The Miami Dolphins youth programs department spent three days visiting with fans in Key West, Florida. During the visit, they visited two schools to setup Gatorade Junior Training Camps and were the guests at a charity bingo event.
The first day of the JTC took place at Sugarloaf School in Sugarloaf Key. The kids participated in six interactive football drills while music was playing. Before they were able to play, Dolphins manager of youth programs Troy Drayton spoke with them about the importance of getting a good education, being physically fit and making positive choices in their life. By the end of the day, 500 kids were able to participate in the training camp.
On the second night, Drayton was the celebrity bingo caller at a charity event at Boondocks Grille and Draft House in Ramrod Key. In addition to a 50/50 raffle to raise money, the Dolphins supplied autographed memorabilia to be auctioned. The money raised went to building a fitness park at Sugarloaf School.
“It is important to us as an organization to spend time with our fans down here in the Keys,” said Drayton. “A lot of these fans drive three hours to watch a game and being able to put on events like this is our way of saying thank you.”
On the third day of the trip, the Dolphins took over George Mira Park to put on a JTC for Poinciana Elementary. To help out, Poinciana PE teacher John Hughes called on the local high school team to volunteer. The Key West High Conchs, who are coached by Hughes sent ten players to teach the drills to the 500 kids that participated. Not only did the high school players teach the drills but they signed autographs for all of the kids.
“It is a small town and the kids at Poinciana look up to our high school players and those are their role models,” Hughes said. “It is important for them to give back to their community and it helps build leadership and character. An event like this is unprecedented down here and having someone like Troy Drayton spend quality time with our kids will last them a lifetime.”
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through the Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.
For more information on the Special Teams program or how you can volunteer please contact the Miami Dolphins Special Teams Department at (305) 943-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.