The Miami Dolphins paid a visit to Miramar Elementary School, home of the Manatees, for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC), and nearly 500 students participated in the interactive event, which consisted of football drills, life lessons and cheerleader routines.
“The impact is great because it’s a well-balanced program of academics and athletics. The athletics impacts positively on the student, so they can focus on things that make them a better person, a better child,” Miramar Elementary Principal Becki Brito said. “The academics are only enhanced by providing a physical impact with positive reinforcement from the Dolphins.”
The training camp begin with Youth Programs Coordinator Nick Roth communicating to the students the way to have a “Dol-Fit” lifestyle, which stresses getting an education, staying physically fit and making positive choices.
The JTC then shifted to the physical fitness aspect, where the students participated in six interactive football drills, emphasizing the fundamentals of football.
“For our community, this means a lot because our community has limited opportunities,” Brito said. “For the kids to meet any professional organization that they see only on TV is a big deal. When they actually have the experience, it brings it home for them.”
Miramar Elementary, which serves approximately 870 students, practices its own form of healthy living. The Broward Education Foundation awarded the school with the Garden Delights Grant, which provides healthy food choices and trains both students and parents about healthy eating.
“We had a great time today at Miramar Elementary,” Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “I am very happy that we made a positive impact on these children.”
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps, while also emphasizing the significance of education and making positive choices.
You may visit DolphinsAcademy.com to learn more about our programs, sign up for Dolphins summer camps or to request dates for school visits.