Youth Sports

Coral Reef, Doral Park fare well at USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge

TENNIS FINALISTS: Coral Reef No.1 was a finalist in the 14-18 Novice Division as Crandon Park Tennis Facility on Key Biscayne hosted a USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge.
TENNIS FINALISTS: Coral Reef No.1 was a finalist in the 14-18 Novice Division as Crandon Park Tennis Facility on Key Biscayne hosted a USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge. USTA Florida

Champions were crowned in age divisions 10-18 when the Crandon Park Tennis Facility on Key Biscayne hosted a USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenge.

The event was “BYOT” (bring your own team), and teams did not need to have prior participation in a local league to participate. All players receive a complimentary lunch during the event.

Youth Tennis Foundation Scholarship recipients were Jose Pereira and Sara Posada.

Champion and finalist teams:

10U Division Flight I

Doral Park Pro d. Coral Reef Advanced

Doral Park: Elias Ray (captain), Mia Slama, Nika Milman, Valeria Ray, Simon Delgadillo

Coral Reef: Kara Borromeo (captain), Julia Lares, Yubel Ubri, Alejandro Maya, Sofia Maya

10U Division Flight II

Terminators d. Doral Park Girls

Terminators: Mark Fleisher (captain), Michaela Landry, Max Fleisher, Lorena Luque, Cristina Valladares, Zaure Abzhanova, Quentin Gabler

Doral Park Girls: Massiel Montbrun (captain), Gloren Montbrun, Priscilla Puentes, Brenda Yoris, Kristina Puentes

11-14 Novice Division

East Coast Smashers d. TownGate Tennis

East Coach Smashers: Emily Phillips (captain), Allison Turner, Andrea Turner, Charlie Phillips, Amani Ally

TownGate Tennis: Juan Coutino (captain), Nicole Lastra, Rebecka Santos, Owen Wheleer, Jeevanesh Sathiaseeian

11-14 Intermediate Division

Top Spinners d. Team 2 Pearl James

Top Spinners: Eric Herold (captain), Cameron Herold, Alessandra Diamond, William Luque, Alexandra Von der Goltz, Carlos Santamaria, Sergio Delgadillo

Team 2 Pearl James: Pablo Lopez (captain), Rodrigo Nieto, Kayla Ventura, Julietta Menendez, Emily Chebanu, Matteo Cloetta

14-18 Novice Division

MatchPoint Hawks d. Coral Reef No.1

MatchPoint Hawks: Manny Fabian (captain), Monica Chavez, Katie Rodriguez, Brenda Adrian, Noella Parodi

Coral Reef No.1: Lee Petitis (captain), Pierre Couto, Jason Lu, Anisa Singh, Nicole Fang, Meghana Varanasi, Nico Hidalgo

14-18 Intermediate Division

Spanish Power Tennis d. MatchPoint Hawks

Spanish Power Tennis: Stephanie Theller (captain), Aleksa Marquez, Tina Smith, Gregorio Fernandez, Yago de la Calle, Sebastian Sanchez

MatchPoint Hawks: Manny Fabian (captain), Cory Harrington, Andrew Lazara, Sara Seivane, Mandisa Walle

More tennis

Miami winners and finalists from the National $10,000 United States Professional Tennis Association Clay Court Championships at the Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club in Fort Myers.

FINALS: Men’s Open Doubles: Stefano Ianni (Miami)/Mathieu Soto (Boca Raton) d. Franco Mata (Naples)/Paulo Barros (Orlando) 6-1, 6-3. Mixed 45 Doubles: Patricio Madariaga (Miami Beach)/Susie Brown (Delray Beach) d. Jeff Diggs (Cape Coral)/Kerry Kendrick (Sanibel) by default. Men’s 45 Doubles: Frank Vermeer (Jacksonville)/Jeff Cohen (Boca Raton) d. Patricio Madariaga (Miami Beach)/Darryl Fornatora (West Palm Beach) 6-2, 6-2. Men’s 55 Singles: Hans Gallauer (St. Petersburg) d. Patricio Madariaga (Miami Beach) 6-2, 6-1.

Stewart tennis

Miami’s Katerina Stewart outlasted New York’s Louisa Chirico 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 for the title at the Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event in Indian Harbour Beach.

Stewart, 17, improved to 3-2 in USTA Pro Circuit finals in 2015, the week before beating Chirico in the first round in Charlottesville after losing to her the week prior in the Dothan final.

