The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs made an appearance at the first annual Piper High School Wellness Day as part of the team’s mission to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Piper High’s Wellness Day was an event to encourage getting fit and eating healthy, with Zumba stations, basketball drills, obstacle courses and healthy snacks all present on Piper High’s football field for the students to enjoy.
There were elementary schools and middle schools from all around Broward County, who participated in the day, which students had off from school. Quite a few organizations made appearances, including the Army and James Taylor, in addition to the Dolphins.
The Dolphins, who frequently are out in the community to spread the message of eating right, staying physically fit and making positive choices, thought it was a great event for the youth of South Florida.
“I’m glad we could come out to Piper today and be a part of this day,” Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “I think events like this send the right message to the kids about how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle; we need more days like this.”
The Dolphins put on a mini Junior Training Camp, which included two interactive football stations for the students to participate in. In addition, two Miami Dolphins cheerleaders visited to take pictures and sign autographs.
“It’s huge that the Dolphins came out. You think about South Florida and how many things go on and to have a pro sports team like the Dolphins come out here to our location, it means a lot and we appreciate it,” Piper High Assistant Principal Matthew Dearen said.
Dearen, who spearheaded the event, had a vision to promote the community with the school and show kids how they can stay healthy. He envisions the Wellness Day to be biannual in the future.
“It was so successful and we had such as good turnout,” Dearen said. “I think we could do one in the Fall and one in the Spring.”
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through their Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.
For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camp or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or visit DolphinsAcademy.com.