Dolphins Help High School Football Team Displaced by Hurricane Irma

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2017

DAVIE, FL - AUGUST 08:  Kenny Stills #10 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during training camp on August 8, 2017 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida.  (Photo by Ron Elkman/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
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Hurricane Irma caused the Miami Dolphins to postpone their Week 1 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While in California this week for their season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, they helped a high school football team return to Florida.

As told by Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, 69 Central High School players, coaches and administrators were stuck in Las Vegas after Irma derailed their travel arrangements. Coach Roland Smith said the program lacked the resources to afford the delay and new flights.

"We don't have a budget like the Dolphins," Smith said. "We don't have a budget like a college. We don't have a national budget to stay extra days after a game and stuff like that."

When the Dolphins found out about the situation, Kenny Stills, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh, Reshad Jones and Lawrence Timmons helped cover their expenses that Salguero estimated ran to "multiple tens of thousands of dollars." Members of Central are heading home in groups of six, seven or eight.

Per Salguero, Smith expressed his gratitude.

"I'm ecstatic because anytime you see an organization like the Dolphins think about and take care of a high school team like ourselves, that's amazing," Smith said.

The Rockets, who improved to 3-0 after beating Bishop Gorman in Nevada, will miss Thursday's scheduled game as some members are not expected back until Friday.

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