The Gulliver Prep boys’ and girls’ tennis teams recaptured the FHSAA Class 2A state tennis championships that eluded them last year.
The championships give Gulliver tennis its seventh girls’ state team title and 10th boys’ state team title.
In addition to winning the state title, the Raiders’ girls finished their season undefeated at 19-0.
Top players were Julieta Dalmau ‘16, Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico ‘17, EstefaniaNavarro ‘16, Lindy Lyons ‘17 and Tatiana Ramirez ‘16.
The boys’ team finished its season at 17-2. Top players were Andre Libnic ‘17, Nico Ramirez ‘18, Christian Otero ‘18, Maxim Krapivin ‘18 and Ryan Hellinger ‘18.
Gulliver tennis coach Kelly Mulligan said: “I am so proud of both teams. They shifted into another gear when they saw that the championship was within reach. I am very, very happy with both teams.”
Miami Country Day tennis
The Miami Country Day School boys’ varsity tennis team won its 19th consecutive district championship, 16th consecutive under Head Coach Alan Murray.
The boys faced a tough schedule to prepare them for districts and regionals. The Spartans recorded key wins against Sagemont (Class 1A State Champs), Coral Gables, Hillel and Palmer Trinity among others. They ran away with the district title and then won their regional semifinal matchup against International Studies.
Milledge Cossu and Milan Bass led the way, playing No.1 and No.2 throughout the season. Alex Cohan, Alex Slezynger and Evan Meiselman rounded out the Top 5 to ensure that 19th consecutive district title. With no seniors and one junior, the Spartans look to reach state next season.
The Miami Country Day School girls’ varsity tennis team won its fourth consecutive district championship.
During the regular season, the Spartans went 7-7 against a very tough schedule, including wins over Carrollton, ATM, Coral Gables and Hillel. Only a sixth grader, Julia-Rose Siegler captured the individual district title at No.1 singles in her rookie season. She advanced to the state championships in Orlando.
Senior Sasha Bass finished the regular season undefeated in her final season as a Spartan. A few regular season contests were determined by the final matches where senior Celina Lindemann secured important points to ensure a team win. With some young talent coming up next season, including Allexii Bassette and Jade Iadarola, the Spartans future looks promising.
The Ultimate Tennis Flex League will be growing into Miami in September.
“We have partnered with the owners of the Broward County Flex League to expand flex leagues to all of South Florida in 2016,” said organizer Scot Nunn. “On May 1, the Broward Flex League will switch to Ultimate Tennis, and we will further expand service to Miami and Palm Beach later this Fall. South Florida will be divided into three separate league markets.”
The Broward County/Fort Lauderdale deadlines are May 20 for men’s and women’s singles and men’s 50+ singles, July 1 for men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles, and all Southeast Florida leagues will have the same deadlines for fall leagues.
Flex leagues are specially designed to meet the demands of today’s busy lifestyle by providing competitive match play for those with limited playing time. The leagues are popular with working people or anyone that would like to join a tennis league but can’t commit to the same schedule each week or weekend league play. Flex leagues match players of equal skill levels into local playing divisions using a convenient flexible match scheduling system. Seasons consist of 5-7 matches, and top players in each division may continue playing for city championships.
In addition, UltimateTennis.com provides players with state-of-the-art online tools to efficiently manage their season. Players can review match results, scout opponents, follow friends, report scores, and access playoff draws all with the click of a mouse.
For info, including discounts for USTA members, go to
Belen Jesuit sports
Belen Jesuit School is proud to announce that 15 student athletes signed their national letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level. The signing ceremony occurred in the school’s Roberto Goizueta Athletic Center.
CREW: Christian Norniella-Burke - St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia; David Gonzalez – Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
SOCCER: Francisco De la Camara - Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.; Diego Puig-Corve – Suffolk University, Boston.
BASEBALL: Ernesto Ruiz-Sierra – Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.
FOOTBALL: Ariel Jimenez - John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio; Fernando Pujals - University of West Florida, Pensacola; Andres Cesin - Central College, Pella, Iowa; Andres Guisasola - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; Edel Abad - Anna Maria College, Paxton, Mass.
LACROSSE: Ted Huertas – Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; Luis Corps – Oglethorpe University, Atlanta; Mathew Salas – Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.; Oscar Ortega - Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, W.Va.; Gabriel Garcia - Dowling College, Oakdale, N.Y.
