Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303
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The Miami Dolphins Junior Dolphins program will announce its impact on youth football supporting every high school football program and its athletes in South Florida in the last five years.
In an effort to transform lives and grow participation of boys and girls football teams, the Dolphins have supported all 142 varsity high school football programs in Broward, Miami Dade, and Palm Beach County schools through team visits, equipment donations, character building, or game day experiences.
“Five years ago, we set an ambitious goal to support youth football in South Florida by engaging with every high school football program in the tri-county area,” Miami Dolphins Vice Chairman, President and CEO Tom Garfinkle said. “As a professional football team, we have a responsibility to the student -Athletes of our community and sought to create engaging opportunities that would provide proper nutrition, equipment and learning experiences. After the challenges faced by our community in the past year and a half, we are proud to announce that we have maintained pace and accomplished this goal.”
In celebration, the junior Dolphins program invited athletic directors from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach county schools along with the Miami Norland Senior High School varsity tackle and girls flag football teams to attend the Dolphins training Camp practice today at Baptist Heath Training Complex. Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President, Jason Jenkins and Miami Dolphins alumni Nat Moore presented the athletic directors of each county with a Jersey to commemorate the initiative.
Miami Dolphins Junior Dolphins 5-year total Impact:
- The Junior Dolphins program hosted 65 high school football teams visits to Dolphins training camps.
- The Junior Dolphins program hosted game day experiences for 20 high school football teams.
- The Junior Dolphins program donated more than $500K in athletic equipment to high school teams.
- The Junior dolphins program through the support of Baptist Heath provided $260K towards equipment, health and wellness clinics.
- The Junior Dolphins program supported more than 30 girls flag football programs in South Florida
The Junior Dolphins program encourages youth players and coaches to teach, learn and play football in a fun and safe environment. As stewards of the game, Junior Dolphins strive to grow participation in the game, impact the football community, and build the next generation of Dolphins fans. Through strong community partnership and strategic resource distribution, all aspects of the Junior Dolphins program work to emphasize character building to increase overall experience in youth football.
I had the privilege to speak to Miami Gardens councilman Robert Stephens, III. I asked him about the impact this kind of program can have for a community. “The impacts are huge. We see people coming together as a community, Keeping these youths off the street and providing them with guidance.” Stephens replied.
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