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The Junior Orange Bowl in partnership with South Florida Writers Association recognized 10 eighth grade finalists and their teachers, then announced three winners on Sunday, May 2nd at the 33rd annual Junior Orange Bowl Creative Writing Awards Ceremony. The theme for this year’s competition asked: “How Has Nature Helped Me in This Time of Pandemic?” The awards ceremony, held at the Coral Gables Museum, was also live streamed.
The Junior Orange Bowl hosted their Second Annual Youth Ambassador Fashion Show at the beautiful InterContinental at Doral Miami. The fashion show was the finale of a two-part process where five girls, representing different age groups, were selected to serve as the 2021-2022 Youth Ambassadors: Megan Dominguez (Teens), Khloe Selena Longsworth and Angela Maria Guerra (Pre-Teens), and Jailyne Hidalgo (Junior Teens). Additionally, Arabella Kostecki was selected Miss Congeniality.
The Junior Orange Bowl in partnership with the South Florida Writers Association presents the 33rd annual Junior Orange
Bowl Creative Writing Contest. The contest is open to eighth graders in South Florida. The theme for this essay competition
is "How Has Nature Helped Me in This Time of Pandemic?" Books & Books and Coral Gables Museum are valued
sponsors of the Creative Writing event. The Creative Writing Contest is supported by a generous Community Grant from
the Coral Gables Community Foundation.
On March 24th, Junior Orange Bowl members and Past Presidents gathered in a Zoom Meeting to install the new board members and the 51st President Samantha Jones.
The 73rd annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival, a collection of ten athletic and cultural events for youth. The Annual Meeting kicked off with Steven Gonzalez summarizing the success and challenges of his festival year under Covid-19 restrictions. Re-imaged Events, like the Toy Drive procession to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to Chuck Little's Classic Basketball Tournaments, were able to be hosted during the 2020-2021 Festival season.
Open to 8th grade students in South Florida. One entry per student. Entries limited to a maximum of 500 words, 12-point font, typed and/or Word or PDF file format. Essays must be written in English. Essay Format ONLY.
Congratulations to Miami Norland for winning our 2021 Junior Orange Bowl JV Basketball Classic last night and to all of the teams who participated.
Champions of the 2021 Junior Orange Bowl Golf Invitational - Texan Sebastian Moss and Canadian Emily Zhu -
Schedule for our Boys’ Basketball event. The games will be held at True North Classical Academy, 9393 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173. The games will be played on a single court so the format will be simple and only one game played at a time. Boys’ tournament will be February 5th & 6th (Friday & Saturday).
Schedule for our Girls’ Basketball event. The games will be held at True North Classical Academy, 9393 Sunset Drive, Miami, FL 33173. The games will be played on a single court so the format will be simple and only one game played at a time. Girls’ tournament will be January 29th & 30th (Friday & Saturday) and the Boys’ tournament will be February 5th & 6th (Friday & Saturday).
As we usher in 2021, we reflect on the many generous acts...
Gloria Burns talks with the President of the Junior Orange Bowl, Steven Gonzalez.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2021) – Over time, it will be remembered solely as one of the more dominant weeks in the annals of the Junior Orange Bowl International golf championship.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2021) – Asked for the biggest margin of victory in his young career, Sebastian Moss was rather blunt.
“Not many,” said the Texas native. He needed a two-hole playoff to notch his last triumph in August. Before that, it was a one-shot victory in February.
Suffice it to say, then, that the final round of the Junior Orange Bowl Invitational will be new territory.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 4, 2021) – With every passing round, Canada’s Emily Zhu appears more and more confident in the swing changes she’s labored on since summer.
And when she can get a couple of early putts to fall, it sets up for a day like Monday’s 5-under-par 66 at the Junior Orange Bowl International.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 3, 2021) – Before this week, Sebastian Moss had never set eyes on historic Biltmore Golf Club.
The Texan’s first point of business: Getting well acquainted with the Donald Ross greens.
