The Dolphins’ summer break is wrapping up, with training camp opening next weekend in Davie, but before the new season heats up, they spent some time with a group of South Florida’s “Most Valuable Readers.” A few minutes later it didn’t really look or sound like a library anymore – it was more like a giant playroom. Everyone left with a smile from ear to ear.
On Tuesday, Dolphins players, including tight end
The Dolphins, in partnership with the Broward and Miami-Dade County Libraries, have set up the “Most Valuable Readers” program, a year-round initiative that offers incentives to young students for participating. Cracking open a book, especially when a young child is out of the classroom, home for summer break, can seem like a chore, at times.
But by creating some hard-earned rewards, including a chance to interact with a few Dolphins players, the results are twofold: it reinforces the importance of jumping into a new book, all while keeping even the most reluctant reader engaged.
“You don’t know what kind of impression you can make on these kids,” Egnew said. “To me, an hour out of my day, it’s well worth it to come influence these kids or just excite them.”
“Players are big role models for children, especially in this community. We have a very diverse community at the Hollywood Branch Library,” Mosquera said. “So for them, it’s extremely important. They see them on TV, sometimes they can go the games. But they see these men that are successful and they can be like them.”
All that reading sure builds up an appetite, though, so things wrapped up with a special Papa John’s pizza party, giving the players and cheerleaders the opportunity to spend some quality one-on-one time with the kids. They helped put together some pretty elaborate K’Nex designs, posed for pictures and spoke to everyone.
“That’s the biggest reason why we do it,” Egnew said, “just to see how happy they get when we walk into the room.”