The Miami Dolphins stayed closed to home, checking in at North Glade Elementary School in Miami for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC). Approximately 300 students participated in the interactive camp, which included six football drills to enhance speed, agility and fundamentals, as well as cheerleader routines.
“All kids need an opportunity to shine and some kids who may not shine as much in the classroom, shined on the field today,” North Glade Principal Thomas Frederick said. “The kids were enthused. Also, the parents that came out and volunteered had a blast. It was wonderful for increasing parent involvement in the school.”
Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton began the event by speaking to the students about the significance of getting an education, staying physically fit and making positive choices. Then, the children went through a variety of football drills, such as catching, throwing and running.
“I thought there was great participation today by everyone involved,” Drayton said. “The students were very excited, and the parents and staff were very eager to make the event as fun as possible for the kids.”
North Glade Elementary participates in its own programs to keep kids healthy, such as the federal grant they receive for the “Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Program” as well as the annual Turkey Bowl and Super Bowl, which are football games between the 4th and 5th graders.
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 the Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.
You may visit DolphinsAcademy.com to request dates school visits for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp, Fins Friday, or Beyond the Game.