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The Miami HEAT announced the five recipients of the 2017 HEAT Scholarships presented by BankUnited and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund.

In its 21st year, the HEAT Scholarships offer $25,000 in funds to high school seniors attending school in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe or Palm Beach counties. The scholarships, valued at $5,000 each, are awarded based on excellent academic performance, outstanding community service, and financial need.

HEAT legend Alonzo Mourning, BankUnited Senior Executive Vice President Gerry Litrento and Executive Director of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Steve Stowe hosted a special halftime ceremony on April 12 to honor the 2017 HEAT Scholarship recipients during the game against the Washington Wizards at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The scholarship recipients are:

Jamesia Henderson, recipient of the Alec Kessler Student-Athlete Scholarship, will graduate from Miami Killian Senior High School with a 4.7 weighted district GPA and a 3.7 unweighted state GPA.

Henderson is involved in several extra curricular activities, currently involved in the Miami Killian Senior High School’s Environmental Club and National Science Honor Society. Henderson is a member of the Miami Killian Senior High School Varsity Girls’ Volleyball Team. She volunteers her time with the Miami Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and their debutante program, working on many community service projects including: collecting personal goods for the homeless, creating holiday gift baskets for needy families, coordinating hat drives for cancer survivors, being involved in monthly mentoring meetings and participating in events to benefit local charities. In the fall, Henderson will pursue a major in physical therapy at either Georgia State University, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University or Stetson University.

Sally Lu, recipient of the Dr. Jack Ramsay Scholarship, will graduate from Mater Academy Charter High School. Her dedication to academics is exemplified by her 5.2 district weighted GPA and her 4.0 unweighted state GPA.

She volunteered more than 400 hours of community service working with Evolution Dance and Performing Arts Schools where she assisted camperswith various activities, worked in organizing the production of the camp and served as an aide to dance instructors. Lu is an active member and officer of the Model United Nations Club, Health Occupations Students of America, National Honor Society and National French Honor Society. She is passionate in her volunteer work with Love146, an organization that seeks to end child trafficking and exploitation. This past summer, Lu traveled and collaborated with the local government in Zhuhai, China to host a “Child Trafficking and Drug Abuse Panel” to incorporate elements of the Love146 prevention curriculum within that community. Lu will be attending Johns Hopkins University and pursuing a major in cellular and molecular biology.

The first recipient of the Miami HEAT Scholarship is Jocabed Martinez. Martinez will graduate from Pahokee Middle Senior High School with a 4.7 weighted district GPA and a 3.8 unweighted state GPA.

At Pahokee Middle Senior High School, Jocabed serves as the president of the Spanish Honor Society, the president of the Interact Club, Senior Class Vice President, Senior Class Salutatorian and Student Council Secretary. She also serves as president of the Dreamcatchers Club of Pahokee Middle Senior High School, an organization that fulfills dreams of local hospice patients. Martinez has dedicated almost 600 community service hours with several local organizations, including volunteering at the Loula V. York Library in Pahokee where she facilitated story times, book groups, craft programs and large special events that promote reading for children and families. She also volunteers with the Bridges of Pahokee organization, serving as their volunteer photographer and assisting with their events. Martinez will attend the University of Florida and major in ESL education.

The second recipient of the Miami HEAT Scholarship is Lannie Rubio. Rubio will graduate from New World School of Arts with a weighted district GPA of 4.9 and an unweighted state GPA of 3.9.

At New World School of the Arts, she is president of the Thespian Honor Society, secretary of the National French Honor Society, treasurer of the English Honor Society, historian of the Model United Nations and an active member of the National Honor Society. Rubio completed over 600 community service hours, volunteering at Youth Advisory Committee for the Children’s Trust, which serves as a youth leadership development program. Rubio also participates in events with Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, being heavily involved intheir country-wide youth talent program and community outreach. This past summer, Rubio volunteered at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as a Bedside Music Volunteer, providing their pediatric population with a positive musical experience through live performance and interactive music making while enhancing normalization, social interaction and the overall patient and family experience. She will pursue a major in music theatre and journalism and attend either Florida State University or Syracuse University in the fall.

The third recipient of the Miami HEAT Scholarship is Maria Alaez from Fort Lauderdale High School. She will graduate with a 5.3 weighted district GPA and an 3.9 unweighted state GPA.

