“These kids would never get the exposure to the Dolphins players and have the chance to do something like this. It’s just an amazing opportunity for them,” Heart Gallery Executive Director Ken Crooks said. “It’s going to be one of those stories that they will be able to tell for a long time. It makes a big difference every time we can do something for the kids.”
Five current Miami Dolphins players attended the event, including tight end
“When I was going through foster homes, I never had an athlete come and just say something. But, I know for them to come in here, and they look at the Miami Dolphins, it means the world to them,” Tyms said. “Especially for them to be able to see that somebody else can actually come out of the hole they think they’re in, this is why I do it.”
The Dolphins Youth Programs Department conducted a Junior Training Camp (JTC) for the children, which included interactive football drills.
Youth Programs Director Twan Russell also spoke to the kids about being Dol-Fit, which has the three primary values of education, physical fitness and positive choices.
“I am very thrilled to make an impact on these kids’ lives,” Russell said. “Our message is strengthened when guys like Michael and Brian can give first hand accounts of their experiences in foster homes, and show the children that you can do anything you set your mind to.”
The Heart Gallery of Broward County was founded in 2006 and the first exhibit was introduced in April of 2007. Its mission is to provide innovative programs that help to promote the adoption and enrichment of foster care children. A previous Dolphins Day led to the adoption of a child named Ronnie, who was adopted by parents who saw his picture from the event on the Heart Gallery website.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through the Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.