The Miami Dolphins conducted a Gatorade Junior Training Camp (JTC) at West Hollywood Elementary School, and nearly 500 students participated in the interactive camp, which consisted of football drills, cheerleader routines and life lessons.
The JTC is a day dedicated to teaching NFL skills to the students and having fun in a safe environment, which is exactly what happened with 500 enthused West Hollywood Elementary students.
“For the children, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity; it’s not something they’ve experienced before,” West Hollywood Elementary Assistant Principal Tangela Williams-Daniel said. “I think the message was excellent for our students and the community. We strive for our boys and girls to eat healthy and take care of themselves, so the message the Dolphins send is excellent.”
The event began with Dolphins Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton speaking to the stuents about the importance of being “Dol-Fit,” which stresses eating healthy, staying physically fit and making positive choices.
Then, the students engaged in six interactive football drills, which included both offensive and defensive drills featuring hurdles, knock-away dummies, ladders and halfback pads just like the Miami Dolphins players.
“The children of West Hollywood Elementary were excellent students. They listened, engaged and had a really good time out there today,” Drayton said. “It’s nice to see the kids work hard, and I’m glad we could all have fun today.”
West Hollywood Elementary is home to approximately 700 students. The school preaches a healthy lifestyle, offering healthy menu choices in the cafeteria.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), youth football clinics and youth football camps.
For more information on Dolphins Academy, youth football camps, or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or visit the Dolphins Academy website.