Dolphins rookies participate in Rebuilding Together Broward event at AMIkids

The entire Miami Dolphins rookie class took the time to make their presence felt in the community once again on Thursday as they participated in a Rebuilding Together Broward event at AMIkids of Greater Fort Lauderdale.

AMIkids is a non-profit high school for at-risk teens, dedicated to helping young men and women develop into responsible and productive citizens. Their mission is to protect public safety and positively impact as many youth as possible through the efforts of a diverse and innovative staff.

AMIkids gives troubled youth the requisite support to become great people. In the past year they’ve served 5,000 families across their 44 programs throughout the country. Students at AMIkids gain typically gain one grade level, and 73 percent of their children do not re-offend within the same year.

The AMIkids’ facility in Fort Lauderdale was in need of a facelift and Broward executive director of Rebuilding Together Robin Martin was more than happy to put to additional manpower to work.

The Dolphins’ rookies were tasked with sprucing up the outside area, which encompassed giving the students a renovated area to have lunch and play basketball. Martin was grateful to have them on hand for the AMIkids campus makeover for the third consecutive year.

“When the Dolphins come out, it’s amazing because we get so many strong guys to do a lot of work,” Rebuilding Together Broward Executive Director Robin Martin said. “But it also impacts everyone on multiple levels: the kids get to see the athletes are serving and giving back to the community as well as providing a tangible good.

“To see this many guys come out and knock out a project, it impacts all of us. As well as these young teens that really are at a crossroads in their life to get their life back on track. There’s so many role models out here today, it’s a long-lasting impact.”

Brandon Howard joined the Sports Talk Florida team to cover the Miami Dolphins in April 2017 and will work diligently to provide daily Dolphins content and give accurate analysis of the roster, coaching and front office. Last season, Howard was the curator of content for Miami Dolphins Wire/ USA Today while aggregating high school sports results in Broward and Palm Beach counties for the Sun Sentinel. Prior to moving to South Florida Howard developed NFL content for Pro Player Insiders while covering the Cleveland Browns from 2014-2015. Howard, a Columbus, Ohio native graduated from West Virginia in 2004 in Athletic Coaching and Education. He also was a scholarship track and field athlete and walk-on football player. Howard was the 2003 Big East Long and IC4A long jump Champion and was a provisional national qualifier in the event. He also maintained his status as a member of the Athletic Director Academic Honor Roll during his time as a Mountaineer.