Youth Sports

Miami figure skater Maximilliano Fernandez second in Junior Grand Prix series event

WINNING SILVER: Miami figure skater Maxmilliano Fernandez (right) and his partner Joy Weinberg earned silver medals in the first event of the prestigious Junior Grand Prix series of the International Skating Union in Colorado Springs. A Hialeah resident, Max is a member of the Miami Figure Skating Club at Kendall Ice Arena.
WINNING SILVER: Miami figure skater Maxmilliano Fernandez (right) and his partner Joy Weinberg earned silver medals in the first event of the prestigious Junior Grand Prix series of the International Skating Union in Colorado Springs. A Hialeah resident, Max is a member of the Miami Figure Skating Club at Kendall Ice Arena.

Representing the United States, Miami figure skater Maxmilliano Fernandez and his partner Joy Weinberg placed second in the first event of the prestigious Junior Grand Prix series of the International Skating Union in Colorado Springs.

The International Skating Union is the organization which controls figure skating worldwide and is the organizing body for figure skating in World Championships and the Olympics. The Junior Grand Prix series is the most prestigious international series for world-class athletes competing just below the Olympic level and pointing toward the next Winter Olympics.

Pairs skating is probably the most dramatic of all figure skating events, requiring tremendous athleticism and featuring amazing spins, choreographed synchronized movements, lifts and carries, and jumps in which the female partner is literally thrown into the air.

The Colorado Springs event was the first for Max and Joy as a pair in international competition, and they started off with a bang. They dazzled the crowd and the judges by winning the Short Program, skating to a mix of “Hernando’s Hideaway” by Jerry Ross and “La Cumparisita” by Geraldo Rodriguez.

In their longer Freeskate program, the pair skated to “Le Corsaire” by Adolfo Adam. They were third in the Freeskate and finished second between two Russian teams that placed first and third.

Weinberg, 18, is a college student originally from Chicago and is a member of the Skokie Valley (Il) Skating Club.

Fernandez, 19, is a college student from Hialeah. He started his skating career in Miami with his coach, Kent Johnson, and is a member of the Miami Figure Skating Club at Kendall Ice Arena. He attended Coral Reef Senior High and currently attends State College of Florida in Bradenton.

They were selected by U.S. Figure Skating to represent the United States in the ISU Junior Grand Prix series and are the top US pairs team at the Junior level.

The mission of the Miami Figure Skating Club is to serve as a fun, safe, supportive community which promotes individual growth for figure skaters (recreational and competitive) and to encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork, all through education, competitions, ice shows, testing, and social activities for the love of the sport.

For those interested in ice skating at any level, call the Kendall Ice Arena at 305-386-8288.

Regatta

Westminster Christian School sixth grader Enzo Menditto represented the United States as a member of the United States Optimist Dinghy Association during the British Nationals Regatta in Pwllheli Wales.

The event consisted of five days of racing on the Irish Sea. After 13 races with 158 boats participating, Menditto secured the 11th spot overall for the United States.

With an unbridled passion for sailing, he participates in more than a dozen regattas each year as a member of the youth sailing team at Coral Reef Yacht Club in Coconut Grove.

Golf

The First Tee of Maimi is sending local golfer Tanya Eathakotti to compete in the 2015 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, an official Champions Tour Sept. 25-27 and televised internationally on Golf Channel.

Eathakotti will join 80 other participants from The First Tee chapters for the event, which is in its 12th year.

“At Nature Valley we have great admiration for the mission of The First Tee. The program has such a meaningful impact in the lives of young people by strengthening important values like responsibility, judgement and perseverance. The opportunity for these teenagers to be selected as a part of The First Tee has the power to transform lives,” said Carla Vernón at General Mills. “The teenagers selected to play in the Nature Valley First Tee Open, including Eathakotti, have worked hard to prepare for this opportunity, and we are immensely proud to welcome them to this year’s tournament.”

Eathakotti was selected by a national panel of judges who evaluated playing ability and comprehension of the life skills and character education learned through their involvement with The First Tee.

Champions Tour players committed to play include last year's Nature Valley First Tee Open winner John Cook, Charles Schwab Cup contender and World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie, as well as two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen. Janzen claimed the pro-junior competition last year when his junior partner, Christopher Meyers from The First Tee of Tucson, holed a 4-iron from the fairway for a final-hole albatross to secure the title.

