “Media day is an excellent opportunity for teams to showcase their talented coaches and student-athletes and preview what should be another exciting season of South Florida high school football.”

Teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participated in the event, giving them real-world experience with media as well as preparing them for the upcoming season. Each team had individual head shots taken, teams photos and a three-minute press conference with media members.

Suniland football

The Suniland Sundevils Tackle Football Registration is every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. thru August at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Village of Pinecrest.

Kids, age 5-13, are eligible. Fee $150 for the season. Suniland is a member of the Miami Xtreme Youth Tackle Football League.

The Suniland Sundevils are looking for experienced volunteer youth coaches.

For information contact Jose Regalado at 305-458-1966 or

More events, leagues, programs

Riddell football equipment program

Riddell kicked off season three of its Smarter Football program, inviting teams to apply for an equipment grant by demonstrating their commitment to advancing the game of football. Future Hall of Fame quarterback and Riddell brand ambassador Peyton Manning will join Riddell in reviewing this years applicants and selecting the winning teams.

The Smarter Football program is a grassroots campaign that recognizes and rewards teams across the country for implementing smarter tactics on and off the field. About 1,700 football programs across North America, from the youth level all the way up to semi-pro, have applied for an equipment grant through the initiative in its first two seasons.

“Our goal at Riddell is to challenge all members of the football community – including ourselves – to make smarter football part of their DNA,” Riddell President and CEO Dan Arment said in a release. “Seeing this program’s success year after year proves that the future of football is promising, which fuels our motivation to keep innovating. We look forward to recognizing and supporting a new class of recipients this year who display the same dedication to evolving the game.”

Smarter Football can take shape in many ways. At its core, it reflects the collective football community’s pledge to advance the sport. How it manifests itself, however, can look different for everyone involved.

For parents and administrators, it may mean more technologically advanced protective equipment. For players and coaches, it may mean optimizing strength training and more film study.

For Riddell, Smarter Football means leading innovation in product design and development to create more advanced protective technologies. This year, building upon the success of the Riddell SpeedFlex helmet, the company launched Riddell Precision-Fit, a state-of-the-art 3D head scanning process used to build a custom-fitting, player-specific helmet liner system that provides personalized protection.

Riddell also introduced enhanced player management software for its InSite Impact Response System, which summarizes players on-field alerts and identifies training opportunities for athletes based on their impact profile.

“I’ve always valued preparation and information, both on and off the field,” NFL great Peyton Manning said in a release. “I studied everything from the helmet I wore, to the tape I watched, to the plays I called to try to set myself and my team up for success. I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to the game I love and pay tribute to the players, coaches, parents and fans who share the same passion for the sport.”

This year’s program will continue to recognize and reward those at all levels of play who have taken steps toward improving and advancing the sport of football, especially when it comes to player safety and protection. Those interested in applying for a grant can visit

The deadline for entries is Aug. 31, 2017 and recipients will be announced shortly after the submission period closes. Anyone in the football community is invited to join the movement by following @RiddellSports on social media and sharing their own examples of #SmarterFootball.

Miami Gardens sports

The City of Miami Gardens presents new youth sports programs for boys and girls, age 5-17.

Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, and Swimming.

Register at City Hall, Parks and Recreation Department, 18605 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens 33056.

For fees and info, call 305-622-8080.


Viktor E. Dash 5K

The Florida Panthers will host their second annual Viktor E. Dash in conjunction with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at BB&T Center on Nov. 4.

The 5K race will kick off at 8 a.m., and the one-mile race, honoring Peggy Ziady, will begin at 8:45 a.m.

All registered racers will receive one ticket for the Panthers vs. Rangers game on Nov. 4 or Panthers vs. Stars on Nov. 14. Each racer will receive a special Viktor E. Dash T-Shirt and custom finisher medal, with the top three in each age group receiving special recognition.

Soccer for Success

The Children’s Trust and the U.S. Soccer Foundation have partnered up to bring soccer to underserved children and youth in Miami-Dade County. Soccer for Success (SfS) is a health-centered, out-of-school mentoring program for children in grades K-8 designed to eliminate childhood obesity, encourage healthy lifestyles and strengthen families.

Meeting three times a week for 75-90 minutes, kids will enjoy physical activity, nutrition education, mentorship and family engagement, facilitated by specially trained community-based coach-mentors, who also engage parents and caregivers with activities such as Zumba classes, cooking classes, nutrition education, and preventative health services and other wellness-related local resources.

“Because of our partners, a wonderful program called Soccer for Success is launching in Miami, in Liberty City, Little Havana and North Miami,” said James R. Haj, president and CEO of The Children’s Trust. “Soccer and other organized sports teach kids responsibility, how to win, how to lose and how to work together. They learn that if they fall down, they get back up and persevere.

