MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins announced the creation of a social justice grant program. Launching Dec. 1, the team will earmark funds to impact organizations in need that are involved in community engagement, education or justice reform. The grant program will be guided by an advisory committee of Dolphins players and staff.
The social justice grant program is a part of a yearly fund for advocacy and social justice programs created by Stephen Ross and Dolphins players. During the 2017-18 season, the team will create a Project Change Scholarship, sponsor the Police Athletic League of North Miami and host a police and youth conference in conjunction with the 5000 Role Models Excellence Project.
These initiatives will be in addition to the previous work in this space through the team's collaboration with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). Founded and created by Ross in Oct. 2015, RISE harnesses the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. Since its founding, RISE programs have reached more than 30,000 students, coaches and athletic staff at the high school, collegiate and professional level. To learn more about RISE, visit risetowin.org.