Early Friday morning, the Miami Dolphins 19th annual Fins Weekend kicked off with a golf tournament that saw the largest concentration of Dolphins alumni, current players and coaches meeting together to raise money for the Miami Dolphins foundation.
"This is the most participated event that the Dolphins do from a charity standpoint." said former Dolphins wide receiver Nat Moore, "You see all the coaches, you see Dennis (Hickey) out here, Tom Garfinkel's going to be here and (Dan) Marino, you're talking about all hands on deck for a great cause which is to raise money to put back into the community."
But this event is doing double-duty in a sense, as it's being used as a way to build another relationship that the Miami Dolphins will use to make an even greater impact on South Florida.
"We're going to use this as the cornerstone for our partnership with City Year," said Moore. "And we've committed a million dollars over the next four years to help Norland and Carol City High School, their graduation rate. That's what makes this special, it's a special weekend. You've got golf, you've got fishing, you've got some great sponsors."
For some alumni, this experience is not only a chance to give back to the community and have fun, it's also an opportunity for them to see some old friends from their playing days.
"It's always, always - anytime you can come back and reconnect with some of your guys that you shared locker rooms with and experiences with on the field, it can't be a bad time." said former wide receiver Mark Clayton, who also expressed his delight at the fact that he was getting to meet some of the new players as well.
Out of the 43 teams out on the two golf courses, the winners were the team of Waste Management (Mike Babchick, Chuck Emerson, Joe Guttoso, Jordan Kovacs) who shot 22-under, winning on a card match off on the fifth hole, and Bosch (Boris Sparfel, Ronan Kreman, Raymond Carrozza, Brice McCain) who won the Golden Palm Course with a score of 19-under.
After all that was over, the organization moved on to the Miami Beach Marina where they had put together the Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party in anticipation of the following day's fishing tournament. Besides the fun and food, there was a silent auction being held, which featured a large painting of legendary head coach Don Shula. Definitely an interesting piece.
The event will be drawing to a close tonight, and while out on the water, everyone will be competing to see who will come home with the biggest catch. The winner will likely have some serious bragging rights considering the extreme confidence the participants had, at least...until the next year.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater