The Miami Dolphins have a lot on their minds lately, having been displaced in California all week after having their Week 1 game postponed due to Hurricane Irma.
Still, the Dolphins heard about a Miami high school team stranded in Las Vegas after playing there and they sprang into action.
Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald wrote about the generosity of some Dolphins players and the organization to help MIami Central High School cover costs of their trip after Hurricane Irma wouldn’t let them come home as scheduled.
Central’s adventure started when it traveled to take on national powerhouse Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Central, which is ranked No. 16 nationally by USA Today, upset Bishop Gorman 24-20. Instead of a celebratory trip home, there was no trip home. The school had 69 players, coaches and support staff in Las Vegas, and they couldn’t fly home because the hurricane wouldn’t allow it. So they had to stay. The group was supposed to go home last Sunday, but that didn’t happen. Some in the group will have to stay as late as Friday. The costs of that extended and unexpected stay ballooned to “tens of thousands of dollars,” Salguero wrote.
The Dolphins got word of it and helped pay for the costs. Salguero identified receiver Kenny Stills, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, safety Reshad Jones, receiver Jarvis Landry and linebacker Lawrence Timmons among the players who contributed. The Dolphins organization set up transportation from the airport to the school for everyone from Central.
The Dolphins are busy themselves, practicing this week away from home for their regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. They’ve already had a nice win this week, thanks to their generosity for a high-school team that was a long way from home and needed some help.