Glades Central defended their championship in thrilling fashion, defeating Booker T. Washington 41-40 at the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 Tournament Presented by Under Armour Saturday evening at Plantation Park.
By virtue of their victory, the Raiders will represent the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League’s 2010 7-on-7 Tournament in Tampa this July, an event they won in 2009 in Minnesota. Well over 40 high schools participated in the tournament which featured action from the top teams from Miami-Dade, Broward County, Palm Beach, Charlotte County, Lee County and Collier County.
“This weekend was exciting because we were able to pass along a lot of valuable knowledge,” said Twan Russell, Director of Youth Programs. “The kids had a great time. We played over 240 games and to have a program to this magnitude that impact students in such a positive way is unbelievable.”
In all, more than 750 high school football players in South Florida took part in the weekend’s activities which began on Friday with the NFL High School Player Development Program Presented by the National Guard. The program, which is partially funded by the NFL Youth Football Fund, was free for students and provided participants with a curriculum that focused on inspiring excellence in the classroom, community, and on the playing field.
The event on Friday featured guest speakers from the Miami Dolphins, including CEO Mike Dee, General Manager Jeff Ireland, Team Security Investigator Stuart Weinstein, offensive lineman Nate Garner and a host of other speakers. Students also took part in a Centers for Disease Control session about player safety, including concussion treatment and management.
High schools that also participated in this weekend’s activities were North Miami Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, Fort Lauderdale Dillard, Hialeah American High School, Hialeah Barbara Goleman, Pompano Beach Blanche Ely, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna, Deerfield Beach, Ives Estates Dr. Krop, Estero, Miami Ferguson, Flanagan, Fort Lauderdale, Miami G. Holmes Braddock, Miami Gulliver Prep, Hallandale, Hialeah Gardens, Hollywood Hills, Greenacres John Leonard, Jupiter Christian, Lehigh, Hialeah Mater Academy, Miami Edison, Miami Jackson, Miami Norland, Miami Palmetto, Miramar, North Miami, Oakland Park Northeast, Davie Nova, Palm Beach Gardens, Pompano Beach, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy, Fort Lauderdale Stranahan, Village Academy, West Boca, Davie Western, Westland Hialeah, Pembroke Pines Flanagan and Miami Carol City.