Youth Sports

North Miami Beach Little League concludes fun season

The Brewers are champions in Minors (10U Kid Pitch) of North Miami Beach Little League baseball at Founders Park in Aventura. The champs are front from left, Joey Oppenheimer, Riley Cordero, Brody Minick, Stanley Fernandez, Austin Schrek; middle, Jonathan Minick, Andrew Hyppolite, Brian Slomovitz, Anthony Ottinot, Ray Schrek; back Peter Scher, Adam Scher and Eli Slomovitz.
The Brewers are champions in Minors (10U Kid Pitch) of North Miami Beach Little League baseball at Founders Park in Aventura. The champs are front from left, Joey Oppenheimer, Riley Cordero, Brody Minick, Stanley Fernandez, Austin Schrek; middle, Jonathan Minick, Andrew Hyppolite, Brian Slomovitz, Anthony Ottinot, Ray Schrek; back Peter Scher, Adam Scher and Eli Slomovitz.

The North Miami Beach Little League concluded its 2016 season crowning champions in each division at Founders Park in Aventura.

The champs are:

Minors Juniors (8U Coach Pitch): Angels: Jay Benitah, Lucas Cerrato, Menachem Druin, Mateo Kurtz, Menachem Lipskier, Joseph Medina, Michael Medina, Victor Mejia, Anthony Ortega, Noah Rey, Jayden Sardinas, Owen Schwartz, Yoni Sherwin, Manager Antonio Ortega.

Minors (10U Kid Pitch): Brewers: Riley Cordero, Stanley Fernandez, Andrew Hyppolite, Niandera Jean, Billy Linder, Brody Minick, Joseph Oppenheimer, Anthony Ottinot, Adam Scher, Austyn Schrek, Eli Slomovitz, Manager Jon Minick.

Majors (12U Kid Pitch): Pirates: Victor Duarte, Owen Ebner, Ariel Goldman, Christian McFarlane, JT Mozloom, Diego Rodriguez, Xavier Santiago, Tito Suarez, Jorge Vidal, Mat Woods Jr., Manager Thom Mozloom.

Juniors (14U Kid Pitch): NMB All-Stars: Brenden Katz, Luke Rier, Jared Weingard, Ethan Sicker, Bradley Mesa, Adrian Soriano, Gavin Sklar, Jonah Wallach, Isaac Lapaix, Avraham Homnick, Chase Lurvey, Patrick Hosty, Manager Brett Katz.

The league also announced its all stars:

Minors Juniors: Blue Jays: Jacob Luck, Ross Cotzen, Jonny Frank, Ethan Scharf, Zaki Barquin and Spencer Kabak. Dodgers: Silas Dunn, Ben Warner, Preston Boucher, Jason Colon, Jake Lechner and Aaron Bronstein. Braves: Robbie Kramer, Randy Mercedes, Murray Brown, Jonathan Cox, Rodrigo Valdes and Cullen Wilkinson. Angels: Victor Mejia, Antony Ortega, Jay Benitah, Jayden Sardinas and Joseph Midina.

Minors: Yankees: Jeremy Bronstein, Abel Profetta, Matthias Sanchez and Jason Benezra. A’s: Logan Brennan, Jake Deangelis, Lucas Decordova and Angelo Rivas. Marlins: Matthew Greenspan, Eitan Beraja, Mikey Plewinsky and Jed Hoffman. Rangers: Daniel Milian, Austin Fill, Gabriel St. Preux and Mike Williams. Cubs: Paul Dunn, Zach Fisher, Dovid Budwick and Gabriel Vinderman. Brewers: Anthony Ottinot, Eli Slomovitz, Brody Minick and Adam Scher.

