There is a growing concern about child obesity and kids getting a lack of exercise throughout the United States presently.
“It’s a huge challenge these days getting kids outside. With all the gaming and socializing on the internet, it’s tougher now,” Our Lady of the Holy Rosary St. Richard Catholic School Principal Carlos Naumen said.
The Miami Dolphins are on a mission to improve those problems.
As part of the team’s youth programs initiatives, the Dolphins visited Our Lady of the Holy Rosary St. Richard Catholic School for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC), and nearly 300 students participated in the interactive camp, which includes football drills and cheerleader routines.
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The morning began with Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton stressing the ideals of being Dol-Fit, which emphasizes the importance of education, physical fitness and making positive choices.
“The participation by everyone today was amazing,” Drayton said. “It was also great to see everyone came out with big-time Miami Dolphins spirit.”
The students, Kindergarten through 8th graders, were then treated to a variety of interactive football stations that range from throwing and catching, to running under hurdles and diving for footballs.
“The kids really enjoy having any kind of sporting event. It’s great especially when you have the Dolphins name behind it because it’s going to take it to the next level,” Naumen said. “If you can do this in a safe environment like school, it’s going to facilitate their fitness while maintaining safety.”
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary St. Richard Catholic School, which serves approximately 350 students, has its own field days in addition to an annual Bike-a-thon to promote physical exercise.
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
For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camps or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or visit the Dolphins Academy website.