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Miami Dolphins Waive Orr   Download PDF version

November 30, 2016

Miami Dolphins Waive Orr

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have waived defensive tackle Leon Orr.

Orr played in five games this season for the Dolphins and registered one solo tackle. He was signed to the Dolphins’ practice squad on Sept. 20, 2016 and promoted to the active roster on Oct. 12, 2016. Orr spent the 2015 campaign with the Oakland Raiders, where he spent the majority of the season on the practice squad but played in three games and made two tackles (one solo). He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent with the Raiders on May 8, 2015.

Dolphins Cancer Challenge Finish Line Celebration to Include Concert with Multiplatinum Musicians Counting Crows   Download PDF version

November 29, 2016

Dolphins Cancer Challenge Finish Line Celebration to Include Concert with Multiplatinum Musicians Counting Crows

Miami – Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC) today announced multiplatinum musicians Counting Crows will headline the DCC VII Finish Line Celebration on February 11, 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium. General admission tickets are on sale now at DolphinsCancerChallenge.com for $32. Proceeds from the Concert Celebration on the Hard Rock Stage will be part of the gift given to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami. Since its inception, the DCC has raised more than $16.5 million, donating 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester.

“Cancer touches everyone and we’re excited to join the Dolphins in their fight to tackle cancer,” Counting Crows lead vocalist Adam Duritz said. “We will be there rocking Hard Rock Stadium for all those who ride, run, walk, volunteer and fundraise for cancer research.”

“We are excited to add the Counting Crows concert to the event festivities at the Dolphins Cancer Challenge on February 11,” Miami Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “One hundred percent of the fundraising goes to fight cancer.  You don’t have to have cancer to fight cancer.”

DCC VII weekend will commence with the Kickoff Party on Friday, Feb. 10, followed by the DCC signature event on Saturday Feb. 11 that will include five bike routes through South Florida, a run/walk 5K, a Concert Celebration on the Hard Rock Stage as well as the addition of a Dolphins Youth Ride and a Youth 5K for kids ages 14-17 – extending the opportunity for cancer fighters to be of all ages and all capabilities. All routes for DCC VII lead to Hard Rock Stadium.

More information on all of the activities associated with the DCC can be found at DolphinsCancerChallenge.com.

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. 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 $16.5 million, donating 100 percent of participant-raised funds to Sylvester. For additional information, please visit DolphinsCancerChallenge.com.

About Counting Crows

Adam Duritz (vocals), Jim Bogios (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Millard Powers (bass) and Dan Vickrey (guitar) – have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multiplatinum breakout album August and Everything After in 1993. The band released its seventh studio album Somewhere Under Wonderland in September 2014. Known for creating unique and innovative concerts, the band is consistently ranked as one of the top live bands performing today.

Miami Dolphins in the Community: Dolphins Blitz at Lakeside Elementary   Download PDF version

November 29, 2016

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Miami Dolphins in the Community: Dolphins Blitz at Lakeside Elementary

Pembroke Park, Fla. — The Dolphins on Tuesday, Nov. 29 hosted a Dolphins Blitz at Lakeside Elementary.

“Even if it’s just 60 minutes a day, just getting out there doing physical activity, that’s what keeps you healthy and keeps kids bright and active. We’re trying to encourage that,” Miami Dolphins S Michael Thomas said. “Every time I get a chance to give back I always do it.”

Thomas, along with Dolphins WR Kenny Stills and OL Sam Young, alumni Lousaka Polite, Troy Drayton and Twan Russell and cheerleader Kristan hosted students in a Gatorade Junior Training Camp as they participated in several fitness orientated stations and learn the benefits of hydration and staying physically active.

“We are having a great time. The boys and girls are so inundated with standards and math, reading and science. Just to come out, relax and have their brain working in another way is amazing. They’re having a blast,” Lakeside Elementary Principal Cathy May said. “The Dolphins being here has been amazing for our community. The kids are going to go home and talk about this for a very long time.”

