Miami Dolphins to host Holiday Toy Event Presented by Petland


Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University   Davie, FL

December 18, 2018

Senior Photographer: Charles Rush

Senior Writer:  Kamilah McLeod


Miami Dolphins to Host Holiday Toy Event Presented by Petland

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Senior Writer: Kamilah McLeod


On Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 in Davie, Florida at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. The Miami Dolphins transformed their practice facility into a winter wonderland. The Petland Florida Owner Luis Marquez said “It was a privilege and pleasure to team up with our Miami Dolphins to make the holidays a little brighter for children and families in our community, like the Dolphins, Miami is our home. We care very much about our neighbors, but especially about the kids who wait all year for the holidays to arrive.” Several Miami Dolphins players, coaches, cheerleaders, T.D. and the Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization will hosted their annual holiday toy event to distribute toys to 150 elementary school students from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County. In addition to receiving toys, all purchased by the players, coaching staff and Petland, the students will have the opportunity to play games and create teddy bears, decorate cookies, take photos with the Dolphins team and Santa Clause as well as petting puppies provided by Petland.

Miami Dolphin Kalen Ballage, said. “It’s my favorite part of the year every year. We try to get out there and reach the kids and have them look up to us as role models. Seeing the kids’ eyes get all big when we pulled the presents out the back seeing them get whatever it is they asked for, I think that was the most important thing.” More than 1,000 kids have participated over the years, and this year preselected students from Bel-Air, Pinewood, Rolling Green, Sunshine and Scott Lake Elementary Schools were selected. Student Reese Manning is overjoyed to have this pre-Christmas treat. “It’s very cool because I like the Miami Dolphins, and I’ve always wanted to meet the cheerleaders, because I’m a cheerleader,” she said. “It’s a very cool experience.”  

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