June 30, 2016
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Miami Dolphins Unveil New Experiences for “Back to Football Powered by South Florida Ford” Training Camp; Will Feature New Shade Canopy, Kids Autograph Area for Fans
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins unveiled several exciting changes to improve the fan experience as part of “Back to Football powered by South Florida Ford” at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University. The team will hold its first practice on Friday, July 29th at 9 a.m. This year’s training camp will feature a brand new canopy over the seated area, providing fans with shade and a more comfortable experience than ever before. A new area reserved for children 12 years old and younger will provide them with special access to get autographs from Dolphins players post practice. In addition, weekend practices will feature food trucks, inflatables and fun-filled games for fans and families.
Tickets for these 12 open practices are free, but limited to 2,000 per day. Fans can reserve tickets by registering at Dolphins.com/TrainingCamp.
Free parking is available at the Nova Southeastern University LRITC garage, located near the intersection of University Drive and S.W. 30th Street, between Griffin Road and I-595. Access to this garage is off University Drive and S.W. 30th Street.
Practice times are subject to change, and the most updated information can be obtained by calling the Dolphins practice hotline at (954) 452-7004 or by visiting Dolphins.com/TrainingCamp. This is the 24th year the Dolphins have hosted training camp at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
Miami Dolphins 2016 Public Training Camp Schedule (All open practices will take place at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.)
9 a.m. Friday, July 29
8:35 a.m. Saturday, July 30
8:35 a.m. Sunday, July 31
8:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1
6:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2**
9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4
8:35 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5
6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6**
9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8
8:35 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9
8:35 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10
9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 14**
8:35 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15
8:35 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16
8:35 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17
**The practices above are for Dolphins Season Ticket Members only. Please do not publish or post. For planning purposes only**
June 29, 2016
Total Raised by Dolphins Cancer Challenge Hits $16M+ for Cancer Research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
DCC VI raised more than $5M
Miami, FL – The Miami Dolphins announced the Dolphins Cancer Challenge VI (DCC VI) raised $5,064,381 for innovative cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, bringing the event’s six-year total to more than $16M.
“Cancer impacts us all and we at the Miami Dolphins are committed to fighting this disease at every turn,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO and DCC Chair Tom Garfinkel said. “With the expansion of this year’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge to include two new Fall Family Fests, a concert and golf tournament, we were able to give Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center our biggest donation yet in our fight against cancer.”
Started in 2010 by the Miami Dolphins as the signature initiative of the Miami Dolphins Foundation’s health pillar, the DCC is dedicated to improving people’s lives through the financial support of innovative cancer research at Sylvester.
“We are so grateful to the Dolphins organization and to every rider, walker, runner and fundraiser for continuing to support groundbreaking cancer research at Sylvester,” Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., said. “On behalf of our team of more than 250 cancer specialists and researchers at Sylvester – and our cancer patients and their families – thank you! It is a truly remarkable achievement as every dollar raised has a tangible impact on cancer research and advancing precision cancer care at Sylvester.”
DCC funds are used to support truly innovative research, helping recruit and retain some of the world’s best minds in cancer research and care and investing in cutting-edge technologies to bring the latest in discoveries for detection, diagnosis and treatment to cancer patients in South Florida and beyond. In just six years, more than $16 million dollars has gone to fund research that leads to more effective targeted therapies for each patient’s cancer, including:
- Precision medicine – discovering, developing and delivering the next generation of precision cancer medicine.
- Immunotherapies – investing in the fast-growing field of cancer immunotherapies that boost the patient’s own immune system to attack and eradicate cancer cells.
- Clinical trials – offering the latest clinical cancer trials to patients, allowing them to receive some of the most promising new therapies targeting the drivers of their particular cancers.
- Radiation oncology research – developing new ways to more precisely deliver radiation therapy in a variety of cancers, concentrating the dosage on cancer cells and leaving healthy tissue unaffected.
- Cancer diagnostics – investing in the newest technologies and best talent to better understand each individual’s cancer and its genetic drivers.
About Dolphins Cancer Challenge
The Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) was founded in 2010 by the Miami Dolphins organization as the signature initiative of the Foundation’s health pillar. In part inspired by Dolphins alumnus and long-time radio voice Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich’s courageous battle with cancer, the DCC’s mission is to improve people’s lives through financial support for innovative cancer research at South Florida’s only academic-based cancer center – Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. Since its inception, the DCC has raised more than $16 million, donating 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester. For additional information, call (305) 943-6799 or visit www. DolphinsCancerChallenge.com. DCC can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/RideDCC and on Twitter at @TackleCancer.
