Dolphins Rookie Class participated in a Special Olympics Event

Miami Dolphins rookie class interacting with Special Olympics athletes


DAVIE .- The Miami Dolphins rookie class, along with General Manager Dennis Hickey, on Monday, June 16, 2014, coached, refereed and ran a fun fitness circuit for Special Olympics athletes at University School’s Gloria Dei field. Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey said, “I think the athletes are having as much fun as the (Special Olympics) athletes out here, and they are doing a great job with them and it’s a lot of fun.” He continued, “It’s important for us and it’s been an emphasis for the Dolphins to be giving back to our community and being involved and making an impact. Our guys have done a great job with that this offseason and we look forward to continuing that.”

Miami Dolphins rookie class, General Manager Dennis Hickey and Special Olympics athletes group shot

Miami Dolphins rookie class, GM Dennis Hickey and Special Olympics athletes. Photo: Miami Dolphins

All 31 rookies were in attendance to coach the Special Olympics athletes in a game of flag football. Dolphins first-round draft pick Ja’Wuan James spoke on his experience saying, “This was my first time working with the Special Olympics group and it was fun, and it’s great just being out here and coming out here with all the other rookies and just having a good time.” He continued, “Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces, being excited and us celebrating with them — it was pretty cool.”

Miami Dolphins General Manager Dennis Hickey interacting with Special Olympics athletes

Miami Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey interacting with Special Olympics athletes. (Photo: Miami Dolphins)

 About 45 Special Olympics athletes ranging from teens to young adults enjoyed a day filled with sunshine and football. Dolphins second-round draft pick Jarvis Landry said of his experience, “It means the world to see the character of these guys in the situation they are in and be able to show support to these athletes and give back. I think that’s the biggest thing and the biggest factor right now, and I can’t say enough about the Dolphins organization.”

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