Miami Dolphins business
Miami Dolphin S Michael Thomas teamed with SunTrust Bank’s South Florida President & CEO Margaret Callihan to teach 11th and 12th grade students at Norland Senior High School about the importance of making good financial decisions.
As part of Financial Literacy Month, Callihan and Thomas led the students through three topical discussions: setting financial goals, renting vs. buying and the pros and cons of homeownership. The one-hour exercise concluded with a game to challenge the students and a raffle for a Michael Thomas autographed Miami Dolphins helmet.
“Having Michael Thomas and SunTrust visit really made an impact on the students and the way they learn and view finance,” Miami Norland High School Principal Reginald E. Lee said. “The Dolphins and SunTrust have and continue to be great community partners in our school, and we’re always delighted to have them around the students shaping their future.”
The event occurred in April in celebration of Financial Literacy Month to teach Americans how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits. Early education about how to properly manage finances can lead to stability and confidence and reduce overall financial stresses.
Hialeah water polo
Paola Domiguez-Castro and Ashley Luy of the Hialeah Storm Water Polo Club were selected to the Cadet National Team Selection Camp, which will be in California, for girls age 18 and younger.
During the Olympic Development Program National Championships in Riverside, Calif., Paola, 14, and Ashley, 16, were outstanding playing up for the Southeast zone team. That’s where they earned spots for the national camp.
The ODP tournament consisted of 16 teams from zones throughout the country, competing in a round robin format, with emphases on individual play. The players were evaluated by the national team coaching staff.
Paola and Ashley led the Southeast team in scoring and overall play in the 18-and-younger division. The team went 4-1, with the one loss by one goal.
The Cadet National Training Selection Camp will feature the top 48 girls in the country. At this camp, they will cut to 24 girls. Then they will hold another camp in June which they will cut to 14 girls. Those 14 will play in an international tournament representing the USA in Canada in July.
The Florida International University softball team beat Middle Tennessee 6-3 in a Conference USA series finale on Felsberg Field at the FIU Softball Stadium.
Junior Gabby Spallone (Palmetto HS), who had two hits, stole home for a 1-0 lead. An RBI double from junior Stephanie Texeira (Gulliver Prep) hit the top of the fence and increased the lead, 4-0. Texeira also walked and scored. Senior Dominique Grossman (Gulliver Prep) had two hits, and junior Ashley Leon (Gulliver Prep) had a hit and scored.
The Panthers swept the three-gane series over Middle Tennessee.
In the first two games, FIU beat Middle Tennessee 9-1 and 7-1. Spallone drove in three runs in each game.
In game one, FIU posted three runs in the third inning, including a single from Leon and a two-RBI double from Texeira. Spallone drove in Texeira from second with a single to center to increase the lead to 4-1.
FIU is 29-26 (12-12 Conference USA).
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Track & field
Miami-Dade youth, age 5-18, will have an opportunity to show off their running, jumping and throwing skills during the county’s second annual “USATF Future Stars” Track and Field Meet.
The event is being presented by USA Track and Field (USATF) and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Dade Christian School, 6601 NW 167th, Hialeah. The youth sporting event is part of the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at increasing participation in youth athletics.
The coveted “Mayor’s Cup” award will go to the top three track teams. In addition, awards will be presented to the top three individual performers in each race event.
The cost to participate is $5 per athlete. Participants must register
For information, contact Chris Evans at 305-755-7885 or
Mayor Gimenez knows first-hand the values developed from continuous involvement in athletics. “We look forward to another great year for the USATF Future Stars track and field meet, as part of the Youth Sports Championship series,” he said. “Youth sports foster an environment where children can learn essential skills like discipline, sportsmanship, and how to work well with others. These lessons will help get them on track for success in life.”
“Miami-Dade Parks remains committed to bettering the health and well-being of Miami-Dade youth through active recreation and outdoor sports activities,” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “Our partnering with USATF, allows us to provide this community with more great youth sports competitions, like track and field, which in turn gives young athletes the opportunity to excel and compete in their favorite sport.”
