The Miami Dolphins took the time to visit the Red Cross Hurricane Irma shelter at the Miami-Dade County Expo Fair grounds to spend time with families displaced by Hurricane Irma. During their time at the shelter, players, cheerleaders, alumni staff and Special Teams powered by AARP Foundation assisted with serving meals and distributing items to help facilitate evacuees return to a sense of normalcy.
Dolphins rookie defensive tackle Vincent Taylor knows all too well about the struggles of being displaced by a hurricane. The New Orleans native was just 11-years old when his house was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, prompting his family to move to San Antonio, Texas. As a result of his personal experience dealing with the aftereffects of a hurricane, Taylor wanted to make certain he was there to uplift those who bore the brunt of Hurricane Irma.
“I’ve been through this; I’ve seen it first hand,” said Taylor. “Going through hurricane Katrina, me and my family, I know what it’s like to get help from other families and people giving you stuff. You wish you could be in your own house, have your own things, but around this time, you’re just looking for as much help as you can.
“I was talking to one guy and he was telling me how they were in here since Hurricane Irma and I showed him my tattoo of Hurricane Katrina and the date that I had and I told him, ‘I can relate to what you’re going through because I was in the same situation.’ It’s emotional, it’s hard, like I said, going through conditions like this, you’re looking for as much help as you can get.”
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has pledged $1 million to facilitate long-term rebuilding efforts for the region. In conjunction with Ross’ donation, the Dolphins have also partnered with AARP Foundation on a dollar for dollar matching campaign with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the communities affected by Hurricane Irma.