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NOTEBOOK: "Mad Dog" Gets Gymnasium Named After Him; Other Notes

Posted Oct 26, 2012

Legendary tight end and radio voice bestowed posthumous honor.



Jim Mandich’s voice can still be heard echoing through the basketball court at Shula’s Athletic Club in Miami Lakes, so it’s only appropriate that his name have a permanent place there.

The Graham Companies, the Mandich family, Shula’s Athletic Club members and friends will be gathering tonight at 7 to dedicate the gymnasium after the “Mad Dog.” The dedication is in conjunction with Shula’s Athletic Clubs 30th anniversary, where they will be celebrating 30 years of inspiring healthy lifestyles.

Mandich, who was a tight end for the Miami Dolphins during the 1972 Perfect Season and later became a beloved radio broadcaster, spent many hours playing basketball in the Athletic Club’s gymnasium. He also hosted his Touchdown Club luncheons across the street at Shula’s Steak 2 restaurant and was a fixture in the Town of Miami Lakes.

“On behalf of The Graham Companies and the Graham family, we are honored to be able to dedicate the gymnasium in Jim Mandich’s name,” said Stu Wyllie, CEO of The Graham Companies in a press release. “We worked with Jim on many of his local endeavors, including the Touchdown Club’s weekly lunches, which were held Shula’s Steak 2 for many years. Jim was not only a business colleague but also a great friend. We know that through this dedication this will be one of the many ways his legacy will carry on in Miami Lakes.”

In addition to the gymnasium dedication, the 2nd historical Miami Lakes marker will be unveiled acknowledging Mandich as one of Miami Lakes’ community leaders. Throughout its anniversary year, The Graham Companies will be marking a series of historical milestones -- 80 years of the company and 50 years since the beginning of the development of Miami Lakes. The Graham Companies is honoring the past, present and future of the company as well as the development of Miami Lakes.

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