“This was an excellent first camp in the Cayman Islands. The children were very receptive to football, and I think they learned a lot in just two days,” Youth Programs Director Twan Russell said. “I look forward to returning next year and continuing football education in the Grand Cayman.”
The children were taught fundamental football skills by eight former NFL players, including Dolphins alum Troy Drayton, Sam Madison, James Brown, Lorenzo Hampton, Ed Perry, Derrick Rodgers and Oronde Gadsden. Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Donnell Bennett was also a coach at the camp.
The initiative was part of an innovative partnership with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism that began in 2012 with the goal of spreading awareness of the islands as a travel destination, while also increasing knowledge of football and physical fitness amongst the Caymanian youth.
Boys and girls, age 6-14, participated in a variety of teaching drills and lessons that emphasized the fundamentals of football.
“I think the camp went really well. The interaction between the children and coaches was excellent,” Drayton said. “I think we are starting to build a foundation here.”
The Dolphins will return to the Cayman Islands in the summer of 2014 for another youth football camp.
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps, Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps.
For information on the Miami Dolphins Youth Football Clinic, Youth Football Camps or school visits, contact the Miami Dolphins Youth and Community Programs Department at 305-943-7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pro Pest lacrosse
The Pro Pest Stone Crabs lacrosse team from Miami won the U15 age group during the Casey Powell Orange Classic in Boca Raton.
In the finals, Pro Pest never trailed in a close battle between two unbeaten teams, winning 6-5. Pro Pest was led offensively by Justin Telleria and Gabriel Telleria. Pro Pest played a very aggressive defense anchored by Oscar Ortega, Mathew Boldt and goalkeeper Matt Salas. The coaches were Alan Bellando and Derek Muzio.
Alexandra Besser, 28, of Miami Beach was 54th in the women’s division of the USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance Age Group National Championships in Milwaukee.
She completed the 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours 24 minutes and 57.11 seconds to finish 15th in her age group.
Sandra Forero, 35, of Sunny Isles Beach was 101st of 1,131 female finishers in 2:19:56.55. Miami’s Laura Rangel, 18, was 218th in 2:25:32.63. Laurie Pemberton, 40, of Miami was 325th in 2:30:12.31. Miami’s Kristell Acosta, 30, was 332nd in 2:30:21.82. Caryn Lubetsky, 42, of Miami Shores was 392nd in 2:32:25.53. Miami’s Jessica Anderson, 24, was 459th in 2:34:38.61. Stephanie Shumate, 28, of Coconut Grove was 555th in 2:38:33.55.
Joe Perez, 35, of Miami Springs was 152nd of 1,546 male finishers in 2:05:00.46. Miami’s James Dugan, 47, was 334th in 2:10:40.11. Miami’s Miguel Llodra, 26, was 349th in 2:10:56.44. Ian Jarrett, 51, of Pinecrest was 418th in 2:13:07.92. Miami’s Frank Green, 55, was 494th in 2:15:06.32. Mike Butler, 39, of Sunny Isles was 539th in 2:16:22.19. Miami Beach’s Dennis Dawson, 50, was 542nd in 2:16:25.94. Abraham Cohen, 31, of Doral was 703rd in 2:20:21.49.