For all the talk about thrills and excitement the NFL teams and players bring to fans on Sundays, there are equally important community initiatives that franchises like the Dolphins get behind that are worth us writing about.
On Saturday the Fins organization did their seventh annual “Dolphins Cancer Challenge” that encouraged area residents/fans across the Miami area in multiple locations to come participate. There was a 5k run/walk that began in Hard Rock Stadium and also, multiple bike rides in three spots including a 14 mile one that finished back in Hard Rock Stadium. Here’s a recap:
An inspirational day.
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) February 12, 2017
And just so you know, whenever Dolphin owner Stephen Ross shows up and participates, it’s a big deal. Checkout he and legendary WR Nat Moore in their cycling duds participating this a.m.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and legend Nat Moore take part in the Dolphins Cancer Challenge today. There was a record participation. pic.twitter.com/02fDZ3kPIk
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) February 12, 2017
The first such of these events seven years ago was put together with Moore leading the charge and in part helped raise awareness and money for former Dolphin player/broadcaster Jim Mandich, who battled cancer for years before succumbing.
That year, according to Dolphins.com they had around 500 participants and rasied $600,000. Now over $16 million has been raised, and today, the Dolphins had over 4,000 participants and had already raised $3.5 million through registrations, donations and sponsors with 100% going directly for cancer research and helping the families affected by the dreaded disease.
Fans were treated to appearances by Fins players, like the injured/recovering QB Ryan Tannehill to talk to them and give them encouragement and the day finished with a concert in the stadium from “Counting Crows.”
Again, there is a lot of criticism of the wealth and excess of the NFL and it’s teams. Some is rightfully deserved. But, today, the Dolphins stood tall and went all out for a vital cause in their community.