Georgetown, Grand Cayman – The Miami Dolphins completed their second-annual Cayman Island Youth Football Camp. The two-day camp, which was held at Timothy McField Football Field in Georgetown, included position specific instructions as well as multiple flag football games.
The camp included nearly 50 kids, including some that made the trip from Miami. Teams were split up by age group and were coached by Miami Dolphins alumni, including former tight end Troy Drayton, linebacker Derrick Rodgers, running back Lorenzo Hampton, wide receiver Oronde Gadsden, fullback Lousaka Polite, tackle James Brown and linebacker Twan Russell.
The clinic began with Polite and Hampton teaching the kids running back drills. Hampton, who played his entire five year career with the Dolphins, made it a point to teach the kids the importance of hand placement when taking a hand-off from the quarterback. Polite showed the campers how to lineup in a two-point, three-point and four-point stance and worked with them on balance and footwork.
After breaking out into practice sessions, the kids came back together to learn from Drayton and Brown how to play offensive line. Both Brown and Drayton played with the Dolphins from 1996-1999 and were often lined up next to each other. They spent 15 minutes showing the kids how to use their hands when blocking and drive their opponents back. When the kids broke out into the practice sessions, the coaches as well as Miami Dolphins mascot T.D., held up hand shields while being pushed back at the point of attack.
“It is amazing to see how much these kids want to learn about American Football in the two days they are here,” said Drayton, who is the Manager of Youth Programs for the Miami Dolphins. “The entire Island has come together to make sure we could make this camp happen. The Department of Tourism has rolled out the red carpet for us to make sure we were taken care of and Tropical Shipping supplied us with a 20 foot shipping container to get all of our equipment here safely.”
On the second day, the kids separated into their teams to practice for the championship games that would be held at the end of camp. The stands were filled with parents who all came to watch how much their children have learned in the two days. Omar Gonzalez, who coaches the Washington Park Buccaneers of the Florida Youth Football League in Hollywood, brought his six year old son Omar for his birthday.
“As parents, we always want to create life long memories with our kids,” Gonzalez said. “To be able to bring my son here for his sixth birthday and see the enjoyment that the camp brought him is something I will never forget. The coaches and staff went above and beyond for him, buying him a birthday cake for lunch and dinner and it shows what a first class organization the Dolphins are.”
The Miami Dolphins had representatives from four different departments to come together and make the camp possible.
“When you get corporate partnerships, alumni relations, community relations and youth programs all working together for one event, it is going to come out amazing,” Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell said. “As an organization, we always try to collaborate to make events bigger and better and it shows that we are stronger together.”
The Cayman Camp concluded the Dolphins Academy Summer Camp Program. The four weeks of camp included stops in Davie, Jupiter as well as Grand Cayman. For more information on Miami Dolphins Summer Camp or any youth football activities please visit www.dolphinsacademy.com or call 305-943-7272. If you would like to view pictures from any of the camps you can visit the Dolphins Academy page on Facebook or Twitter.