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Dolphins assisting Miami area high school football team return to South Florida

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Miami’s Central High School Rockets football team traveled to Las Vegas for a Friday game against national-champion Bishop Gorman on Friday. Last Friday. The team got stuck in Las Vegas after the game because of Hurricane Irma’s presence in Florida, as the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero reported.

As the team worked to piecemeal their trip back to Florida over the past week, expenses for the high school football team quickly rose, with tens of thousands of dollars that they did not have budgeted suddenly needing to be spent. That’s where the Dolphins players stepped in.

Salguero adds that several players, including Kenny Stills, Ndamukong Suh, Reshad Jones, Jarvis Landry, and Lawrence Timmons, have all agreed to cover the costs of getting the team home, as well as paying for luxury travel from the airport back to their school as they arrive. Several other players are also expected to join the cause.

The Dolphins, who are stuck in Los Angeles after moving out west to the Dallas Cowboys training camp facilities this week ahead of their Sunday kickoff against the Los Angeles Chargers, are stepping up and helping get the kids and coaches, 69 total in the group, back to Miami, even if it took nearly a week longer than expected. It is just a small step in helping South Florida after the hurricane, but it is one that needed to be done, and one that goes a long way to helping a high school football team deal with a huge, unplanned expense.