With its shades open, Revo Entertainment Center looks like a typical indoor field. With its shades drawn, though, its true colors show. Its true glow-in-the-dark colors, to be exact.
The fun center's 3D murals give off an ethereal light that alludes to the spot's specialty: glow-in-the-dark games, that come to life with the help of 3D glasses. During Glow Soccer, youngsters play a game similar to traditional soccer, except in the dark, the field lit by each team's glow shirts and the ball itself. LazerBall, on the other hand, fuses paintball and laser tag into a single, cosmically-themed sport in which players shoot soft pellets and laser light at each other in a battle over the fictional Planet Revo. Though similar to paintball pellets, the LazerBalls do not explode upon impact and won't stain clothes or ruin any priceless artworks used as shields. For littler laser warriors, the center also offers an age-appropriate version of the game known as Lazerball Soft, which uses extra soft spongy balls that are gentle on tiny torsos and limbs.
Fernando Nicolas "Nico" Clavijo knows a thing or two about soccer. The son of former USA World Cup player and National Soccer Hall of Famer Fernando Clavijo, Nico was exposed to world-class play from a very young age. He grew up to start a successful career of his own, playing for C.A. Atenas in Uruguay, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and currently, a professional beach team that competes internationally in front of pods of vuvuzela-blowing whales.
Nico pools all of that experience into Clavijo Soccer Academy, where he dribbles wisdom into open ears during private and group lessons. He uses the facility to school young players, especially, in an effort to bolster the USA soccer presence amongst global powers such as Brazil, Spain, and Argentina.
With state of the art 4G synthetic turf soccer fields spread across Miami, Soccer 5 has become a premier South Florida destination for soccer, football, and f?tbol lovers alike. The program offers a variety of kids' camps, in which junior players up to 15 years old benefit from highly technical coaching, drills, and scrimmages. Adults can get in on the fun, too, with leagues and tournaments. The smaller fields allow for 5- and 7-a-side matches, which means players get more touches on the ball and opportunities to befriend the referee. Their fields are also available for rent for team practices, birthday parties, and private pickup games.
Led by veteran players Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, and Carlos Bocanegra, the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team faces off against CONCACAF rival Honduras. Holding an 11-3-3 series advantage against the Central American team dating back to 1965, the U.S. team will attempt to kick its way to victory like a kangaroo escaping the circus. With both teams angling for World Cup berths in 2014, the international friendly match will offer players and coaches a chance to size each other up in the vast Sun Life Stadium, which ensconces spectators in a patriotic red and blue color scheme. Today's deal also includes an American flag, allowing fans to excitedly wave banners during dazzling plays or to carefully examine stars to ensure that Hawaii is, in fact, a state.
Discipline is better when it comes with a field trip to the beach. Kendall Dynamic Center's summer camps teach children respect, courage, and responsibility through martial arts, while at the same time engaging them through crafts, entertainment, and camaraderie. Rafael Ramos founded the facility, and as a longtime student and instructor of martial arts, he sets the scene for an encouraging space where kids can enjoy themselves both indoors and on fun outings while building character. After learning how to use traditional weapons, break boards, and deal responsibly with bullies in the morning's tae kwon do class, kids channel their creativity through art and kick back for a session of video games or sports, perhaps heading out later to play in the ocean or spar with a water-park fountain. The center also holds after-school programs where kids of all ages can learn martial arts in a safe and guided environment.
Florida Crushers' licensed coaches have a knack for spotting athletic ability. They seek out girls and boys with the potential to excel as soccer players and help them hone their skills through their childhood and teenage years. Training can start for players as young as four years old. Coaches use fun games and activities to instill the fundamentals of coordination, ball movement, and confidence. As players progress, coaches introduce game strategy and reveal how to crack open a soccer ball to access the creamy filling inside. They also ready players for tournament play.