If you love bikinis, basketball, or women who get into both, Christmas has come early for you this year. The Miami Spice Bikini Basketball team has chosen its roster, and we're serving up photos and interviews of 12 of its newly named members. Consider it our Christmas gift to you.
Meet Tina Caccavale (pronounced like Machiavelli, with a "C"). Born and raised in South Florida, Tina, who's 100 percent Italian, has been playing sports since she was a tiny tot. A former team captain and MVP with the Miami Caliente lingerie football, Caccavale knows how to get sporty while scantily clad.
"I've always been athletic and into sports. I got basketball and softball scholarships out of Plantation High, then I pursued basketball and softball at Nova Southeastern University. I got licensed in dental hygiene and in 2008 I began playing football for Miami Caliente, the lingerie football league. I recently heard about the Bikini Basketball league on Twitter, tried out and I made the team!" Tina told New Times.
And as far as Christmas goes, Tina's into decorating -- and charity.
"I love Christmas, it's my favorite month. I really love lights so I decorate the whole inside and outside of my house, it's the brightest on the block. I get a ladder and do it on my own. I have white lights, LED colored lights and I do the tree and put Christmas decorations all over the house. I've never had a white Christmas, so I always try to make it feel like Christmas even though it's hot here."
After a recent trip to Jamaica, Tina and a friend were moved by the plight of local children, so they launched a toy drive and sent a huge bin overseas for the holidays.
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"I like giving back to the community. I love to share, I have a big heart," Tina says.
In addition, Tina loves seafood (particularly crab legs), going to the beach, traveling to the Caribbean and comedy shows. She's also a die-hard sports fanatic, and calls herself the #1 Miami Heat and Miami Dolphins fan. Better brush up on those sports stats, boys.
Catch Caccavale and the rest of her team when Bikini Basketball games start in 2013. Follow the team on Twitter @SpiceMiami