The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department travelled south to Homestead, making an appearance at Air Base Elementary School for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC). Approximately 500 students participated in the camp, which comprised of a variety of football drills and cheerleader routines.
The event was a huge success with the children, who were very happy to see the hometown Dolphins visit their school.
“I think it made them (the kids) feel important, made them feel they mattered to the organization,” Air Base Elementary Principal Raul Calzadilla said. “It reinforced the idea of being physically fit and being mentally active. Mr. Drayton did a tremendous job. The kids were very active and engaged.”
The JTC began with Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton speaking to the students about the importance of getting an education, staying physically fit and making positive choices, which are all components of the team’s “Dol-Fit” initiative.
Then the students participated in six interactive football drills, which ranged from throwing and catching the ball to running under hurdles and in-between pads.
“We had a great time today down in Homestead. The kids were very receptive to our message and I know they had a blast with the football drills,” Drayton said. “The faculty, staff and volunteers were very helpful, and I’m glad we went down there.”
Air Base Elementary, which serves nearly 800 students, partakes in its own health programs, including the Miami-Dade County initiative, Healthy Generation Program.
You may visit DolphinsAcademy.com to request dates for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp, Fins Friday or Beyond the Game.
For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camp or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.