Before a group of about 50 students from Greynolds Park Elementary School arrived at Haulover Park Wednesday afternoon,
“Of course, like myself, I jumped to the more advanced one and embarrassing myself,” Carpenter joked. “Should have just stuck with the nice, easy one like Tannehill being the smart guy he is.”
Before long, the sky above the southwest corner of Haulover Park was filled with kites after the kids arrived by bus. And holding those kites were elementary schoolchildren with smiles on their faces.
The inaugural Kiting with Kids and Fins clearly was a success.
“It was a great time today flying kites,” Tannehill said near the end of the event. The kids, I think, all had a good time, getting them out of a classroom setting and being able to enjoy some sunshine here in South Florida. If you look around, there’s kites across this whole field. You definitely see a lot of smiles and it definitely makes it all worth it.”
The students, ranging from second to fifth grade are part of the aftercare program at Greynolds Park Elementary.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to first interact with the Dolphins,” said Greynolds Park Elementary principal Jorge Mazon. “They’re psyched about this. And also the opportunity to fly kites. Many students, although we live in South Florida, don’t get this opportunity to fly kites. As you see, many of them are struggling. But you see the smiles on their faces. It’s a wonderful opportunity. I didn’t think they were going to enjoy it as much as they are enjoying it.”
Along with the five players, also on hand were TD the Mascot, Cheerleaders Idelys and Megan, and Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization members Lauren Tannehill, Kaela Carpenter and Christal Washington, Tyms’ girlfriend.
Each student was handed a kite upon arrival and then got the chance to interact with the Dolphins player, who were only too eager to help untangle some lines whenever necessary.
“I’m more of an untangler than I am a flyer right now,” Tannehill said. It seems like every time I turn around a group of kids has their kites tangled. So I’ve spent a lot of time untangling kites.”
While he mocked his kiting ability, Carpenter most definitely showed some skill, although he said he hadn’t flown a kite in about 10 years. Misi also said he used to fly kites on a regular basis as a kid.
For Tyms, who grew up in Fort Lauderdale, this was a first.
“I’m actually having a lot of fun,” Tyms said. “I have a (2-year-old) daughter myself. I actually have a little kid side to me. Coming out here and playing with them, I feel like I’m playing with my own.”