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"Miami Football Festival" returns to Tropical Park Stadium on Saturday, July 25

MIAMI (July 10, 2015)

The “Miami Football Festival” returns to Tropical Park Stadium for its second season of football fun on Saturday, July 25. The free community event is part of the Youth Sports Championship Series, an initiative of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez aimed at increasing participation in youth athletics. It is also Miami-Dade’s premiere celebration for Park and Recreation Month, showcasing the power of football to unite and improve lives. Activities run 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will feature the “Mayor’s Cup Flag Football Tournament” for boys and girls, age14 and under. Hundreds of local youth are expected to be part of the exciting flag football action. There will also be football clinics, a kids’ activity area, mascot appearances, food truck vendors, and more.

The event kicks off with a special presentation by Mayor Gimenez and Miami-Dade Parks Director Jack Kardys, recognizing past Youth Sports Championship winners and ambassadors and highlighting the park’s stadium and track renovations.

There is no cost to participate in the flag football tournament, however advance registration is required by July 17. To register and get more information about the tournament and the Mayor’s Youth Sports Championship Series, visit PlayMiami.org or contact Chris Evans at 305-755-7885 or ChrisEv@miamidade.gov.

As a father, grandfather and lifetime advocate of the long-term health benefits of regular exercise for children, Mayor Gimenez knows first-hand the esteemed values developed from continuous involvement in athletics. “Youth sporting events, such as the Mayor’s Cup Flag Football Tournament, provide opportunities for children to learn and compete in a sport, as well as enhance their self-esteem, social development and fitness level,” he said. “Good sportsmanship, teamwork, responsibility, and discipline, are the life-lessons of sports that will stay with these young athletes into adulthood.”

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.  For more information, visit the Miami-Dade Parks website.  Also see About Miami-Dade Parks and About the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade.

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters and/or any accommodations to participate in any Miami-Dade Parks-sponsored program or meeting, contact Lucy Binhack, 305-755-7848, binhack@miamidade.gov, at least 7 days in advance to initiate your request.  TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).