The Miami Dolphins hosted more than 80 local high school students throughout South Florida for the inaugural Community Service Academy this past week.
The Community Service Academy was created to give high schools students the opportunity to achieve service hours to help bolster their college applications while making an impact in the community under a structured volunteer program.
“It was encouraging to see the high school students return day after day and be actively engaged in community service,” said Leslie Nixon, Miami Dolphins Director of Government and Community Affairs. “The high school students looked forward to the new activities every day and gave it their all even in the heat. Their commitment to service shows that the spirit of volunteerism is really starting to take root in the South Florida community.
The students rotated daily at different service projects at the Flamingo Gardens, Chapman Partnerships, Oleta River State Park, His House, Alexander Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home, Zoo Miami and Feeding South Florida. After each event, the most impactful volunteer received a “game ball” as recognition of his or her exceptional work.
“This was a really fun, unique, opportunity,” said Sarah Martinez from Hialeah Miami Lakes High School. “I worked very hard and I really liked it.”
“This week was a life changing experience,” added Sara Arenson from West Broward High School in Davie. “It made me look into the lives of other people and realize how grateful I am for the things I have.”