The Miami Dolphins continue their commitment to Hurricane Matthew relief efforts with members of the organization traveling to the Islands of The Bahamas and Haiti to provide much needed support to those communities impacted by the storm. In addition, the Dolphins are making a financial contribution to The Miami Foundation that will be earmarked for relief efforts in Cuba.
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Dolphins will present a $20,000 check to TheMiami FoundationGive2Cuba Fund with proceeds directed towards those impacted by the widespread devastation in Cuba.
On Thursday, Oct. 27, Dolphins player Michael Thomas, President & CEO Tom Garfinkel, Senior Vice Presidents Nat Moore and Jason Jenkins, alumnus Dwight Stephenson and staff will fly to The Bahamas with the help of Wheels Up to deliver building supplies to Freeport, meet with local officials and visit some of the impacted areas. Hunt Construction, Thermoset Roofing and Waterproofing Systems, Crown Corr, Ion Electric, KHS&S, Kirlin Florida, Southeast Mechanical and MIK Construction Group all donated the building supplies for these efforts, with Seacor Island Lines providing free shipping of the materials to The Bahamas.
On Friday, Oct. 28, current player Terrence Fede and cheerleader Amina, both of Haitian descent, along with Moore,Jenkins and Dolphins staff will fly to Haiti to deliver medical supplies, safe water solutions and generators to help rebuild homes. The visit is arranged in conjunction with the City of North Miami and the North Miami Police Department. Throughout the month of October, the Dolphins have worked closely with community partners, staff and fans to pack hygiene kits with Project Medishare with assistance from Publix Super Markets that will be delivered during the visit. Additionally, the Dolphins have partnered with Surge for Water to provide short- and long-term solutions such as water purification tablets as well as household and community water filters. The Dolphins also will equip a new mobile resource unit with a water filtration system that will travel to the most heavily impacted areas including Southwest Haiti.
Schedule of Relief Efforts
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Check presentation to The Miami Foundation for Give2Cuba Fund
Thursday, Oct. 27 Travel to Freeport, unload ship, and visit with local officials and tour area
Friday, Oct. 28 Travel to Port-au-Prince, distribute relief supplies and visit with local officials
Want to be a Lawgirl? Being a Lawgirl is about being an ambassador to the community, entertaining people at public and charity events and, of course, DANCING! We are looking for talented and outgoing dancers that want to help us continue to build a tradition of excellence, both on and off the field. If this is you, please sign up to audition for the 2017 team!
The 2017 Lawgirls LAST CHANCE auditions are set for Saturday, October 29, 2016 at South Coast Performing Arts Studio (14711 Bentley Circle, Unit A, Tustin, CA 92780).
Check-in at 12 pm. Audition will begins promptly at 12:30pmCost to audition is $15 (Online Pre-Registration) / $20 (Same day walk-up Registration) and can be paid by clicking on the PayPal button below AFTER YOU FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM ON OUR WEBSITE (http://www.oclawmen.org/oc-lawgirls.html). Register TODAY by filling out the form below! Same day walk-up applicants accepted.
-Must be 18 years or older on October 29, 2016
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-A commitment to the team is required for 1 year
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Audition Attire – Crop top. shorts/briefs, skin-toned nylons, jazz or athletic shoes, hair down, make-up done.
The Chargers have an annoying history of losing games they are leading in the fourth quarter. Four times this season, the Chargers took a lead into the fourth quarter, only to lose three of them in a rather disappointing fashion. Mistakes, lack of effort and poor execution have led to what can only be called as three epic meltdowns. It’s not that the Chargers opponents played exceptionally well in coming back…they did enough to win, sure enough…but it was the way the Chargers played in the last few minutes, essentially giving those games away, that has caused so much disappointment and frustration. The opposing teams didn’t win the game; the Chargers lost them…and lost them…and lost them.
And history has a way of repeating itself, at least in San Diego. Before a nationally televised game, the Chargers dominated the defending Super Bowl Champions for 3 1/2 quarters, taking a 19 -3 lead into the fourth quarter. On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Broncos were penalized in their own end zone, giving the Chargers a safety and a seemingly insurmountable 21-3 lead considering how poorly the Broncos’ offense had played up to that point.
And then the tide turned. With 8:18 minutes left on the clock, the Broncos scored a touchdown on a short pass to wide receiver Bennie Fowler to cut the lead to 11 points. The sleeping giant had awoken and started moving the ball against Chargers defense. The hometown fans breathed a sigh of relief when a touchdown pass from Siemian to C.J. Anderson was called back and a fumble two plays later was recovered by the Chargers with 3:43 left on the clock. But the meltdown was only beginning.
Unable to get a first down or milk the clock, the Chargers punted the ball back to the Broncos with 3:03 left to go. I tried to reassure my fellow seat mates that, surely, we would win the game, leading by 11 points with only three measly minutes left to kill…but I was on slippery ice.
The Broncos moved the ball down the field, taking a two and a half minutes to kick a field goal…and yet they were still 8 points down. I mean the Chargers should be in good shape as the Broncos took almost the whole remaining time left to score one measly field goal and they were still down by a touchdown and two point conversion. All we had to do was recover the onside kick and kill 30 seconds…something that should be rather easy to do…but nothing comes easy for the Chargers this season.
With 27 seconds left, the Broncos recovered the onside kick and Charger fans could sense another fourth quarter meltdown. Even head coach Mike McCoy sensed the obvious and assumed the universal sign of despair by holding his head in his hands. Given the past history of this year’s team, if the Broncos scored a touchdown, they would surely score the two point conversion to send the game into overtime and we would find a way to lose another game…badly.
But a funny thing happened…the stars aligned just right, world peace broke out and a Charger made a play. On the last play of the game, a desperation heave by Trevor Siemian was knocked down by safety Dexter McCoil at the two yard line to preserve the victory for the Chargers. The San Diego Chargers found a way to win.
Meltdown averted…just barely.
Final Score: Gnarly Dudes – 21, Super Bowl Ringwraiths – 13
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Whew! I need a break…so let’s take a look a this week’s lead off photos from Thursday Night Football!
Night games are always a challenge for me to shoot. I have to use a flash, which decreases the number of photos I take and for each photo taken, I have to use a lower shutter speed and blah, blah, blah…what does this mean? Nothing much…just…never mind.
Let’s begin our regular coverage of the Absolutely Fabulous San Diego Charger Girls with the Captains: Marissa, Delani, Bridget, and Teran.