At Fort Lauderdale High School, she is president of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Club, treasurer of the National Honor Society and a member of the Environmental Club. Alaez volunteered over 500 hours of community service, working with the Jubilee Center of South Broward, an organization that provides a social service andlifeline for the homeless and economically disadvantaged. She also volunteered at Gulfstream Middle School in Hallandale Beach, assisting with database updates, media center circulation and inventory and technological imaging. Alaez will attend the University of Florida and pursue a double major in business management and public relations.

“In partnership with the Miami HEAT, BankUnited honors these five outstanding students who have incredibly bright futures ahead of them,” said BankUnited President and CEO Rajinder P. Singh. “These students have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to their communities while excelling academically. We congratulate them and wish them all the best as they continue their education and pursue their dreams.”

About The Miami HEATCharitable Fund

Established in 1997, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund supports programs for the betterment of at-risk families in South Florida. Beneficiaries include SafeSpace, a domestic violence shelter for women and children, the Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels and Holtz Children’s Hospital.

The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund also provides educational scholarships for high school seniors and partners with inner-city elementary schools to fund the HEAT Academy, which provide safter-school tutoring and mentoring programs. Through these initiatives, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund continues to inspire the youth of South Florida to envision their dreams and achieve their goals.

Dolphins Cancer Challenge

The Dolphins Cancer Challenge recently hosted the second annual DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament at Turnberry Isle’s two 18-hole championship courses in Aventura with partners BBVA Compass, BMW South Florida and CapsCanada.

The tournament offered cancer fighters a chance to golf and interact with athletes and other celebrity guests. Funds raised from the golf tournament will benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. More than 190 golfers participated in the sold-out event.

“Today is a great day to be a cancer fighter. Today we came together in the name of fighting a disease that has touched us all in some way,” DCC Chair & Vice Chairman of Rialto Capital Management Eric Feder said at the event. “This event caps what has been a successful year of raising critical funds for innovative cancer research that will have a direct impact on the South Florida community.”

The participants teed off for a round of scramble-golf on the world-famous Soffer and Miller Courses with Miami Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase and Dolphins alumni and players, including Walt Aikens, Dick Anderson, Jermon Bushrod, Kim Bokamper, Bob Brudzinski, Winston Chapman, John Denney, Brandon Doughty, Troy Drayton, Brian Fleury, Andrew Franks, Bob Griese, Lorenzo Hampton, Thomas Henderson, Reshad Jones, Ted Larsen, Dan Marino, Matt Moore, Nat Moore, John Offerdahl, Trevor Reilly, Dwight Stephenson, Lawrence Timmons and Sam Young.

They were joined by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez as well as former and current pro athletes Charles Johnson (Miami Marlins), Alex Petrovic (Florida Panthers), Derek Mackenzie (Florida Panthers), Rony Seikaly (Miami Heat) and Jonathan Vilma (NFL). Former UM alum Jon Beason, Brett Romberg, Gino Torretta and DJ Williams also were in attendance.

Golfers were treated to exceptional food and beverage at Bourbon Steak and finished the day with a VIP reception at Corsair.

2017 DCC Celebrity Golf Tournament Winners

Scramble (Miller Course) – Dan Marino, Roberto Muoz, Brick Huffman and Robert Lundgren

Scramble (Soffer Course) – Troy Drayton, Michael Mandich, Tre Leoni and Joe Leoni.

Closest to the Pin – Chris Burr (Miller Course) and Mike Perrault (Soffer Course)

Longest Drive – Sam Young, (Miller Course), Luke Freeman (Soffer Course), Bree Rodriguez (Miller Course) and Alexandra Salanic (Soffer Course)

About Dolphins Cancer Challenge

The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) was founded in 2010 by the Miami Dolphins organization as the signature initiative of the Foundation’s health pillar.

The DCC’s mission is to improve people’s lives through financial support for innovative cancer research at South Florida’s only academic-based cancer center – Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. Since its inception, the DCC has raised more than $16 million, donating 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester.

For additional information, call 305-943-6799 or visit

DCC can be found on Facebook at and on Twitter at @TackleCancer.

Heads Up Football

Nineteen football leaders (including Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Youth development Twan Russell) have been selected to take a leading role within USA Football’s Heads Up Football program, promoting a better and safer game on youth and high school levels nationwide.

The new Master Trainers join more than 100 others to educate high school and youth football programs on Heads Up Football principles.

Represeting 15 states, the group of individuals – which includes youth, high school and college football coaches, as well as former NFL players – actively participated in a USA Football-led workshop earlier this year that educated them on the core fundamentals of the Heads Up Football program.

