Miami Sports Day

Miami Dolphins Partner with Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality on Youth Team Awards for 2016 Season

The Miami Dolphins and the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) are teaming up this season to recognize youth football players, coaches and parents who have demonstrated their commitment to being leaders on and off the field. Each week, the Dolphins youth programs team will select a High School Coach of the Week, High School Player of the Week, Youth Player of the Week, Student of the Week and Team Mom of the Week.

Each award recipient will be presented with a plaque on the field during a game, 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

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