Eathakotti and the other juniors will be teamed with 81 Champions Tour players and 162 amateurs as they compete for the pro-junior title at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course. Play will be conducted on these courses on Friday and Saturday, and the final round will be played on Pebble Beach Sunday.

The First Tee of Miami's Program Director Mario Avello says Tanya is successful on and off the golf course because of her dedication to the core lessons learned through the years of participation in The First Tee of Miami.

Tanya exemplifies the First Tee Code of Conduct and The First Tee Nine Core Values. Tanya was a bit shy when she started but has developed into a pretty good golfer with excellent leadership skills. She is especially good at helping younger players to enjoy and learn the game during our clinics.

Without doubt, Tanya is an exemplary young lady with a bright future ahead of her in life, academics and the game of golf.

The First Tee of Miami is one of 175 chapters around the country and in select international locations. Serving the City of Miami since 1997, thousands of young people have been impacted through chapter programs and The First Tee National School Program, which is in the 27 Miami-Dade elementary schools. The golf-based programs are focused on building character through The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.

To learn more about The First Tee of Miami, visit

www.dagagolf.org.

For more information on the 2015 Nature Valley First Tee Open,

visit www.thefirstteeopen.com.

About The First Tee of Miami

To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Cross-country

Senior Carlin Berryhill of Coral Reef High School won the boys’ varsity race, and Natalie Varela, an eighth-grader at Gulliver Prep, was runner-up in the girls’ version during the King/Queen of the Hill High School Cross-Country Invitational at Tropical Park.

Berryhill ran the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes 30.57 seconds. Belen Jesuit, the team champion, took the next three spots with sophomore Joshua Collins second in 16:33.64, senior Nicolas Roca third in 16:47.73 and senior Jaime Lopez fourth in 16:55.15.

The boys’ race featured 247 runners and 30 teams. Ferguson High School earned runner-up honors with 73 points. Columbus High School was third with 82 points and Coral Reef High School fourth with 98 points.

Varela covered 3.1 miles in 19 minutes 23.61 seconds. Mater Academy’s Rahyah Andressohn, another eighth-grader, took third of 199 female runners in 20:31.14. Freshman Sabrina Perno of Doral Academy placed fourth in 20:49.67, followed by LaSalle sophomore Mariana Gonzalez in 20:57.47.

Ferguson High School won the girls’ team title, besting 22 other teams with 56 points. Lourdes Academy was a close second with 65 points, and Coral Reef High School placed third with 133 points. Northwestern High School totaled 139 points for fourth, and Carrollton scored 157 points for fifth.

Other top Miami-Dade County finishers: Girls: 6. Rachael Osman, junior, Coral Reef HS, 21:11.16; 7. Shiree Hinds, senior, Northwestern HS, 21:16.94; 8. Jazmyn Martinez, junior, Ferguson HS, 21:20.69; 9. Kaylee Alfaro, junior, Ferguson HS, 21:22.01; 11. Gabriela Crespi, junior, Ferguson HS, 21:43.55; 12. Nicole Kolisch, senior, Carrollton, 21:45.74; 13. Nicole Lopez, junior, Lourdes Academy, 21:48.81; 14. Victoria Rodriguez, senior, Lourdes Academy, 21:52.80; 15. Natalia Cabanas, senior, Hialeah Gardens HS, 21:54.18; 16. Andrea Gongora, senior, Lourdes Academy, 22:10.07; 17. Lauren Garcia, senior, Lourdes Academy, 22:11.93; 18. Elizabeth McCann, freshman, Lourdes Academy, 22:13.63; 19. Elizabeth Macgowan, senior, Ferguson HS, 22:19.58. 21. Nicole Katzarkov, senior, Riviera Prep, 22:23.45; 22. Melissa Melchor, senior, Ferguson HS, 22:27.75; 23. Gabriela Garcia-Linares, freshman, Lourdes Academy. 22:28.17; 24. Nicolle Garcia, junior, Ferguson HS, 22:28.51; 25. Sofia Miguez, senior, Carrollton, 22:44.40; 26. Jessica Bango, senior, Braddock HS, 22:47.77; 27. Monica Rodriguez, sophomore, Mast, 22:52.88; 28. Sarah Cordier, senior, Coral Reef HS, 23:09.75; 29. Emily Mendoza, senior, Braddock HS, 23:17.53; 30. A'Sja Baker, senior, Northwestern HS, 23:23.99.