June 26, 2016
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Dolphins Academy Hosted More Than 1,300 Youth and High School Students as Part of 7on7 Tournament
Three-day event featured on-field action and a symposium led by Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)
Miami, FL – Miami Dolphins Youth Programs hosted more than 1,300 student-athletes as part of the 9th annual Dolphins Academy Youth and High School 7on7 Tournament. The event began on Friday, June 24 with a symposium at the Don Taft University Center Arena at Nova Southeastern University with breakout sessions led by the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sport to advance race relations and drive social progress (RISEtoWIN.org). Athletes heard from RISE speaker Derek Greenfield and participated in special individual and group activities designed to increase team building and communication skills.
“Friday’s symposium set the tone for the weekend by emphasizing the importance of respect, understanding of differences and teamwork. The level of engagement demonstrated by the athletes during the activities was exciting to see and continued throughout the tournament.” RISE Executive Director Ndidi Massay said.
The high school football tournament commenced on Saturday, June 25 at Plantation Park. The tournament consisted of round robin play and then moved into a single elimination format. The high school teams competed in the championship round on Sunday, June 26. Carol City won the tournament 35-31 against Miami Northwestern.
28 teams also competed in the youth tournament, which consisted of three age groups (10U, 12U and 14U). Miramar won both the 10U and 12U competitions, with DKC taking first place in the 14U category. Additionally, all participants had the opportunity to take part in RISE’s “It Takes All Colors” photo booth throughout the event.
“Our mission is to be the stewards of the game of football in South Florida and we were excited to host athletes and coaches at our symposium and tournament,” Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Community Affairs Twan Russell said. “We were able to engage students not only on the field, but had the opportunity to develop their character beyond sports which is equally important.”
2016 Dolphins Academy 7on7 Tournament Winners
1st Place High School: Miami Carol City Senior High School
2nd Place High School: Miami Northwestern Senior High School
1st Place 10U Youth: Miramar
1st Place 12U Youth: Miramar
1st Place 14U Youth: DKC (Ft. Lauderdale)
June 20, 2016
Miami Dolphins Rookies Participate in “Health in the Hood” Project
Miami – Members of the Miami Dolphins Rookie Class along with AARP Foundation Special Teams Community Service Academy assisted in beautifying a Liberty City garden. Activities included weeding, bed clearing, soil replenishment and planting.
“It’s my first time actually planting, picking up all that types of stuff,” Miami Dolphins first-round pick Laremy Tunsil said. “It’s a good thing to come out here and help these kids because these kids go through a lot. To see some football players come out here and engage with them, it’s pretty good. I like to see kids having a smile on their face.”
Health in the Hood urban gardens are located in three of Miami’s most disadvantaged, food desert communities. The neighborhoods have little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, health education or organized exercise programs. The vegetables grown are given away to families who need them the most. The gardens also serve as a living classroom for kids to connect to their food choices through nutrition and fitness workshops.
“I have this amazing group of guys out here working their tails off, helping us replenish the gardens, adding soil, planting peppers, collard greens and lettuce. It means everything. We’ve got tons of kids out here that couldn’t be more excited to have this great group of kids out there with us,” Health in the Hood Executive Director Asha Loring said. “They say about gardens: your mind is free and your hands are busy. It’s a really good opportunity for people to get in touch with their community, really give back. It’s an easy, fun project.”
June 16, 2016
Miami Dolphins Waive 2 Players
Miami –The Miami Dolphins today announced they have waived quarterback Logan Thomas and defensive tackle Charles Tuaau.
Thomas spent the 2015 season with the Dolphins, splitting time between the practice squad and the active roster. He was signed to Miami’s 53-man roster on Dec. 16, 2015 and was inactive for the final three contests of the season. Thomas was awarded to the Dolphins off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 6, 2015. He was a fourth-round selection (120th overall) by Arizona in the 2014 NFL draft and played in two regular-season contests and one playoff game for the Cardinals that season.
Tuaau joined the Dolphins as a reserve/future free agent on Jan. 14, 2016. He spent the 2015 training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs and entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Chiefs on May 15, 2015. Tuaau played collegiately at Texas A&M-Commerce.
June 16, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS SIGN DRAKE
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed running back Kenyan Drake, a third-round selection (73rd overall) in the 2016 NFL draft. With the signing of Drake, the Dolphins have now signed all eight of their draft choices.
Drake was a four-year letterman (2012-15) at Alabama, where he played in 42 career games with six starts. Throughout his career, Drake totaled 233 carries for 1,495 yards (6.4 avg.) and 18 touchdowns and added 46 receptions for 570 yards (12.4 avg.) and four touchdowns. He also returned 19 kickoffs for 505 yards (26.6 avg.) and one touchdown. Drake won two national championships for Alabama (2013 and 2016) and provided a memorable highlight with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Alabama’s 45-40 College Football Playoff National Championship victory over Clemson on Jan. 11, 2016.