Majors: Tigers: Jake Wyka, Tofi Khabie, Kyle Ratzker, Benji Sherwin, Brandon Pardo and Santiago Ramirez. Nationals: Jovi Kurtz, Jacob Poletto, Alex Alloco, Brandon Lopez, Mason Kocszwara and Sean Lewertow. Royals: Dougie Katz, Jacob Sims, Josh Krutchik, Shane Sims, Dovid Schwartz and Brady Babin. Pirates: Victor Duarte, JT Mozloom, Diego Rodriguez, Xavier Santiago, Tito Suarez and Mathew Woods.

There will be a registration blitz opening on Monday, June 6 for the 2017 season with reduced registration fees for the first 100 children who sign up.

Visit www.nmbll.org and click on the “Register Here” button for more information.

Tennis

USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges for youth players along with a re-launched USTA Florida Junior Team Tennis program will attract an estimated 2,500 kids on the court in 2016.

The Team Tennis Challenge Series kicked off with a Regional Junior Team Tennis Challenge in Sunrise.

The event, hosted by the Sunrise Tennis Club, featured approximately 100 players on co-ed teams from Miami-Dade, Martin, Palm Beach, and Broward counties in age divisions 10U Intermediate, 10/12U Green Ball, 14U Intermediate, and 18U Intermediate.

Players spent time with their friends on the tennis courts and off the courts supporting their teammates.

Top Miami Finishes: 10U Intermediate Division: Winner Team: Coral Reef Road Runners, Coral Reef (Miami-Dade): Kara Borromeo (Captain) Ysabelle Bagayas, Kaitlyn Beaton, Kayla Carey, Katrina Hoechner. Finalist Team: Coral Reef Coyotes, Coral Reef (Miami-Dade): Lee Pettis (Captain), Sindane Habib-Mitchell, Ammar Obeidou, Zane Obeidou, Carlos Pereda.

14U Intermediate Division: Winner Team: Ocean Club 12-14 Int., Ocean Club (Miami-Dade): Lucas (Captain), Eric Brook, Diego Cedeno, Mariana Naranio, Victoria Trap.

18U Intermediate Division: Winner Team: Coral Reef Crushers, Coral Reef (Miami-Dade): Aleksa Andrejevic, Greggory Chase, Isidora Puelle, Natalie Rubio. Finalist: Coral Reef Attitudes, Coral Reef (Miami-Dade): Lee Pettis (Captain), Julian Lara, Matthew Lawrence, Slyson Palma, Efren Rojas, Jalen Reid.

For information about Junior Team Tennis, contact Liz Coates at Coates@ustaflorida.com or visit

www.ustaflorida.com/JTT.

Miami Country Day tennis

The Miami Country Day Middle School boys’ tennis team was 6-2 and placed third at the conference tournament.

They Spartans recorded key wins against Palmer Trinity, Cushman and Westminster Christian.

The top players were Jackson Halliwell, Shane Piller and Elliot Starkman.The Spartans return three starters next season.

The Miami Country Day Middle School girls’ tennis team went 7-2 and was runner-up at the conference tournament.

The Spartans had key wins against Ransom, Riviera Prep and Cushman.

MCD was led by Maria Salazar, Yakira Wardlaw, Gabriela Martinez and MariaPia Onorato. The Spartans will return four starters next season.

Barry tennis

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2015-16 Division I and II national award winners during the respective NCAA Tennis Championships in Tulsa, and Denver.

Emma Onila of Barry University in Miami Shores was named the women’s ITA Senior Player of the Year.

Onila concluded the 2016 regular season with an 11-3 singles record and No.3 national ranking. She posted a 16-1 mark in doubles with Zuza Maciejewska to reach No.8 in the rankings.

A two-time All-American in singles and three-time All-American in doubles, she’s earned All-Sunshine State Conference honors in singles and doubles in each of the previous three years. Her 74 career doubles victories ranked third all-time in Barry history, and her 52 singles wins are 13th-best in the history of the program. She is a two-time Barry Female Athlete of the Year and helped Barry to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.

Pace sports

Monsignor Edward Pace High School celebrated the success of three student athletes.