Boys: 6. Humberto Freire, senior, Columbus HS, 17:06.02; 7. Leonardo Rodriguez, senior, Ferguson HS, 17:06.97. 9. Guilherme Pereira, senior, Divine Savior, 17:11.65; 10. Daniel Verdecia, senior, Ferguson HS, 17:21.17; 11. Joshua Clethen, senior, Pace HS, 17:24.25; 12. Derwin Moultrie, senior, Coral Reef HS, 17:28.64; 13. Adrian Crespi, senior, Ferguson HS, 17:30.59; 14. Guillermo Rojas, sophomore, Ferguson HS, 17:31.27. 16. Alec Cuevas, junior, Columbus HS, 17:32.62; 18. Carlos Aguerri, senior, Columbus HS, 17:42.73; 19. Cameron Berryhill, senior, Coral Reef HS, 17:44.71; 20. Gino Gonzalez, senior, Braddock HS, 17:47.64; 21. Deshay Fernandes, sophomore, Columbus HS, 17:49.48; 22. Spencer Tate, senior, Krop, 17:50.70; 23. Eliseo Torres, sophomore, Braddock HS, 17:51.09; 25. Lucas de la Hoz, freshman, Belen, 17:54.98; 26. Omar Padilla, junior, Pace HS, 18:00.48; 27. Daniel Areces, senior, Columbus HS, 18:01.28; 28. Henrique Souza, freshman, Belen, 18:08.53; 29. Manuel Lacayo, senior, Coral Park HS, 18:10.59.

Miami Country Day sports

Miami Country Day School

Middle School Female Athlete of the Week: Brianna Lewin (volleyball) had 16 aces, two kills and six digs at the Florida Christian Invitational.

Middle School Male Athlete of the Week: Noah Markofsky (football) scored three touchdowns, including one on an interception return, in the Spartans' win against Florida Christian.

Upper School Female Athlete of the Week: Sara Walker (golf) shot 52 in the Spartans’ win against Divine Savior.

Upper School Male Athlete of the Week: Griffin Sennett (football) kicked two field goals and added an extra point in the Spartans’ 15-10 win over Ransom Everglades.

Kendall Hammocks football

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors 13U tackle football team defeated the previously unbeaten Kendall Boys Club Kolts 7-2 in Miami Xtreme Youth Football.

Mikkel Laraque, who finished with more than 100 yards rushing, scored the winner on a 65-yard run. A solid defense was led by middle linebacker Kevin Johnston as the Warriors improved to 2-2.

Jaden Outar scored the winner as Kendall Hammocks 10U remained unbeaten with a 7-0 victory over Kendall Boys Club.

He gained 59 yards on six carries to lead a ground game that produced 117 yards. Outar, who made nine tackles, also led a strong defense, limiting the Kolts to 101 total yards. The Warriors are 5-0.

Kendall Hammocks 11U improved to 4-1 by beating Miami Springs 38-0. Roman Bisek-Seeber , Tederius Strowbridge, Edgar Aguialr and Jason Velasques scored. The Warriors defense allowed just one first down and negative yards.

Behind an outstanding defensive performance by Julian Gallardo, Angel Orozco, Alex Thomas and David Godrich, the Kendall Hammocks 7U team shut out Miami Springs 12-0. Shawn James had both touchdowns to highlight the offense.

Other scores: PW: Miami PAL 28, KH 20. 8U: South Miami 12, KH 0. 9U: KH 13, Homestead 7. 12U: South Miami 24, KH 0.

Opa-locka sports

“Who said Great things don’t come from Opa-locka?” gloated Commissioner Terence K. Pinder, as he introduced his childhood hero, Irving Thomas Jr., during a regular commission meeting, when the three-time NBA champ returned home to accept a proclamation from the mayor, the commission and the citizens of the city of Opa-locka.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., young Thomas moved to Opa-locka where he was raised and educated in the Miami-Dade County Public School System. He attended Miami Carol City Senior High. A 6-foot-8 power forward, he led the basketball team to a Class 6A state championship with a 38-1 record during his senior year.

Thomas was the first basketball player in Miami-Dade history -- averaging 25 points and 14.4 rebounds per game -- to earn a spot on the esteemed McDonald’s High School All American Team in 1985, ranking as one of the nation’s Top 10 high school prospects. He chose the University of Kentucky where he played two seasons before transferring to Florida State University. He averaged 16.7 points and 7.6 rebounds during his senior year.