After completing the workshop, Master Trainers will instruct youth and high school coaches in their regions on Heads Up Football principles and teach youth league- and high school-appointed Player Safety Coaches, who will oversee their programs’ implementation of the highest national coaching standards for football.

“We’re proud to welcome the expertise our new Master Trainers bring to an already strong roster of knowledgeable, committed football experts who help us advance and grow the game alongside the youth and high school football community,” USA Football CEO and Executive Director Scott Hallenbeck said. “Master Trainers are leaders and educators, and work nationwide to implement important standards for parents, administrators, and coaches to ensure proper health and safety protocols are in place and to unify the approach to teaching football-specific techniques for the well-being of our athletes.”

Russell played football for St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, the University of Maimi and the Miami Dolphins.

Created and administered by independent non-profit USA Football, Heads Up Football is a comprehensive way to teach and play the sport, encompassing coaching education, equipment fitting, shoulder tackling and blocking fundamentals, CDC-approved concussion recognition/response, sudden cardiac arrest protocols and heat preparedness/hydration. It’s supported by the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, among other leading associations spanning medicine and sport.

More than 2,200 high schools and nearly 75 percent of all U.S. youth leagues enrolled in Heads Up Football in 2016 for the betterment of student-athletes. The program is endorsed by a combined total of 32 state high school athletic associations and high school football coaches associations spanning 26 states. USA Football, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is the sport’s national governing body and certifies more high school and youth coaches combined than any organization in the U.S

About USA Football

USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players. Follow USA Football on Facebook or on Twitter.

Belen lacrosse

The Belen Jesuit School varsity lacrosse team defeated Ransom Everlgades 12-4 to win the District 30 Championship for a second consecutive season.

Before a crowd of 700 at Christopher Columbus High School, Belen (16-4) scored first and never looked back. On the first 10 shots on goal the Wolverines scored seven times. Deiter Prussing and Nico Smith each had three goals and an assist. Ignacio Lopez Castro had two goals and an assist, and Maurice Milton recorded two goals and two assists. Ricky Mayo and Rogelio Consuegra also scored. Ricky Mayo won 10 of 13 faceoffs, and Alejandro Candela made seven saves.

Maccabiah tennis

Irwin Shorr and Howard Guggenheim, Maccabiah USA Grand Masters Tennis Co-Chairs, announced that Todd Rubinstein, Mourning High Head Tennis Coach, will lead the USA tennis team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in Israel from July 4-18.

The Grand Masters division is for athletes, age 65-80+, and the Games itself is the third largest sporting event in the world.

“We are thrilled, delighted and fortunate to have such a talented coach with Todd’s credentials on and off the court leading our team,” Shorr said. “We have a fantastic group of players, many in which have played in previous Maccabiah Games; so we’re very excited about the opportunities which lie ahead.”

After playing tennis for state champion Cooper City High School in 1988 and winning the individual event his junior and senior years, Todd then played No.1 singles and No.1 doubles for Barry University, becoming the school’s first three-time All Sunshine State Conference player.

He then took off some time from tennis to complete his Masters and Specialist degrees in education related fields, Todd then started competing again, getting ranked as high as No.3 in the United States and No.1 in multiple divisions in USTA Florida. Todd also won the USTA Florida State Doubles Championships in the 30s, 35s and 40s Divisions, as well as a winning a multitude of Bronze Balls in various USTA national mixed doubles events.

Todd is the Head Tennis Coach at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High in North Miami and has an overall record of 388-112-2 in 16 seasons. While at Mourning High, Todd is also a Special Education teacher, where he’s just implemented a business training program for his Special Needs students selling Cuban Coffee to the faculty to help incorporate social, life and employment skills into the students’ schema.

Just as well, Todd is also the Head Teaching Professional at the prestigious Lauderdale Tennis Club in Fort Lauderdale and more recently, was honored as the 2016 Wilson 3A FHSTCA Florida High School Tennis Coach of the Year and as well the 2017 USPTA Florida High School Tennis Coach of the Year. Todd is also a USPTA Elite Professional and a member of the Florida High Schools Athletic Association’s Tennis Advisory Committee. He will be a part of the USTA High Performance Coaching Program in May.

Todd credits much of his success on and off the court to his parents, who have been nothing less than supportive from the time he was a child and still are today.

Todd said, “My parents have been wonderful role models, continually pushing and teaching me that if I do things with integrity, the right way, and incorporate hard work, patience and dedication into the mix, I will be able to achieve whatever goals I set for myself in a way that’s gratifying and fulfilling. I’ve been very fortunate to have the amazing family in which I do. I love them dearly.”