In addition to The Children’s Trust and U.S. Soccer Foundation, funding partners for SfS Miami include the City of Miami and the City of North Miami, the former made possible through the Office of District 5 County Commissioner Keon Hardemon.

Program partners include FLIPANY, Liberty City Optimist Club, City of North Miami Parks and Recreation, FAB Sports, 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, Greater Love Full Gospel Baptist Church and New Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Soccer for Success Miami’s launch includes sites in Liberty City, Little Havana and North Miami; locations in Sweetwater and Homestead are in the works.

“We’d like to see a million kids involved in Soccer for Success by 2026,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “That’s why partnerships like the one we’ve built here in Miami are so important. They’re how things get started and off the ground,” said U.S. Soccer Foundation President and CEO Ed Foster-Simeon.


NBA 2K esports league

The Miami HEAT announced they will be one of 17 National Basketball Association franchises participating in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K esports league, set to debut in 2018.

Along with the HEAT, other participating organizations include:

Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Indiana Pacers, Memphis Grizzlies, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.

“This is the first step in what promises to be an extraordinary league, bringing together the world's best gamers and showcasing elite competition on an international stage,” said NBA 2K esports league Managing Director, Brendan Donohue. “Our teams have expressed tremendous enthusiasm for esports, and we are looking forward to forming something truly unique for basketball and gaming fans around the globe.”

In February 2017, the NBA and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) announced plans to launch a new, professional competitive gaming league that will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world. In the coming months, the league and its teams will make a variety of announcements related to participating players, league structure and business updates.

The NBA 2K league is the latest move in esports for the HEAT. In January 2017, the franchise announced a partnership with esports expansion team Misfits. The partnership calls for the HEAT to assist in all duties including marketing, branding, promotion, retail, digital and sponsorship activation while cross-promoting the two franchises. Misfits compete in League of Legends, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Super Smash Brothers and Heatherstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside 16 other NBA teams on this innovative esports league,” said The HEAT Group President of Business Operations, Eric Woolworth. “Given our unique integration into the esports community through our relationship with Misfits, we feel confident in our ability to reach Miami HEAT and Misfits fans alike, as we help create a new and exciting league from scratch.”

Launch Trampoline Park

Launch Franchising, LLC. is pleased to announce a Launch Trampoline Park will be opening in Doral. The new park will be owned and operated by Jonas P. Roter and scheduled to begin construction later this spring.

Launch Trampoline Park was founded in 2012 by Rhode Island entrepreneur Robert Arnold and retired New England Patriot cornerback and three-time Super Bowl Champion Ty Law. Arnold embarked on the vision for Launch in 2011 after he visited his first trampoline park with his wife and kids. Seeing the combination of family, fun and fitness and using his knack for entrepreneurship, Launch came to life.

The parks provide kids of all ages with endless fun of whether it is bouncing on trampolines, playing dodgeball in mid-air or falling into a massive foam pit. Launch Doral will be available for birthday parties, fundraisers, fitness classes, toddler time, teen nights, private events and more! The park has a full-redemption arcade, Launch Restaurant and private party rooms. Additionally, Launch Trampoline Park has its own mascot – “Joey,” a 7-foot tall green kangaroo mascot – who is in charge of fun at the park, assisting with birthdays and special events.

“The Launch Doral franchisees are excited to bring family fun to the area and are ecstatic to be a part of the Launch team. We can’t wait for the community to enjoy all the fun and action that Launch has to offer,” stated Robert Arnold, president and co-owner of Launch Franchising, LLC.

About Launch Franchising

Ty Law and Robert Arnold are co-owners of Launch Franchising, LLC, with two corporate locations in Warwick, R.I. and Hartford, Conn., and franchise locations along the East Coast. The company is expanding its franchise nationwide and utilizing the strength of positive branding, turn-key operational systems and proven marketing programs as attractive benefits to potential franchisees. For additional information, visit

FC Miami Media Students

FC Miami City, Miami's official soccer team, and Miami Media School’s technology teams, resources, students, media and interest groups will feature collaboration and resource sharing. This will significantly enhance the coverage of soccer and the Premier Development League in Miami while providing students with access to unique sports media facilities.

The partnership is created in an effort to develop open sources for Miami Media School students and provide career experiences that will prepare students for sports media careers. Within six months, the students will learn how to write, produce and call games.

“Our goal at Miami Media School is to build a world-class sports media program” according to Nancy Rodriguez, CEO at Miami Media School. “Students in sports media are as likely to be applying for jobs with college athletic departments, professional franchises or entities like PDL, USL or MLS entities as they are with traditional media outlets, like local television stations and newspapers.”