Thomas departed from FSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He was the school’s second all-time leading scorer.

Introduced as a youth to Thomas by Lloyd Ingram, the brother of former Mayor Robert Ingram, Commissioner Pinder recalled many trips to watch Thomas play college ball, sleeping on the dorm floor of his mentor, followed later by trips to Los Angeles where tickets were always waiting for him at the box office, along with opportunities arranged by Thomas for Pinder to meet Lakers greats like Ervin “Magic” Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy.

According to Pinder, “Irving Thomas is a prime example of one hand washing the other, achieving success and then reaching back to pull-up another.”

Pinder credits Thomas for his decision to attend college.

“He taught me skills that influenced the rest of my life,” Pinder reflected.

Pinder also disclosed that his parents, through scholarship, were able to save more than $40,000 in educational cost, while he was under the mentoring, discipline and encouragement of Thomas.

In the summer 1990, Thomas was selected by the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent, making his NBA debut during the 1990-91 season. He later played in the minor leagues for two seasons before competing in the European Basketball League in 1994. He spent seven years in Italy, France and Spain. He officially retired from the court in 2000, but his basketball passion continued, working the front office of the Lakers as a regional scout, responsible for traveling the world to evaluate players, view college and minor league basketball games, and attend all team draft meetings.

Thomas is currently serving his 14th season with the Lakers organization, where he has won three NBA championships. He has always been praised for performing as team leader and contributing to his team’s success, both on and off the court.

Currently residing in Coral Springs with his wife, Natasha, and their four children, Thomas considers Opa-locka the home ground where he jump-started his basketball career. He seeks to advance his profession as a director of scouting, director of player personnel or assistant general manager.

Pinder concluded, “Commending Irving Thomas Jr. on his tremendous basketball achievements and presenting him with a Proclamation from his own city was one of the easiest and most rewarding tasks I’ve undertaken. It is our hometown heroes like him who are the reason we call our little community ‘The Great’ City of Opa-locka.”

St. Jude Run/Walk

South Florida walkers and runners are lacing up their sneakers to join participants in nearly 60 communities nationwide for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during September's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital continue to find cures and save the lives of children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The Walk/Run begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26 at Zoo Miami. The event will feature a scenic 5K, family friendly activities and live entertainment. Participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds to help support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude, where no family ever receives a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food, so that families can focus on helping their child live.

Registration for the event is $10 for adults and children ages 6 and up. Participants who raise $100 will earn an official event T-shirt, and participants who raise $250 will become members of the St. Jude Fearless Fundraiser Club and earn additional St. Jude gear as they fundraise.

All South Florida community members are invited to participate. National series sponsors for the event include: Target and America Airlines. National Walk/Run teams include: Tri Delta, NYCO, Brooks Brothers, Delta Sigma Theta, Autotrader.com, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Chili’s Bar & Grill, The Limited, Westfield and Destination XL Group.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to fundraisers like St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.

To make a donation, volunteer or register, visit

stjude.org/walkrun.

Special Olympics

The Special Olympics Florida - Miami-Dade County 2015 Sponsor an Athlete Awards Dinner is Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Mandarin Oriental.

This annual event is an opportunity to recognize the group’s most deserving athletes, coaches, volunteers, community partners and sponsors while raising awareness and funds to support more than 4,000 athletes that we serve in Miami-Dade County.

Purchase tickets on its website.

If unable to attend the Awards Dinner or kick-off event, consider making a donation to Sponsor an Athlete here.

More events, leagues, programs

Wendy’s High School Hesiman

Help spread the word! High school seniors have until Friday, Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. EST to apply for Wendy’s High School Heisman.

This Award is built in partnership with Wendy’s and the Heisman Memorial Trophy to recognize outstanding high school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, a strong commitment to their communities and athletic talent. Every year Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes thousands of the best high school seniors and rewards $120,000 to schools across the country.

“Every high school has outstanding student-athletes that can be recognized with the prestigious Heisman name,” says Archie Griffin, two-time collegiate Heisman Memorial Trophy winner. “I’m honored to help Wendy’s highlight the achievements of these exceptional high school seniors on the field, in the classroom and within their communities.”

For the past 22 years, this highly acclaimed program has received more than 600,000 applications and honored more than 250 National Finalists and 42 National Winners.

