Miami Dolphins Summer Camp in Davie A Big Hit

Posted Jul 3, 2013

More than 600 children were taught fundamental football skills by former NFL players.

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department kicked off its annual summer football camps with a two-week stint in Davie at the team’s indoor training facility. The camp got off to an excellent start, as nearly 600 children participated over the two-week period.

Children were taught fundamental football skills by former NFL players, and enjoyed flag football games, competitions, specific position training and offense/defense skills throughout the week.

“Our summer camps are designed for the kids to have fun,” Dolphins Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “In addition to having fun, we want to make sure the kids leave the camp having learned a few things and have a unique experience that they will never forget.”

With the camp taking place at the Dolphins indoor training facility, having a memorable experience wasn’t hard to come by. The children caught a glimpse of where their heroes workout and practice, while also playing games at the “Bubble,” allowing for a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

“The kids love playing at the Bubble,” Russell said. “I think it’s really cool that they can experience that at such a young age, and I know it’s something they will always remember about our camps.”

In addition to hands-on training from former pros, the children even got a surprise visit from current Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, who was a Dolphins camper back in 2003.

Vernon took time to answer the campers questions, gave them advice and signed autographs for them, which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

The camp concluded with its traditional Championship Friday, where all the teams participated in flag football games by age group to determine the champion of that camp. The winners were awarded with medals that showcased a week of hard work and learning.

Overall, it was a great experience for not just the campers, but the Dolphins staff that was involved as well.

“I had a great time at the camp, and it’s been a really good experience,” Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton said. “I am glad we could make an impact on the campers, and I hope to see them return next year.”

The Dolphins summer camps will resume in Southwest Florida at Estero High School on July 8.

The team will then hold camps in Jupiter at Jupiter High School, South Dade at Valera High School and conclude summer camps in the Cayman Islands.

You can learn more about the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department, as well as register for summer camps at

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