Miami Dol­phins host Lib­erty City Op­ti­mist and more

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MIAMI DOL­PHINS

Davie, Fla. – The Miami Dol­phins last week hosted the Fort Laud­erdale High School, Gul­liver Prepara­tory and Lib­erty City Op­ti­mist foot­ball teams at their Or­ga­nized Team Ac­tiv­ity (OTA) prac­tices. The teams were given a tour of the Bap­tist Health Train­ing Fa­cil­ity at Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity and heard from both Miami Dol­phins Pres­i­dent & CEO Tom Garfinkel and Youth Pro­grams Am­bas­sador and Dol­phins alum Twan Rus­sell about char­ac­ter, lead­er­ship and over­com­ing ad­ver­sity.

“To see the pro­fes­sion­als to do it in prac­tice and play­ing at al­most game-like speed is so un­real,” Fort Laud­erdale High School Head Foot­ball Coach Richard Dun­bar said. “It kind of re­it­er­ates what we talk about at prac­tice.”

“It was amaz­ing. It was an out­stand­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Play­ers were en­gaged. Coaches felt like kids again watch­ing a pro­fes­sional team out there ex­e­cute,” Gul­liver Prepara­tory Head Foot­ball Coach Earl Sims said. “We all just had a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

“It was elec­tric. The kids were ex­cited and even us as coaches were very ex­cited,” Lib­erty City Op­ti­mist Head Foot­ball Coach Ge­orge Harris said. “We’re go­ing to take some of the cri­te­ria they’re us­ing and im­ple­ment it in our prac­tice also.”

The three teams also had the op­por­tu­nity to watch the Dol­phins prac­tice and meet with cur­rent play­ers on the field. Fol­low­ing prac­tice, the ath­letes had lunch pro­vided by Wendy’s.

“As a high school ath­lete, the mo­ment was sur­real,” Fort Laud­erdale High School de­fen­sive end Emanuel Vi­la­toro said. “I look up to these guys. I see them on TV ev­ery Sun­day. To see them prac­tice and go through the mo­tions and see what they do and their habits, [I will] take them back to school and im­ple­ment them in my train­ing and growth as a player.”

“When I was a child, I idol­ized Cameron Wake, and it was cool to see him up-close and per­sonal,” Gul­liver Prepara­tory de­fen­sive end D'Sean Perry said. “I picked up some of his tech­nique, some of his hand place­ment, how fast he is around the ball, and it was very cool to see that.”

The Miami Dol­phins Youth Pro­grams’ mis­sion is to trans­form the lives of youth foot­ball play­ers by in­still­ing char­ac­ter build­ing and re­in­forc­ing safety stan­dards that help to in­crease foot­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion and grow a new gen­er­a­tion of Dol­phins fans.

Miami Dol­phins De­fen­sive End Julius Warm­s­ley talks with Lib­erty City Op­ti­mist mem­bers

PHOTO COURTESY OF MIAMI DOL­PHINS

Miami Dol­phins Wide Re­ceiver Kenny Stills talks with Ft. Laud­erdale High foot­ball team mem­bers.

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