State champions were crowned when teams from Miami (Coral Reef Park and Royal Palm) won two titles, and teams from St. Johns County (Julington Creek Plantation, St. Johns) and Marion County (Fort King Tennis Center, Ocala) won one each at the 2016 USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.0/4.0 League Sectional Championships at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach and at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.
South Miami-Dade squads won the Women’s 4.0 division and for the second year in a row the Men’s 4.0 division.
The winning teams advance to the USTA League National Championships to represent the USTA Florida Section on Oct. 14-16 (3.0 division) at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucsan, Ariz., and Oct. 28-30 (4.0 division) at the La Quinta Resort in La Quinta, Calif.
Miami teams came within a win of capturing three of the four divisions as the Shula’s Athletic Club of Miami Lakes was runner-up in the Women’s 3.0 division. Three of the five matches in that finals were determined by third-set super-tiebreakers.
The USTA Florida 40 & Over 3.0/4.0 League Sectional Championships drew the top teams from throughout Florida, representing various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations that finished at the top of their local leagues.
Teams consisting of two singles and three doubles lines competed in a non-elimination round-robin format. The winner of each flight/division was determined by team matches won. The winner of each flight then advanced into a single-elimination semifinal followed by the final.
NTRP levels of play were 3.0 and 4.0. For information on NTRP levels go to
Final results with Miami teams:
WOMEN 4.0 Division: Final: South Miami-Dade (Coral Reef Park, Miami) d. Lee/Charlotte counties (Cape Coral Racquet Club, Cape Coral) 3-2. No. 1 Singles: Kaye Kuhfeld (L/S) d. Barbara Cabassa 6-1, 6-3. No. 2 Singles: Adriana Umana (SMD) d. Jane Zito 6-1, 6-3.
No. 1 Doubles: Stefanie Decker/Regan Colas (L/S) d. Andrea Potash/Monika Martins 6-3, 6-2. No. 2 Doubles: Michelle Dalmau/Viola Lake (SMD) d. Michelle Rygiel/Jodi Hynes 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (super-tiebreak). No. 3 Doubles: Lesley Harrington/Christine Padron (SMD) d. Karen Orlando/Sherry Newland 6-4, 6-4.
Coral Reef Park Season Roster: Doris Sullivan (captain), Lesley Harrington, Barbara Glicken, Mary Salter, Christine Padron, Barbara Cabassa, Brenda Hoppe, Viola Lake, Julie Gutierrez-Fletcher, Andrea Potash, Donna Flynn, Judy Fuller, Roberta Quirk, Michelle Dalmau, Monika Martins, Adriana Umana, Diana Eldridge, Julia Bianchi.
MEN 4.0 Division: Final: South Miami-Dade (Royal Palm, Miami Beach) d. Pinellas County (Tennis Foundation of St. Petersburg) 4-1. No. 1 Singles: Stephane Camguilhem (SMD) d. Terry Tetzlaff 6-1, 6-2. No. 2 Singles: Sebastian Abdelnur (SMD) d. Tim Jennings 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 Doubles: Troy Wee Tom/Tony AhChow (SMD) d. Gerald Alvarado/David Biren 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (super-tiebreak). No. 2 Doubles: Gregory Joseph/Frank Fernandez (SMD) d. Tom Keller/Daniel Olds 7-6, Ret. No. 3 Doubles: John Eifert/Ronald Massey (Pinellas) d. Jack Astaphan/Raymond Valme 6-1, 6-1.
Royal Palm Season Roster: Raymond Valme (captain), Jack Astaphan, Frank Fernandez, Stephane Camguilhem, Ronald Valme, Tony AhChow, Sebastian Abdelnur, Julio Fernandez, Troy Wee Tom, Giampaolo Guarino, Peltan Humes, Rafael Sanchez, Gregory Joseph, Hector Meneses, Rafael Sangiovanni.
