The Miami Dolphins Give Back

Official Reporter Miami Dolphins

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

One of the best parts of doing what I do is to be able to attend events that can make a difference in a young person’s life.  Today the Miami Dolphins hosted their 6th annual High School Media Day.

It’s a day that saw over 100 local high school students from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.  It gives the high school players and coaches the opportunity to speak to local and national media.

In speaking to Shawn Cerra, the Director of Athletics and Student Activities for Broward County Schools, the Miami Dolphins are able to give the players an excellent opportunity that allows the players to improve their communication skills.  This experience will definitely help at the next level of their career, be it on or off the field.

Many of these kids haven’t had the chance to speak to the media, Cerra said. At High School Media Day, they are given a chance to do just that; experience what it’s like to speak in front of the media and develop those skills.  The more chances that they have to speak in front of people, and more specifically the media is important.

This will give them some real-life experiences.  Eventually, most of these athletes will have to speak to the media and will find themselves having to talk to crowds of people.   This program jump-starts that learning process. Cerra said that it also gives coaches an opportunities to speak about their players and their respective programs.
During the past few weeks, The Miami Dolphins Junior Football Program has hosted several area schools at Dolphins Baptist Health Training Facility located at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.  Players got to watch the Dolphins practice, tour the facility, and meet several players.
According to Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications Affairs Jason Jenkins, this a great opportunity to let these kids experience what it’s like and what it takes to succeed to this level.  “They didn’t have these types of programs years ago.” Jenkins said. “What these kids can take away in one day can last a lifetime.  10 yrs from now they……will look back and remember how much it meant to them to shake the hand of their favorite player.”
The Miami Dolphins are very much committed to youth football and youth football programs.
If you are interested in having your High School or youth group become apart of the Miami Dolphins community, you may contact Jason Jenkins at


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