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

Sept. 28, 2016

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Miami Dolphins Announce Week Four 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 four 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: Malcom Vigille is a senior QB at Miami Edison Senior High School. Vigille completed 13-of-17 passes for an astounding 455 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Braddock High School last Friday. His team is currently undefeated with a 5-0 record.
  • High School Coach of the Week: Roland Smith from Miami Central Senior High School. The Rockets are currently 5-0 and are ranked No. 23 in the country in USA Today’s Super 25 Poll. This impressive record and ranking are coupled with the team’s four-consecutive state championships and appearance in the last five state championship contests. These are both state records.
  • Youth Player of the Week: Carson Haggard from the Miami Xtreme Youth Football League. Carson plays quarterback for the Suniland Sundevil 12U team. Carson completed 12-of-15 passes for 225 yards and four touchdowns in a 40-6 victory over the Kendall Hammocks Warriors last week.
  • Team Mom of the Week: Laura Pita from the Cooper City Cowboys of the American Youth Football League. Laura is the team mom for the 11U football team. She has four boys in her household along with over 25 adopted sons. Laura organizes over 25 sets of parents for game-day duties, including who brings pre- and post-game drinks and who will work the chain crew for each game. Laura never leaves home without her “Mary Poppins” bag that includes extra mouth pieces, chin straps, knee pads, practice pants and jerseys. She also is an avid runner and does everything with a smile on her face.

On Wednesday, several members of the Miami-Dade Police Department were on hand to present the awards to High School Player of the Week Malcom Vigille and High School Coach of the Week Roland Smith. Sergeant Delontay Dumas, Officer Bryan Reyes and Officer Sheena Whorley visited Miami Edison Senior High School and Officer David Delgado, Officer Bryan Reyes and Commander Deanna Fox-Williams were present at Miami Central Senior High School.

Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque on the field during the Oct. 9 Dolphins home game at Hard Rock Stadium against the Tennessee Titans, 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 sport 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 sport 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 Waive Hunter   Download PDF version

September 28, 2016

Miami Dolphins Waive Hunter

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have waived wide receiver Justin Hunter.

Hunter played for the Dolphins at Seattle on Sept. 11, 2016, but did not record any statistics. He was inactive in Weeks 2 and 3. Hunter was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins on Sept. 4, 2016 after he was waived by the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 2, 2016. He played in 35 contests with 13 starts in three seasons for the Titans (2013-15) and caught 68 passes for 1,116 yards (16.4 avg.) and eight touchdowns. Hunter was originally a second-round pick (34th overall) by Tennessee in the 2013 NFL draft.

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

Sept. 21, 2016

Miami Dolphins Announce Week Three 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 three youth football players, coaches and parent who have demonstrated their commitment to being leaders on and off the field:

  • High School Player of the Week: Hansky Paillant is a junior DT at McArthur High School. He recorded 2 sacks, 11 tackles, 1 pass deflection and recorded a safety for his team in their 24-21 win over South Broward High School. The McArthur Mustangs are currently 4-0.
  • High School Coach of the Week: Matt Dubuc is the head coach at Cardinal Gibbons High School. The Chiefs are currently one of the last unbeaten teams in South Florida, sitting at 4-0 after their 36-7 win over Miami Jackson. Coach Dubuc and his team this year have knocked off some of the top teams in the country.
  • Youth Player of the Week: Yulkeith Brown Jr. from Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner. Yulkeith plays both running back and linebacker for the Liberty City Warriors. Yulkeith had 10 carries for 78 yards and 2 touchdowns last week. He was also a defensive stalwart, racking up 10 solo tackles, 3 tackles for losses and a sack in a 13-0 victory vs. the Gwen Cherry Bulls.
  • Team Mom of the Week: Beth Voss from the Kendall Boys and Girls Club of the Miami Xtreme League. Beth is not only the Head Team mom for the 10 U team, but she is also a team mom for the 13U team. Beth is a registered nurse at Memorial Regional Hospital and serves as the teams’ official health advisor. A stickler for details, Beth meticulously plans and organizes the game day needs of both of her teams and coaches. Coaches stay out of her way, because they know she has everything covered.

Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque on the field during the Sept. 25 Dolphins home game at Hard Rock Stadium against the Cleveland Browns, 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 sport 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 sport 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 Announce Week Two Youth Programs Awards With Partner Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE)   Download PDF version

Sept. 14, 2016

Miami Dolphins Announce Week Two 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 two youth football players, coaches and parent who have demonstrated their commitment to being leaders on and off the field:

  • High School Player of the Week: Renaldo Flowers Jr. is a senior DT at Miami Jackson High School. He was instrumental in his team’s 12-9 victory over Miami Booker T. Washington HS who ranks as the #2 team in the country. Flowers Jr. recorded nine tackles, two fumble recoveries and had two QB hurries. One of the hurries influenced the game-winning interception that helped seal his team’s victory.
  • High School Coach of the Week: Lakatriona Brunson is the head coach at Miami Jackson High School. She was hired as first female head coach in Florida high school football. Last weekend Brunson lead her team to a 12-9 victory over Miami Booker T. Washington High School.
  • Youth Player of the Week: Taron “Tyger” Dickens from the American Youth Football League. He plays QB for the Miramar Wolverines 12U. The Wolverines beat the West Pines Pembroke Pines Panthers with Dickens 10 of 17 for 184 yards and two touchdowns. He threw for two touchdowns in last Saturday’s 12-7 victory over the Panthers. Dickens has thrown for 16 touchdowns prior to Saturday’s game. Dickens’ Wolverines 12U championship team defeated Team No Huddle 37-14 in this year’s Miami Dolphins Youth 7on 7.
  • Team Mom of the Week: Gina Brooks from the Greater Miami South Florida Pop Warner. Brooks is the team mom for the Miami Youth Hurricanes Peewees. She is a wife and mother of three children and the engine that helps her team run smoothly. The one thing that stands out about Brooks is how she continues to emphasis education, obedience, respect and the importance of family (team). She is most proud that her team does not have any academic waivers. Simply put – she has a team full of good students with good grades and school attendance.

Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque on the field during the Sept. 25 Dolphins home game at Hard Rock Stadium against the Cleveland Browns, 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 sport 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 sport 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 Sign Jones   Download PDF version

September 14, 2016

Miami Dolphins Sign Jones

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have re-signed defensive tackle Chris Jones and waived quarterback Brandon Doughty.

Jones was originally acquired off waivers from New England by the Dolphins on April 18, 2016 before Miami waived him on Sept. 3, 2016. He played two seasons for the New England Patriots (2013-14), appearing in 28 games with 23 starts. He totaled 79 tackles (40 solo) and nine sacks in those two seasons before missing 2015 due to injury. Jones originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round selection (198th overall) by New England in the 2013 NFL draft.

Doughty was the first of Miami’s two seventh round selections (223rd overall) in the 2016 NFL draft. He was inactive in Week 1 at Seattle but played in all four preseason games and completed 20 of 28 passes (71.4 pct.) for 185 yards. He set 17 school records during his collegiate career at Western Kentucky and graduated as the program’s leading passer with 12,855 career passing yards.

Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown Acq.
Chris Jones DT 6-1 293 7/12/90 4 Bowling Green ’13 Brownsburg, Ind. FA, ‘16

 

Miami Dolphins Sign Butler   Download PDF version

September 13, 2016

Miami Dolphins Sign Butler

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed linebacker Donald Butler The team has placed defensive tackle Earl Mitchell on injured reserve.

Butler is a five-year NFL veteran who has played in 71 games and made 62 starts with the San Diego Chargers (2011-15). During his career, Butler has totaled 370 tackles (267 solo), seven sacks, three interceptions, 12 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He also started two playoff games for the Chargers in 2013 and recorded 17 tackles (13 solo), one interception and one pass defensed. Butler spent the 2016 training camp with the Arizona Cardinals but was released on Sept. 2, 2016. He originally entered the NFL as a third-round selection (79th overall) by San Diego in the 2010 NFL draft.

