Norv Turner, Miami Dolphins assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, is looking for a few good men. Actually, he's looking for about 80 high school football players to take part in his football camp to be held Saturday at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility (7500 SW 30th St., Davie). No defensive players need apply, as Norv wants only quarterbacks and wide receivers for this one-day crash course in pigskin fundamentals.
Known for years as a bright offensive NFL mind, having toiled in the league for 18 years, Turner has a wealth of knowledge with which to teach young football players. Joining the Fins last season, his résumé also includes a six-year stint in Los Angeles as Rams offensive assistant, back-to-back Super Bowl titles with the Dallas Cowboys, and seven years as head coach with the Washington Redskins.
Turner's immense talent shone brightest in Dallas, turning an offense ranked 28th in the league into the point-scoring juggernaut responsible for two Vince Lombardi trophies. That team featured the formidable Pro Bowl troika of Emmit Smith, Michael Irvin, and Troy Aikman. It also included current Dolphins Head Coach Dave Wannstedt and former Miami Hurricanes top dog Jimmy Johnson, both brilliant football minds in their own right.
Working closely with talent like that, Turner has forgotten more X's and O's than most people will ever know. And it's that knowledge, or at least a small portion of select pearls, that he hopes to impart to a few lucky boys on Saturday.
So what does an interested high school all-star need to know about the football camp? For starters, it costs $75 per entrant, and the proceeds will benefit the Dolphins Youth Football program. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the camp runs from 9 a.m. till 4 p.m. Participation is open to all high school-age athletes. Players will not need helmets or pads, as all drills are non-contact. Call 954-452-7129. -- Russ Evans
While John D. MacArthur Beach State Park (A1A at the north end of Singer Island, North Palm Beach) has many scenic areas on land, some of the most impressive sights lie out at sea. Close to shore, worm-rock reefs dot the coast of Florida from Indian River County all the way to Key Biscayne. Unlike coral reefs, which are created by, natch, corals, worm-rock reefs are created by tiny ocean-dwelling worms. Like most reef systems, the worm-rock reefs of Florida are important habitats. They provide cover for baby sea turtles -- those that manage to make it to the ocean in one piece. They also afford hiding places for all manner of fish. One such reef system lies just off the coast of the state park, and park naturalists lead adventurous seagoing sightseers on a guided tour of the reef at 9 a.m. Saturday. Would-be participants must be experienced swimmers age 10 or older, and anyone involved must bring his or her own equipment. Reservations are required, and entrance to the park costs $3.25 per carload. A similar event takes place in two weeks, if you can't do this one. Call 561-624-6952. -- Dan Sweeney
Kayak After Dark
Because rowing is more fun when you can't see what you're doing
Last week in this section, we told you about an opportunity to learn basic kayaking strokes and boat safety. Assuming each and every one of you readers took advantage of this, you're probably wondering how to use your newfound skills. One way to test them is the Full Moon Kayak Tour, which takes place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Holland Park (Johnson Street and Northlake Drive, Hollywood). It's one thing to control your kayak over calm waters with plenty of sunlight to guide your way. It's quite another to steer through mangrove trails by the light of the moon and the stars. If you feel the nighttime is the right time, the folks at Holland Park lead this hourlong excursion for anyone age 10 and older. As the title of the event suggests, a full moon will help guide your way through the mangroves, so you need not worry about the trail's getting too dark to see. Reservations are required, and participation costs $15 for ages 10 to 14, $35 for adults. Call 954-921-3404. -- Dan Sweeney
The Race Is On
If you're an avid pedal pusher and dig racing up and down the winding bike paths of South Florida, here's something that's right up your alley, er, trail.
The starting gun sounds at 8 a.m. Sunday for Jim's Bicycles Triple Crown Mountain Bike Race. Registration for the event, held at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach), costs $35. All proceeds benefit Club Mud, South Florida's mountain-bike advocacy group.
As you might have gathered from the "Triple Crown" title, there are three parts to the event. Each participant competes in a cross-country race, a time trial, and a dirt sprint, with the leader in points after all three stages declared the winner. According to Harvey Schneider, a Club Mud director, the Triple Crown format is uncommon. "This will be the most unique mountain-bike race ever put on in South Florida," he maintains.
There is a place for every rider, with male and female beginner, intermediate, and elite divisions. Call 954-360-1315. -- Russ Evans