December 18, 2014

TOC visits Holtz Children's Hospital, spreading holiday cheer


MIAMI - It was all about spreading holiday cheer and spending time with those who battle to survive every day.

On Wednesday, the Tournament of Champions and the Miami-Dade All-Star Game, made an appearance at Holtz Children's Hospital, hosted by UHealth Sports Medicine.


Along with TOC Founder Wesley Frater and many of his staff members, the event was highlighted by the appearance of Warren Henry Miami-Dade Player of the Year, Hilton Joseph, who will quarterback the North squad in Saturday night's (7:00) annual event at Curtis Park in Miami.

Joseph, who set records in his two seasons as a starter at North Miami, leading the Pioneers to a pair of district championships and an 18-4 record, talked with youngsters, nurses and administrators and was the perfect ambassador for the game, community and for high school athletes in general.


"The smile on their faces when they saw Hilton was tremendous," said Frater. "He is certainly one of those young men who was the perfect representative for this game and for what we are trying to convey to all of south Florida."

Joseph's visit gave him the opportunity to see exactly what these youngsters had to live with every day - and to understand how the nurses and administrators continue to save lives and boost spirits.










December 17, 2014

Warren Henry Auto Group Honors North Miami QB Hilton Joseph As Player of the Year


(L to R): City Of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Ed Williams, North Miami Football Coach; Hilton Joseph; and Warren Henry Zinn, CEO, Warren Henry Auto Group.

MIAMI - Warren Henry Auto Group, South Florida’s premier luxury Auto Group, and Tournament of Champions, Inc., awarded Hilton Joseph, Quarterback for North Miami Senior High School, the Miami-Dade County “Warren Henry Player of the Year” award on December 15.

Also named in the final five for the award were Rashad Fenton (Miami Carol City), Maurice Alexander (Miami Booker T. Washington), Donavan Thompson (Miami Central) and Shakur Cooper (Coral Gables).

Warren Henry Auto Group and Tournament of Champions, Inc. are also the official sponsor of the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game at Curtis Park Sports Complex taking place on Dec. 20. The game has produced such NFL players as Brandon Harris, Roscoe Parrish, Asante Samuels, Geno Smith and numerous other NFL and NCAA athletes. South Florida is known as the top community for scholastic football, producing more NFL athletes than any other area in the country. Warren Henry Auto Group now adds prestige and honor to the selection of the Player of the Year award as this is considered the local Heisman Trophy award.

“The South Florida High School football players lead a healthy lifestyle, work hard and have true passion and love for the game, mirroring the values of Warren Henry Auto Group and making this a natural partnership,” said Warren Henry Zinn, President and CEO of Warren Henry Auto Group. "We are excited to team up with the 17th Annual Miami Dade North vs. South All-Star football game and support this first class event for the cities of Miami and Miramar, and couldn't be more proud to support Tournament of Champions, Inc. in their efforts to honor these incredible football players.”


(L to R): Larry Zinn, Warren Henry Zinn, Hilton Joseph, and Larry Blustein, South Florida High School Sports, WQAM Radio and The Miami Herald.

About Warren Henry Auto Group Celebrating their 38th anniversary, Warren Henry Auto Group is headquartered in Miami, Florida with seven North and South Florida franchises including Audi Gainesville, Warren Henry Infiniti, Warren Henry Jaguar, Fisker Miami, Land Rover North Dade, Land Rover South Dade and Lamborghini Palm Beach. Warren Henry Auto Group’s corporate office is located at 20860 NW 2nd Avenue (Hwy. 441) in Miami. For more information, call 888-856-3113 or visit

Miami Dolphins celebrate the theme of Play 60 For Ravens Game

As part of the NFL’s continuing initiative to encourage youth to live health lifestyles, the Miami Dolphins celebrated the theme of Play 60 during the team’s home game against the Ravens on Dec. 7 at Sun Life Stadium. The Miami Dolphins invited 12 students from Henry Reeves Elementary in Miami Dade, Welleby Elementary in Broward and Gove Elementary in Palm Beach County to come out to the game. They ran out of the tunnel during our pregame, stood on the field for the national anthem and did push ups in the end zone every time the Dolphins scored during the first half of the game.