He continued, “Going to Israel as a part of Team USA to represent my country, my faith, my team and my family is something that is not just extremely important to me, but is a huge honor in which is exciting and at the same time, humbling. I can’t wait to be a part of the Games and experience everything in which it and Israel has to offer. I love what I do as a coach and teacher, and I will do whatever I can to help all members of our team play at their highest levels possible.”

Team members include: William Cohon of Shoreline, Wash.; Steve Davis of Beverly Hills, Calif.; Gerald Feldman of Beverly Hills, Calif.; Lawrence Greenspan of Longboat Key; Jeffrey Kaplan of Boca Raton; Jacob Mark of Boston; Michael Morgenstern of Rockville, Md.; Arnold Resnick of Aventura; Andrew Harrison of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Beby Hoshia of Airmont, N.Y.; Joel Schlesinger of Palm Beach Gardens; Harold Rubin of West Hempstead, N.Y.; Nathaniel Gould of New York, New York; Michael Schuman of Los Alton Hills, Calif.; Larry Smith of Boca Raton; Arnold Stark of Bronx, N.Y.; Abraham Woidislawsky of Elkins Park, Pa.; Ralph Fineman of Santa Monica, Calif.; Howard Guggenheim of Boca Raton; Lazar Lowinger of Poinciana; and John Tamerin of Greenwich, Conn.

More information on Todd or information regarding the 2017 20th World Maccabiah Games can be found at:,, or


Miami 15-year-old Blaise Bicknell is among eight qualifiers named to the 2017 Team USA National Junior Team.

The training program is designed to give a collection of America’s best young players, born in 2001-02, opportunities to train together during the summer and travel to play against top junior competition from around the world.

Bicknell is rated a five-star recruit in the Top 50 nationally of the Class of 2019 by He is coached by Melville Spence.

For additional info go to

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May is National Water Safety Month. In recognition of the popularity of swimming and other water-related recreational activities, the month brings attention to best practices for being safe in and around the water.

In Miami-Dade County and Florida, drowning is the number one cause of death of children under age five. Swimming experts, such as the American Red Cross, advocate water safety education and swimming lessons, as one of the best way to prevent drowning incidents.

To help spread awareness of water safety and the urgency of learning to swim to children and their families, the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department together with Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Drowning Prevention Coalition (DPC) and its partnering municipalities, schools, non-profit and private learn-to-swim providers county-wide, are joining forces to get Miami-Dade youth water-ready.

May 2017 kicks-off the “Every Lesson Counts” lean-to-swim water safety campaign in Miami-Dade County, with the goal of teaching and ‘counting’ one million swim lessons annually in the County. The campaign brings together county-wide resources for swim lessons and highlights the importance that every child learns to swim.

On May 20, from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m., Miami-Dade Parks will join DPC and the Trauma Services Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in hosting the ninth annual “Summer Safety Splash” at West Perrine Park Aquatic Center, 10355 SW 172 St., Miami. Held in partnership with the Trauma Services Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the free event provides parents and children with resources on swimming lessons, water and child safety and much more. DPC selected the location for this year’s event as the West Perrine Aquatic Center is located in the zip code which had the County’s highest number of Fatal and Non-Fatal drownings for the 1-4 year old age group.

For additional information about the West Perrine Park Aquatic Center, call 305-969-3886 or visit the web page.

Help your child be safer at the beach and the pool this summer. Enroll them in Miami-Dade Learn-to-Swim classes, offered at all Miami-Dade County public pools and taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Learn-to-Swim classes include Parent and Tot (Ages 2-3), Preschool Aquatics (Ages 4-5), Levels 1-6 (Ages 6-18), and Adults.

For more information or to register, contact your desired pool site from the list on the Miami-Dade Parks Learn-to-Swim web page.

On average, Miami-Dade Parks registers approximately 12,000 patrons for its Learn-to-Swim program each year.

The Miami-Dade DPC, housed under the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, provides a centralized resource for the coordination of information and programs related to water safety awareness, education and advocacy to reduce drowning, non-fatal drowning, and other water related injuries in Miami-Dade.

The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade provides scholarships for free swimming lessons to children.

For more information or to donate, visit the web page.

For more information about the Every Swim Lesson Counts learn-to-swim lessons and water safety campaign and partner events, visit the DCP web page.

