The Dolphins teamed up with the United Way of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties and Commit 2 B Fit to encourage eating healthy and exercise as a part of the 14th annual Hometown Huddle.
Dolphins players – including tackle
As part of the festivities, the players and children played some of Dave and Buster’s interactive games.
“It’s part of ‘Play 60’—it’s just a little different take on it,” Fields said. “We’re trying to get the message across of being active for at least 60 minutes a day, but you can do other stuff other than sports.”
“Play 60,” the NFL’s campaign to encourage children to do some type of physical activity for 60 minutes a day, is a message that, as professional athletes, Dolphins players take very seriously.
After the children enjoyed a hearty meal, Long gave a quick talk on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying active.
Smith, the Dolphins’ fourth-year cornerback, echoed Long’s sentiments, pointing out how it’s key to stay on the move.
“It’s great to see kids come out here and play and not just sit in the house,” Smith said. “So right now, we’re taking the kids, we’re making sure they’re running around here, they’re having fun. It’s actually exercise, playing video games. I’m sweating over here.”
The players and children played all types of games together, including Pop-A-Shot and Skee Ball, two games that are certainly derivative of an actual sport.
“A lot of these games here at Dave and Busters are very interactive, and actually, you get a little sweat going, get the blood flowing when you’re moving around,” Fields said. “It’s a way to show kids that they can exercise and have fun other than playing football or basketball or some of the other more traditional sports.”
Smith hoped that the children who attended took the day’s message to heart and enjoyed all of the games and fun.
“Whenever we have a chance to give back to the community and hang out with kids, it’s always a big positive. There’s nothing like these kids coming out here and seeing professional athletes and interacting with them,” Smith said. “It definitely reminds me of back when I was a kid how I never had anything like this. I can’t imagine how they feel.”