“I think it was a rewarding experience because the kids see how physical and mental abilities go hand in hand, and it helps them see that making healthy choices allows them to be productive in the school and in the community,” Treasure Island Principal Gloria Barnes said. Treasure Island Elementary was founded in 1955 and currently has a student body of roughly 700. The school serves Pre-K through 5th grade.
Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton spoke to the children about the importance of physical health and education, before the kids enjoyed a variety of drills, ranging from catching the football to running under hurdles.
“I think the JTC went great today,” Drayton said. “The students had an opportunity to learn football fundamentals, and see the significance of daily physical activity. I think we left the kids with a great impression.”
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 children are seeing that exercise can be fun, and they’re experiencing areas they might have never experienced before if the Dolphins hadn’t come out,” Barnes said. “I think it’s a good thing that they see their heroes, and it makes a positive difference.”
To learn more about the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs or request dates for the Gatorade Junior Training Camps, visit the Dolphins Academy website.