Every year on October 31, kids go from house to house dressed up as unicorns and superheros, hoping to bring home bags full of candy. Unfortunately though, some kids stay at home on Halloween or dress up in the same costume every year because they do not have the luxury of buying a new one. These kids miss out on a special opportunity to trick-or-treat and enjoy the holiday with their friends.
This year, players and cheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins came to the rescue by taking students from Bennett Elementary in Broward County and Golden Glades Elementary in Miami Dade County shopping for Halloween costumes. Students got the chance to pick out costumes while bonding with Dolphins players and cheerleaders. The event was special not only for the students but also for participating members of the Dolphins organization and Dade County Federal Credit Union, which helped sponsor the event.
Rookie running back Kalen Ballage especially appreciated the event, having experienced the same situation as a child. Dressing up as a football player for Halloween six years in a row when he was a kid, Ballage was glad to be in a position to give back to his community through the event and help students get into the Halloween spirit. “Being that same kid and looking up to people that were doing what we are doing now, playing in the NFL, I think it’s great to just have us around the kids and be great role models to them,” he stated. Although Dolphins players and cheerleaders did not dress up, they served as real-life superheros to these South Florida students this Halloween.