MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins yesterday hosted the True North Classical Academy and Boca Braves and Deerfield Packer Rattlers of Gold Coast Pop Warner at their training camp practice. The teams were given a tour of the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University and received a character talk from Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman, President & CEO Tom Garfinkel.
The teams also had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice and meet with current players on the field. Following practice, the Braves and Packer Rattlers scrimmaged on the Dolphins' field with an athletic trainer provided by the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute's Youth Athletic Outreach Program.
"We're a young football team and we had a chance to watch the guys who know how to practice, the tempo of practice, watching them get to drill to drill. That's one of the things for us is to learn how to practice well and watching how fast and efficient they do that," True North Classical Academy Head Football Coach Greg Laffere said. "It adds a lot of excitement to the start of our season to come here. I don't know of any other place that does this and I think it's great outreach for the community."
"You get to see what it is the pros do at your positon and you get to see different techniques and how it looks," True North Classical Academy freshman wide receiver Jon Jon Delgado said. "Seeing how they cover and different guys react to different things, it's nice to soak in."
"They're just excited to see pros and hopefully get close to them and touch them and maybe get a signature. They want to see what this atmosphere is and what football life is about," Deerfield Packer Rattler President Tyrone Philpart said. "Having an athletic training for the scrimmage is very important for the safety of our kids, and it shows that the community is there supporting our kids as much as the parents in this organization. We're excited about them and we appreciate Baptist Health for that."
"The thing that I'm hoping for the kids take away is the memory, with them being 10 and 11, and holding onto this memory to be able to tell their kids how they had an opportunity to come watch the Dolphins play at a practice facility and having an opportunity to touch a professional football field," Boca Braves Head Coach Mark Sainmervil said.
As part of the Miami Dolphins' commitment to the development of high school and youth football, the organization will host high school teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties at the team's training camp 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.
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. High school and youth teams visiting training camp practice are bringing canned goods that will be donated to Feeding South Florida to help in the efforts to end hunger and writing thank you letters to those that have inspired them. These activities connect to the Miami Dolphins' 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.