Stewart will travel to Roland Garros to compete in the French Open women’s qualifying event.

Miami Rowing Center

The Miami Rowing Center did well at the State Sweep Championships at Sarasota’s new rowing center at Nathan Benderson Park.

Winning gold were the Girls’ Varsity Open Weight Four (Yailene Herrera, Alexandra Schlessinger, Camila Quintana, Sarah Hernandez, Gabriella Morrison); Girls’ Varsity Lightweight Four (Isabel Vengochea, Lisa Ray, Kamila Vazquez, Alexandra Duffy); and Girls’ Second Varsity Four (Pauline Suarez, Marissa Williford, Cristina Morcos, Liana Tellez, Adrianne Orriols).

MRC’s Girls’ Freshmen Four, Boys’ Freshmen Four and Boys’ Junior Four each earned silver.

The number of boats medalling for MRC in the sculling and sweep championships was a program best 11 with 32 rowers receiving medals.

Pace flag football

The Monsignor Edward Pace High School girls’ flag football team beat Mater Academy 20-0 to win the District 32 title.

The Spartans went undefeated throughout the regular season and district tournament, going 13-0 wins and totaling 506 points . Even more impressive, they did not allow a point.

In the state play-in game, Miramar became the first team this season to score on Pace, but the Sparatns prevailed and advanced, winning 19-13 in double overtime to remain undefeated.

Everglades then ended the stellar streak by beating Pace 13-0 in the next round of the playoffs.

Spartans Head Coach John Rodriguez said, “I’m very proud of these girls and how hard they worked. We had a tremendous season, and they exceeded my expectations.”

The offense was led by quarterback Sabrina Cabrera, the 2013 Miami Herald All-Dade Player of Year. Safety Destiny Wilson and defensive back Jasmine Rodriguez anchored that strong defense.

The team is helmed by two Pace alum -- Rodriguez (Class of 1978) and Assistant Coach Derek Duque (Class of 2012).

“[Coach Rodriguez] expects us to play hard, to our capabilities and to leave it all out on the field,” said senior receiver Daizsa Jones.

Jones was one of six seniors along with Cabrera, Rodriguez, Tamira Smalls, Jenny Darbouze, and Pierrelena Amazon. Cabrera, who led the team to the state championships in 2013, was named Pace’s 2015 Lady Spartan of the Year for her efforts on the flag football and soccer fields and in the classroom.

Mo Steel flag football

The Mo Steel Seniors (12U) and Vets (14U) flag football teams traveled to Chicago the weekend of the NFL Draft to compete in the NFL Flag Festival, and both won championships.

The Seniors, a 2014 NFL national finalist, went 5-0. The Vets, also a 2014 NFL national finalist, also were 5-0. Each team displayed tremendous skill, passion and teamwork.

The champion Seniors are Tyler Gale, Aaron Felder, Johnny Fishman, Ryan Mendelson, Robert Behar, Hakim Strrup, Zach Zibelli, Ethan Negas, Tyriq Streeter.

The champion Vets are Will Poses, Tywan Cash, Tyrone Streeter, Matteo Marcato, David Egozi, Presley Pomeranc, Kevin Foo, Robby Moret, Noah Hickey, Jesse Scharfer, Jamaree Jackson.

The Mo Steel Juniors (10U) had a solid tournament, reaching the finals. They are Jake Manasse, Jonathan Bacal, Symarri Williams, Nolan Senker, Brody Minnick, Sammuel Attias, Allan Strimber, Marc Wendrow, Carson Orlinsky, T’kari Donaldson.

Mo Steel Football is in its 16th season, winning eight NFL National Flag Football Championships. Based at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach, the Mo Steel Football travels nationally and internationally each year.

If interested in a private tryout, email Coach Yossi at or MAR-JCC Athletic Director and Mo Steel Football Founder David Fried at

The Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center houses more than 1,000 players in a variety of sports. Visit

Kendall Hammock NFL flag football

The 2015 Kendall Hammocks Optimist NFL Flag Season kicked off at Devonaire Park. More than 370 participants, parents and coaches brought an overflow crowd on opening day.

Outstanding performances: 6U Division: 49ers Harvel Jackson. U8: Raiders Jordan Cordero. U10: Rams Ryan Gonzalez. U14: Seahawks Zack Chaves.