Students seeking to become National Winners will need to advance through the following phases of the award program:

· School Winners – One senior male and one senior female from every school will be selected as a “School Winner” and receive a school winner certificate and Heisman patch.

· State Finalists – 10 senior males and senior females from every state and the District of Columbia will advance to “State Finalists.” Each State Finalist will receive a bronze medal, a “State Finalist” patch and a $25 Wendy’s Gift Card.

· State Winners – One senior male and one senior female from each state and the District of Columbia will be selected as “State Winners” and receive a silver medal, a “State Winner” patch and a $50 Wendy’s Gift Card. Each winners’ high school will receive a $1,000 donation in the students’ names – applies only to the 92 State Winners who do not go on to become National Finalists.

· National Finalists – A judging panel will select “10 National Finalists” from the 102 State Winners across the fiveWendy’s High School Heisman Regions. These finalists will receive an invitation to the Wendy’s High School Heisman program and ceremony in New York City, a gold medal, a “National Finalist” patch and a $100 Wendy’s Gift Card. Additionally, each finalists’ high school will receive a $2,000 donation in their name – applies only to the 8 National Finalists who do not go on to become the National Winners.

· National Winners – A judging panel will select one senior male and one senior female to be named the National Wendy’s High School Heisman Winners. The winners will receive a personally engraved Wendy’s High School Heisman Trophy, a “National Winner” patch, a $500 Wendy’s Gift Card and a $5,000 donation to their high school in their names – not to mention an appearance on national television during ESPN’s presentation of the Heisman Memorial Trophy ceremony.

For information, students can visit

https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com/

or call 800-205-6367. Participants can also “Like” Wendy’s Heisman on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/WendysHighSchoolHeisman

or “Follow” the organization on Twitter at

https://twitter.com/WendysHeisman for additional program details.

About Wendy's

The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world's third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy's system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 29 countries and U.S. territories.

For information, visit www.wendys.com

Hockey scholarships

The Florida Panthers announced that Florida Panthers Alumni Association has awarded new youth hockey scholarships for the Fall youth hockey travel season, supporting four local travel hockey players.

The Panthers Alumni Association has donated more than $300,000 to youth hockey players and programs who could not afford the ice time and equipment required to otherwise play the game.

The awardees come from travel programs around the South Florida area and were granted based on academic merit, financial need and community involvement rather than their skills or talent on the ice.

“The Alumni Association believes it is important to support youth hockey in South Florida and create the next generation of community leaders whose first lessons in leadership will come at the hockey rink,” said Alumni Association President Randy Moller. “We hope that these scholarships will help in growing the players’ love for the game both on and off the ice.”

The Panthers Alumni Association grants scholarships twice a year, in August and December. For the August grant period, scholarships were awarded to players with the Florida JR. Panthers, the Golden Wolves and the Palm Beach Blackhawks.

Another initiative the Florida Panthers Alumni Association will be participating in this Fall is the Coral Springs Community Chest Pucks for Bucks charity hockey game. Panthers alumni will join the Coral Springs first responders in the game at 5 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs. Florida Panthers alum Radek Dvorak, Ed Jovanovski, Bill Lindsay, Serge Payer, Marco Sturm, Tomas Vokoun and more will round out the police and fire department rosters.

VIP tickets, which include a private buffet dinner sponsored by Doris Italian Market & Bakery and wine courtesy of EPICA by Vino San Pedro, are $50 per person and are only available for purchase at the Florida Panthers IceDen. General admission tickets to the event are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children under age 5 receive free admission.

Tickets are available at PanthersIceDen.com and at Florida Panthers IceDen, while tickets can also be purchased via cash payment at City Hall in the Mall, Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce and BankUnited in Coral Springs. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Coral Springs Community Chest.

The Florida Panthers will face the Philadelphia Flyers in their season opener at the BB&T Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. Full and partial Panthers season ticket packages are now available that include the best prices, access to team events, an interest-free payment plan option and more. Call 954-835-7825 or visit FloridaPanthers.com/TicketCentral to purchase a ticket plan.

Home to the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and leading international concerts and events, the Broward County-owned BB&T Center is one of the top ranked venues of its kind in the world, servicing Broward, Collier, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties.

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Miami Dolphins

USA Football, the sport’s national governing body in the United States, and the Miami Dolphins recently awarded football equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs throughout South Florida based on merit and need.