About Miami-Dade Parks

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness and Conservation and Stewardship. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

Summer camps

Summer is just around the corner.

Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to learn about nature or science? What about a basketball player or cheerleader?

No matter what your child’s interests, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department will put a smile on their face with their fun and exciting summer camp options, saying “We have a camp for that.”

Located at 42 parks throughout the County, Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps will run from June 12 through Aug. 11 (select sites open through Aug. 19). The camps will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and offer 7:30 a.m. early drop-off and 6 p.m. late pick-up options.

Unlike traditional day camps, parents can mix-and-match their preferred options; so their children experience a new adventure each week throughout the summer. There are camps for those who enjoy outdoor sports challenges, like golf and fishing, as well as nature-based camps with eco excursions, art camps and Learn-to-Swim lessons — the list goes on and on.

Summer Camps are also inclusive and managed by Miami-Dade Parks’ Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.

Learn more about accessibility at Miami-Dade Parks.

Parents can now register their kid for most of Miami-Dade County Parks’ exciting Summer Camps online and at all hosting parks.

Families in need of financial assistance must register and apply for assistance in person at their selected park.

For more information, patrons are encouraged to visit the Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps web page, call their local park or call 3-1-1 for Miami-Dade County information.

“Miami-Dade Parks Summer Camps provide kids with active recreation experiences in the great outdoors that are designed to enrich their summer off from school experience. Utilizing our world-renowned parks and attractions, these camp provide a positive place to build friendships and enjoy fun, organized activities that help them discover and explore their interests, outdoor skills and the value of belonging to a community and becoming environmental stewards,” said Miami-Dade Parks Director George Navarrete.

Launch Trampoline Park

Launch Franchising, LLC. is pleased to announce a Launch Trampoline Park will be opening in Doral. The new park will be owned and operated by Jonas P. Roter and scheduled to begin construction later this spring.

Launch Trampoline Park was founded in 2012 by Rhode Island entrepreneur Robert Arnold and retired New England Patriot cornerback and three-time Super Bowl Champion Ty Law. Arnold embarked on the vision for Launch in 2011 after he visited his first trampoline park with his wife and kids. Seeing the combination of family, fun and fitness and using his knack for entrepreneurship, Launch came to life.

The parks provide kids of all ages with endless fun of whether it is bouncing on trampolines, playing dodgeball in mid-air or falling into a massive foam pit. Launch Doral will be available for birthday parties, fundraisers, fitness classes, toddler time, teen nights, private events and more! The park has a full-redemption arcade, Launch Restaurant and private party rooms. Additionally, Launch Trampoline Park has its own mascot – “Joey,” a 7-foot tall green kangaroo mascot – who is in charge of fun at the park, assisting with birthdays and special events.

“The Launch Doral franchisees are excited to bring family fun to the area and are ecstatic to be a part of the Launch team. We can’t wait for the community to enjoy all the fun and action that Launch has to offer,” stated Robert Arnold, president and co-owner of Launch Franchising, LLC.

About Launch Franchising

Ty Law and Robert Arnold are co-owners of Launch Franchising, LLC, with two corporate locations in Warwick, R.I. and Hartford, Conn., and franchise locations along the East Coast. The company is expanding its franchise nationwide and utilizing the strength of positive branding, turn-key operational systems and proven marketing programs as attractive benefits to potential franchisees. For additional information, visit

Miami Gardens sports

The City of Miami Gardens presents new youth sports programs for boys and girls, age 5-17.

Bowling, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, and Swimming.

Register at City Hall, Parks and Recreation Department, 18605 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens 33056.

For fees and info, call 305-622-8080.


MLB Swing for the Fences

Swing for the Fences with MLB Jr. Home Run Derby

Get involved with MLB Jr. Home Run Derby and let the youth in your community show off their hitting power.

Sign up to host a free local competition at

By hosting this one-day, fun, flexible competition, provide the kids in the area the opportunity to swing all the way to the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week in Miami.

Visit for more information

Also: MLBSwingForFencesInfo

Diamondbacks Baseball Academy

Boys and girls, age 6-12, are welcome to try out for the Danny Berry Diamondbacks Baseball Academy summer travel teams.

Games are played at the Jewish Community Center at the Arnold and Phyllis Grossman Park.

Tryouts 5 p.m. May 9 at the JCC ball fields. Call Danny Berry at 305-271-9000, ext. 241. Visit Diamondbacks Travel Baseball League.