Standings: 6U: 49ers 2-0. Giants 1-1, Dolphins 0-2. 8U: Giants 2-0, Raiders 2-0, Dolphins 1-1, Falcons 1-1, Cardinals 0-0, Panthers 0-2, Cowboys 0-2. 10U: Rams 2-0, Bengals 2-0, Dolphins 1-1, Broncos 1-1, 49ers 1-1, Jets 0-2, Seahawks 0-2. 14U: Seahawks 2-0, Cowboys 2-0, Ravens 2-0, Dolphins 1-1, Colts 0-2, Eagles 0-2, Raiders 0-2.

For information on the Kendall Hammocks Warriors Football Program,


The Kendall Hammocks Warriors are sponsored by the Optimist Cub of Kendall Hammocks in partnership with Miami-Dade County Parks providing youth football, cheerleading, baseball and soccer for more than 1,000 participants on a yearly basis by an all volunteer staff.

U.S. Army football

Fifty-nine of Florida’s top senior football players have been nominated to play in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Those nominated will have the chance to showcase their talents on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 in the annual East vs. West match-up, televised live at 1 p.m. EST on NBC.

“The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the Nation – the U.S. Army,” Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing, said in a release. “This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability the athletes possess both on and off the field; qualities they share with U.S. Army Soldiers. We look forward to the 2016 Army All-American Bowl program that includes more than 200 events across the country and culminates in San Antonio during game week.”

Nominees from Miami are: DB Donte Carriere-Williams, Booker T. Washington High School; ATH Jamel Cook Miami Central High School; DL Joseph Jackson, Gulliver Preparatory School; WR Dionte Mullins, Gulliver Preparatory School; WR Freddie Pinder, Southridge High School; LB Emmett Rice, Norland High School.


Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School fifth grader Hana Starkman recently competed in the regional qualifier for the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Team. Her region includes Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.

She won her age group and placed third all around for all age groups. As a top three finisher, she was invited to North Carolina for The USA Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships in June.

Starkman’s coach is Iryna Kobets at The IK School of Rhythmic Gymnastics in North Miami Beach.

Nautilus Middle golf

The Nautilus Middle School golf team qualified for the Miami-Dade County finals at the Killian Golf Course. By placing fifth of 15 schools in the playoffs, the Sharks will compete for the county championship at Palmetto Golf Course.

The Sharks were led by the low scores of Yoshi Petersson (47) and Max Gotlin (51). Nicole Spinelli, Daniele Cattabriga and Jared Rogoff also performed well under pressure and look forward to the finals. The coach is Eric Marshall.

FIU baseball

Conference USA announced its 2015 all-conference awards, and Florida International University junior pitcher Danny Dopico of Miami earned second-team honors.

Dopico, a 6-2, 190-pound, right-hander, appeared in 23 games in his first season with the Panthers. The Christopher Columbus High School graduate registered a 1.60 ERA in 39.1 innings pitched out of the bullpen.

Dopico ranks No.3 in C-USA in saves (9) and is No.2 on the team in Ks (49). His 23 games of relief rank No.11 in C-USA and finished the second-most games in C-USA (19). He is holding opponents to a .163 BA and owns a 2-4 record. In his 23 outings, Dopico has allowed an earned run in just five appearances (7 ER in 2015). He registered wins vs. Tennessee (2/13) and Louisiana Tech (4/25) and had a career-high six strikeouts (1.2 IP) in his FIU debut vs. Tennessee (2/13). He recorded four or more strikeouts in four games and had at least one strikeout in 20-of-23 appearances.

Nova Southeastern basketball

Miami’s Jasmine Wilkins, a Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball graduate, has been selected as one of just 30 student-athletes nationwide to attend the Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everyone program, put on by the United States Olympic Committee at the end of May.

Wilkins, a Hialeah Senior High School grad, was chosen to participate in the eight-day conference, May 27-June 3, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She applied in conjunction with NSU Associate Athletic Director/SWA Kelley Kish for the prestigious sports leadership development program.

The FLAME program is designed to help develop leaders of color for careers in sport. Wilkins, who earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in sport and recreation management, and just recently graduated with her Master’s in athletic administration, hopes to utilize this experience to enter into the world of collegiate athletics.

Miami Dolphins fishing

Tally Ho (Rick Simmons, Stephen Simmons, Carly Simmons and Chuck Bunch) won the Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament with an overall weight of 98.3 pounds. The quartet won a spot on the team charter on a Miami Dolphins away trip.