WOMEN 3.0 Division: Final: St. Johns County (Julington Creek Plantation, St. Johns) d. South Miami-Dade (Shula’s Athletic Club, Miami Lakes) 4-1. No. 1 Singles: Sandy Kemp (St. Johns) d. Robyn Boshever 6-4, 2-1, Ret. No. 2 Singles: Molly Sanford (St. Johns) d. Jennifer Molina 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker).
No. 1 Doubles: Laurie Teichman/Dorri Hall (St. Johns) d. Judith Gallo-White/Michelle Diaz 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker). No. 2 Doubles: Andrea Gil/Yuliet Pellegrini (SMD) d. Tracy Tripp/Leslie de Jong 6-2, 6-7, 1-0 (super-tiebreaker). No. 3 Doubles: Michele Jordan/Tara Capuano (St. Johns) d. Mirta Alvarez/Purisima Paulino 7-6, 7-5.
When Team USA enters the Maracanã Stadium for the Opening Ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, 40 of the team members will be Floridians.
The 17 days of Olympic competition began Friday, Aug. 5 and concludes Sunday, Aug. 21. More than 10,500 athletes from 206 nations are expected to participate in 28 sports
The 40 athletes representing Florida is second highest total from the 46 states represented. California leads the way with 125.
Highlighting the roster of 40 athletes are two Miami athletes who have competed in the Sunshine State Games, the state’s Olympic-style Sports Festival for amateur athletes of all ages.
Angela Delgado, a judo athlete from Miami, was named the Top Senior Female Judoka at the 2006 Sunshine State Games, and another Miami native, Ashleigh Johnson, participated in Sunshine State Games for 10 years as a member of the Riptides Water Polo team. Johnson, a Ransom Everglades High School grad, is the Team USA goalkeeper and earned 2015 FINA World Championship Top Goalkeeper and Gold Medal Match MVP honors.
Other Olympians with Homestead/Miami ties
Sylvia Fowles, Basketball, Miami; Dave Hughes, Sailing, Miami; Danell Leyva, Gymnastics, Homestead; Robin Prendes, Rowing, Miami; Brianna Rollins, Track and Field, Miami (Northwestern High School).
Keep up with the progress of Florida’s Olympians in the News and Events section of
www.flasports.com during the 17 days of the 2016 Olympic Games.
“Florida has a rich heritage and history of producing successful athletes,” said John Webb, President of the Florida Sports Foundation. “Florida is home to some of the world’s best coaches, facilities and our great year-round weather certainly contributes. We’ve enjoyed a rich history of Florida Olympians through our Sunshine State Games which has been a great starting point for many. We congratulate and wish them all a successful Olympic Games.”
For more information about the Sunshine State Games, an annual program of the Florida Sports Foundation, now in its 27th year, visit
Amateur sports enthusiasts can also support the Sunshine State Games and the U.S. Olympic Movement and Florida Olympians with the purchase of a U.S. Olympic License plate. Visit
www.flasportstags.com or your local tag agency for purchase.
Barry University softball star Dee Espinosa of Miami has become the eighth Buccaneer to earn an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship, the national office recently announced.
Espinosa, who will graduate in August with a college degree in sport management and a minor in business, carries a 3.898.
“I am ecstatic to have been awarded this scholarship by the NCAA to pursue my master's degree and further my education,” Espinosa said, “which has always been a life goal of mine. I am extremely grateful for the support from Barry University, and especially Dr. Daniel Rosenberg, Rosie Pumariega, Dr. Eileen McDonough, and Gina De Aguero for contributing to my application towards this opportunity.”
Espinosa led Barry to a 55-34 record over her two years with the Bucs. She hit .377 with 38 doubles, 15 homers and 87 RBI. Her career .714 slugging percentage is a school record, and her .497 on-base percentage ranks second. She is sixth in batting and home runs and tied for eighth in doubles. Defensively, she picked off 13 runners and caught another 29 stealing, good for second and third on those lists.
