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The Miami Dolphins partnered with the NFL and Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz for a two-day NFL Play 60 Character Camp in Hialeah.
The two-day camp was held at Ted Hendricks Stadium and hosted approximately 300 local boys and girls, aged 9-13, with little to no football experience. The children, mostly from local youth organizations, were taught football skills by former NFL players and current high school and college coaches.
The camp focused on three components: Football, Play 60 and Character. The first portion consisted of teaching the kids how to play football; the Play 60 portion focused on teaching kids about exercising and proper nutrition; the character component focused on teaching kids traits such as honesty, integrity, self-control and faith.
The camp featured former NFL players Jeff Faulkner, Roy Foster and Jed Weaver in addition to Muñoz.
“I think for a lot of the kids it’s one of the biggest days of their lives. They watch television and see the Dolphins playing, so for them, it’s a dream come true,” Ryan Betscher, director of the camp, said. “We want to give them a positive experience from the game of football. We want them to be life-long Dolphins fans and life-long football fans.”
The mission of the event was to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. The program will work in collaboration with USA Football and their FUNdamentals curriculum, which introduces children to football by teaching basic skills in a non-contact setting.
Each camp participant received a football with a bilingual hang-tag that offers youth an opportunity to view videos in Spanish and English that teach the basics of football on the NFL’s youth website, NFLRUSH.com. The NFL donated more than 30,000 footballs to youth as part of its Hispanic outreach initiative.
“I think the Play 60 Character Camp is an excellent initiative, and I am glad we could be a part of it,” Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “This is an excellent way to introduce football to children who have had very little experience with the game.”
The camp was the eleventh NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps to be held this summer as part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football.
For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department, visit DolphinsAcademy.com or call (305) 943-7272.