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Welcome to the Junior Orange Bowl!

 

2016 Parade Best Overall Band Winners – Miami Northwestern

Junior Varsity Basketball Classic Jan. 27-28 & Feb. 3-4

A 68 Year Old Tradition

Founded in 1948 with the inaugural Junior Orange Bowl Parade through downtown Coral Gables, our organization has expanded its vision to host competitive athletic, academic and cultural arts events in a culturally rich, diverse and safe environment. Over the years, the Junior Orange Bowl has been serving the South Florida community and the youth of the world by hosting a premier international youth festival, which includes basketball, golf, tennis, chess, creative writing and events specifically designed for physically challenged boys and girls.

As of 2016, a series of athletic, academic, and cultural events make up the Junior Orange Bowl Festival that draw on skills, talents and strengths of over 7,500 boys and girls from ages five to 18.

Over the past 68 years, sports legends and well known community leaders such as the following have showcased their athletic talent in Junior Orange Bowl events:

Chris Evert (USA) – 1967 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Champion, Former WTA World No. 1, 18 Grand Slam championships, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1995.

Steffi Graf (GER) – 1981 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Champion, Former WTA World No. 1, 22 Grand Slam championships, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bubba Watson (USA) – 2012 Masters Champion
Jonathan Vilma – Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Participant, 11-year NFL Veteran, Three NFL Pro Bowls, Super Bowl XLIV Champion.

Jimmy Connors (USA) – 1964 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Champion, Former ATP World No. 1, eight Grand Slam Championships, inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

Andy Roddick (USA) – Former ATP World No.1, 2003 U.S. Open Champion.

Lexi Thompson (USA) – 2010 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Champion – Youngest woman to ever win a LPGA event.

Kim Clijsters (BEL) – Former WTA World No.1, four Grand Slam championships

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) – 2002 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Champion, 2009 U.S. Open Champion

Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP) – 1994 and 1999 Masters Champion

Justine Henin (BEL) – 1996 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Champion, Former WTA World No.1, seven Grand Slam championships

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – Former ATP World No.1

Andy North (USA) – Two USGA U.S. Open championships

Robin Soderling (SWE) – 10 career ATP titles

Hal Sutton (USA) – 1984 PGA Championship winner, 14 PGA Tour victories

Mark Calcavecchia (USA) – 1989 British Open champion, 30 PGA Tour victories.

Jennifer Capriati (USA) – 1987 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Champion, former WTA world No. 1, three Grand Slam championships.

Gabriela Sabatini (ARG) – 1983 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Runner-Up, 1990 U.S. Open Champion, Inducted to International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2006.

Tommy Haas (GER/USA) – 1992 Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Champion, 14 ATP Titles.