Photos Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

Dolphins Honor Youth, High School Player, Coach of the Week During Ravens Game

All season, the Miami Dolphins have continued to step up by recognizing top youth football players, coaches and teams - as well as area high school players, coaches and football programs. On Dec. 7, when they hosted the Baltimore Ravens, more were added as they were introduced to a huge crowd at Sun Life Stadium.


The Seabring Bluestreaks 10u from the Mid Florida Football and Cheerleading Conference were honored on the field by the Miami Dolphins as Coach Philbin’s Youth Team of the Week presented by Walgreens during the Dolphins home game against the Ravens at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 7. The Seabring Bluestreaks 10u coach is Jay Williams.  


Among those that were honored by Troy Drayton and the Dolphins, presented by Under Armour, were running back Marcus Barthell of the Miami Youth Hurricanes Midgets 14u in the Greater Miami Pop Warner League, cornerback James Oliphant of St. Thomas Aquinas High School was honored as the High School Player of the Week, and Chris Merritt of Christopher Columbus High School, who was honored as the High School Coach of the Week.

Marcus Barthell is coached by Coach Brown and James Oliphant is coached by Rocco Casullo.

Photos Courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.

December 16, 2014

December 11, 2014

BTW's Tim Harris, Jr. among U.S. Army Coach of the Year finalist


ROCKAWAY, N.J. — The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee has announced the six finalists for the 2015 USAAAB National Coach of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year will be announced during the U.S. Army All-American Awards Show on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, in San Antonio. The award honors the nation’s top high school football coach for exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills, as well as acknowledging his role as a positive influence to young Americans on and off the field.

Tim Harris, Jr., who guided Miami's Booker T. Washington to its third straight state title in his first year as head coach, is one of the finalists. The Tornadoes beat Jacksonville Bolles last weekend to wrap up a 14-0 record.

“The ability to lead is a highly valued trait, and one that is of utmost importance to the U.S. Army,” said Mark S. Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing. “These coaches exemplify superb leadership skills in training, educating and guiding their players both on and off the field. We’re proud to recognize these coaches and congratulate them on this honor.”

2015 USAAAB National Coach of the Year Award Finalists:
Justin Alumbaugh, De La Salle High School - Concord, CA.
Tim “Ice” Harris, Jr., Booker T. Washington High School - Miami
Matt Logan, Centennial High School - Corona, CA
Lance Pogue, South Panola High School - Batesville, MS.
Tony Sanchez, Bishop Gorman High School - Las Vegas, NV
Tom Westerberg, Allen High School - Allen, TX

For 15 years, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school football game, serving as the preeminent launching pad for America’s future college and NFL stars. Andrew Luck, Patrick Peterson and Jamaal Charles made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans. In the 2014 NFL draft, there were a total of seven U.S. Army All-American Bowl Alumni drafted in the first round. The 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl drew a crowd of 40,017 to the Alamodome, and was the most-watched sporting event on television over the weekend, excluding the NFL playoffs.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is owned and produced by All American Games, a New Jersey-based sports marketing and event management company. The U.S. Army is the title sponsor of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and American Family Insurance is the lead national sponsor and presenting sponsor of the telecast on NBC. Other national sponsors include adidas, Gatorade, San Antonio Visitors Bureau, 247Sports, XOS Digital, NCSA, Lockheed Martin, Xenith, Battle Sports Science, EvoShield, 23 Blast Movie, NewTek and Football University. National sponsors of the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band include the National Association for Music Education, Drum Corps International, Jupiter Wind Instruments, Mapex Marching Percussion, Majestic Concert Percussion and DeMoulin Uniforms.

