SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER
MIAMI – The Miami Dolphins today partnered with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project to host a conference at Hard Rock Stadium designed to promote positive interaction between youth and law enforcement. The conference featured more than 600 high school students and law enforcement from jurisdictions throughout South Florida.
Representatives from several state, local and federal criminal justice and law enforcement agencies were on hand for the day. The group assembled also took a moment to honor law enforcement and first responders for the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
“The best part of this is to see the tension relaxed between the police officers and our young men,” Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson said.
“In these workshops, the police and youth reverse roles to learn each other’s responsibilities, and how to respect each other and cut that tension. To have the Dolphins, our hometown team, involved as well, and have them teaching a lesson to the children is just phenomenal.”
“It was an amazing to host this event with the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. I know it’s important to…owner Stephen Ross, our President & CEO Tom Garfinkel and our players to drive the social justice conversation forward,” Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications & Community Affairs Jason Jenkins said.
Model for NFL?
“Our hope is that this program can serve as a model across the NFL and professional sports by bringing together youth and law enforcement to reduce tensions and find common ground. We will continue to use our platform to drive social progress in our community.”
Jenkins was joined by several current and former members of the Miami Dolphins, including Jake Brendel, Jermon Bushrod, Troy Drayton, Ja’Wuan James, O.J. McDuffie, Nat Moore, Twan Russell and Kenny Stills.
The sponsorship of the conference is part of a yearly fund for advocacy and social justice programs created by Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross and Miami Dolphins players.