Kendall Little League

Information on Danny Berry Baseball/Kendall Little League programs, go to

Inca Cup soccer

Sign up for South Florida’s oldest small-sided soccer tournament.

The Inca Kola Fiesta Cup 5v5 is May 20 or 21. It is a one-day tournament, and you choose which day you prefer. Each participant receives a tournament T-shirt. Prizes for all teams that reach the finals.

Tournament fee is $200. For information and to register, go to:

Soccer clinic

Barry University men’s soccer hosts an ID Clinic that will provide elite male, high school and club soccer players the opportunity to display their talents for college coaches from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, and JUCO schools.

The event is from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Buccaneer Field at Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami Shores.

For information contact Barry University men’s soccer assistant coach Joao Garcia or call 305-899-3135.

Kendall Hammocks football/cheerleading

The Kendall Hammocks Warriors program announces the registration dates and times in April and May for the 2017 Football & Cheerleading season.

Kendall Hammocks is part of the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League.

Tackle season starts Wednesday July 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.


11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13

6:30-8:30 p.m. May 19, May 26

Teams will close once the team roster limit is reached.


Registration fee includes: rental of helmet, shoulder pads, game uniform, secondary insurance, participation awards, referee cost, county and optimist fees.

Free one day Rookie Camp for all new registered players.

All issued equipment is to be returned at end of season.



Registration fee break down: $200 initial deposit includes practice T-shirt, shorts, game day socks, hair bow, cheer brief, shoes, secondary Insurance, and participation awards.

The remaining $200 is for three competitions and includes body liner, shoes, socks, warm-up set, cheer bag, uniform rental and all competition fees.

Cheerleading starts on Tuesday, July 11.


11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13

6:30-8:30 p.m. May 19, May 20

Requirements to play tackle football and cheer for the Kendall Hammocks Warriors.

• 1) Current Color Photo (2×2 face picture-passport size)

• 2) Copy of Birth Certificate

• 3) Current 2017 PHYSICAL- Must be administered from Jan-July 2017-Office stamped

And obtained By your Pediatrician- yellow HRS form, or CVS Minute Clinic- Obtain after you have secured a roster spot.

• 4) Copy of 2017 FINAL Report Card (with the 4 grading periods)

All registrations and practices are at Devonaire Park, 10411 SW 122 Ave., Miami.

For added information email Football Commissioner Mike Pintado at

For Cheerleading email Cheer Commissioner Meylin Castro at


The Warriors Football program is under the Optimist Club of Kendall Hammocks and is an all volunteer organization, serving the community in youth sports for more than 30 years.


Suniland football

The Suniland Sundevils are looking for experienced volunteer youth coaches for the 2017 Miami Xtreme Tackle Football Season.

For Information contact Jose Regalado at 305-458-1966 or

Fins Weekend

The Miami Dolphins Foundation will host its 21st annual Fins Weekend on May 19-20 with golf at Miami Beach Golf Club and fishing starting at Rickenbacker Marina.

Proceeds from the event weekend, through the educational pillar of the Miami Dolphins Foundation, will benefit City Year Miami, an education-focused nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students on track to graduate.

The festivities feature appearances by Dolphins players, coaches, alumni, and cheerleaders as well as entertainment.

FC Miami Media Students

FC Miami City, Miami’s official soccer team, and Miami Media School’s technology teams, resources, students, media and interest groups will feature collaboration and resource sharing. This will significantly enhance the coverage of soccer and the Premier Development League in Miami while providing students with access to unique sports media facilities.

The partnership is created in an effort to develop open sources for Miami Media School students and provide career experiences that will prepare students for sports media careers. Within six months, the students will learn how to write, produce and call games.

“Our goal at Miami Media School is to build a world-class sports media program” according to Nancy Rodriguez, CEO at Miami Media School. “Students in sports media are as likely to be applying for jobs with college athletic departments, professional franchises or entities like PDL, USL or MLS entities as they are with traditional media outlets, like local television stations and newspapers.”

FC Miami City GM Youri Vaisse said. “Helping to provide real-world opportunities for the many talented students of the Miami Media School is consistent with one of our top priorities. We cannot thank [Miami Media School CEO] Nancy Rodriguez and the Media School enough for helping make this historic and unique partnership possible.”

The opportunities offered to sports journalism students through the partnership will help students adjust to changes in the field. It will help to give students valuable experience in media areas that don’t fall under traditional journalism, and it’s a great fit alongside the wonderful student journalism opportunities already in Miami’s metro.

