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early-childhood-lineI would not blame one for thinking that they were at a Justin Beiber concert, thousands of children and parents everywhere you looked at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo on a very warm Saturday afternoon. There were all the accompanying activities, games and food items.

Games included Bounce Houses, Giant Slides, Rock Wall, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Hair Breading, and Arts & Craft among other activities. There was high engagement in the enjoyment for children. Parents were tested to the hilt as they were pushed to the limits in their attempts to keep up with their young charges. However this event was not just about fun and games, this event was produced by The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade.

Fort Lauderdale Strikers' forward Martin Nunez picked a great time to score his second goal of the season, and it came against his former club, the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Strikers and the Islanders played to a 1 - 1 draw in front of a crowd of 3,628 tonight, Saturday June 25, at Lockhart Stadium.

"We're fortunate to salvage a point out of this," said head coach Daryl Shore, "we've said time and time again that we're a team that won't quit and that we won't give up. We're pleased how we pushed and earned the point."
The first half was full of potential for both squads, but both came out empty handed. In the 17th minute, the crowd saw midfielder Brian Shriver send Paulinho Le Petit through with a lead pass. Le Petit took one touch to control it and fired it just wide. The Strikers saw a lot of chances drift wide on them, as did the Islanders.

The first match-up in 18 years between the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and FC Tampa Bay finished 1 - 1 in a game that came down to the final minutes. A goal from Eduardo Coudet in stoppage time equalized for the Strikers while a crowd of 5,848 celebrated in wet conditions. The tie extends the Strikers unbeaten streak to seven games.

"We were just missing the final pass on a couple of chances," said head coach Daryl Shore. "We were the aggressor tonight and it's frustrating. Soccer is funny because you can have a team on their heels and one chance, and you go down 1 - 0."
The first half saw the Strikers attack and press forward numerous times. Unfortunately, they were unable to come away with any goals. Starting as early as the 6th minute, the Strikers were taking shots to test the NASL's saves leader, Tampa Bay goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. Paulinho Le Petit was in on the action many times during the game. After receiving a ball from midfielder Lennon Celestino, Le Petit took a couple touches to fire the ball on goal, but it sailed just wide.

The "Coral Reef Cool Kids" 8-and-under team wasn't hard to miss in their tie-dye t-shirts at the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis 8-and-under Championships in July at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach. Neither was their team captain, Kara Borromeo, in her tie-dye shirt and clipboard, roaming the courts and speaking to her parent court-captains.

The teaching pro at Coral Reef Park in South Miami, Borromeo and her fellow pro Leroy Pettis have seen the USTA's new 10 and Under Tennis format create an explosion of junior tennis interest at their center. The two began as a "traveling team," using the 10 and Under Tennis equipment on their own before their city-run facility embraced the format.

Now Borromeo and Pettis oversee a small herd of 10 and Under Tennis and Jr. Team Tennis players, as exemplified at the Jr. Team Tennis Florida Section Championships where they fielded teams in the 8-and-under, 10-and-under, 12-and-under, 14-and-under, and two in the 18-and-under divisions.
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