MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins yesterday hosted the Coconut Creek High School football team at their Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice. The team had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice and meet with current players on the field and heard from Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Ambassador and alum Twan Russell about the importance of teamwork.
"To come out here and have the opportunity to interact with pros was really special, especially for me getting a chance to meet Brian Flores," Coconut Creek High School Head Football Coach Gerald Cox said. "Tempo is the main thing we're preaching now and it's the same thing Coach Flores is preaching. To have the kids see that, I think that's a big sticking point in their heads."
"It's cool to see how big you have to get and how much you have to develop yourself in order to play at the next level," Coconut Creek High School junior defensive end Christopher Jones said. "From the d-line I learned to always keep your hands extended, always be aggressive and keep your hands moving, eyes up and that first step is really important and crucial."
As part of the Miami Dolphins' commitment to the development of high school and youth football, the team will host high school teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties at the team's offseason practices. The team visits 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.
Photo gallery: Junior Dolphins | Coconut Creek Visits OTAs
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.
This event is one of the DolphinsHuddleFor100 service projects as part of the NFL's 100th celebration. The NFL has invited fans, players, clubs and employees to join Huddle for 100, an effort to inspire 1 million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities. These activities connect to the Miami Dolphins "Teamwork at Work" initiative to level the playing field through the power of teamwork to inspire a healthier, more educated and united South Florida community. For more information on the NFL Huddle and to see volunteer opportunities with the Dolphins, visit **https://www.miamidolphins.com/community/specialteams**.