It will surely strengthen FC Miami City’s reputation as a national center for excellence in sports communication.

About Miami Media School

The Miami Media School is an American Private Institution that instructs students in all areas of the broadcast media industry. It is a comprehensive, hands-on program, where students are trained by broadcast media professionals currently working in the field.

The Media schools possess a unique mix of broadcasting leadership and experience, educational excellence then combines this with industry technology and equipment that effectively replicates what students and graduates will see when they enter the workforce. These tools and methods of training and educating our students solidifies the Media Schools position at the forefront of broadcasting education.

Hurricanes Jumpers

Hurricane Jumpers are hosting an AAU Jump Rope Qualifying Tournament from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 20 at Miami Springs Recreation, 1401 Westward Dr., in Miami Springs 33166.

This tournament is for anyone interested in jumping rope for fun or serious competition. The event is a qualifier for Junior Olympics, which is in late July in Detroit.

Registration forms, fees and music are due by April 20.

Spectators free admission.

Contact Hurricane Jumpers at


UFC GYM Kendall

UFC GYM announced that following the overwhelming success of its 2016 12-Week Body Transformation Challenge, the brand recently launched its next iteration, expanding to 16 signature gym locations throughout the United States, including Kendall in Miami-Dade County.

“Whether your objective is to train with the goal of competing on stage or just living an overall healthier lifestyle, this program is designed to accomplish both,” UFC GYM President Adam Sedlack said. “We experienced some amazing transformations at our Corona and Torrance locations and we’re excited to expand this one in a lifetime challenge to members at all of our signature gyms.”

Inspired by four-time IFBB Figure Olympia Champion Nicole Wilkins, this program consists of one-on-one personal training sessions, tailored nutritional and supplementation plans, educational seminars and group workouts. Enrollment cost is $199 ($1,200 value) for UFC GYM members and $298.99 for non-members, which includes the challenge fee and a 12 week UFC GYM membership. Also, UFC GYM has agreed to pay the participant’s individual entry fee for those that want to compete on stage.

A grand prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the member who wins the “overall weight-loss” portion of the challenge, while both a male and female winner of the “overall muscle gain” portion will each win $1,000. Additional awards and prizes will be awarded at each participating location.

Contact UFC GYM – Kendall

8851 SW 107th Ave., Miami, 33176.

Phone: 305-680-5990

Contact: General Manager Jason Figorski;

Those who register for the Challenge are encouraged to stay connected at

Since debuting in 2009, UFC GYM has opened more than 135 locations throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, South America and the United Arab Emirates. The fitness franchise has continued to grow at a rapid pace with more than 50 locations opening in the past two years and more than 50 gyms expected to open in the next year.

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Skateboard Supercross

The Michael-Ann Russell JCC reported the first Skateboard Supercross Academy in the country at its facility in North Miami Beach.

The academy is a place to go after-school for a 40-minute lesson in a group setting with friends.

Students participate once or twice a week to take a lesson and may return on Sundays for Race Day.

Race Day provides some extra practice while learning the more competitive side of skateboarding. Learning to race on the pumptracks is a necessary skill, as competition helps to stimulate the sport.

Many young riders want more time on the pumptracks to be ready for the end of the semester Head to Head Races. That event is the grand finale of the semester curriculum, and it is the showcase for parents, family and friends.

The Head to Head Race brackets system determines who is the fastest racer to date and logs their time. Basically, two riders are paired to race and whoever wins goes against the winner of the other head to head race, until the remaining two compete in the finals.

Option #1 – Curriculum Based Learning

Monday: 15 classes (Member $375, Non-Member $565)

Tuesday: 16 classes (Member $400, Non-Member $600)

Wednesday: 19 classes (Member $475, Non-Member $715)

Thursday: 20 classes (Member $500, Non-Member $750)

Sunday: 17 classes (Member $425, Non-Member $640)

Option #2 – Race Packs (Open Ride Sessions)

(Reservations required. Bring a bicycle, scooter or inline skates)

One Class: Member $30, Non-Member $45, Curriculum Special! $15

10 Pack: Member $250, Non-Member $375, Curriculum Special! $125

20 Pack: Member $475, Non-Member $710, Curriculum Special! $240

Call 305-932-4200, ext. 145/146 to register.

For questions, text or call 786-529-8187.

Orange Bowl Leadership Academy

The Orange Bowl Committee launched the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy, designed to engage and inspire middle school youth to maximize their potential to become future successful community leaders through access and exposure to career development, personal leadership and life skills.

