MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Dolphins and Baptist Health South Florida donated football equipment to Miami Edison Senior High School after the team's field house experienced a fire in June that damaged essential practice items.
"This is the greatest thing that could happen. We had no pads; were working on air. The only thing we had were five garbage cans that were left, so that's what we've been practicing with for the last few months," said Edison Senior High School Head Football Coach Luther Campbell. "For the Dolphins to come and make this donation along with Baptist Health, that's a beautiful thing. There's no words that you could put to it. It's just that. That's what it's all about. It's all about community and community supporting itself and major organization like that coming down to Liberty City and doing this is a great thing."
"I am grateful to the Miami Dolphins and Baptist Health South Florida for teaching our student athletes about passion, compassion, and the importance of giving back to one's community," said Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. "Today's donation will allow the Miami Edison football team to resume practice and focus on the promising year ahead, without having to worry about missing equipment."
On hand for the donation was Dolphins Vice Chairman, President & CEO Tom Garfinkel, Senior Vice President, Special Projects, Alumni Relations & Advisor to CEO and Edison alum Nat Moore, wide receiver Reece Horn, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, wide receiver Kenny Stills, Director of Physical Therapy, Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, Peter Smith, Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Lieutenant Correa and Sergeant Darby, Miami-Dade Schools Athletic Directors George Nunez and Dung Nguyen and representatives from the offices of Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners District 3 Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson and City of Miami District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon.
The Junior Dolphins program encourages youth players and coaches to teach, learn and play football in a fun and safe environment. The Junior Dolphins program is designed to give kids access to learn the fundamentals of football using the NFL's top resources. To grow the game, the Junior Dolphins program will work to educate coaches, parents and youth on the health and safety of football with a strong emphasis on character development. Junior Dolphins is building the next generation of Dolphins Fans.
This event is one of the Dolphins Huddle for 100 service projects as part of the NFL's 100th celebration. The NFL has invited fans, players, clubs and employees to join Huddle for 100, an effort to inspire 1 million people to volunteer 100 minutes of their time to make meaningful contributions to their communities. These activities connect to the Miami Dolphins "Teamwork at Work" initiative to level the playing field through the power of teamwork to inspire a healthier, more educated and united South Florida community. For more information on the NFL Huddle and to see volunteer opportunities with the Dolphins, visit https://www.miamidolphins.com/community/specialteams.