Davie, Fla. –The Miami Dolphins today hosted the 49ers and Bills of the Palm Beach Youth Football League at training camp practice. The teams were given a tour of the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University and heard from Miami Dolphins alum Shawn Wooden about having integrity, committing to excellence and taking care of your teammates.
The teams also had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice, meet with current players on the field and had lunch provided by Publix. Following practice, the 49ers and Bills scrimmaged on the Dolphins' field.
"The kids watched a really organized practice and it was a great show. The Dolphins put us up and we appreciate it," 49ers Head Football Coach Tom Cross said. "They learned from Shawn Wooden about trust, commitment and love – three goals for life, three great traits."
"The Dolphins live practice was very entertaining; the kids loved it. They loved going into the locker room and seeing all the trophies and accolades of the Miami Dolphins organization. The kids also learned about fundamentals and how to love and respect," Bills Head Football Coach Oscar Rodriguez.
As part of the Miami Dolphins' commitment to the development of high school and youth football, the team will host 27 high school and youth teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties at the team's training camp practices. The team visits, initiated by Dolphins Head Coach Adam Gase, are a targeted effort to recognize, inspire and increase football participation through personal connections centered on the positive character building aspects of playing the game.
The Junior Dolphins program encourages youth players and coaches to teach, learn 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.