Dolphins and Magic heat up summer

A pair of professional sports teams will add flair to the usual offering of summer camps. 

The National Football League’s Miami Dolphins and the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic will stage camps in less than two weeks on Grand Cayman. The Dolphins camp is slated to run 24-25 July at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (popularly called the Annex) while the Magic storm Camana Bay’s Arts and Recreation Centre on 22-26 July. 

The Dolphins camp will be the first of its kind in Cayman. In years past, individual players like Martellus Bennett and Michael Vick have visited and there was the short-lived NFL Quarterback Challenge that brought in former stars like Daunte Culpepper. 

Aimed at youngsters ages 6 to 14, the upcoming Dolphin sessions are designed to teach American football fundamentals while fostering teamwork. It will run from 9am to noon each day and costs $12 per child. The camp comes after a pair of former players, Troy Drayton and Twan Russell, made a promotional visit in May.  

The Magic camp is not new, as it heads into its fifth year. But the event has a history of sending a fresh, notable, former player every year. Among the stand-outs are Vince Carter, Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw. As usual, organisers are tight-lipped about who will be attending this year. 

For 2013, the camp targets kids ages 7 to 17 and costs $150. Sessions run 8.30am-12pm for ages 7-12 and 12.30pm-4pm for ages 12-17. The focus will be on fundamental basketball with drills and skills contests aimed at improving basics like shooting and passing. 

For more information on the Dolphins, call 949-0623. For more information on the Magic, ring 640-2878. 

Martellus Bennett-Cayman

Martellus Bennett visited Cayman four years ago.
Photo: Matthew Yates

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Vince Carter gave pointers on basketball for the Magic.
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