Youth Sports

Nominate South Florida student athletes to be honored at Miami Heat game

Chris Birdman Anderson congratulates Miami Heat/Miami Herald Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player Honorees in conjunction with Gatorade before a 2013 Heat game at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015-16 season.
Chris Birdman Anderson congratulates Miami Heat/Miami Herald Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player Honorees in conjunction with Gatorade before a 2013 Heat game at the AmericanAirlines Arena. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015-16 season. Photo By Jim Varsallone

The Miami Herald and the three-time world champion Miami Heat in partnership with Gatorade are sponsoring the Academic/Sportsmanship Team Player spotlight in Sunday’s youth sports pages in the Miami-Dade Sunday Neighbors print section of the Miami Herald and online at

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/youth-sports/

Youth league coaches, team reps, school coaches, administrators, teachers or family members can nominate any South Florida recreational, travel league, elementary school, middle school or junior varsity basketball player -- from fall, winter, spring or summer seasons -- who displays sportsmanship and good grades or shows improvement in the classroom.

Include school, grade level and grades or interim report. Each selected academic team player will receive a certificate of achievement, a Heat gift pack, two Heat tickets and will be recognized on the court. Plan accordingly as there are three designated ceremony dates during the regular season (Jan. 19, Feb. 22, March 25), and no make-up dates.

To nominate a Team Player, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone at

jvarsallone@miamiherald.com or call 305-376-3621.

Winners will be selected by random drawing from nominees who meet the above requirements.

Be sure to include a contact telephone number and complete mailing address in your e-mail.

For Heat ticket information, call 786-777-HEAT and log onto

HEAT.com.

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