The Miami Dolphins catered to pigskin lovers in the Cayman Islands.
The Dolphins staged an American football camp in George Town last week at the T.E. McField Sports Centre (popularly called the Annex). Some 150 kids turned out for the two-day event, the first of its kind in Cayman.
Leading the contingent was Twan Russell, who is director of the Dolphins youth and community outreach programme. The former Miami linebacker said it was a wonderful experience being in Cayman.
“It was amazing, the people are beautiful and amazing,” Russell said. “It was amazing that we were given the opportunity to see this place. I’ve been to a lot of other places and, honestly, I don’t recall if I have been anywhere nicer. Everything went great and it was a good opportunity to reach the kids and show them a different sport.”
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism partnered with the National Football League franchise for the camp with the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association, the country’s governing body for flag football, endorsing the event. Aimed at youngsters ages 6 to 14, the sessions taught American football fundamentals like passing, catching and defending.
Russell, 39, played for seven seasons from 1997 to 2003 and was among several former greats at the camp. The coaching staff featured Troy Drayton, Sam Madison, Oronde Gadsden, Ed Perry, Derrick Rodgers, Lorenzo Hampton, Donnell Bennett and James Brown. Team mascot T.D. was also present.
Drayton, 42, made a promotional visit in May along with Russell and said the turnout was better than expected.
“Everything was amazing, I was pleased to see the kids out with their families and parents,” Drayton said. “For a first-time-ever camp to have over 125 kids is incredible and makes for an amazing trip. It shows how deep Miami roots are here in Cayman.”