For more information on the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and its related events, visit and or the official Facebook and Twitter pages located at, and

Miami's James Cook among National Youth Players of the Year


Rockaway, N.J. - The Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl Selection Committee has narrowed down its list of nominees to five finalists for the prestigious 2014 General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award, and one of the five is Miami standout James Cook - the brother of Florida State University freshman phenom Dalvin Cook.

The General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award is given to the Nation’s most outstanding youth football player. General Dennis D. Cavin, one of the instrumental persons in the creation of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, has been a longtime supporter of developing young men through the game of football. The General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award will be recognized at the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl on Saturday, December 20th, 2014 in Naples, Florida. The winner will be presented with a trophy at the FBU National Championship desk located at Naples High School.

"The nominated players exhibit exemplary direction as they transition from their youth football careers to high school. Their proven leadership defines the Dennis D. Cavin award. The character traits General Cavin displayed throughout his career are a proven guide for these young men to continue," said Erik Richards, national recruiting director.

Past years recipients include Sony Michel from University of Georgia, Shane Simmons committed to Penn State University, and Dylan Moses committed to LSU.

The five finalists for the 2015 Retired General Dennis D. Cavin Youth Player of the Year Award are the following:

Cameron Coleman, Wide Receiver/Athlete, Maryland Heights, MO Cameron is pound for pound an all-around ball player. During his 8th grade campaign, he managed to compile 12 touchdowns, three interceptions, and over 2,000 all-purpose yards. Coleman’s warrior style heart, played in the 2014 Battle In Rocky Top national tournament in Knoxville, TN, with a lung infection and managed to carry his team to their 2nd straight national title by scoring all the teams touchdowns over the weekend. Cameron was offensive MVP in the 2014 Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. Coleman can get it done on and off the field, while managing a 3.0 GPA along with all of his football accolades.

James Cook, Running Back, Miami, FL James is the #1 ranked player in the country by Youth1. Cook helped lead the South Florida 7th grade team to a FBU National Championship as a two way standout last year. National Championships run in the family as his brother Florida State University freshman Dalvin Cook won the 6A Florida High School Championship in 2013 with Miami Central.

JT Daniels, Quarterback, Irvine, CA JT led the Inland Empire Ducks to a 12-0 record and their 1st ever #1 National Ranking for a Midget team. The #2 overall player in the class of 2019 Rated by Youth1, he passed for 2,568 yards and 36 TD’s with a 68% completion percentage. JT also ran for 584 yards and another seven touchdowns His hard work also pays off in the class room as he maintains a 3.88 GPA.

Owen Pappoe, Athlete, Grayson, GA Owen had an amazing season for the Grayson Rams. Owen carried the ball 23 times for 616 yards and scored five touchdowns. He also caught 12 passes for 531 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Owen created havoc for opposing offenses. He tallied 50 tackles, 21 for a loss, 17 quarterback sacks and three interceptions. Owen had a 73 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, five punt returns for 215 yards and one touchdown and a 40 yard fumble return for a touchdown. This is also only Owens second season playing tackle football.

KJ Wallace, Athlete, Atlanta, GA Posted video game numbers during his final middle school season, Wallace contributed at all skills positions this year, for his 6-1 Lovett Lions, while resetting all previous school records. Posting an astonishing 1,982 total yards from scrimmage, Wallace scored 25 of his team’s 30 total touchdowns. Defensively, he tallied 59 tackles from the safety/corner position, forced seven fumbles, and recorded four interceptions. Academically KJ is an Honor Roll student posting a 3.84 GPA, while serving as his Class President.

James Cook (Miami-Dade County), Owen Pappoe (GFL), and KJ Wallace (GFL) are still in the running for the 2014 National Championship in Naples. Broward County will be facing off against West Palm Beach and GFL will be facing off against Kentucky on December 13th at Buford Youth Sports Complex in Buford, GA. If both teams advance they will be playing each other December 14th at 2pm at Buford Youth Sports Complex.