Forty three boats participated in the fishing tournament, the weigh-in, presented by Hooters, and Fishing Awards Ceremony and Live Auction, presented by Simrad.

“What an amazing event, and we had so much great energy,” said Fins Weekend Tournament Co-Chair Jeff Peck. “It was a beautiful day of golf, and we had a lot of boats raising money today for City Year Miami and the work they do in our community.”

Proceeds raised from Fins Weekend, presented by Estrella Insurance, will benefit City Year Miami, an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students on track to graduate. In 2015, the foundation will sponsor City Year programs at Miami Carol City and Miami Norland Senior High Schools.

Fins Weekend is the signature event of the educational pillar of Miami Dolphins Foundation.

2015 Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament Winners

Overall Weight: 1. Tally Ho, 98.3 pounds (Rick Simmons, Stephen Simmons, Carly Simmons, Chuck Bunch). 2. Bouncer’s Dusky, 92.7 pounds (Adam Rice, Austin Rice, Marjorie Rice, Larry Hobbs). 3. Thomas Flyer, 80.9 pounds (Russell Thompson, Sean Brighton, Jerry McGinley, Rich Thomas).

Largest Overall Sailfish: Papa Pilar Hemingway Award: Qulaifier with 9.

Largest Dolphin:1. Tony Galvin, UB Chillin, 17.2 pounds. 2. Mike Connors, UB Chillin 10.3 pounds. Largest Tuna: 1. Austin Rice, Bouncer’s Dusky, 30.5 pounds. 2. Sam Schecter, Bel Esprit, 27.6 pounds. 3. Stephen Simmons, Tally Ho, 26.2 pounds. Largest Kingfish: 1. Russell Thompson, Thomas Flyer, 37.7 pounds. 2. Claudio Martinez, Pescador, 26.17 pounds. 3. Russell Thompson, Thomas Flyer, 25.8 pounds.

Female: Best Female Overall: Marjory Rice, Bouncer’s Dusky. Largest Kingfish: Marjory Rice, Bouncer’s Dusky, 25.0 pounds. Largest Tuna: Carly Simmons, Tally Ho, 23.7 pounds.

Junior Angler: Largest Dolphin: Nick Dones, MOMA, 7.1 pounds. Overall Junior: Nick Dones, MOMA, 7.2 pounds.

More events, leagues, programs

Miami-Dade track & field

The inaugural “USATF Future Stars” Track & Field Meet, presented by USA Track and Field and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at Dade Christian School, 6601 NW 167th, Hialeah.

The youth sporting event is a new addition to the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at increasing participation in youth athletics.

The meet is open to area youth, age 18 and younger. The cost to participate is $5 per athlete.

Participants must register online at

For information, contact Chris Evans at 305-755-7885 or

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



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, email or call 305-480-2521.

Giancarlo Stanton’s G-Squad

To support Miami Marlins powerhitter Giancarlo Stanton, join Giancarlo Stanton’s All-New G-Squad.

For $27, you can be a member of the G-Squad, which will unite during five Saturday games.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

Kendall Hammocks cheer, football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors Tackle program announces the registrations dates and times for the 2015 football and cheerleading season.

Tackle fee $185 which includes home game jersey that players keep, secondary insurance, participation awards, and the rental of helmet, shoulder pads, game pants. Issued equipment to be returned at season’s end. Also, the NFL’s Stephen Tulloch Football Camp as well as the Rookie Camp.

Cheer registration fee $385 which includes $185 initial deposit for practice T-shirt, shorts, game day socks, hair bow, cheer brief, and shoes, secondary insurance, and participation awards. The remaining $200 is for competition, body liner, shoes, socks, warm up, cheer bag, and uniform rental.

Register 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 30 and June 6 and 13.

Registrations and practices are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave. Tackle season starts July 6.

For information email Football Commissioner Mike Pintado at

or visit the web site at

The Warriors Football program, under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks, is an all volunteer organization, serving the community in sports for more than 28 years. The Warriors compete in the Miami Xtreme Football League.

Play Action Sports cheer, football

Play Action Sports bought the Coral Gables Cavaliers Youth Football & Cheer Program and is re-rebuilding it.

The group seeks a cheer director and cheer coaches as well as football coaches, volunteers and team moms and dads to assist with the 2015 season in the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League. Home games will be played at Coral Gables High School.




Suniland flag football

Registration for the Suniland 5-on-5 Flag Football Summer Season is open until June for boys and girls, age 5-15.

