“The Miami Dolphins’ experience has been wonderful for our kids,” said Laneia Hall, Assistant Principal for James S. Hunt Elementary. “I hope they gain from this (experience). If they work hard, they can potentially do something with their lives.”
James S. Hunt Elementary enrollment consists of over 850 students ranging from the kindergarten to fifth grade. Hunt Elementary students participate in 50-minutes of physical activities daily; however, majority of Hunt Elementary students come from low-economic families and many do not have an opportunity to experience fun-filled interactive programs like the Miami Dolphins Gatorade JTC outside of school.
“We have a lot of low-economic kids who don’t get these types of experiences,” Hall said. “A lot of them (kids) are not in organized after-school activities so it’s a great opportunity for them to experience some of these things.”
Furthermore, the school is a Title I School in Broward County and nearly 83% of the student population receives either reduced or free lunch provided by the government. Title I is The No Child Left Behind program to improve the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged. The No Child Left Behind program is the largest single program of federal aid for elementary and secondary education. Title I is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for all students by helping them succeed in the regular program; attain grade-level proficiency; and improve academic achievement so that “no child is left behind.”
“It’s important to visit the (James S.) Hunt Elementary kids to spread the message of being Dol-Fit,” said Troy Drayton, Miami Dolphins Youth & Community Programs Coordinator. “Seeing the kids enjoying the activities and music puts a smile on my face because we have made their day. That’s a win in my book.”
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The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps.
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