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For Immediate Release:
April 17, 2015
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Laura Phillips

Miami-Dade Mayor recognizes Dade Youth Basketball League champions

Pictured:  Gwen Cherry Park Bulls 9 & Under Champions with Diana Rodriguez, Special Assistant to Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Youth Sports Championships Coordinator Chris Evans. 
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(MIAMI, April 17, 2015) — The Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, as host of the County’s year round Youth Sports Championship Series congratulates all Miami-Dade youth who participated in the Dade Youth Basketball League Championships, April 8 & 9, at Northwest  Boys & Girls Club in Miami. The annual youth sporting event is a new addition to the Youth Sports Championship Series; an initiative of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at involving as many young people as possible in athletics.

First and second place teams were awarded the Mayor’s Cup in four age divisions.

9 & Under
1st •Gwen Cherry Boys & Club Bulls (Miami)
2nd • NW Boys & Girls Club Falcons (Miami)

11 & Under
1st •NW Boys & Girls Club Falcons (Miami)
2nd • Gwen Cherry Boys & Club Bulls (Miami)

13 & Under
1st • Ives Estates Thunder (Miami)
2nd • OT Nation (Overtown Miami)

15 & Under
1st  • Clemente Park (Miami)
2nd • Miami Elite Panthers (Miami Gardens)

Mayor Gimenez knows first-hand the values developed from continuous involvement in athletics. “Youth sporting events such as the Dade Youth Basketball League Championships provide opportunities for children to learn and compete in a sport and enhance their personal development and life skills,” he said.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade impacts thousands of children every year by providing quality sports programs that promote sportsmanship, teamwork and increase self-esteem, which are key elements to succeed in life,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

“Miami-Dade Parks is proud of its long-time partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade and the shared commitment of providing the youth of this community with more great outdoor recreation for their health and well-being.” said Miami-Dade County Parks Director Jack Kardys. “Through organized youth sporting activities like the Dade Youth Basketball League Championships, kids can enjoy another positive recreational outlet in the critical after-school hours.”

The Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade provides sporting competitions and optimist leagues for boys and girls at five Miami-Dade County locations: K-Land Park, Gwen Cherry Park, NW Boys & Girls Club, Hank Kline Boys & Girls Club, and the Boys & Girls Club of South Beach. Youngsters have an opportunity to showcase their athletic abilities through football, cheerleading, dance basketball, soccer, baseball, softball and tennis.

For more information about the Dade Youth Basketball League, contact the NW Boys & Girls Club Director Kenny Wilcox, at 305-335-1698.  For more information about the NW Boys & Girls Club, visit the website.

For more information about the Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series, visit the website.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade
Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1946. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade website.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department
Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks, visit their website or call 3-1-1.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. Visit the Parks Foundation website for more information.

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