Now in its sixth year, the two Eastbay Youth All-American Bowls pit the country’s top 7th and 8th grade football talent against each other in two East versus West format all-star games taking place on Saturday, December 20th at Naples High School in Naples, Florida. These games have seen outstanding talent come through its ranks, including past and present U.S. Army All-Americans; Sony Michel, Todd Kelly, Christian McCaffrey, Tristen Hoge, Zach Okun, T.J. Rahming, Brady White, and Khalil McKenzie.

All American Games (AAG), a sports management and marketing company, is the owner and producer of the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl. AAG produces and manages many of the nation’s premier high school and youth sporting events, including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band, the U.S. Army National Combine, Football University (FBU), the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl, and the FBU National Championships.

All American Games reaches millions of youth and high school athletes annually, through AAG’s numerous events and properties. Each year, athletes across North America enhance their specific sports abilities and raise their level of play through the elite instruction and training received through All American Games. In total, AAG boasts 300 NFL Draftees, 72 First-Rounder’s and one overall No. 1 pick.

December 10, 2014

17th Annual Miami-Dade North vs. South All-Star Game (UPDATED ROSTERS)

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MIAMI - It's simply an event like no other held in the country.

The most prestigious areas in the country, the hotbed for high school football talent, will once again shine in the spotlight as the 17th edition of the Tournament of Champions Miami-Dade All-Star Football Game will take place on Saturday, Dec. 20th at Curtis Park (1901 NW 24th Avenue) in Miami.

The game, which had long featured the best of Miami-Dade and Broward - and most recently - other athletes from southeast and southwest Florida - has returned to its roots this year with a showdown between the best of 305 - when the lines are drawn and the county is split into North and South.

"This is high school football at its very finest," said game founder and organizer Wesley Frater. "Look on any NFL roster or watch a collegiate game on Saturdays and you will find that Miami-Dade County, the 305 area code is well represented."

The kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and tickets are $10. For information, call 305-281-9461 or visit

The head coach for the South is David Cooney from Coral Gables and the North head coach is Aubrey Hill from Carol City.

ELITE UNDERCLASS COMBINE TO BE HELD EARLIER IN THE DAY In addition the North vs. South All-Star event, the day will start off with a prestigious underclassmen combine that will feature some of the best up-and-coming football prospects the entire south Florida region has to offer.

The combine will be the first forum of the off season to get rising seniors, juniors and sophomores into the spotlight. Every player that attends will be listed and promoted along with player evaluations and videos that they have had from this past year.

This is a chance for many underclassmen in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Collier and Palm Beach to come down and get on the map. Players attending this event will get out there for all to see and start the ball rolling for the upcoming season.

The combine is just $45 - which is a small price to pay to get on the map and learn some football techniques from coaches who know what it takes to get to that next level.

For information, call 305-281-9461.


P.J. Coats, 6-2, 220, South Dade
Jowan Watson, 6-0, 195, Gulliver Prep
Deundre Pickett-White, 6-0, 190, Southwest Miami

Wade Collier, 5-8, 180, Homestead
Johnnie Hankins, 5-10, 195, South Dade
Hans Supre, 5-8, 170, Coral Gables

Frank Battle, 6-4, 200, Belen Jesuit
Raymond Gage, 5-10, 170, Keys Gate Charter
Chris Linares, 6-0, 175, Braddock
Austin Maloney, 5-11, 175, Christopher Columbus
Anthony Olivencia, 6-2, 190, Killian
Shaquery Wilson, 6-3, 190, Coral Gables

Andres Saldivar, 6-2, 210, Coral Gables

Jose Garcia, 6-2, 280, Killian
Alex Helms, 6-5, 310, Westminster Christian
DeAndre McCrae, 6-4, 280, Southridge
Andy Moreira, 6-1, 270, Coral Gables
Gabriel Necuze, 6-2, 240, Christopher Columbus
Jake Perez, 5-11, 210, Southwest Miami
Jason Rodriguez, 6-1, 265, Christopher Columbus