USA Football partners with the Dolphins and all NFL clubs to annually distribute more than $2 million in equipment and uniform grants to youth and high school football programs across the United States. The grant program has supported youth organizations and high schools in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., since 2006. USA Football equipment and uniform grants are made possible through support from the NFL Foundation.

Grants are valued up to $1,500 for youth organizations and $2,500 for high school programs, offering new equipment, uniforms, equipment reconditioning and flag football equipment to provide young athletes greater access as well as the fun and fitness benefits of the sport. Grants are fulfilled by USA Football and its equipment and uniform partner Riddell.

USA Football is the official youth football development partner of the Dolphins, the NFL and each of the league’s other 31 teams.

“We are pleased to work with USA Football and our teams to donate much-needed equipment to youth football leagues and high school football programs nationwide,” said Alexia Gallagher, director of the NFL Foundation. “These equipment grants will help ensure that youngsters who share our love of the game are able to play it safely.”

“The health and safety of every young football player is our No. 1 priority,” USA Football Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Having proper equipment is an important step toward that goal. Even with fundraising and strict attention to budgets, many leagues and school districts need help to properly outfit their young athletes who love to play football and enjoy the fun and fitness that comes with it. We are proud to lead this important program with support from the NFL Foundation and Riddell.”

South Florida youth and high school programs awarded a 2015 USA Football Equipment Grant:

Abundant Living Citi Church, Boyd H. Anderson High School, Daytona Falcons, Kendall Boys & Girls Club, Liberty City Optimist Club, Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Police Athletic League, PAL of Hallandale Beach, Palm Beach County Youth Football League, Somerset Academy Canyons, Tamiami Colts, The Optimist Foundation of Greater Goulds Florida, West Boca Tackle Football, and West Palm Beach Police Athletic League.

About USA Football: Indianapolis-based USA Football www.usafootball.com 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 advances coaching education and player skill development for safer play and positive experiences through athletics.

Follow USA Football at

www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter

@USAFootball.

About NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country. The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health and safety of athletes, youth football, and the communities which support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit:

www.NFLFoundation.org.

Team Moms

Olive Garden and the NFHS Network, the nation’s leading high school sports media company, are teaming up to recognize Team Moms and the high school athletes they support. This partnership includes the launch of GoTeamMoms.com, which will serve as a resource and destination to recognize Team Moms.

Team Moms volunteer to assist coaches and often lead team communications, fundraising, travel coordination and more. The website will feature Team Mom’s Best-Kept Secrets and game day highlights from high schools around the nation. In addition, coaches, athletes, family members and the community are invited to contribute shout-outs or photos of their favorite Team Mom using #GoTeamMoms on Twitter and Instagram to be featured on the website.

“The goal of the NFHS Network is to serve and support both the athletes and their fans,” said Christopher Young, senior vice president of sales for the NFHS Network. “There’s no bigger fan than a Team Mom and no better partner for the NFHS Network than Olive Garden, which resonates so deeply with our audience and shares our same commitment to families and the local community.”

To further assist Team Moms, each Olive Garden restaurant in the U.S. will be paired with a local high school to support through two national fundraising nights and Olive Garden VIP Passes that give teams access to exclusive discounts. With dining options that include ToGo and catering, Olive Garden is often the choice for feeding an entire team.

"Our restaurants are excited to support their hometown high schools and give back to their communities," said Jose Duenas, executive vice president of marketing for Olive Garden. “This partnership allows us to thank Team Moms nationwide as well as give families and teams chances to connect over meals and create memories during the busy sports season.”

Visit GoTeamMoms.com to view photos, videos and Team Mom tips and tricks. To find your nearest Olive Garden restaurant and to order your meal online ToGo, visit OliveGarden.com. VisitNFHSNetwork.com for live streaming of high school events.

ABOUT OLIVE GARDEN

Olive Garden is the leading restaurant in the Italian dining segment with more than 800 restaurants, more than 96,000 employees and more than $3.8 billion in annual sales. Olive Garden is a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), which owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants that generate over $6.8 billion in annual sales.

Headquartered in Orlando, and employing more than 150,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. Olive Garden is committed to making a difference in the lives of others in the local community. As part of this commitment, Olive Garden restaurants have donated more than 33 million pounds of food to local community food banks across the country. For more information, visit www.olivegarden.com.

Connect with us on Facebook.com/OliveGarden, Twitter.com/OliveGardenand Instagram.com/OliveGarden.