Espinosa was among the 200 student-athletes across the country selected for the NCAA career forum June 2-5. Student-athletes spent roughly 36 hours exploring career options in sports, with a primary focus on college athletics. Only junior and senior student-athletes were eligible to attend, and NCAA member institutions could nominate up to five student-athletes per year.
Hailing from Miami, she is a 2012 graduate of G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School. She expects to enroll this fall in the graduate program for sport administration at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens.
Espinosa joins the late Bill Reifsnider (baseball - 1990), Cindy Yuan (volleyball - 2000), Victoria Courmes (women's tennis - 2003), Patrick Rittenauer (men's tennis - 2008), Shyla Rider (softball - 2009), Grace Collins (softball - 2012), and Akemi Maehama (women's tennis - 2014) as Buccaneers with an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Barry University, based in Miami Shores, is an NCAA Division II affiliate.
Miami Midnites basketball
The Miami Midnites men’s basketball team edged the Palm Beach Knights 111-95 in the semifinals of the Florida Basketball Association playoffs at Scheck Hillel Community School in North Miami Beach.
As 2014 and 2015 FBA champions, the Midnites are eyeing a three-peat.
The Midnites (8-1) were paced by Ty Thomas, who registered a double-double on 20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Guards George Gray and Amir Celestin each totaled 19 points, and big man Keion Palmer added 17 points. Guard Deric Hill made a game-high six steals to go along with eight points and four assists.
About Miami Midnites
The Miami Midnites, established in 2014, are the official Minor League affiliate of the 2012-13 Israeli Super League champions Maccabi Haifa basketball team. In their first season of existence, the Miami Midnites won the 2014 Florida Basketball Association (FBA) championship, and followed up with back-to-back FBA titles after winning the 2015 FBA title.
The Midnites joined the American Basketball Association for the 2014-15 season and finished runner-up out of 90+ teams across the country. The Midnites compete year-round, playing their home games at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center in Davie. For information on the Miami Midnites, visit the team’s official website at
Wrestling Night at Marlins Park
Wrestling Night at Marlins Park is Saturday, Aug. 27 when the Miami Marlins face the San Diego Padres.
Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs is coordinating the talent for the event. There will be autograph and photo ops throughout the game.
Scheduled are WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, The Warlord of the Powers of Pain, the Nasty Boys (Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags) and Brutus the Barber Beefcake, who replaces Jimmy Hart. They will also be involved in the ceremonial first pitch, interviews on Marlins Vision and other in-game fun.
There is a Wrestling Night package. If fans purchase tickets through this special event link on
marlins.com/specialevents, they can sit together and receive the special Marlins-themed luchador mask...while supplies last.
Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite wrestlers, too.
First pitch is 7:10 p.m.
Orange Bowl Family Fun
The Orange Bowl Family Fun and Fit Day presented by Sunshine Health is a full day of family fun & fitness for everyone from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Betty T. Ferguson Recreational Complex, 3000 NW 199th St., Miami Gardens.
Bring the entire family to enjoy music, bounce houses, face painters, games, food trucks, and health screenings. Kids can receive free haircuts and backpacks with school supplies.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more details CLICK HERE
Ali Boxing Center
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto and the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department celebrated the renaming of Tropical Park’s Boxing Center to the “Muhammad Ali Boxing Center” at Tropical Park Boxing Center, 7900 SW 40 St., Miami.
“Back in September 2015, the Board of County Commissioners adopted my resolution for the Tropical Park Boxing Center to be named after the great Muhammad Ali, since I was privileged to have met the man in person and behold his many boxing victories,” said Commissioner Souto. “He was bigger than life and an inspiration to all. His memory will live on at this center as it grooms future generations of boxers.”
In honor of Ali – the late three-time heavyweight boxing champ - dignitaries joined members of the local boxing community.
Ali, born Cassius Clay, died on June 3 at age 74, following a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Considered one of the greatest boxing legends of all-time, Ali was famous in and out of the ring for his strength, power, speed, stamina, flamboyant personality and global presence.