“It was a lot of work, but it paid off,” he said.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2021) – Over its 56-year history, the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship has produced nearly two dozen golfers who at some point went on to tee it up at the Masters.
Abel Gallegos, though, goes into the books as the first one to reverse the order.
Gloria Burns talks with the Chairman of the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic
The Junior Orange Bowl is excited to announce our partnership with Caroline Kinkade to help her earn the Girl Scout Gold Award through her “See & Swim” initiative for the Junior Orange Bowl’s annual Sports Ability Games. Caroline, a junior at Miami Palmetto Senior High, is a swimmer and water polo player. She came up with the idea of “See & Swim” to promote awareness about the Sports Ability Games’ swim competition and she will be donating the proper equipment needed for this event, “I am not only supplying the goggles and caps to all the Sports Ability swim participants, but I will also be encouraging other special needs kids at other schools county wide to participate in the Sports Ability Games.” Caroline’s community service and leadership is an inspiration to our Youth Ambassadors to continue to increase the impact and participation in the community for the Sports Ability Games for years to come
The Junior Orange Bowl's mission is to serve the South Florida community and the youth of the world by providing competitive, academic, and multicultural experiences. The Junior Orange Bowl raised funds via #GivingTuesdayNow platform along with our Tennis Championship presenting sponsor Badia Spices, Inc. to provide lunches from Coral Gables based Clutch Burger to Nicklaus Children's Hospital Foundation COVID-19 team.
On March 10th the Junior Orange Board welcomed Steven Gonzalez as the organization’s 50th President. He leads the team for the 72nd annual Junior Orange Bowl Festival, a collection of ten athletic and cultural events for youth. After Steven was installed by Dick Souviron, the Junior Orange Bowl’s 9th President, Steven installed his Board of Directors for 2020-2021 season: President-elect Samantha Jones, Vice President Aldo Castañeda, Vice President Grant Souviron, Secretary Luisaura Alvarez, Treasurer Roberta Behrendt Fliss and Immediate Past President Isa Goenaga. Steven became a member of the Junior Orange Bowl in 2014. After 6 years of volunteering as Co-Chair and later Chair of the Golf committee, he brings his expertise to lead this organization towards a memorable season.
Andrey Borges thought he had a cushion. Avoid trouble, make par, and he’d be crowned the first Brazilian winner of the Junior Orange Bowl International golf championship
Andrey Borges suggests he’s one of those golfers who’s able to raise his game when someone’s applying a little heat.
If that’s the case, the final round of the 56th Junior Orange Bowl International should present a prime opportunity for the Brazilian golfer to display his mettle as a closer.
One day after gusty winds kept a collection of the world’s best junior golfers from breaking 70 at the 56th Junior Orange Bowl International golf championship, Saturday brought similar challenges.
Forgive Justin Hastings if it took a little time to process the final hour of his opening round at the 56th Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship.
Winds gusting in excess of 20 mph eventually got to him down the stretch, prompting him to navigate Friday's final four holes in 4-over par.
Unlike certain other young athletes, Maria Bohorquez enjoys checking out the roster of past champions at some of the more prestigious tournaments she plays.
“It’s a good way to compare (myself) with them and see where they’re at now,” said the Colombian golfer. “If I win where they won, then I can get (where they are). It’s very inspiring.”
Bohorquez would enjoy some pretty impressive company if she can capture the Junior Orange Bowl International, which begins its 56th edition with Friday’s opening round at the historic Biltmore Golf Club.
Wishing you a happy holiday season and prosperous new year.
The Junior Orange Bowl is excited to announce the inauguration of its Youth Ambassador Program. Youth Ambassador will provide young women the opportunity to empower and be empowered through different opportunities to be engaged within our community through community service opportunities while learning leadership skills and being mentored by industry professionals. This coveted program, for girls ages 8 to 18, will feature workshops to educate participants on personal branding, social media savviness, health and wellness, and other relevant issues.