ABOUT THE NFHS NETWORK

The NFHS Network (www.nfhsnetwork.com) captures the passion, pride, and energy of the high school experience by delivering live high school sports and events to family members and fans whenever they want, wherever they are.

The NFHS Network celebrates and showcases the unique accomplishments of high schools students, including the student-athletes participating in 27 different sporting events and the student broadcasters from schools around the country that produce events through the School Broadcast Program. The NFHS Network also broadcasts state playoff and championship events in 46 states.

The NFHS Network is a joint venture among the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), its member state associations and PlayOn! Sports. The NFHS is located in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. PlayOn! Sports is based in Atlanta, Georgia and is the nation’s largest high school sports media company.

Follow the NFHS Network on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram at @NFHSnetwork for the latest news and event information.

Boys & Girls Club Football

Miami area kids, age 5-15, can “get ready for football season,” thanks to Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s tackle football and cheerleading programs. Registration for the fall 2015 season (August-December) will remain open until all teams are filled.

The sports programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade are designed to provide a safe and healthy environment so that children can learn team skills, increase self-esteem, build character, become positive role models, and increase motivation as well as specific skills related to the sport. With training provided by volunteer coaches, sport programs are available during the afternoon to the early hours of the night, and are offered Monday through Friday. This is the time of day when children, especially teens, are more likely to engage in harmful activities.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Gwen Cherry, Northwest, and Kendall clubs are conducting registration for the tackle football and cheerleading season.

Register 2-7 p.m. Monday-Friday at either:

Gwen Cherry Club, 7090 NW 22 Ave., Miami, 33147

Northwest Club, 10915 NW 14 Ave., Miami, 33167

Kendall Club, 9475 N Kendall Dr., Miami, 33176

Cost: Gwen Cherry Club: $70 for football; $50 for cheerleading. Fee includes equipment and uniform.

Northwest Club: $90 for football; $60 for cheerleading. Fee includes equipment and uniform.

Kendall Club: $140 for football; $130 for cheerleading. Fee includes equipment and uniform.

Visit your nearest club to complete a membership application. With questions or to inquire about coaching, contact the Gwen Cherry Club at 304-694-4889 ext. 227, the Kendall Club at 305-279-3019, or the Northwest Club at 305-758-5753.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream.

For information, visit

www.bgcmia.org.

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.

Contact:

Ozzie@playactionsports.org

305-796-6642

Jon@playactionsports.org

305-923-7656

www.playactionsports.org

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.

Tennis

USTA Florida is bringing tennis to Miami parks through a new partnership with the City of Miami as part of the USTA Florida Section’s Diversity Outreach initiative in 2015. The initiative is designed to bring programming to diverse populations and provide the opportunity to learn and play the sport of tennis for a lifetime.

As part of the partnership, the USTA Florida Foundation has provided an equipment grant to the city for $5,606 to be distributed among 16 parks. The equipment will allow children to learn the sport of tennis with right-sized equipment for their age and ability, including smaller racquets, reduced-bounce balls, mini nets, and Tennis Skillastics games.

“Tennis is a great way for folks of all ages to stay fit, socialize and have fun,” Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Miami Kevin Kirwin said in a release. “The Parks and Recreation Department with the help of a generous grant from the USTA Florida Foundation has embraced tennis as a lifetime sport that will be incorporated into their summer and after-school program curriculum.”

USTA Florida Diversity Outreach efforts are specifically targeting Henderson and Armbrister parks in Miami for 2015 — facilities do not currently offer tennis, but will be introducing tennis basics this summer as part of their program activities, including an after-school program to be launched in September. Along with these two parks, 14 other City of Miami parks will also include an after-school program that will serve more than 500 children. City of Miami staff attended Kids Tennis Clubs training offered by USTA Florida earlier this year to learn the skills and tools necessary.

“I am excited about this new partnership and the City of Miami dedication to bring this lifetime sport to the community,” said Cathy Nordlund, USTA Florida tennis program coordinator. “Most tennis is played on public park courts, and this is giving so many children a chance to be introduced to this amazing sport.”

Armbrister and Henderson parks are part of the target markets USTA Florida is working with to grow tennis participation among diverse populations in Central and South Florida. As part these efforts, USTA Florida will be hosting events throughout the year, including free festivals, USTA Play Days, round robins, and USTA Florida will also offer scholarships for tennis providers to attend PTR Ace workshops and obtain teaching certifications.

