Miami Dolphins swim back for second stint at Annex

The Miami Dolphins are back in the Cayman Islands to help grow youth flag football.

The second annual Miami Dolphins camp takes place on July 22-23 at the T.E. McField Sports Center (commonly called the Annex). A result of the partnership between the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and the NFL’s Dolphins, the camp will run 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day. Former Miami pros, such as Sam Madison, Oronde Gadsden and Troy Drayton, will be back on island to lead the sessions.

Former player and Dolphins Senior Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell said a priority this year will be fitness.

“Last year’s camp was a great success and we experienced first-hand the excitement that the local children had for the game of football,” Russell said. “We’re thrilled to be invited back to continue making an impact through teaching physical fitness and teamwork.”

Russell will lead the two-day camp, which is aimed at boys and girls ages 6-14. It focuses on football training, team building and the importance of education. The goal is for kids to develop the skills that will help them succeed on and off the field.

The Department of Tourism began working with the Dolphins in 2012 with the goal of spreading awareness of the islands as a travel destination, while also increasing Cayman’s knowledge of football and improving physical fitness among Cayman’s youth. Government officials, including Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell, say it is a welcome endeavor.

“We look forward to once again welcoming families from the South Florida region to enjoy this wonderful sporting event and share their passion for football and fitness with our local children,” Kirkconnell said.

The Dolphins are making their third official visit to Cayman. In May 2013, representatives conducted a three-day tour, which impacted more than 1,400 children from 15 schools through a series of pep rallies that stressed the importance of physical education. Last year’s summer camp included more than 140 participants.

To help build a buzz for the event within the United States, the Department of Tourism created travel packages for American families that wanted to take part. The packages covered airfare, three nights of hotel accommodations, breakfast, camp fees and ground transportation.

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