The Miami Dolphins Special Teams is a unique volunteer organization created to enlist and mobilize the ongoing services of the community with the Miami Dolphins staff, players, and alumni. The mission of the Special Teams is to offer hands-on services to communities and families in need, to partner with existing organizations on worthwhile social, civic and charitable programs, to provide assistance at Miami Dolphins Foundation events, and to support community efforts in times of emergency.
Special Teams Driven By Chevy results:
- More than 230,000 community service hours completed
- $4,970,300 – Value to the South Florida and Mexico Community
- 19,500-plus individuals have volunteered with our program
- More than 3,000 activities
Contact us via email at Volunteers@Dolphins.com or call 305-943-7900
February 20th 2016 - Dolphins Cancer Challenge
Visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/SpecialTeams
May 1st, 2016 - One Million Meal Packing Event presented by AARP
In football, winning or losing can come down to one play, one yard, one inch. In Florida, one-in-seven seniors live in poverty. The difference for those struggling can come down to one volunteer, one conversation, one hot meal. AARP Foundation and the Miami Dolphins have teamed up to help South Florida older adults meet their basic needs. By being a force for change on the most serious issues Americans 50+ face today—housing, hunger, income and isolation—and working with local volunteers and organizations, we can help reach more people, strengthen communities and help make resources go further for those struggling.
In 2015, with the help of over 4,000 volunteers, and in just 8 hours, the Miami Dolphins and AARP Foundation were able to pack mon were able to pack more than 1,070,000 meals for South Florida seniors.
This was the second year this event has been held, and we are looking forward to another successful event in May of 2016!
The Miami Dolphins Special Teams driven by Chevy volunteers have supported the Dolphins Cancer Challenge since its inception in 2010. This Tri County cycling event continues to grow and involves over 2,600 cyclists and 500+ volunteers who join together in an effort to help tackle cancer one mile at a time. The DCC has risen over $11.5 million for cancer research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
For more information regarding the Dolphins Cancer Challenge and how to get involved please visit www.ridedcc.com
. 9/11 - National Day of Service
The Miami Dolphins Special Teams driven by Chevy partner with Miami Dade Parks along with AARP Florida in beautifying an underserved community park. The projects benefit residents of the local community including park’s afterschool care and summer programs. With over 250 volunteers beautifying the park, the Miami Dolphins Special Teams Dolphinize the afterschool care room by painting the entire room Aqua and Orange as well as providing Dolphin items to decorate the room. November - Salute to Service
The Miami Dolphins Special Teams driven by Chevy in conjunction with the NFL’s Salute to Service campaign like to honor those currently serving overseas by packing care packages to show our appreciation. We partner with many different organizations such as Publix, Bank of America, United Way and many more to ensure that we are able to send the appropriate number of items to each base.
With the large number of donations, we separate the day into two shifts. The morning of, we sort through the donations and classify them into specific categories. Once the sorting is completed, we then begin packing for the specific base’s wish list. We continue to pack until all of the donations are packaged and ready for shipment. There are many ways to get involved:
• Come out on TBD (date) from 9AM – 12PM OR 1PM – 4PM
• Start a collection at your work, school or within your network of friends
• Mail in a monetary donation
• Write letters to troops showing them your appreciation for protecting our freedom Community Service Academy – Spring Break (March) – Summer Months (7 weeks)
The Miami Dolphins Community Service Academy presented by AARP Foundation is a week-long “camp” like setting. The CSA is specifically for high school students to gain community service hours for graduation or for any potential scholarships they may need a specific number of community service hours to qualify for.
Each week is different. The participants meet at the stadium where we then bus everyone to many different non-profits and charities throughout South Florida for the week and volunteer our services. An organization we always like to help out is Feeding South Florida where we help sort, package, and distribute the donated food in their warehouse. Another organization is Zoo Miami, which we assist in various capacities throughout their scenery, whether that be landscaping, cleaning out some of the animals habitat, and much more. Upon completion of our volunteering with the Zoo, the kids can then enjoy the Zoo for the remainder of the day.
For more information on the Community Service Academy and where to sign-up please visit, www.dolphins.com/csa
or call (305) 943 - 7900 January - MLK Day (On Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
The Miami Dolphins Special Teams driven by Chevy partner with City Year to honor Martin Luther King Jr. on his day of remembrance. City Year AmeriCorps members and volunteers (Miami Dolphins Special Teams) engage in service projects that include painting schools, beautifying neighborhoods and parks, serving in soup kitchens, supporting senior citizens, and running education activities for children.
This past year in 2015, we beautified both Gwen Cherry and MLK Park. The service projects included repainting the parking lot, landscaping and mulching the surroundings, cleaning out the afterschool care rooms and Dolphinizing the rooms with aqua and orange paint and providing Dolphin memorabilia to decorate the room.