A full list of events is posted at

www.ustaflorida.com/events.

For information about programs and places to play, visit

www.ustaflorida.com.

Tennis

Florida ushered in a new era of tennis development for tournament players, age 10 and younger, with the introduction of the USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Youth Tournament Pathway, a graduated development path with established benchmarks at each level to guide parents and coaches through junior tennis.

From beginning “red ball” play on 36-foot courts, youth progress through “orange ball” and “green ball” at various tournament levels before graduating to full-court “yellow ball” tennis. Each level contains appropriate kids-sized racquets, balls and court sizes, along with participation or achievement benchmarks to progress between age groups or tournament levels.

The Pathway contains a “Grandfather Clause” for players that turn age 11 during 2015 who currently have the skill set to play full-court yellow ball tournaments.

The USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Youth Tournament Pathway roll-out is in partnership with the USPTA-Florida Division (United States Professional Teaching Association) and PTR (Professional Tennis Registry), the two largest tennis teaching professional certifying organizations in the U.S.

The USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Youth Tournament Pathway was also developed with solicited input from coaches and parents throughout Florida.

The red, orange and green ball levels correspond on the USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Youth Tournament Pathway with tournaments beginning at Level 9 (beginner) up to the start of advanced tournaments at Level 6 and higher.

The USTA Florida 10 and Under Tennis Youth Tournament Pathway was recently implemented in Florida tournaments.

For information on the Pathway, go to www.USTAFlorida.com/10UPathway

Maccabi Haifa basketball

The Maccabi Haifa professional basketball team announced the team will embark on a two-team NBA tour in the United States against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on Thursday, Oct. 8 as well as the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Sunday, Oct. 11.

Maccabi Haifa’s trip to the United States will mark the fifth time in six years the team will travel to North America to play against NBA competition. Maccabi Haifa played against the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 13, 2013, falling 116-70 at FedExForum.

In four tours to North America, Maccabi Haifa has faced 10 NBA opponents (New Jersey Nets, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Memphis Grizzlies, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors). Maccabi Haifa ranks second all-time among international basketball teams in games played against NBA opponents.

As one of the original eight teams to form the Israeli Premier League for the 1954 season, Maccabi Haifa has a long and storied legacy in Israeli basketball. Under the ownership of American businessman Jeffrey Rosen, Maccabi Haifa won their first Israeli League championship in franchise history during the 2012-13 season and were an Israeli League Finalist in the 2013-14 season.

Maccabi Haifa’s charity program, “Haifa Hoops for Kids”, a joint initiative between Maccabi Haifa and the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey, has hosted over 25,000 underprivileged and special needs children in Israel at Maccabi Haifa home games. The team will hold charity basketball clinics for children in both the Memphis and Greater Los Angeles area during the NBA preseason tour.

“We are thrilled to have the Grizzlies invite us back to the great city of Memphis, and we're looking forward to matching up against one of the most talented teams in the NBA,” said Maccabi Haifa team owner Jeffrey Rosen. “The Los Angeles Lakers are arguably the most prestigious team in the NBA, and bringing Maccabi Haifa to play in front of such a passionate and Israel-centric fan base only continues to grow our brand globally.”

About Maccabi Haifa

Maccabi Haifa, an Israeli Basketball Super League team, has a long and storied legacy as they were one of the original eight teams to form the Premier League for the 1953-54 season. Under the ownership of American businessman, Jeffrey Rosen, the team earned its first title in franchise history after being crowned the 2012-13 Israeli League champion. The team was purchased by Jeffrey Rosen in July 2007. For more information about Maccabi Haifa, visit

www.mhbasket.co.il.

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:

www.FuelUpToPlay60.com 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.

About NFL FLAG

NFL FLAG powered by USA Football (http://www.nflflag.com/) 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 FuelUpToPlay60.com 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

www.genyouthfoundation.org or contact

info@genyouthfoundation.org.

About USA Football

Indianapolis-based USA Football (www.usafootball.com) 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

www.facebook.com/usafootball or on Twitter

@USAFootball.

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 www.shapeamerica.org.

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

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).

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.

Email sportsscene@MiamiHerald.com.

Youth sports online

For more area sports photos, go to

www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth/miami-dade

YouTube youth sports and more

YouTube at the Jim Varsallone (the jimmyv3 channel)

www.youtube.com/user/jvarsallone/videos

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