FC Miami City GM Youri Vaisse said. “Helping to provide real-world opportunities for the many talented students of the Miami Media School is consistent with one of our top priorities. We cannot thank [Miami Media School CEO] Nancy Rodriguez and the Media School enough for helping make this historic and unique partnership possible.”

The opportunities offered to sports journalism students through the partnership will help students adjust to changes in the field. It will help to give students valuable experience in media areas that don’t fall under traditional journalism, and it’s a great fit alongside the wonderful student journalism opportunities already in Miami’s metro.

It will surely strengthen FC Miami City’s reputation as a national center for excellence in sports communication.

About Miami Media School

The Miami Media School is an American Private Institution that instructs students in all areas of the broadcast media industry. It is a comprehensive, hands-on program, where students are trained by broadcast media professionals currently working in the field.

The Media schools possess a unique mix of broadcasting leadership and experience, educational excellence then combines this with industry technology and equipment that effectively replicates what students and graduates will see when they enter the workforce. These tools and methods of training and educating our students solidifies the Media Schools position at the forefront of broadcasting education.

Heads Up Football

Nineteen football leaders (including Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Youth development Twan Russell) have been selected to take a leading role within USA Football’s Heads Up Football program, promoting a better and safer game on youth and high school levels nationwide.

The new Master Trainers join more than 100 others to educate high school and youth football programs on Heads Up Football principles.

Representing 15 states, the group of individuals – which includes youth, high school and college football coaches, as well as former NFL players – actively participated in a USA Football-led workshop earlier this year that educated them on the core fundamentals of the Heads Up Football program.

After completing the workshop, Master Trainers will instruct youth and high school coaches in their regions on Heads Up Football principles and teach youth league- and high school-appointed Player Safety Coaches, who will oversee their programs’ implementation of the highest national coaching standards for football.

“We’re proud to welcome the expertise our new Master Trainers bring to an already strong roster of knowledgeable, committed football experts who help us advance and grow the game alongside the youth and high school football community,” USA Football CEO and Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Master Trainers are leaders and educators, and work nationwide to implement important standards for parents, administrators, and coaches to ensure proper health and safety protocols are in place and to unify the approach to teaching football-specific techniques for the well-being of our athletes.”

Russell played football for St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, the University of Miami and the Miami Dolphins.

Created and administered by independent non-profit USA Football, Heads Up Football is a comprehensive way to teach and play the sport, encompassing coaching education, equipment fitting, shoulder tackling and blocking fundamentals, CDC-approved concussion recognition/response, sudden cardiac arrest protocols and heat preparedness/hydration. It’s supported by the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, among other leading associations spanning medicine and sport.

More than 2,200 high schools and nearly 75 percent of all U.S. youth leagues enrolled in Heads Up Football in 2016 for the betterment of student-athletes. The program is endorsed by a combined total of 32 state high school athletic associations and high school football coaches associations spanning 26 states. USA Football, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is the sport’s national governing body and certifies more high school and youth coaches combined than any organization in the U.S

About USA Football

USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players. Follow USA Football on Facebook or on Twitter.


The Miami Backgammon Club plays 7 p.m. Wednesdays at The 19th Hole Bar & Grill, Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 33134.

The Miami Backgammon Club is a friendly group of South Florida Backgammon players. Players of all levels welcome. No membership fees.

Free live play. Tournament entry fee $10.

Contact Leo at 305-669-5260 or

Warrior Basketball

The Warrior Basketball Pre-Travel Team Program in Miami is intense training for boys and girls, age 8-15, to prepare athletes for a travel team level.

The athletes will train two times a week in a two-hour practice. To gain experience, scrimmages will be set up, and tournament like situations will slowly be introduced to the team.

Practice days are Wednesdays, Fridays and/or Sundays. Kids will receive a Warrior basketball jersey and shorts.

Call 305-777-7077.

Gifts in Golf

PGA Certified Pro Philip Argianas, program director of GIG-Gifts In Golf, is proud to bring his expertise to special people with special needs to Coral Gables.

GIG programing -- like Golfing with Autism and Kids Swing Into Golf -- enrich the quality of life for families in the community.

Coach Phil said in a release: “Our fun programing impacts kids by teaching them life skills while providing physical and mental training through learning the game of golf.”

For information about registration including schedules and release forms, go to GIG’s website

To volunteer or for any other questions on the Autism and Down syndrome golf programs, call Coach Phil at 888-909-5709, check the website and Facebook page for updates.

GIG was founded in 2009 and has been serving several communities in Miami-Dade County. The organization provides fun instruction and mentoring while empowering special people with special needs. Integrating families and community, it provides all the benefits that golfing delivers with a focus on a person’s ability.


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.


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.

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).