Previously, the Orange Bowl conducted a pilot program that has now become the basis for the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy, with classes of approximately 20 sixth-graders from both Bair Middle School in Sunrise and North Miami Middle School. Those students will continue as seventh-graders this year with a new curriculum, and two new schools will be added with sixth-graders at Sunrise Middle School in Fort Lauderdale and Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School in Miami.

The design of the program is eventually to have students follow a three-year curriculum through middle school and expand to other schools in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

“Our vision is to nurture and cultivate the next generation of South Florida community and business leaders,” said Judge Michael Chavies, president and chair of the Orange Bowl Committee.

Marlon A. Hill Esq, chair of the of the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy committee, added: “The Orange Bowl Leadership Academy will provide South Florida youth the opportunity to dream and develop a plan to achieve those dreams, to set and achieve personal goals and objectives, and to understand their options in life for success at home, their careers and in the community.”

From October through May, students in the program meet twice a month after school with teachers and mentors, who are Orange Bowl Committee members. The curriculum is specifically designed toward fostering character development and responsibility geared to elevating individual empowerment, efficacy and self-esteem.

The students are also exposed to guest speakers, many of whom are Orange Bowl Committee members, and occasional field trips for behind-the-scenes tours of locations such as the Southern District Court of Florida. These sessions are designed to inspire and unleash individual youth potential and leadership, while also creating career development awareness, knowledge and opportunities.

Support for the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy is being provided by the College Football Playoff Foundation, whose philanthropic initiatives are directed toward education generally and more specifically teachers, through its Extra Yard for Teachers program.

The Orange Bowl Leadership Academy receives additional support from sponsors Bank of America, Comcast, Deloitte and Florida Blue.

The curriculum for the Orange Bowl Leadership Academy was created by the Pacific Institute specifically for the Orange Bowl Committee.


MaxPreps Top Athletes

Each month of the school year, MaxPreps will name a Male and Female Athlete of the Month, culminating with the Male and Female Athletes of the Year in June. The program is presented by the United States Marines Corps.

“The United States Marine Corps, through the MaxPreps High School Athlete of the Month program, is committed to recognizing students that embody the fighting spirit which enables them to win battles and overcome challenges they face, both on and off the field,” said Captain Sean Pangia. “We’re proud to partner with MaxPreps in this powerful program showcasing student athletes that have a positive influence in their community.”

The program has received more than 7,700 nominations and counting for the year so far. To nominate an athlete, click:


The Miami Backgammon Club plays 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at The 19th Hole Bar & Grill, Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 33134.

The Miami Backgammon Club is a friendly group of South Florida Backgammon players. Players of all levels welcome. No membership fees.

Tournaments start promptly at 7 p.m.

Free live play. Tournament entry fee $10.

Contact Leo at 305-669-5260 or

Florida Panthers Learn to Play

The Florida Panthers in conjunction with the NHL, NHLPA and USA Hockey will be hosting “Florida Panthers Learn To Play” for boys and girls, age 4-8, who are new, first time ice hockey participants who have never registered with USA Hockey.

The program was developed in an effort to reduce cost barriers to ice hockey participation by providing free equipment. The Learn To Play program primary goal is to create the next generation of hockey players and fans who will remain engaged with the game throughout the rest of their lives.

Cost of entry is $100. Every participant will receive six weeks of on-ice training with Florida Panthers Alumni and USA Hockey Certified Coaches, as well as free registration into USA Hockey for the 2016-17 season. Each participant will also be custom fitted for a full set of brand new Florida Panthers branded CCM hockey equipment, including skates that they will use during the program and keep at the conclusion of the six weeks.

Finally, each participant will receive a voucher for two free tickets to a select Florida Panthers weekend home game with the opportunity to purchase additional tickets at a discounted rate.

The Florida Panthers Learn To Play curriculum is designed in conjunction with USA Hockey’s “Gold Standard” which utilizes an age appropriate Long Term Athlete Development structure known as the American Development Model. This model ensures that the program structure is both fun AND effective.


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.

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.

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 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.

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

or on Twitter @USAFootball

NFL Football Matters

The National Football Foundation announced the launch of, 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. “ 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. 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

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.


Send nominations to recognize student athletes at Miami Marlins games

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 two-time champion 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, schools, 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.

There are three ceremonies – June 2,July 18, Aug. 15.

To nominate someone, e-mail Miami Herald Youth Sports Editor Jim Varsallone at or call 305-376-3621.

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