About South Florida Youth Sports
Founded in 2008, South Florida Youth Sports is one of the leading youth organizations in South Florida. More than 2,500 children have participated in our summer camps or self defense programs located at more than 45 schools in Broward and Miami-Dade County. The company is reinventing what summer camps and afterschool programs look like. Rather than simply functioning as day care stand-ins and babysitting factories, programs help children break thorugh in areas of their lives that matter to them. Chidren leave our programs with an edge to help them excel in school and in life. 21st century transformational learning environment with cutting edge tools that will impact every area of their lives. Our contribution to the community is to develop and grow youth programs that reliably deliver results to kids giving them a sense of freedom and choice for their lives, the power to live life fully without constraints.
Steve Becerra (Mr. Steve) - Chief Krav Maga Instructor
Steve Becerra has a background in the sciences including archeology, paleontology and linguistics and, at a very young age, became an educator for adults and children of all ages. Becerra taught English abroad for children and adults as well as Science for grades 2-5. He speaks eight languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Hebrew, and after working as a translater went on to manage one of the leading Florida-based tutoring companies.
Jasmina Marcos (Mrs. Mina) - Chief Fitness Instructor
Jasmina Marcos first realized her passion for fitness during her enlistment in the United States Army in 2001. While serving in the military, she learned the discipline and dedication it takes to be in top shape as a soldier and quickly adapted the knowledge and skills to her everyday life. Marcos frequently scored beyond the maximum scores during her military physical fitness test and was awarded the top military fitness patch. During her deployment overseas, she was promoted to Sergeant and given the duty to lead more than 80 soldiers in physical fitness exercise for the rest of the tour.
Savannah Cantara (Mrs. Savannah) - Membership Director
Savannah Cantara began her career working with one of the leading Supplemental Education Services (S.E.S) providers. The program, created through the “No Child Left Behind” Act (NCLB), was designed to provide academic and tutoring services to children at public and charter schools throughout the state. At just 19 years old, Cantara was responsible for all in-home tutoring services for the NCLB Act and a team of 35 tutors.
Cantara then went on to work at a preschool as a teacher's assistant before moving to South Florida in 2008. Cantara has been with South Florida Youth Sports since 2010 and is the Membership Director, as well as the Camp Director for our Plantation Summer Camp. She has a passion for providing a fun, safe and educational environment for children of all ages and looks forward to bringing our quality programs to children not only in South Florida, but across the state.
Adam Lipkin - Founder and C.E.O - (Chief Empowerment Officer)
Adam Lipkin founded South Florida Youth sports in 2008 out of a life-long passion to inspire and motivate others.
Lipkin graduated with honors from the University of Florida earning a joint Bachelor/Master of Accounting degree. He began his career as a C.P.A working for Ernst & Young in their headquarters in New York City and then moved back to his hometown of South Florida to continue working in the commercial real estate industry. Throughout his career in real estate, Lipkin was involved in raising more than $3 billion in capital.
Lipkin used the downturn in the capital markets as an opportunity to redefine his life and business pursuits and started South Florida Youth Sports -- a business that expresses his nature and passion for helping people and doing something important for the community.
Lipkin has been a long-time student of all topics related to personal growth and development, attending countless workshops with leaders in the field including Anthony Robbins, Stephen Covey, and Landmark Education. These workshops are designed to cause breakthroughs in people's lives and Lipkin was inspired to make this type of training available for children. His vision became reality through his dedication to transforming the camp and afterschool experience – from simple daycare to a 21st century transformational learning environment where kids learn cutting edge tools that will impact every area of their lives – life coaching for kids in a safe and fun environment. The company’s programs are particularly distinctive for their strong emphasis on personal safety, fitness and empowerment.
Lipkin is focused on partnering with other organizations interested in giving children the best educational experience available. He is an active leader in the community and involved with a number of philanthropic boards.