“USATF developed the Future Stars Meets program to continue the robust participation of community organizations in the sport that had been fostered previously by Hershey’s Track & Field Games,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “Our first year of Future Stars Meets gave us a great foundation for expanding the program. We want to ensure these meets can flourish in their communities and continue to introduce children to competitive track and field and to USATF.”
USATF Future Stars meets are designed to provide significant support to mid-level, competitive track and field meets around the country and to foster participation by children nationwide. For information, visit
For information about the Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series visit the website.
Kendall cheer, football
The Kendall Hammocks Warriors Tackle program announces the registrations dates and times for the 2016 Football & Cheerleading season.
Tackle season starts 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5.
TACKLE REGISTRATION DATES:
All potential players must be present during the registration process.
MAY 20: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; MAY 21: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; JUNE 4: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
TACKLE REGISTRATION FEE: $185
Registration fee includes: Home Game Jersey that players keep at end of the season, secondary Insurance, participation awards, referee cost and the rental of helmet, shoulder pads, game pants. All issued equipment is to be returned at end of season. Also includes NFL Stephen Tulloch Football Camp and Free Rookie Camp for all new players,
CHEER REGISTRATION FEE: $385
Registration fee break down: $185 initial deposit includes Practice T-shirt, shorts, Game Day socks, hair bow, cheer brief, shoes, secondary Insurance, and participation awards .
The remaining $200 includes for the competition: body liner, shoes, socks, warm up, cheer bag, uniform rental and all competition fees.
CHEERLEADING REGISTRATION DATES:
MAY 20: 6:30-8:30 p.m.; MAY 21: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; JUNE 4: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Requirements to play tackle football and cheer for The Kendall Hammocks Warriors.
• 1.) Current Color Photo (2x2 face picture-passport size)
• 2.) Copy of Birth Certificate
• 3.) Current 2016 Physical
• 4.) Copy of 2016 final Report Card (with the four grading periods)
Registrations and practices are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave.
For added information email Football Commissioner Mike Pintado at firstname.lastname@example.org and for Cheerleadingemail our Cheer Commissioner Meylin Castro at email@example.com or visit the web site at www.khwarriors.org/kendall.
The Warriors Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization, serving our community in sports for more than 29 years.
Suniland flag football
Sundevils Invitational Flag Football Two-Day Tournaments are May 28-29, June 11-12.
Divisions are 8U-5on5-$100 per team; 12U-7on7-$125 per team; 15U-7on7-$125 per team.
Registration is 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from now-June 9 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy., Village of Pinecrest
Contact Ken Hannah 786-606-4404, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alfred Dallas 305-310-5611.
Sunshine State Games
Get into the 2016 Olympic Games spirit by competing in one of more than 25 Sunshine State Games sports between now and November. The 37th annual Sunshine State Games are Florida’s own Olympic-style Sports Festival.
Online registration is at
www.sunshinestategames.com and more information is available by email at
email@example.com or calling toll-free 866-354-2637.
The Broward County Spring Festival begins a plethora of SSG activity with six of the next seven weekends featuring amateur sports competitions through June 25.
Two multi-sport festivals will be in Manatee and Sarasota counties the weekend of June 11-12 and Palm Beach County June 18-19.
Two sports that returned to SSG action in 2015 (BMX Cycling and Boxing) are back for 2016, and Baton Twirling debuts in 2016 as part of a Fall Festival in Vero Beach, along with Lacrosse. Beach Ultimate returns in 2016 as part of a Beach Festival in Clearwater in September, featuring Beach Tennis and other sports.
The Sunshine State Games are an annual program presented by the Florida Sports Foundation, in conjunction with local sports commissions.
For more information visit
firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 866-354-2637. Follow the Sunshine State Games on Facebook
Suniland Sports Camp
The Suniland Sundevils Sports Conditioning Camp is now-May 29 at Suniland Park, 12855 S. Dixie Hwy.
The fee is $75 for boys and girls, age 5-15. That Includes:T-shirt, awards and secondary insurance.
Registration open 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For information, contact Jose Regalado 305-458-1966 or email@example.com.
The Warrior Basketball Pre-Travel Team Program in Miami is intense training for boys and girls, age 8-15, to prepare athletes for a travel team level.
The athletes will train two times a week in a two-hour practice. To gain experience, scrimmages will be set up, and tournament like situations will slowly be introduced to the team.
