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About NickOstrowski

I've been a badminton lover since I played in my backyard as a kid. Then in high-school, and now that I'm grown up, I'm still totally into it!

Badminton hours through mid-January at Shula’s

Dear Shuttlers,
It’s been a long time since our last website update -I apologize. Here is our latest news:
REMEMBER: Badminton resumes it’s regular times on Thursdays (1/7/2016) and Sundays.
This Sunday, January 10, 2016 through Sunday, January 17, 2016, the gym is completely ours for the 2016 Graham-Toms Senior Internationals! Once the courts are set up by Monday evening, January 11, it’s free-play for anyone.
The only catch is you must give FIRST priority to those who are playing in the tournament to use the courts. However, once the matches are completed after each day (usually around 8ish in the evening), you can come in and play on the green courts at no charge until 11PM each night.
Please feel free to take advantage of it, although your assistance on Sunday, the 17th, would be most appreciated in helping us take apart and put away all of the courts and clean up the gym.

2014 Sunshine State Games Badminton Championships

We’d like to thank fellow Florida shuttler Thomas S for taking the lead on the Sunshine State Games Badminton Tournament.  Here are some of the pertinent details:


Saturday, June 28
Sunday, June 29


Don Shula’s Athletic Club
15150 Bull Run Road
Miami Lakes, Florida 33014 (305) 820-8025


Saturday, June 28
8:00 AM Check-in
9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Competition
Sunday, June 29
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Competition

Click here for the signup form link


Finally, you can get a discounted hotel reservation at Don Shula’s Hotel with the details below:

Special Rate of $99.00 with breakfast for 2

 Individual reservations can be made by:

  1. Calling: 305-820-8100 or toll free 800-24 SHULA
  2. E-mail: [email protected]. Reference group code(SUNGM)


2013 Sunshine State Games – Badminton Tournament for everyone

Hey everyone! We’ve dusted off our website and are excited to share with you the online signup for our upcoming tournament. So everyone can get in on the fun, this tournament features a special “novice” bracket. This group will be less intense than the other ones. The event will take place at Shula’s Athletic Center on the weekend of June 29 (check-in is at 8AM) and 30,2013, check out our registration details for more information (click the “show details” link) :

Hope to see you there!

December Schedule Updates

Hi All!

We have a complicated schedule at the club this month, here’s the latest:

Date Time
Dec 13, Thursday Cancelled
Dec 14, Friday 6pm – 9:30~10pm
Dec 16, Sunday 10am – 5pm (All day!)
Dec 18, Tuesday 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Dec 20, Thursday 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Dec 23, Sunday 10am – 3pm
Dec 27, Thursday 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Dec 30, Sunday 10am – 3pm
Jan 3, Thursday 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Sunshine State Wrap-up + Next week + Senior Nationals

A decree from Dave:
  • THIS SUNDAY, December 9, 2012, there will be a basketball event in the gym, so there’s NO BADMINTON that day
  • In its place, THE FOLLOWING TUESDAY, December 11, 2012, we will have the gym to play badminton from 7:30PM – 10:30PM
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012, gymnastics is taking the gym for their annual show
  • In its place, FRIDAY, December 14, 2012, we will have the gym to play badminton (I’ll try and get them to keep the club open until 10PM, or that we can start at 7PM… more on this when I hear from Jamie)
  • The following Sunday, December 16, 2012, it’s badminton as usual at the Athletic Club

Also, starting Thursday, it’s that time of the year where I collect for the front desk and maintenance people at the club. They DO prefer us over the basketball people, but they’re not the ones who made the decision to take away Tuesday night from us, so please don’t hold it against them.

I know the economy’s still not the best, but these people are paid minimum wage, and just a little something from all of us goes a long way to maintain the goodwill we enjoy with them.
If you can make a $5, $10, $15, $20 donation (or even more if you so choose to be in the giving spirit), let’s do it. I’ll probably present them with it (wrapped in a money card) on the Sunday before Christmas, December 23, so I’ll need everyone to sign the cards that Thursday and Sunday.
Thank you, folks, and special thanks to the people who made it to the Sunshine State Games/State Senior Games: Phil, Dudley, Andrew, Owen, Tamiko, Zarni, Peter, Pat, Sid, Nick, Mike, Randy, Panita. You all represented South Florida well. I know it was a grueling Sunday, but next year, it will be two days and at Estero in the Fort Myers area. We need to keep the excitement going for 2013.
Also, December 26 is the deadline for the Graham-Toms Senior Internationals at Shula’s, January 15 – 19, 2013. Anyone 35 and up should seriously sign up and play. PLEASE?
Then, May 21 – 25, 2013, at Estero Community Center (the same venue as the 2013 Sunshine State Games), the Senior Nationals will be held. Dudley and I will be running the event, but we need everyone’s support (those in the same age brackets as the Graham-Toms Senior Internationals of 35+) to enter and, again, HAVE FUN.

When to come to see the Panam International

Hey All, If you’re in South Florida and you’re interested in badminton you can’t miss the Miami Panam this week. If you’re coming to watch some international badminton here are the times to come watch:

  • Wed, Oct 31st: 5 PM – 9 PM (If you’re not trick-or-treating)
  • Thurs, Nov 1st: 10 AM – 10 PM
  • Fri, Nov 2nd: 6 PM – 10 PM
  • Sat, Nov 3rd: 1 PM – 5 PM (the best time to come – finals)

The more the merrier!

– Nick

2012 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships

Sign up now for the Florida State Championship tournament!  Here are the details:

EVENT: 2012 Florida International Senior Games & State Championships, the 21st Annual Games, is an Olympic-style competition for athletes age 50 and over.  The Florida Senior Games is a program of Florida Sports, a division of Enterprise Florida, Inc., which serves as the state’s lead organization in promoting and developing Florida’s Sports Industry.

Date: Sunday December 2nd, 2012

Location: Kelly Recreation Center, Lakeland

Registration: visit  Registration is available in a variety of ways with the easiest being online registration.  Forms are available to download, print out and send back to the Florida Sports Foundation.

 For more information contact Nick Gandy, Florida Sports Director of Communication, and Florida Senior Games State Championships s at (850) 488-1422 or [email protected]