Dolphins Academy kicked of their summer youth football camps at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility in Davie during the last week of June. Dolphins Academy provides an elite pro experience for hundreds of children, ranging in ages from five to 15. The two week-long camps are divided into teams according to age and each team is assigned a coach.
The featured coaches are former NFL players; Reggie Givens, Najeh Davenport, Troy Stradford, Tyronn Johnson, Darryl Porter, Kevin Beard, Ed Perry, Manny Martin, Donnell Bennett, Sam Madison, Lousaka Polite, Cedric Killings, Lorenzo Davis, Earl Little, Oronde Gadsden, Pat Dennis, James Brown, John St. Clair, Deon Dyer and Troy Drayton.
Dolphins Academy athletes are taught the football fundamentals for offense and defense. Athletes execute Dolphins Academy’s standard six-week curriculum within three days. Everyone has the choice to learn and train at various positions. Each day the athletes’ skills were challenged in practice games, where each kid is given a chance to shine.
“It’s exciting to see the interest these kids have in football, especially the young ones,” former NFL linebacker Reggie Givens said. “It all starts here, the love of the game, so to be able to teach five and six year olds the techniques and fundamentals as well as share how much fun it is, is really special for me. Ten years from now I would love to open up a newspaper and see some of these names and read about how successful they’ve become.”
Dolphin Academy hosted an autograph signing, where the entire Dolphins rookie class, as well as veterans
Miami Dolphin’s Manager of Youth and Community Programs’ Troy Drayton expressed the importance of programs such as Dolphins Academy, “The lessons the athletes walk away with are extremely valuable and important to their future success in football.” He said. “The opportunity to work and learn from former NFL players is a unique and incomparable experience.”
All the hard work and fun culminated to Championship Friday, where all the teams played in an elimination tournament. The winners of week 1 will play the winners of week 2 to determine the Champions of Football Camp. The Champions will receive a super bowl ring. The date of this game is to be determined.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through the Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps. For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinics, Youth Football Camps or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.