Through the years, there are very few National Football League teams who have been able to do what the Miami Dolphins have done – when it comes to the youth and high school athletes in South Florida and throughout the Caribbean.
With former Dolphin standouts Twan Russell and Troy Drayton, the relationships between the high schools and youth have never been better – and whether it’s as close as Miami or as distant as Fort Myers – this organization has a pulse on what these young men and women deserve.
Last weekend, which has become a yearly event, the Dolphins once again rolled out the welcome mats for many elite high school and youth programs.
On Saturday and Sunday, some of South Florida’s best high school football players and teams gathered at Central Park in Plantation for what has become a “summer must” for all the teams from Miami-Dade, Broward and the Palm Beaches.
For Western head coach Adam Ratkevich, the chance to attend an event like this was truly something that his team had looked forward to – attending every year since he has been at the school.
Ratkevich’s Wildcats are among the best 8A teams in the region for the season ahead. They have several big time football prospects who need to get tested by some of the best.
“What we committed ourselves to doing this offseason was to play in everything that all the ‘elite’ teams are playing in,” Ratkevich said. “We come and get in work against some of the best athletes – and teams – in the country.”
Miami Palmetto head coach Mike Manasco agrees. While he doesn’t play in many 7-on-7 events,…
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