Mitchell was injured in Sunday’s game at Seattle after recording one assisted tackle. He has played in 29 games with 16 starts since joining Miami as an unrestricted free agent on March 12, 2014. Throughout his seven-year NFL career, Mitchell has played in 92 games with 33 starts and recorded 190 tackles (116 solo) and 5.5 sacks. He was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round (81st overall) of the 2010 NFL draft and spent his first four NFL seasons (2010-14) there.

Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown Acq.
Donald Butler LB 6-1 242 10/17/88 6 Washington ’10 Sacramento, Calif. FA, ‘16
Miami Dolphins Host Back to School Backpack Event   Download PDF version

September 13, 2016

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Miami Dolphins Host Back to School Backpack Event

Hollywood, Fla. – Miami Dolphins players including punter Matt Darr and his wife, Lauren, long snapper John Denney, tight end MarQueis Gray and his wife, Alison, defensive end Dion Jordan, wide receiver Kenny Stills and defensive tackle Julius Warmsley, along with cheerleaders and mascot T.D., distributed backpacks to students from Title I schools in Broward and Miami-Dade County schools who were selected by their principals.

“Our players, cheerleaders and staff had a great time interacting with students in the community and always look forward to this annual event,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs Jason Jenkins said. “One of our main pillars is education and we hope that these much-needed supplies will push these kids to a successful school year.”

One hundred students from Sterling Elementary, Glades Middle School, Phillis Wheatley Elementary and Gertrude K. Edelman/Sabal Palm Elementary School enjoyed dinner, received a Dolphins T-shirt and had a chance to play games alongside the Dolphins players.

“The fact that the organization would take time out during football season to spend time with our students and give us the opportunity to engage in activity is incredible,” Phillis Wheatley Elementary Principal Cathy Williams said. “To go away with supplies and a book bag with an emblem of the Dolphins so they can remember forever is just an experience for them.”

Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves   Download PDF version

September 4, 2016

Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves

MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have been awarded wide receiver Justin Hunter off waivers from the Tennessee Titans and have released wide receiver Griff Whalen.

Hunter is entering his fourth NFL season after playing three years with the Titans (2013-15). He has played in 35 career games with 13 starts and totaled 68 receptions for 1,116 yards (16.4 avg.) and eight touchdowns. He posted career highs in receptions (28) and receiving yards (498) in 2014 when he played 12 games and started eight. Hunter originally entered the NFL as a second-round selection (34th overall) by Tennessee in 2013.

Whalen joined the Dolphins as a free agent on March 18, 2016 after playing his first three NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2013-15). He played in 33 games and made three starts for the Colts, totaling 45 receptions for 487 yards (10.8 avg.) and three touchdowns.

Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College Hometown Acq.
Justin Hunter WR 6-4 203 5/20/91 4 Tennessee ’13 Virginia Beach, Va. Wai. ’16 (Ten.)

The Dolphins have also signed the following players to their practice squad:

Name Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Birthdate Exp. College
James Burgess LB 6-0 233 3/9/94 R Louisville ‘16
Jamil Douglas G 6-4 308 2/28/92 2 Arizona State ‘15
Thomas Duarte TE 6-2 241 3/30/95 R UCLA ‘16
A.J. Hendy S 6-0 209 4/8/93 R Maryland ‘16
Ulrick John T 6-5 307 5/20/92 3 Georgia State ‘14
Cleyon Laing DE 6-4 299 11/21/90 1 Iowa State ‘13
Lafayette Pitts CB 5-11 196 9/24/92 R Pittsburgh ‘16
Rashawn Scott WR 6-2 204 1/29/92 1 Miami (Fla.) ‘16
Jordan Williams DE 6-4 276 3/23/93 1 Tennessee ‘15

 

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