Youth Ambassadors made its iconic debut on October 13, 2019 at The Biltmore Hotel with the 1st Annual Rockin’ the Runway Fashion Show Luncheon where fashionistas of all ages walked the runway while the 2019 Youth Ambassadors were announced: Sweetheart Caroline, Princess Aubrey, Queen Victoria, Princess Adriana, and Miss Congeniality Brianna will all serve throughout the community. Don't miss all of our ambassadors at our workshops and events throughout the year!
As a symbol of excellence, the Junior Orange Bowl with the support of the Coral Gables Community Foundation has awarded scholarships to six Miami-Dade County Public School Students totaling $5,000.
Junior Orange Bowl Committee members and guests gathered on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at The CocoPlum Woman’s Club for the Junior Orange Bowl Board Installation.
The 31st annual Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by the Junior Orange Bowl and the South Florida Writers Association, will recognize 10 eighth grade student finalists during an awards ceremony at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables, on Sunday, February 10th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
A curated selection of the 2018-19 Photography Competition Finalists showcased their photos at Pinecrest Gardens on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Immediate Past President & Chair Sean Pittman (left) hands off the ceremonial gavel to newly installed President and Chair José C. Romano.
Thank you to all who joined the Junior Orange Bowl Committee for the 37th Sports Ability Games on Jan. 10-12, 2019 – this event was a great success and we were delighted to welcome a great group of athletes, coaches and volunteers.
There’s rarely a good time to rebuild your putting stroke, but it was just a month before arriving at the Junior Orange Bowl International that Andrea Romano embarked on what could have been a drawn-out project.
If Nina Lang could somehow get her rounds off to a good start, she might really be running away with the 55th Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championships.
One swing into his day, Alex Vogelsong walked off the tee with an anxious feeling about his second round at the Junior Orange Bowl International. It took just one putt, though, to put himself in a comfort zone.
Though Alex Vogelsong knows full well the Junior Orange Bowl International can’t be won on the first day, he couldn’t have asked for a much better start in search of that breakthrough victory.
Somewhere in a family photo album, there’s a photo of Jake Beber-Frankel hitting balls at age 2 on the practice range at Biltmore Golf Club. He’s easily played “hundreds of rounds” on the historic Donald Ross layout.
Australia’s Karl Vilips, seeking history as the first multiple boys’ winner in the history of the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship, headlines the lineup for the tournament’s 55th edition that will christen a revamped Biltmore Golf Course.
The Junior Orange Bowl Committee granted 16 award and scholarships to scholar-athletes at the annual FHSAA Football State Championships at the Camping World Stadium, Orlando, on Dec. 6-8.
Victor Lilov moved one step from joining an exclusive club of double Junior Orange Bowl International winners on Monday, fending off some surprising net tactics from Ozan Colak to reach the final of the Boys 14 & under division.
Violeta Martinez awakened Sunday just one game from finding herself eliminated from the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships. Instead, by day’s end the Floridian found herself one step from the Girls 14 & under final.
Victor Lilov still wasn’t thrilled with his play as he advanced to the Boys 14 & under quarterfinals at the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships on Saturday.
Until arriving at this week’s Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Championships, it had been 11 months since Victor Lilov entered a 14 & under competition as he opted to test himself against older rivals.
As recently as Sunday afternoon, Eleana Yu wasn’t sure whether she was going to fly back to Florida for the Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships.
Taiwan’s YaYi Yang, winner of the WTA Future Stars earlier this fall, found the going a bit tougher in Wednesday’s opening match of the 57th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship on a day when most of the upper seeds made quick work.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2018) – Victor Lilov, who swept two prominent Boys 14 & under titles last winter but since has tested himself against older competition, moves back into his own division as the No.1 seed for next week’s Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship.
The Junior Orange Bowl Holiday Parade was a fantastic success as it marked its 70th year and the start of the holiday season on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.