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Dolphins Academy Hosted More Than 1,300 As Part of 7on7 Tournament

Posted Jun 26, 2016

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's Central 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 Youth Programs 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)