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness, and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics, and Youth Football Camps. The goal of the event is to promote Youth Football in the south Florida community.

Miami Dolphins Continue Longstanding Tradition by Impacting More Than 10,000 People and Partner with Hyundai To Distribute Thanksgiving Meals   Download PDF version

November 23, 2016

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Miami Dolphins Continue Longstanding Tradition by Impacting More Than 10,000 People and Partner with Hyundai To Distribute Thanksgiving Meals

Davie, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins this holiday season are continuing their long tradition by assisting those in need with funds for Thanksgiving meals throughout South Florida. In all, more than 10,000 people benefited from this year’s Thanksgiving meals distribution from Homestead through Miami Gardens and in Davie.

“This is a great event that we’ve been doing for a number of years here in South Florida. It starts with the leadership of our owner Stephen Ross, who gives us every resource to be successful on the field and encourages us to give back to the community,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum said.

In the lead up to the holiday, Dolphins alumni, cheerleaders and staff made visits throughout Miami-Dade County to schools and community centers in Miami Gardens, Hialeah, West Miami, Little Havana and Liberty City.

“On behalf of the thousands of Miami-Dade residents impacted by their Thanksgiving distribution efforts, I thank Steve Ross and the Dolphins for all they do,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “From delivering Super Bowls to delivering turkeys, the Dolphins are great community partners that know how to win both on and off the field.”

This afternoon, Dolphins players, Miami Dolphins Women’s Organization members and mascot TD partnered with Hyundai, Publix Super Markets and Feeding South Florida to distribute 500 Thanksgiving meals to local families in South Florida. The meals were purchased by the players, the coaching staff and Hyundai.

“We wanted to do our part to make Thanksgiving a little better for families in need in South Florida,” Hyundai Motor America Experiential Marketing Senior Group Manager Trea Reedy said. “The Dolphins are very active in supporting their community and we were delighted to join them in distributing Thanksgiving meals.”

The families were pre-selected by Feeding South Florida from 50 nonprofit partner agencies. Each meal, which feeds 7-8 family members, includes a turkey, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy, stuffing, marshmallow delight and cranberry-orange relish.

Miami Dolphins Announce Week 12 Youth Programs Awards With Partner Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)   Download PDF version

November 23, 2016

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Miami Dolphins Announce Week 12 Youth Programs Awards With Partner Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)

Miami – The Miami Dolphins and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) recognize the Week 12 youth football players, coach and parent who have demonstrated their commitment to being leaders on and off the field:

  • High School Player of the Week: Yasir Abdullah from Miami Carol City Senior High School. Abdullah dominated the opposition, recording eight total tackles and five sacks in the Chiefs’ second-round playoff victory against Miami Northwestern Senior High School.
  • High School Coach of the Week: Dameon Jones from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School. This is Jones’ first season coaching the Lions, but they are playing very well and defeated number one ranked Oxbridge Academy 30-13 this past weekend.
  • Youth Player of the Week: Matthew O’Dowd from the Lauderhill Broncos Varsity of the Gold Coast Pop Warner football league. O’Dowd not only excels on the football field, but also in the classroom. His name has been submitted for Pop Warner National Academic All-American status, which recognizes scholar-athletes who maintain a 96 percent or better grade point average. Currently, O’Dowd has earned a 98 percent GPA.
  • Team Mom of the Week: Shaketta Simmonds from the Kendall Kolts 9U of the Miami Xtreme football league. Simmonds takes being a team mom to the next level. She arranges a hydration schedule for the team and also prepares home-cooked meals for the players and families every home game. Additionally, Simmonds prays with players and families, makes sure players have transportation to and from practices and games and even arranged a breast cancer awareness dinner for the Kolts family. She also encourages the kids to read and has them submit book reports every week. Simmonds has taught her players the true meaning of responsibility and respect, and the Kendall Kolts are so grateful that she is their team mom.

Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque on the field during the Nov. 27 Dolphins home game at Hard Rock Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers, and receive acknowledgement of their accomplishment in the game program and through the Dolphins’ and RISE’s social media platforms. They also will receive a pair of tickets to a Miami Dolphins home game and a Dolphins/RISE T-shirt.

As a newly added component of the program and part of the Dolphins/RISE partnership, winners will be empowered to make a difference by participating in a RISE training program where they will learn how to use the unifying power of sport to promote the importance and benefits of unity, equality and inclusiveness as well as address racial tensions their teams, schools and communities might experience.

Awardees also will be encouraged to take a pledge, committing to stand up to racial inequality and share how they plan to affect change by creating a “How I RISE” video message, which will be posted on RISEtoWIN.org.

About Miami Dolphins Youth Programs

The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders in staying physically active through our Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps. The goal is to promote Youth Football in the South Florida community.

About the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)

Founded in 2015 by Stephen M. Ross, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to advance race relations and drive social progress. Supported by an unprecedented alliance of sports leagues, organizations, educators, media networks, sports professionals and athletes, RISE uses sports as a vehicle to promote understanding, respect and equality. Through public awareness campaigns and educational programming, RISE aims to spark enduring action. To learn more, visit RISEtoWIN.org.

Miami Dolphins Honor Liliam López Through The NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards   Download PDF version

November 22, 2016

Miami Dolphins Honor Liliam López Through The NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards

Miami – The Miami Dolphins have selected South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Liliam López as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered for the sixth annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards during the 2016 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Dolphins will honor Lopez on Nov. 27 during the home game at Hard Rock Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.

López is a co-founder of the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) and the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation serving as President & CEO of both organizations. Through her leadership, the SFLHCC has become one of the most important and influential chambers in the U.S. with over 1,250 members. She plans, coordinates and implements more than 20 chamber events annually for membership. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree with a major in Political Science from St. Thomas University. López currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Aging, the Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center, the Small/Micro and Minority/Women Business Owned Business Enterprise Advisory Committee of Miami Dade County Public Schools, the Advisory Council of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and on the President’s Council for Florida International University (FIU). She served on the Entrepreneurial Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Regional Economic Information Network (REIN), as the only Hispanic woman on that board for the period 2008-2010, among many other boards she has served on throughout her career.

Each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation. López has chosen South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation to receive this donation.

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is an award-winning nonprofit which inspires, identifies, prepares and connects Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  For more information on the year-round, high-impact programs and work of HHF, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, visit www.hispanicheritage.org.

Miami Dolphins Awarded Harris   Download PDF version

November 21, 2016

Miami Dolphins Awarded Harris

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have been awarded tackle Bryce Harris off waivers from Jacksonville.

Harris joins the Dolphins after a stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he spent six weeks on the active roster this season but did not appear in a game. Harris has played in 35 games with four starts over four seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2012-14) and the Atlanta Falcons (2015). He played in 34 games, including 32 straight in 2013-14, for the Saints and made four starts. Harris originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent on April 30, 2012 with the Falcons.

Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown Acq.
Bryce Harris T 6-6 300 1/16/89 5 Fresno State ’12 Tulare, Calif. Wai., ’16 (Jac.)
Statements on Jones Suspension   Download PDF version

NFL SPOKESPERSON STATEMENT
Jason Jones of the Miami Dolphins has been suspended without pay for the team’s next two games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

Jones’ suspension begins immediately. He will be eligible to return to the Dolphins’ active roster on Monday, Dec. 5 following the team’s Dec. 4 game against the Baltimore Ravens.

MIAMI DOLPHINS STATEMENT
“Jason notified the team of this situation when it occurred and has been in regular contact with the NFL, team officials and his coaches throughout the process. We were disappointed when we were made aware. Jason recognized and apologized for his lapse in judgment and has fulfilled his legal obligations.”

JASON JONES STATEMENT
“I want to reiterate my apology to my teammates, coaches and the Miami Dolphins organization. Fortunately no one was hurt because of my actions. This is something I learned from and have taken the proper steps to ensure this will never happen again.”

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