December 13, 2016
Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed quarterback T.J. Yates and placed center Mike Pouncey on injured reserve.
Yates has played in 18 games with seven starts in his five-year NFL career after he spent four seasons with the Houston Texans (2011-13, 2015) and one season with the Atlanta Falcons (2014). His best season came as a rookie in 2011, when he started five regular season games and completed 82-of-134 passes (61.2 pct.) for 949 yards, three touchdowns and an 80.7 quarterback rating. That season he started two playoff games, including a 31-10 victory over Cincinnati in the AFC Wild Card round. He originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick (152nd overall) by Houston in the 2011 NFL draft.
Pouncey started five games for the Dolphins this season, helping the team to a 4-1 record in his five starts. In three of those games, Pouncey helped block for a 100-yard rusher and in two contests, running back Jay Ajayi rushed for 200-plus yards. In games Pouncey played, the Dolphins averaged 154.4 rushing yards, which would rank No. 2 in the NFL this season. He was penalized just once and did not allow a sack. Pouncey was Miami’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2011 NFL draft.
|T.J. Yates||QB||6-4||217||5/28/87||6||North Carolina ’11||Marietta, Ga.||FA, ‘16|
December 12, 2016
***Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins***
Miami Dolphins Youth Programs Hosted Dolphins Championship Series
Miramar – Miami Dolphins Youth Programs hosted the league champions of six South Florida youth football organizations as part of the Dolphins Championship Series (DCS). Kids ages 5-15 years old from the American Youth Football League, Gold Coast Pop Warner, Greater Miami Pop Warner, Miami Xtreme, National Youth Football League and Youth Academic Sports League participated in the competition. The first DCS games were played on Saturday, December 3 at the Miramar Asin Center and championship play continued on Saturday, December 10.
“It’s an honor for the Miami Dolphins to celebrate youth football in South Florida by hosting the Dolphins Championship Series,” Miami Dolphins Senior Director of Youth Programs Twan Russell said. “The DCS games provide another opportunity for student-athletes to compete and showcase their skills after another remarkable season of play.”
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.
2016 Dolphins Championship Series Winners
1st Place 7U Weighted: Liberty City Warriors
1st Place 7U Unlimited: Miami Youth Junior Rockets
1st Place 7U Weighted: West Miramar Patriots
1st Place 8U Weighted: Pembroke Pines Optimist
1st Place 8U Weighted: Pompano Eagles
1st Place 9U Unlimited: Miami Junior Rockets
1st Place 9U Weighted: Miramar Wolverines
1st Place 9U Weighted: Pompano Cowboys Mitey Mites
1st Place 10U Weighted: Pembroke Pines Optimist
1st Place 11U Unlimited: East Miramar Dolphins
1st Place 11U Weighted: Plantation Wildcats
1st Place 12U Weighted: Miramar Wolverines
1st Place 13U Weighted: Plantation Wildcats
December 12, 2016
MIAMI DOLPHINS HALL OF FAME QUARTERBACK, DAN MARINO TO HOST THE 7th ANNUAL DAN MARINO FOUNDATION WALKABOUT AUTISM & EXPO, BROUGHT TO YOU BY WALGREENS, PRESENTED BY BADIA SPICES
MIAMI, FLORIDA – Momentum is building in the autism community for the much-anticipated 7th Annual Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) WalkAbout Autism & Expo, brought to you by Walgreens, presented by Badia Spices. On Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Dan Marino, the Marino Family and The Dan Marino Foundation will once again transform Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, into a magical place where family, friends and loved ones will create memories that will last a lifetime.
The annual DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo started in 2010 by The Dan Marino Foundation provides a powerful and inspiring platform for South Floridians to come together as a community in an effort to promote awareness, raise funds for innovative initiatives and advocate for the needs of people living with autism. Each year this epic event gathers close to 20,000 participants who walk together with an ultimate pursuit of inspiring the world to embrace autism acceptance.
The event has raised more than $3 million through the generous support of participants, donors, school, corporate and non-profit teams, as well as corporate sponsors. This year’s participating corporate sponsors include: Walgreens, Badia Spices, the Miami Dolphins, Hard Rock Stadium, CenterPlate, Publix Super Markets, South Florida Ford, Greenspoon Marder, Chase, Panera Bread, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, UPS, Nova Southeastern University and PepsiCo to name a few. As well as the Foundation’s media partners Comcast, Clear Channel Outdoor, iHeartMedia, Sun Sentinel Society Scene, Autism Notebook and Lifestyle Magazine.
Each year the Foundation strives to create an exceptional experience for the whole family to enjoy. Current and alumni Miami Dolphins players, cheerleaders, celebrities, elected officials, schools and families all come together for a day of family fun for everyone. The DMF WalkAbout starts with a community friendly carnival-like celebration, followed by a walk that is led by Marino Campus students and members of the autism community who rally together to encourage awareness. After the walk participants will enjoy a resource Expo, compliments of South Florida Ford with more than thirty exhibitors and vendors, as well as musical entertainment from local school bands. Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy countless interactive activities in the children’s corner. There will be several booths focused on health and fitness compliments of Walgreens. Festivities also include the Publix Hospitality Village featuring a delicious food and beverage sampling extravaganza compliments of Badia Spices, PepsiCo, CenterPlate and The Produce Connection.
“Claire and I look forward to the walk every year, coming together to celebrate with our community. Everyone from the sponsors to the walk teams made up of schools, companies and individuals make this event one of a kind. By working together to raise awareness, the WalkAbout Autism creates a fun day at Hard Rock Stadium for everyone to enjoy,” said Dan Marino, Chairman of The Dan Marino Foundation.
