The Miami Dolphins traveled south to visit South Dade Middle School in Homestead, FL for the Gatorade Junior Training Camp as part of the team’s weekly school appearances. Nearly 300 students participated in the camp, which consisted of six football drills and cheerleader routines. To see photos from the event, click here.
“We believe all of our students are looking for role models, and the Miami Dolphins are role models for our community and serve as a positive role model for what’s right,” South Dade Middle Principal Brian Hamilton said. “We want to promote that to our students. This is an event that will stick with them and will be lasting for them.”
The morning began with Youth Programs Coordinator Troy Drayton stressing the ideals of being Dol-Fit, which emphasizes the importance of education, physical fitness and making positive choices.
The students, 4th through 8th graders, were then treated to a variety of interactive football stations that range from throwing and catching, to running under hurdles and diving for footballs.
“Everyone at South Dade Middle, from the volunteers to the students, was very active and involved today,” Drayton said. “Teaching these children about the importance of getting exercise and eating right, while also making positive choices is very beneficial to their future.”
South Dade Middle School, home to approximately 1,280 students, has a strong physical education program, which includes a fitness lab consisting of weight machines, treadmills and exercise balls for the kids to utilize.
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
For more information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camps, or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Department at (305) 943-7272 or visit the Dolphins Academy website.