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A group of 25 students from American Senior High School in North Dade got a special opportunity Thursday at Dolphins practice as the guests of Ryan and Lauren Tannehill.
The event was part of the Tannehills’ A.C.E.S. (Achieving Community and Educational Success) program.
The high schoolers got a tour of the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, watched part of practice inside the bubble, then got to meet Tannehill and some of his teammates. To top it off, the kids were handed a brand new backpack, three pairs of shorts, shirts, socks and shoes.
“Ryan and I just talked and it was something we wanted to do,” Lauren Tannehill said of starting up the A.C.E.S. program. “For Ryan and I, academics is really important because you never really know how it’s going to play out. Football doesn’t work for many people. It’s always good to have a dream but always to have academics to fall back on. (We’re) just trying to encourage that.”
The Tannehills have been active in community events since the quarterback joined the Dolphins as a first-round pick in 2012 and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
“It’s very important to set an example,”
No question, it was an event to remember for the kids, which only made it more enjoyable for the Tannehills.
“It just makes you want to keep doing it, keep giving back,” Lauren said. “It’s really awesome to see the kids. They’re so great. They’re really grateful. It’s been really fun today.”
Lauren Tannehill indicated that more events are planned for this year.
For his part, Ryan said he never got the chance to watch an NFL practice as a youngster and that was something he would have enjoyed.
As the starting quarterback, Tannehill is one of the most prominent and recognizable players on the Dolphins roster. But he says all players have a responsibility to give back to the community.
“It’s part of playing in the NFL,” he said. “All of us have some responsibility to some degree of impacting the kids in our communities.”
That’s just what the Tannehills did on Thursday. They made an impact. A positive impact.