Belle Glade, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins donated new weight room equipment to the Glades Central Community High School football team. The donated equipment included Junior Dolphins t-shirts, cleats, weight benches, dumbbell sets, boxes and barbell clips. Dolphins and Glades Central alum Louis Oliver Oliver also made a surprise $5,000 donation to the program and the team had the opportunity to hear from Dolphins alum and Youth Programs Ambassador Twan Russell about overcoming adversity.
"It warms my heart to come back here to be able to give and hopefully help some of the young men come up and be productive and good citizens," Oliver said.
"It was extremely awesome to have the Miami Dolphins and Louis Oliver come out and do a weight room reveal to the kids to really give them something to be prideful of," Glades Central Community High School Head Football Coach Jessie Hester said. "It's just amazing to see the smiles on their faces and see the joy in their hearts to have a weight room of this nature."
"We don't have much here, so it meant a lot for the Dolphins to come out," Glades Central Community High School senior wide receiver Odieu Hilaire said. "The message that Twan gave us was that we have to press on, fight through adversity so we can come out victorious."
Photo gallery: Glades Central equipment donation.
Today's visit is part of the growing Junior Dolphins Donation Program, which this year also has made donations to Booker T. Washington High School in August, Miramar High School in May, Pompano Beach High School in July and Spanish River High School Key West High School, Marathon High School and Coral Shores High School in September.
The Junior Dolphins program encourages youth players and coaches to learn, teach and play football in a fun and safe environment. The Junior Dolphins program is designed to give kids access to learn the fundamentals of football using the NFL's top resources. To grow the game, the Junior Dolphins program will work to educate coaches, parents and youth on the health and safety of football with a strong emphasis on character development. Junior Dolphins is building the next generation of Dolphins Fans.