Miramar, FL – The Miami Dolphins hosted the 3rd annual Crowning of the Champions presented by Under Armour at the Miramar Cultural Center in Miramar, FL. In a red-carpet style ceremony, the Miami Dolphins in collaboration with Generation Nexxt & NBC6, honored South Florida’s brightest youth athletes from some of the area’s most popular youth leagues.
“The event is getting bigger and bigger every year. We appreciate the growth of everybody who is following and celebrating the youth of South Florida,” Generation Nexxt Co-Founder Jonah Woullard said. “It’s huge that the kids can have a platform where they can see themselves on television and be appreciated for all the hard work they put in.”
32 cities were represented, including the top teams from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County, with a variety of different awards being handed out to 2012’s top performers, including the best athletes by age groups, scholar athletes, coaching staffs and cheer squads from six different youth football leagues (American Youth Football League, South Florida Youth Football League, Greater Miami-Dade Pop Warner, Florida Youth Football League, National Youth Football League, and Miami-Dade Xtreme Youth Football League).
The event started with the red carpet ceremony, as the nominated athletes came dressed to impress and walked down the red carpet while being filmed by television cameras, before they entered the event. The award show commenced in front of a capacity crowd with various presenters coming to the stage to honor the athletes.
Exciting music performances from International Music Group’s Whyl Chyl, Dyme Piece, Marco, Team Phlyte and dance team, Live In Color set the tone for an entertaining ESPY type of evening.
Community partners such as the Orange Bowl Committee honored NFL veteran, Kennard Cox with a Community Impact Award. Also, other community partners such as Dr. Chen of Tooth Tales, Mentoring Valuable Protégés, Flo-Fitness Gym, Caribbean Pageantry, Specialty Orthopedic Center, and International Music Group presented awards to various teams, cheer squads and student athletes. Additionally, Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell and Dolphins cheerleaders presented and handed out their own distinct awards, such as the Presidential Community Service Award, which honored the board of directors of each youth football league.
“The student athletes worked really hard all year to get to this point,” Russell said. “It’s great to see them rewarded for all their effort, and I’m happy to see the kids get recognized. I look forward to seeing this event grow over the next few years.”
1. Top Ranked Youth Football Teams:
AYFL Winner: Pembroke Pines Bengals 95 lbs.
GMPW Winner: Liberty City Warriors 120 lbs.
FYFL Winner: North Dade Bulldogs 105 lbs.
SFYFL Winner: Pompano Chiefs 125 lbs.
NYFL Winner: Opa-Locka Panthers 115 lbs.
MXYFL Winner: Hialeah Cougars 130 lbs.
2. Top Ranked Cheerleading Squads
AYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Coral Springs Chargers 140’s
GMPW 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Palmetto Bay Broncos 120’S
FYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Miami Gardens Vikings 175’s
MXYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: West Kendall Dolphins Jr. Prep
SFYFL 2012 Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Lauderhill Lions 155’s
NYFL Top Ranked Cheer Squad: Opa-Locka Panthers Pee Wees
3. Most Outstanding Player by Age
8U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Malik Allen #31- Gwen Cherry Bulls 80 LBS. (GMPW)
9U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Ja’Den McBarrows #10-Pembroke Pines Bengals 95 LBS. (AYFL)
10U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Willie “Polamalu” Floyd #2-Miami Gardens Bulldogs 105 LBS. (FYFL)
11U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Willie Davis –Pembroke Pines Bengals 115 LBS. (AYFL)
12U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Trenell Troutman #1-Liberty City Warriors 120 LBS. (GMPW)
13U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Jaylen Barther #9 – Pompano Chiefs 125 LBS. (SFYFL)
14U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Jordan Merrill #0 – Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes 155 LBS. (FYFL)
15 U Top 2012 Impact Player:
Shaddrick “Ced” Lowery#5 -Pembroke Pines Bengals Unlimiteds (AYFL)
4. Coaching Staff of the Year
AYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Pembroke Pines Bengals Unlimiteds
GMPW 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Liberty City Warriors 120’s
SFYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Lauderdale Lakes Vikings 155’s
MXYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Key Biscayne Key Rats 75’s
NYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Washington Park Buccaneers 80’s
FYFL 2012 Coaching Staff of the Year: Miami Gardens Bulldogs 105’s
5. Top Programs of the Year
SFYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Lauderhill Lions
NYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Opa-Locka Panthers
FYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes
AYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: Pembroke Pines Bengals
GMPW 2012 Top Program of the Year: Gwen Cherry Boys & Girls Club Bulls
MXYFL 2012 Top Program of the Year: West Miramar Patriots
6. Top Scholar Athletes
AYFL scholar male athlete of the year: Nicolos Batiato
AYFL scholar female athlete of the year: Alyssa Rispoli
SFYFL scholar female athlete of the year: Nykeria Thrower
SFYFL scholar male athlete of the year: Aquantis Byrd
MXYFL scholar female athlete of the year: Courtney Faircloth
MXYFL scholar male athlete of the year: William Manuel
GMPW scholar female athlete of the year: Ka’ Tia Maycock
GMPW scholar male athlete of the year: Justin Chandler
NYFL scholar female athlete of the year :Makyah Mitchell
NYFL scholar male athlete of the year: Tywan Cash
FYFL scholar female athlete of the year: Marshai Maultsby
FYFL scholar male athlete of the year: Corey Pierson
Park Pride Award: Lauderhill Lions
Generation Nexxt Top Youth Football Play of the Year:
Anthony Diggs-East Boynton Wildcats 95’s
Generation Nexxt Youth Heisman Award:
Shaddrick “Ced” Lowery- Pembroke Pines Bengals Unlimiteds
Generation Nexxt Top Ranked Youth Football Team of the Year:
Miami Gardens Bulldogs 105’s