DE - Shawn Curtis, 6-3, 240, Reagan
Dhany Dye, 6-3, 345, Coral Gables
DE - Kenneth Herring, 6-2, 220, Coral Gables
DE - Damien Horton, 6-3, 215, Killian
Jarred McGhee, 6-0, 265, Coral Gables
DE - Eric Santil, 6-2, 190, Homestead
Joe Suarez, 6-3, 230, South Dade
Marcus Stevenson, Southridge

James Bowe, 6-2, 190, Killian
Rashad Broadway, 5-10, 200, Westminster Christian
Bruce Davis, 6-1, 195, Killian
Emilio Gibbs, 5-1, 230, Coral Gables
Doyle Grimes, 6-2, 200, South Dade
Dominic Sheppard, 6-2, 225, Gulliver Prep
Jontavis Testa, 6-0, 205, Coral Gables

Wendell Ashley, 5-11, 185, Coral Gables
Jaheart Buford, 5-8, 170, Southridge
Tarvandus Donaldson, 6-0, 175, Southridge
S - Terill Hanks, 6-2, 200, LaSalle
Tobias Moss, 5-10, 170, Westminster Christian
Sheldrick Redwine, 6-1, 190, Killian
S - Elijah Reed, 6-4, 195, South Miami
S - Anthony Sotolongo, 6-1, 195, Gulliver Prep
S - Tadarius Wilson, 5-10, 170, South Dade

Jimmy Armstrong, 5-9, 170, Westminster Christian
Jonte Barrett, 5-8, 160, Homestead
Trevon Sands, 5-10, 180, Southwest Miami

Uriel Hernandez, 5-6, 180, Homestead


Gerald Anderson, 5-11, 200, Miami Springs
Hilton Joseph, 5-11, 165, North Miami

Markel Anderson, 5-9, 180, Miami Beach
Ronneldon Ellington, 5-10, 180, Carol City
Michael Frederick, 5-10, 185, Champagnat
Jeremiah Pierce Johnson, 5-9, 195, American

Steven Claude, 6-2, 190, Champagnat
Tavaris Harrison, 6-3, 190, North Miami
Johnny Rembert, 5-10, 175, Miami Springs
Terrance Rutherford, 5-11, 190, Jackson
Victor Sam, 6-0, 185, North Miami

Marquise Barnes, 6-5, 300, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Darell Cherubin, 6-3, 310, American
Samuel Dervil, 6-4, 275, Northwestern
William Gordon, 6-3, 300, Norland
Chris Mainer, 5-10, 255, Jackson
Christopher Menendez, 6-3, 285, Westland Hialeah
Malik Rogers, 6-1, 335, Jackson
Michael Sawyer, 6-1, 280, Carol City
Dwayne Thomas, 6-1, 330, Northwestern

Andy Jean-Baptiste, 6-4, 250, Edison
DE - Rodrick Golden, 5-11, 215, Mater Academy
Armani Kerr, 6-0, 225, Jackson
Jabari Lawrence, 6-2, 250, Hialeah Miami Lakes
Jessie Lemonier, 6-2, 220 Hialeah
DE - Irick McDonald, 6-5, 215, Miami Springs
Jay Ortiz, 6-3, 255, Mater Academy
DE - Dwayne Paddyfoot, 6-3, 215, Mater Academy
DE - Darius Rolle, 5-11, 215, American

Jean Bazile, 6-0, 190, Hialeah
James Bell, 5-9, 190, North Miami
Rayshad Jackson, 6-1, 215, Norland
Ryan Jackson, 6-0, 195, Dr. Krop
Duanne Jones, 5-11, 190, North Miami Beach
Quinten Moore, 5-9, 200, Carol City

S - Xavier Bailey, 5-11, 175, Northwestern
Wesley Charles, 6-0, 165, North Miami
Rashad Fenton, 6-1, 190, Carol City
Karon Jackson, 5-9, 170, American
S - Robert Knowles, 6-0, 180, Edison