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Beyond The Game
Sports and history intertwine in HistoryMiami Museum’s new exhibition Beyond the Game: Sports and the Evolution of South Florida.
The exhibition -- open now thru Jan. 15, 2017 -- highlights the way South Florida sports have shaped and reflected the cultural growth of South Florida.
Since the 1920s, sports events and teams have both mirrored and molded the development of the area. Miami Jai-Alai, featuring the “world’s fastest” ballgame, and Hialeah Park, showcasing horse racing, were two early sporting attractions that lured northern tourists and fueled the public’s growing fascination with the area.
By the early 1960s, the Fifth Street Gym in Miami Beach, home to champion boxers like Muhammad Ali, emerged as an island of democracy amid the realities of Jim Crow segregation. Meanwhile, the newly opened Miami Marine Stadium was gaining popularity, and the sport of powerboat racing symbolized “sun and fun.” The Professional sports franchises followed, as did the rise of the University of Miami’s football program, confirming Miami’s status as a modern metropolis.
“From a historical perspective, the thing that is most striking is how central South Florida’s sporting scene has been to its identity almost from the very beginning. Hialeah Park and Miami Jai-Alai date to the mid-1920s, and both were not only important tourist destinations, but really shaped the way that people understood South Florida,” said exhibition curator Gaspar Gonzalez. “These kinds of attractions conveyed a sense of South Florida as a unique place.”
Curated by HistoryMiami and Gaspar González, a Yale-trained historian known for creating Emmy-winning documentary programming that has been featured on PBS, ESPN and others, the exhibition tells this story of evolution through photographs, trophies, uniforms, and never before seen items related to South Florida’s sport scene. In addition, two short films -- one on Hialeah Park, the other on the Marine Stadium, as well as a series of short video interviews with some of South Florida's most iconic former athletes -- will be played throughout the exhibition.
Presented by Hialeah Park and HistoryMiami, the exhibition will be displayed in more than 5,000 square feet of space in the Museum’s third floor gallery and will showcase artifacts from HistoryMiami's own collection, individuals in the community, as well as the area's professional sports teams and venues.
Notable items include:
Original Miami Heat floor from the Miami Arena; Dan Marino’s contract; Don Shula Play Sheet; Footage Muhammad Ali at 5th Street Gym; Orange Bowl trophy from University of Miami; Memorabilia from Marlins’ inaugural year; Hialeah Park infield sign; Video interviews with local sports icons Mike Lowell, Mercury Morris, Randal Hill
“The exhibition appeals to a diverse audience,” said Stuart Chase, President and CEO of HistoryMiami. “From the days of horseracing to the players who graced the grid iron Beyond the Game not only celebrates sports history, but offers a fresh perspective on the impact it had on Miami becoming the world-class city it is today.”
For information on becoming a member of HistoryMiami Museum contact Hilda Masip at 305-675-1618 or visit
About HistoryMiami Museum
HistoryMiami Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. It accomplishes this through education, collections, research, exhibitions, publications and city tours.
Located in the heart of downtown Miami, HistoryMiami Museum is a 70,000 square foot facility and home to more than one million historic images and 30,000 three-dimensional artifacts, including a 1920’s trolley car, artifacts from Pan American World Airways, and rafts that brought refugees to Miami.
For more information, call 305-375-1492 or visit
The city of North Miami is providing a fresh way to cool off with free swim lessons at the Thomas Sasso Pool & Playground, 1100 NW 125 St.
North Miami residents, age 3 and older, can register for beginner, intermediate and advanced swim lessons at no cost. Classes will be administered on a first come, first serve basis. Residents may register for one free session. Space is limited. To register, visit the Parks and Recreation Department Administrative Office at 12300 NE 8 Ave. in North Miami, 33161.
For more information about swimming lessons, summer camps and programs offered in the city of North Miami for residents and non-residents call 305-895-9840 or view the 2016 Summer Program Guide online at
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.
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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
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).
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