Miami Gardens, FL – During the bye week, members of the Fins organization traveled to Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas in continuing support of a series of immediate and long-term Hurricane Dorian relief rebuilding efforts for the Bahamas. The trip was part of an initiative announced by Stephen Ross to assist in relief efforts to the affected areas and their residents.
On Friday, October 4th, a group of Fins alumni, including Mark Duper, Moore, Louis Oliver, Troy Drayton, and Shawn Wooden made their way to Nassau. That day, the group visited the Children’s Emergency Hostel where they provided needed supplies, served food, and spent time with the people they were there to serve. The former Fins also visited a shelter and collaborated with World Central Kitchen to pack meals for residents impacted in Abaco.
Tim Kilcoyne, Director of Chef Operations for World Central Kitchen said, “We were thrilled to have the help of the Miami Dolphins team in the Bahamas. Thanks to incredible volunteers like them, we have been able to serve 30,000 meals a day — bringing hot, nutritious meals to those in need out of three kitchens across the islands.”
The next day, alumni, along with team mascot, TD joined the Mission Resolve Foundation and The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to distribute fresh clean water and relief supplies in Freeport. The group gave out generators, water and care packages to families in the community and visited with local children.
Senator Katherine Smith, NEMA Grand Bahama coordinator said, “On behalf of the Prime Minister, the Government and people of The Bahamas, we are grateful to both the Miami Dolphins organization and the Mission Resolve Foundation for their generous contributions of time and resources in our time of need. There is a large and loyal Dolphins fan base on Grand Bahama, so to have Dolphin legends on the island to help out is a boost to morale. Furthermore, I want to also acknowledge the selfless dedication and support from the many volunteers on Grand Bahama who have made this incredible operation possible, as well as the other community relief events across the island.”
The Dolphins also connected with World Central Kitchen to assist in meal prep and distribution. In addition, the team made a financial donation to assist Mission Resolve in these ongoing Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.
Mission Resolve Co-Founder Patxi Pastor said, “We can’t thank the Miami Dolphins enough for the extraordinary support and leadership they have brought to our Bahama relief efforts over the past several weeks. The alumni and staff’s deep and genuine compassion for all of the children and families they have profoundly touched through these relief efforts have truly shown the world-class and huge-hearted champions the beloved Miami Dolphins represent. The Dolphins have made an extraordinary impact in the Bahamian community and have brought so much joy and hope. We thank the Dolphins from the bottom of our hearts and are truly honored to collaborate with this amazing team.”
These efforts are in addition to collection drives that took place at Hard Rock Stadium during the month of September around Dolphins home games and the Brazil vs. Colombia soccer match.
📸Credit: Miami Dolphins