Emmanuel Lubin, 6-1, 175, North Miami Beach
Tovias Parker, 5-11, 170, Jackson
S – Edward Rolle, 5-11, 185, Carol City
John Toussaint, 5-11, 178, Northwestern
Bobby Washington, 5-7, 165, Northwestern
Marcus Williams, 5-11, 165, Northwestern


Baymar Piraquvie, 6-0, 175, Central

Leon Brown, 5-9, 170, Carol City
Robert Henderson, 5-10, 170, Dr. Krop Cedric Wiggins, 6-1, 190, North Miami Beach

Mastrole Passing Academy Super 7 Select will be hosted at Fort Lauderdale's University School


Quarterback coach Ken Mastrole, in partnership with Larry Blustein and South Florida High School Sports (, have announced the field for the 2nd annual Super 7 Select QB competition. The event will be held at University School (3375 Southwest 75th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314) on Saturday, December 27th from 9 am to 12 pm. Forty-two of the top quarterbacks in South Florida, representing Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, Brevard, Indian River and Collier Counties will compete to see who is the top signal caller in the area.

The format has changed from a year ago. This year’s field is an invite only competition, and is not open for registration. Mastrole, with help from area experts, help construct the final list.

"With more and more quarterbacks being recognized nationally from this region of the country, an event like this has really been thrust into the spotlight," said Mastrole. "We are really excited about the field that has been invited this year and believe that is among the most talented we have had."

Mastrole, who has worked with such impressive athletes such as Buffalo Bills' first round selection E.J. Manuel as well as Clemson's Taj Boyd and current Alabama quarterback Blake Sims, has been recognized as one of the elite teachers and coaches who has proven results at every level.

2017 prospect Todd Centeio of Royal Palm Beach won the Super 7 MVP a year ago as a ninth grader. This season, Centeio led his team to the second round of the playoffs, before being knocked out by St. Thomas Aquinas in Class 7A.

With south Florida bred quarterbacks such as Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota Vikings) being recognized at the professional level - and signal callers like John O'Korn (Houston), Jake Rudock (Iowa), Rakeem Cato (Marshall), Treon Harris (Florida), Sean White (Auburn), Mike White (USF), E.J. Hillard (FIU), Peyton Bender (Washington State) and record setter Brandon Doughty (Western Kentucky) getting it done at the collegiate level, south Florida has been in the news frequently over the past year.

"I have had the chance to work with many of these young men and watching them now really makes me feel great about their progress," said Mastrole. "To see them getting it done at the next level and beyond is tremendous."

Here is a look at the 42 quarterbacks invited to this year's event:

Jake Allen, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons - 2017
Chatarius "Tutu" Atwell, Miami Northwestern - 2018
Tyree Bibby, Hialeah American - 2017
Eddie Brill, Miami Beach - 2017
Alec Brown, Pompano Beach - 2018
Jason Brown, Plantation American Heritage - 2017
Jack Buetel, Naples Barron Collier - 2017
Steven Calvert, Miami Carol City - 2016
Todd Centeio, Royal Palm Beach - 2017
Henri Columbi, Fort Lauderdale University School - 2017
Kory Curtis, Cape Coral Island Coast - 2017
Matt Dame, Riviera Beach Suncoast - 2016
Tyler Dean, Naples First Baptist Academy - 2016
Blake Dever, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas - 2016
Kaden Frost, Naples Gulf Coast - 2018
Matthew Gross, West Boca Raton - 2016
Savion Harris, Palm Beach Central - 2016
Jhakari Harrison, Coconut Creek - 2016
Mo Hassan, Miami Gulliver Prep - 2016
T.J. Herrington, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy - 2016
Tyler Huntley, Hallandale - 2016
Hayden Kingston, Viera - 2016
Stone Labanowitz, Stuart South Fork - 2017
Christian Matos, Miami Westminster Academy - 2016
Chris Mauck, West Palm Beach Berean Christian - 2016
Patrick Mayes, Lantana Santaluces - 2016
Teddrick Moffett, Jr., Pompano Beach Blanche Ely - 2016
Angel Navaroli, West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy - 2017
Kato Nelson, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic - 2016
Grant Papenfuss, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman - 2016
Desmond Phillips, Miami Jackson - 2016
Carson Proctor, Vero Beach - 2016
Rodrick Robinson, Miami Norland - 2016
Marcelo Rodriguez, Jr., Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna - 2017
Alejandro Ros, Miami Christopher Columbus - 2016
Murphy Theodore, Miami High - 2017
Jerrod Thomas, Miami Central - 2016
Brennan Simms, Punta Gorda Charlotte - 2016
Kole Stealy, Weston Cypress Bay - 2016
Malcolm Vigile, Miami Edison - 2017
Voshon Waiters, Coral Gables - 2016
Eric Walker, Miami Monsignor Pace - 2016