Practice days are Wednesdays, Fridays and/or Sundays. Kids will receive a Warrior basketball jersey and shorts.
The Sunshine State Athletic Conference, a multiple sport athletic organization made up of 35 private and charter schools created in 2008, announced that two additional sporting opportunities are being introduced for the 2016-17 school year.
SSAC currently offers four sports, including football and basketball at the middle and high school levels, but in keeping with its pledge to student-athletes and their families, the conference will grow to offer a second football classification and the formation of girls’ beach volleyball.
The second football classification of a Developmental Football League, debuting next fall, will provide member schools that are starting, growing or rebuilding programs with a competitive, but level, playing field in which to compete. This will not replace nor negate the highly successful championship Florida Bowl Series but will instead compliment all football programs and schools in the SSAC. The only criteria for schools to participate in the new Developmental Football League is for teams to have less than 23 players, and the championship Florida Bowl Series will be open to them, if they desire to participate.
The second addition to SSAC athletics is an exciting opportunity that perfectly captures the spirit of Florida’s athletic environment. Starting in spring of 2017, the SSAC will debut girls’ beach volleyball. This up-and-coming sport is quickly spreading around the nation and will undoubtedly be a natural fit for Florida student-athletes. This addition will help build exposure and opportunity for female student-athletes and will add value to SSAC’s independent athletic conference.
“Including girls’ beach volleyball was a decision that just made sense; it only requires a few players and we are blessed with an abundance of sun and sand,” said Stuart Weiss, president of Sunshine State Athletics Conference. “We believe that by adding these two new opportunities for Florida high schools, we are continuing to provide more choice and control to our partner schools addressing the need for a level playing field in high school athletics.”
Visit the SSAC website at
NCSAA academics honors
The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their work on the field.
Three hundred and eight nine soccer teams (243 girls, 146 boys) from throughout the United States have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year.
To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
For information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit
Pitch, Hit & Run
Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit & Run is a free, exciting skills event providing boys and girls the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game.
To host a local competition for your community and be involved in the official skills competition of Major League Baseball, go to
Gifts in Golf
PGA Certified Pro Philip Argianas, program director of GIG-Gifts In Golf, is proud to bring his expertise to special people with special needs to Coral Gables.
GIG programing -- like Golfing with Autism and Kids Swing Into Golf -- enrich the quality of life for families in the community.
Coach Phil said in a release: “Our fun programing impacts kids by teaching them life skills while providing physical and mental training through learning the game of golf.”
For information about registration including schedules and release forms, go to GIG’s website
To volunteer or for any other questions on the Autism and Down syndrome golf programs, call Coach Phil at 888-909-5709, check the website http://www.giftsingolf.org and Facebook page for updates.
GIG was founded in 2009 and has been serving several communities in Miami-Dade County. The organization provides fun instruction and mentoring while empowering special people with special needs. Integrating families and community, it provides all the benefits that golfing delivers with a focus on a person’s ability.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
The international sport Footgolf is being introduced to the South Miami-Dade community at Killian Greens Golf Club, 9980 SW 104th St.
Footgolf (18 holes) can be played in two hours and is a great source of exercise for those who enjoy kicking a soccer ball. Times are available everyday of the week after 4:30 p.m. to players of all skill levels, families and groups. Balls are available for rent for $5 to those who do not already own one.
Killian Greens is an accredited Footgolf course with the American Footgolf League. Call 305-271-0917.
USTA Florida and the USTA Florida Section Foundation announced a landmark three-way agreement with Special Olympics Florida to provide more tennis playing opportunities to athletes in Florida.
The formal agreement builds on the existing support that USTA Florida and its charitable arm have provided to local Special Olympics programs by offering free 10 and Under Tennis workshops, grants and other resources to providers that offer tennis programs to Special Olympics athletes.
Likewise, Special Olympics Florida will encourage their athletes to participate in USTA Florida programs and events.
To get a program started, Special Olympics coaches may apply for a USTA Florida Section Foundation equipment grant for adaptive tennis equipment and other program needs by contacting Jessica Flynn at Special Olympics Florida.
For additional training opportunities and training resources, contact Linda Curtis at the USTA Florida Section Foundation at www.USTAFloridaFoundation.com.
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.
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.
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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, travel league or school league (elementary school or middle school aged) from 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305-376-3621.