Standout wrestler Alexander Perez signed a letter of intent with NAIA Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. Basketball star Destiny Wilson and tennis talent Josvany Lesende signed letters of intent with NAIA St. Thomas University in Miami during a ceremony at the school.

Perez won the Class 1A state wrestling championship at 138 pounds, pinning all of his opponents at state in under two minutes combined.

Wilson is a standout girls’ basketball and flag football player, helping both teams reach regional competitions several times during her Pace career..

Lesende is one of Pace’s star tennis players and was named Honorable Mention on the 2015 Miami Herald All-Dade tennis team.

The trio signed their scholarships for their respective universities in front of their families, the Pace student body and Pace administration.

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.

U.S. water polo

Ransom Everglades graduate Ashleigh Johnson will be in goal for the U.S. Olympic women’s water polo team when it plays an exhibition match against Hungary at Ransom Everglades on June 27, six weeks before the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The match will be part of a seven-city, cross-country, pre-Olympic tour.

Johnson, a 2012 Ransom grad, grew up in the Redland area of Miami-Dade County, played water polo as a youth with the Cutler Bay Riptides club and won five state titles at Ransom Everglades (one in swimming). She was named international “Water Polo Player of the Year” for 2014 and 2015 by Swimming World magazine. She is currently at student at Princeton.

Tickets for the 6 p.m. contest are available only through USA Water Polo. They are $20 at the door, $15 for members of USA Water Polo.

They can be purchased here

https://prepmo.com/events/70

Barry golf

The Barry University men's golf team tied for fourth at the NCAA Championships in the 54-hole stroke play format at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver.

The Buccaneers shot 6-under 858 for the tournament, finishing with a final round 293. Senior Nico Cavero (Ronald Reagan HS) tied for 20th at 2-under 214.

Suniland flag football

Sundevils Invitational Flag Football Two-Day Tournament is 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, kenhanna12@gmail.com, or Alfred Dallas 305-310-5611.

More events, leagues, programs

Tennis

USTA Florida will be hosting four Development Camps for Diverse Backgrounds in 2016 in different areas of the state, for junior tennis players, age 12-18, who are currently participating in USTA tournaments, are looking to improve their game and learn about college scholarship opportunities and the latest in sports science and physical training.

“This will be the second year we are hosting more than one Diversity Camp to give more players around the state the opportunity to participate in this great learning experience,” said USTA Florida Player Development Coordinator Andy Gladstone. “The more players we can impact through the camps, the better it is for our sport and for the participants to improve in areas such as match play, strategy, and learning the amazing experiences they can have as college players.”

Pros and college stand-outs that have attended USTA Florida Diversity Camps in the past include Sloane Stephens, Victoria Duval, Sachia Vickery, and former University of Florida star Sekou Bangoura.

The cost for the one-day camp is $50. The fee includes drills, match play, a camp t-shirt, classroom improvement sessions for parents and players, and lunch.

South Florida - Oct. 29

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center

1150 Anastasia Ave.

Coral Gables 33134

To register visit:

TennisRegistration

For more information visit:

www.USTAFlorida.com/events

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 open at

www.sunshinestategames.com and more information is available by email at

games@flasports.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

www.sunshinestatemgames.com, email

games@flasports.com or call toll-free 866-354-2637. Follow the Sunshine State Games on Facebook

www.facebook.com/sunshinestategames

Warrior Basketball

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

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

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

Call 305-777-7077.

SSAC sports

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

www.sunshinestateathletics.com.

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

NSCAA.com.

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

https://secure.mlb.com/mlb/kids/mlb_pitch_hit_run_form.jsp

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

http://giftsingolf.org/schedules-and-forms/

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.

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. Visit NFHSNetwork.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/OliveGarden and 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.

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.

Visit www.footballfoundation.org.

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NFFNetwork

Twitter https://twitter.com/NFFNetwork

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/NFFOnDemand

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 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.

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

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

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

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