By Eric Schmidt

Under a canopy of clouds streaming out of the tropics, the Miami Dolphins launched their third annual youth football camp in Southwest Florida on Monday. Boys between the ages of 6 to 14 years of age took the field yesterday in order to get instruction from former NFL players while young girls are getting coaching from members of the Miami Dolphins cheer squad in this week long event.

The Miami Dolphins youth football camp currently being held at Estero High School is one of six events held by the Dolphins around the state, but the only one conducted on the west coast of Florida. Dolphins youth coordinator Nick Roth told that 80 football players and approximately 20 girls are attending the week long event in Southwest Florida. Participants to the five-day event see their day start at 9:00 a.m. and activities for the day wrap up around 4 in the afternoon. However, this is South Florida and tropical downpours can occur at nearly anytime. Lightning strikes caused a postponement in Monday’s on-field practices.

The Dolphins camp opened in Estero after concluding a recent event in Davie, Florida, the city which hosts the Dolphins NFL training camp at Nova Southeastern University. The club reports that over 400 youths showed up for the event which costs $250.00 per child for the week long experience and drew rave reviews on the Dolphins website.

The Dolphins event is much more than just a fundamental camp, as the Dolphins coaches at the event are stressing to children the Dol-Fit message, a message of Education, Physical Fitness and Positive Life Choices in the week-long camp. Seven former NFL players were on hand in Estero in order to spread the message to young boys on the football field.

The Dolphins are currently conducting two simultaneous youth camps, the one conducted at Estero High School along with another at Felix Varela High School in Miami. There are two remaining camps upcoming before the start of the 2012 NFL season.

The Dolphins will open a youth camp in Jupiter, Florida which runs from July 16th until the 20th. The final camp of the summer season opens at Boca Raton High School, running from July 23rd until the 27th. For any information about the remaining camps, contact the Dolphins Youth programs at (305) 943-7272 or email them at

EDIT- After posting my report when attending the Dolphins football Camp this morning, the Dolphins have announced that current members of the Dolphins roster will be attending Wednesday’s Youth Camp and will be available for pictures with the attendees of the camp.

Shortly after a one-hour photo session, current players will be heading over to the South County Regional Library in order to further their Most Valuable Reading Program at 11:30 a.m.

From the Dolphins press release-

The Miami Dolphins Foundation has joined forces with local libraries and schools in encouraging South Florida’s youth to read by developing the Most Valuable Reader Program. This year-round initiative provides incentives for children to read. Kids have the chance to read books in exchange for the opportunity to attend a Dolphins home game.

The South County Regional Library is located at-

21100 3 Oaks Parkway

Estero, FL 33928








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