Davie, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins today hosted the Coral Gables Senior High School football team at their Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice. The team was given a tour of the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University and heard from Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Ambassador and Dolphins alum Twan Russell about mental toughness.
The Dolphins take to the field for the second day of OTAs.
"It's wonderful giving them the ability to see the guys who play their game, but of course, at the highest level (with the) the speed, the tempo," Coral Gables Senior High School Head Football Coach Roger Pollard said. "We were able to meet with Twan Russell who spoke to the team about mental toughness. These are a lot of the things we do as high school coaches, but now they're hearing it from guys at the elite level and hopefully it pays off."
The Cavaliers also had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice and meet with current players on the field, including Dolphins running backs Frank Gore and Buddy Howell who are graduates of Coral Gables. Following practice, the athletes had lunch provided by Publix.
"It's fantastic, especially for these guys being able to see Frank Gore knowing that he is from the school that they're in right now and seeing the success that he's had, being able to see his career. … Being from Coconut Grove, which a lot of our players are, it's great," Pollard said.
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