The Dan Marino Foundation is grateful to all who support this special day. Proceeds raised through the DMF WalkAbout Autism & Expo stay in our local community and help fund The Dan Marino Foundation’s initiatives such as Marino Campus in Fort Lauderdale, and at FIU in Miami-Dade. The event also benefits autism programs and services in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County Schools, as well as non-profit autism service providers who participate with WalkAbout Teams. Last year our Top Three Fundraising School Teams included Cypress Bay High School, Blue Lake K-8, and Sandpiper Shores Elementary.
There are many ways to participate in the 7th Annual #DMFWalk and become an autism champion. You can start a walk team in honor of a loved one living with autism, fundraise for your school or non-profit autism program, become a corporate sponsor, or register for the Expo. In addition, there are volunteer opportunities available for anyone who is interested in getting involved. For more information on ways to participate, please visit dmfwalkaboutautism.org.
About The Dan Marino Foundation: The Dan Marino Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3 organization was established by Dan and Claire Marino, motivated by their experiences in raising their son, Michael, who is diagnosed with autism. For over 25years, the Foundation has been a leader in innovation and change, “empowering individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.” The Foundation has raised more than $53 million to create unique and impactful initiatives in the community. Among these first-of-their-kind initiatives are the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center, the Marino Autism Research Institute, Marino Adapted Aquatics, Summer STEPS Employment Programs, Virtual Interactive Training Agent Program (ViTA DMF), and now post-secondary programs at both Marino Campus in Broward and at FIU in Miami-Dade. For more information, please visit danmarinofoundation.org or marinocampus.org or vitadmf.org.
December 7, 2016
***Photo Credit: Miami Dolphins***
Miami Dolphins Announce Week 14 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 14 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: Mike Epstein from St. Thomas Aquinas High School. The senior running back rushed for over 100 yards and had four touchdowns last week as he helped the Raiders advance to another state final. What’s even more impressive is that Epstein is playing at such a high level after missing his entire junior season due to an ACL tear. Congratulations to Mike Epstein and the entire St. Thomas team for advancing to the State Championship.
- High School Coach of the Week: Patrick Surtain from American Heritage High School. Surtain was a standout cornerback for the Miami Dolphins from 1998-2004. In his first year as a head coach, Surtain has earned a birth to the State Championship.
- Youth Player of the Week: Brody Palhegyi from the Plantation Wildcats 13U of the American Youth Football league. Palhegyi threw three touchdown passes and led his team to a 40-22 victory over the South Miami Grey Ghosts, ending their three-year undefeated streak.
- Team Mom of the Week: Andrea Reid from the Boca Braves of the Gold Coast Pop Warner football league. Reid is an attorney by the day and team mom by night. She is not your ordinary team mom, but is what the team calls “a youth football and cheer handy woman.” Need a volunteer? She’s there. Need good volunteers? She’ll find them. Need donations and funding? She’ll get it. Outside of Pop Warner, Reid a member of the Executive Council for the Florida Bar Family Law Section and serves on numerous committees within the organization. She also is a former secretary for the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County and an Angel Mom for the Place of Hope at the Haven, whose mission is to rescue abused and neglected children.
Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque on the field during the Dec. 11 Dolphins home game at Hard Rock Stadium against the Arizona Cardinals, 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.
December 6, 2016
Image Credit: MIAMI DOLPHINS
Miami Dolphins Visit Baptist Children’s Hospital Visit
Miami, Fla. – Miami Dolphins players Brandon Doughty, Thomas Duarte, Dominique Jones, Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil, cheerleaders Britt, Jess and Stephanie, and mascot T.D. spent their day off visiting patients at Baptist Children’s Hospital.
“We’re glad to partner with the Dolphins organization and welcome them to Baptist Children’s Hospital year after year. They are truly committed to helping make the holidays a bit brighter for our patients,” Baptist Children’s Hospital Director of Nursing Lourdes Castaneda said. “Our kids and their families love the visit!”
The group distributed gifts of teddy bears, coloring books, bibs, pennants and T-Shirts, took photos with patients and signed autographs.
“These kids are very tough. They’re going through a lot right now,” Tunsil said. “Just to be here to put a smile on these kids’ faces, it means a lot to us.”
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have waived tackle Bryce Harris.
Harris joined the Dolphins on Nov. 21, 2016, when he was awarded off waivers from Jacksonville. He was inactive on Dec. 4, 2016 at Baltimore and did not play on Nov. 27, 2016 vs. San Francisco. Harris previously spent six weeks on the Jaguars’ active roster in 2016 but did not appear in a game. He has played 35 games with four starts over four NFL seasons with the New Orleans Saints (2012-14) and the Atlanta Falcons (2015) and originally entered the NFL as an undrafted college free agent on April 30, 2012 with the Falcons.
December 1, 2016
Miami Dolphins Promote Scott
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today announced they have promoted wide receiver Rashawn Scott off the practice squad to the team’s active roster.
Scott has spent the first 12 weeks of the season on the Dolphins’ practice squad after he was originally signed by the team as an undrafted college free agent on May 5, 2016. He was a four-year letterman at the University of Miami, where he played in 32 career games with 11 starts. At Miami, Scott caught 91 passes for 1,247 yards (13.7 avg.) and eight touchdowns. His best season was in 2015 as a senior, when he recorded career highs with 52 receptions for 695 yards (13.2 avg.) and five touchdowns.
|Rashawn Scott||WR||6-2||204||1/29/92||R||Miami (Fla.) ’16||Melbourne, Fla.||FA, ‘16|
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.