December 08, 2014

2015 Private vs. Public Football All-Star Game, Jan. 10, 2015


Ninety standout high school athletes representing Miami-Dade and Broward counties school districts will compete in TRU Sports Foundation’s 6th Annual Private vs. Public All Star High School Football Showcase. The game will be played at Monsignor Edward Pace High School football stadium on Saturday, January 10, 2015 with kickoff slated for 6:30p.m. Players will be joined on the sideline by former and current NFL players.

"This all-star game is a unique opportunity for these athletes to showcase their talents, and we are proud to have received such a high level of interest from athletes around the tri-county area willing to travel to participate in this game," said Mario O. Smith, Executive Director of the TRU Sports Foundation.

The Private vs Public All Star High School football game is an effort to provide graduating seniors an opportunity to showcase their talent among their peers, and obtain one last look by coaches and recruiters, representing colleges and universities across the country. In order to be considered for participation, students are required to maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average and have already taken the ACT or SAT exam.

"I commend TRU Sports Foundation for providing this type of opportunity and exposure to these players," said Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster, who was coached by Smith when he played at Monsignor Pace High School. "Coming from the same neighborhood as many of these kids, programs like these are so necessary and important in helping to ensure talented athletes, who may otherwise be overlooked, to have an opportunity to be seen by college coaches. That second or third look might be the one to make a difference, and help them realize their dream of getting a college education and playing football."

In addition to the game, players will also participate in a number of events leading up to the game, including a Christmas Food Drive event on Wednesday, December 17, where each athlete will bring canned goods to be distributed to families for the holidays, and a Media Day press event on Saturday, December 27 where student athletes will have an opportunity to gain interview experience and be addressed by members of the media.

The game will feature a Battle of the Bands Halftime event between two bands TBD. Gameday sponsors include U18 Sports Medicine, Gatorade, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Kayvon Webster, Hibbert Group Real Estate, Gateway Video Production (GVP), South Florida High School Sports, Global Speech Therapy, Digital Ink, IScore Foundation, Discovery Orange Bowl, and Flyer Addict.

Trailing 3-1 in the series, the Public All-Stars dominated and romped to a 31-0 win last year to cut the deficit to 3-2. After splitting the first two years, Private winning 12-8 in the Inaugural game in 2010 and Public prevailing 26-7 in 2011, the Private Stars recorded a pair of exciting back-to-back last minute one point victories, 18-17 in 2012 and 28-27 in 2013.

"We are extremely excited to host an all-star game that not only allows players, parents and fans alike the opportunity to experience an action-packed and competitive contest between some of the state’s top ranked schools, but incorporates time in the schedule for athletes to go out and make a difference in the lives of others," said Smith. "We are truly making this a community-wide event." Game tickets are $5 for high school students with a valid I.D. and $10 for general admission (Children under three admitted free).

For more information, contact Mario Smith or Claudienne Hibbert at or visit