By Beverly Perkins
As the school year came to an end, the Hallandale High School football team had the amazing opportunity to learn from the pros. The Miami Dolphins hosted the Chargers at their Organized Team Activity (OTA) practice at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.
After touring the facility, Twan Russell, Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Ambassador and Dolphins alum, spoke about the importance of teamwork and brotherhood. The team also had the opportunity to watch the Dolphins practice and meet with current players on the field. Following practice, the Hallandale athletes had lunch provided by Papa John’s.
“I think it was a great experience. We had an opportunity to get our kids out here to show them how the pros do it. The visit gave my players motivation leading into the off-season workouts. My players walked away with a true insight on what it takes to play on a professional level,” said Hallandale High School Head Football Coach Herman Lovett. “At the end of the day, I thank the Dolphins organization for blessing us to have this opportunity.”
“I got to meet a lot of the players and they showed me different things, and I’m going to reflect that on my playing style,” Hallandale High School linebacker/strong safety Michael Nesmith said. “I was talking to Kenny Stills, and he said that all it takes is grinding and dedication and never giving up as well.”
Hard work, dedication, hustle and effort paid off as the Chargers finished strong in the 2016 season, 5-5. This truly reflects their quote, “We Grind, We Shine”.
“We finished the spring further than most would have expected to see the program at this point. With us finishing the spring in the fashion we did gave us as a unit a smooth transition into the off-season getting prepared for the season,” added Lovett. “The players believe in themselves and trust the coaches to better them as individuals on and off the field. These young men have developed a ‘REFUSE TO LOSE’ mentality. If we continue to focus on getting better every day we will be very successful during the upcoming season.”
The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to transform the lives of youth football players by instilling character building and reinforcing safety standards that help to increase football participation and grow a new generation of Dolphins fans.