Registration is at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest, every weeknight 6 to 8 and every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. Fee is $125 and covers reversible shirt, shorts, flags, secondary insurance and high school certified referees. Full Teams accepted at a discounted rate. Every team makes playoffs. Coaches and team sponsors needed.

For information, contact Flag Commissioner Ken Hanna 305-992-2991 or Club President Jose Regalado 305-458-1966 or

The Optimist Club of Suniland is an organization entirely made up of volunteers who have been providing community service thru sports in South Florida since 1968.

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 as a team of 10 with a coach for $800.

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



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.

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

Sunshine State Games

Florida’s Sunshine State Games online registration is open for select sports of its 2015 Calendar of Events.

Now in its 36th year, the Sunshine State Games has become an amateur sports tradition in Florida and nationwide. All Floridians are welcome to compete in any of the more than 25 sports offered in 10 different Florida communities between April and November.

SSG strives to provide first-class facilities, a family-friendly atmosphere and professionally organized, yet affordable competition, for more than 10,000 athletes of all ages.

Online registration is open for select events, including three multi-sport festivals in Broward, Sarasota and Palm Beach counties at

Since making its debut in 1980, Florida’s Sunshine State Games has established itself as the Nation’s Longest-Running State Games.

SSG Sarasota County Festival, June 6-8

SSG Palm Beach County Festival, June 13-14

SSG Table Tennis Championships, June 20-21, Lakeland

SSG Water Polo Championships, June 26-28, Coral Springs

Entry fees vary by sport and registration deadlines are approximately two weeks prior to the competition date.

The Broward County Festival includes three sports: Figure Skating, Lacrosse, rugby.

The Sarasota County Festival features competition in seven sports; Archery, Canoe/Kayak, Disc Golf, Racquetball, Rowing, Synchronized Swimming and Ultimate.

The Sunshine State Games returns to West Palm Beach for the first time since 2002 when the Palm Beach County Festival offers eight sports; BMX Cycling, Fencing, Judo, Karate, Powerlifting, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Wrestling.

“We look forward to working with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to present the eight sports of the Palm Beach County Festival,” said Florida Sports Foundation Senior Vice President, Stephen Rodriguez. “The Palm Beach Convention Center will come alive the weekend of June 13-14 with seven sports being held in the building and over 1,000 athletes competing.”

Look for upcoming information about the 2015 Sunshine State Games events at

NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth

NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 today announced the expansion of their commitment to youth health and wellness by giving NFL FLAG Essentials Kits to one million students across 2,500 schools nationwide, including 10 focus cities: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Jacksonville, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. The expansion is made possible by a $1 million commitment from NFL Foundation.

The announcement was made by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CEO of GENYOUth Alexis Glick and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the 2015 NFL Draft Youth Football Clinic in Chicago’s Grant Park.

During 2014 Kickoff, NFL, USA Football, GENYOUth and Fuel Up to Play 60 announced a commitment to providing children in elementary schools and after-school programs nationwide with NFL FLAG Essentials Kits enabling kids and communities to “Play 60.” The kits which include footballs, flag belts, posters and a PE curriculum designed for elementary and middle school students, garnered enthusiasm, reaching 1,800 schools nationwide, resulting in 500,000 kids getting more active, and the demand for NFL FLAG powered by USA Football to be played before, during and after school.

The goal of the partnership between the NFL and Fuel Up to Play 60 is to give children more opportunities to be physically active and to "Play 60" by offering PE teachers and school administrators the equipment, curriculum, training and recognition they need to uplift and support physical education. This extension of the program provides a million more students across the country with the tools to play NFL FLAG, which combines the strategy of football with the lessons of teamwork, resiliency and respect.

“We want all kids to have the chance to get active and flag football is a fun way to play 60 and learn the fundamentals of football,” said Commissioner Goodell. “We know many children are physically inactive and the critical need in schools and communities for equipment and ways to increase participation in physical education. We want to make this a positive experience by offering NFL FLAG Kits to inspire kids to play football and be active today and in years to come.”

Results from the program’s first year include:

· 98% of teachers reporting using the Kits in PE class for more than one semester

· 47% using Kits after school

· 28% using Kits during recess

· 21% using Kits weekend activity and/or sporting activities

· 12% using Kits before school, leading to an increased number of physically activity kids

NFL FLAG provides children of all ages with the opportunity to be active and learn the basics of football in a fun environment. With the tremendous reach of Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school nutrition and physical activity program, an additional 1,000,000 children in more than 2,500 schools will be able to participate in the coming 2015-16 school year via the new Kits. The program will culminate with the NFL FLAG National Championships at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco.

