MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday that the team has partnered with the AARP Foundation to help older adults in South Florida.
The partnership will help older adults with hunger, isolation, income and housing needs.
The five-year deal marks the first time the charity has team with an NFL franchise on this scale.
“We are excited to partner with AARP Foundation in an effort to improve the quality of life for South Floridians age 50-plus, many of whom are Dolphins fans, “ Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel said. “It is a privilege to be selected as the first NFL franchise AARP Foundation will locally activate its nationwide efforts around housing, income, hunger and isolation. It was clear very early in our discussions our organizational values and commitment to the community are aligned.”
“AARP Foundation’s new relationship with the Miami Dolphins means that together we can begin to eliminate the root causes of food insecurity, economic hardship, isolation and inadequate housing facing vulnerable older adults in South Florida,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “We’re geared up and ready to tackle these issues through our shared passion for making a significant difference in the lives of those who need it most.”
Miami Dolphins President Tom Garfinkel said there will be year-round events to serve the 50-plus-aged members of the community. The Dolphins will focus on impacting one of the four priorities of the AARP Foundation, hunger, isolation, income and housing, with a media campaign, and an event each quarter of the year.
In fact, the team will host a large-scale meal-packing event September 20th at the Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University.
The Membership Community Service Project will include the full roster of Miami Dolphins players, coaches, key executives, Dolphins Members, fans, corporate partners and volunteers working together at the event that is expected to feed one million people.
The following day, AARP Foundation will serve as the game day sponsor for the September 21th matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at Sun Life Stadium.
In addition to providing meals, there will be financial workshops, tips on affordable living as well as home rehabilitation and Dolphins volunteers plan to make surprise visits to 50-plus communities to address isolation.