“Our students work very hard throughout the year academically, so it’s very good to see the extracurricular side of it,” Palmetto Elementary Principal Eric Torres said. “It’s great, in particular, the Dolphins, who are very admired in the area. For them to come out, it gives the kids a sense that they could achieve through academics and athletics.”
Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton led the clinic, helping the children with six interactive football drills to enhance speed, agility, and fundamentals, such as catching and carrying a football.
“The Palmetto kids were awesome today,” Drayton said. “It’s very rewarding to see how much they get out of the JTC, and I think they learned a lot.”
Palmetto Elementary School, which serves Pre-K through fifth grade, founded the wellness initiative Eat Play Succeed, which is now mimicked throughout Dade County. The school also participates in healthy food choices with their “Tasty Tuesday’s” program, which gives students healthier eating options in the cafeteria.
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 and Community Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or visit the website here.