“GENYOUth is proud to support this partnership by bringing this fresh and exciting sport to schools nationwide through our flagship program, Fuel Up to Play 60,” said Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth. “Flag football is a fun, fast-paced, skills-based and strategy-driven game that inspires more kids to get active. It allows physical education teachers and communities to introduce a new curriculum that has already inspired more physical activity among both boys and girls during and outside of the school day.”

Schools can apply for the Kits starting in early May via the Fuel Up to Play 60 website: and will be provided at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year while supplies last. Additionally, in-person FLAG trainings using the curriculum developed by USA Football and SHAPE America will be held in the 10 NFL markets this fall.


NFL FLAG powered by USA Football ( provides opportunities for children ages 5-17 to enjoy America's favorite sport.

With more than 250,000 participants nationwide, players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football, lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. NFL FLAG is a program of PLAY 60, the NFL’s campaign to encourage kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to help reverse the trend of childhood obesity.

About Fuel Up to Play 60

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Football League (NFL) and National Dairy Council (NDC), which was founded by America’s dairy farmers, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.

The program additionally encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. As a result of the program, last year 14 million students made better food choices and are getting more physically active during the school day. Fuel Up to Play 60 is further supported by several health and nutrition organizations: Action for Healthy Kids, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Association/Foundation, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association and School Nutrition Association.

Visit to learn more.

About GENYOUth Foundation

A leading nonprofit, GENYOUth brings leaders in health and wellness, education, government and business together in a movement to empower America’s youth to achieve a healthier future by uniting partners, raising funds and uplifting the student voice.

GENYOUth has established itself as a thought leader in youth health and wellness and collaborates with its partners to convene experts, conduct research, publish perspective reports, and build programs that make a lasting difference in the pursuit of healthy, high-achieving youth. Founded in 2010 through a public-private partnership with the National Dairy Council and the NFL, GENYOUth has raised funds, increased visibility and commitment to school wellness among health and wellness leaders, educators, students, parents, community leaders and businesses.

Learn more about GENYOUth partnership, volunteer and donation opportunities at or contact

About USA Football

Indianapolis-based USA Football ( is the sport’s national governing body, leading the game’s development for youth, high school and other amateur players. The independent nonprofit partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and sport to establish important standards rooted in education. USA Football trains more high school and youth football coaches combined than any organization in the U.S., advancing coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics.

Follow USA Football at or on Twitter


About SHAPE America

SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators is committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, physically active lives. As the nation's largest membership organization of health and physical education professionals, SHAPE America works with its 50 state affiliates and national partners to support initiatives such as the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, Let's Move! Active Schools and the Jump Rope For Heart/Hoops For Heart programs.

Since its founding in 1885, the organization has defined excellence in physical education, and our resources provide the leadership, professional development and advocacy that support health and physical educators at every level - from preschool to university graduate programs.

For information, visit

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

or on Twitter @USAFootball

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.





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).

Submit info to Sports Scene

Sports Scene spotlights news and notes from youth sports activities in your neighborhood. The aim is to feature game notes and the accomplishments of athletes from Miami-Dade County.

We rely on the directors and coaches of each league, as well as community members, parents and schools to submit information. We accept photos but ask that everyone pictured be identified with a first and last name and the name of the team or park they represent.


Youth sports online

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Nominate youth baseball, softball players to be honored for academics, sportsmanship at Miami Marlins game

In an effort to recognize deserving South Florida youth baseball and softball players for doing well in school and displaying sportsmanship on the diamond, the Miami Marlins have once again partnered with The Miami Herald to co-sponsor the Team Player Spotlight on the Sunday Youth Sports pages in the Neighbors section of The Miami Herald in print and online.

Youth league coaches, team representatives, teachers, friends or family members can nominate youth baseball or softball players, who display sportsmanship and good grades or academic improvements. Eligible nominees are from the recreational in-house league or travel league or school league (elementary school or middle school aged) for any season of the year.

Honored players – selected by random drawing – will be invited to a Marlins game where they will receive a certificate of achievement and a Marlins item during a recognition ceremony at Marlins Park.

To nominate someone, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone at or call 954-538-7153.