A little rain showed wasn’t going to dampen the spirits of the estimated 700 school children that took over the Meyer Amphitheater in downtown West Palm Beach.
It also didn’t dampen of the enthusiasm of Miami Dolphins cornerback
“To have the Dolphins players here and for the kids to see that, that is the best role model that they could possibly give us,” said Darlene Kostrub, CEO of The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. “The kids look up to the so much and it really lets the kids know that even important athletes are willing to take a stand. We’re just so grateful to the Dolphins for being a part of this.”
Marshall, Randall, Posey and Kaddu definitely were popular from the moment they arrived and kept themselves busy signing autographs and interacting with the kids. They were treated to a few different entertaining dance acts and exhibitions and learned more about the Pink Shirt campaign and the different ways of getting the message across that bullying should not be tolerated. Posey also spoke to the kids on stage.
Even though all four players have succeeded in a physically demanding sport and one that calls for toughness, each one of them was young at one time and can relate to the pressures that exist in school. Marshall has been very involved in the community this offseason so coming to this event made plenty of sense to him.
“It can happen anywhere and you see it all the time,” he said. “So this is a great opportunity for us to come out and show support at this event and just let everybody know that bullying is not cool. We need to try to teach them the right thing to do as far as getting to the right authority so they won’t be bullied. It’s a great event.”
For Randall, who stand 6-foot-5 and weighs 309 pounds, he is well aware of the fact that not too many people would believe he ever could be bullied at his size. But he understands that there are other types of bullying than just the physical kind.
“At a young age kids all go through being picked on for this and that but we need to learn to be more accepting of who we are as people, starting at a young age,” Randall said. “You’d be surprised who it happens to. People say some mean things to everybody so it’s just something we need to work on and stay in the community and talk about. There are just some things that shouldn’t be said to kids.”