Two former Miami Dolphins are here to drum up excitement.
Troy Drayton and Twan Russell are in Grand Cayman visiting local schools ahead of a Dolphins football camp taking place this summer. Currently serving as youth coordinators with the NFL franchise, Drayton and Russell are expected to appear at The Security Centre 2013 Youth Flag Football League finals this Saturday, 4 May. The Camana Bay Sports Field hosts matches from 11.15am.
Drayton, 42, was a tight end for nine seasons from 1993 to 2001, three of those years were spent with the Dolphins from 1996 to 1999. The Coral Springs, Florida resident had 243 receptions, 2,645 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in his career. The 6 foot, 3 inch, 260-pound Pennsylvania native was a college standout at Pennsylvania State University.
Russell, 39, was a linebacker for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003 and retired due to injury in 2004. The Plantation, Florida resident spent two years with Miami from 2000 to 2002. The 6 foot, 1 inch, 230-pound Fort Lauderdale native had 35 tackles in his career after starring at the University of Miami.
According to Cayman Islands Department of Tourism Public Relations Officer Ruth Myles, the players are being accompanied by Dolphins team mascot T.D. and a cheerleader. The current trip is being branded as a “Miami Dolphins promotional visit as they interact with kids in our local schools to get them excited about the Dolphins Academy, taking place in July 2013.”
According to the Miami Dolphins team web site, the club is planning a football camp on 24 and 25 July at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (popularly called the Annex). Targeting youngsters ages 6 to 14, the sessions are designed to teach American football fundamentals while fostering teamwork.
The July camp runs from 9am to noon each day and costs $12 per child. To register, call 949-0623.