Recently announced by the South Florida Flag Football League, the Miami Dolphins has signed on as a sponsor for the league itself to help fund the development of LGBTQI flag football in Florida. The sponsorship entails the Miami Dolphins providing the SFFFL’s team uniforms during the Fall 2019 season.
“The Miami Dolphins goal is to level the playing field through the power of teamwork to inspire a healthier, more educated and united South Florida community. We believe it is important to be inclusive of the diversity and aware of the intersections that make up South Florida by uniting groups of different races, genders, sexual orientations, identities, abilities and faith around the power of football.”
The Miami Dolphins, a team part of the NFL has stepped up their initiatives in building representation for the LGBTQI community this past year. Starting off with a memorial to the victims of the 2016 Pulse Orlando Shootings and sponsoring the 2019 Miami Beach Pride which including lighting up the Hard Rock Stadium in rainbow colors in part of the Miami Beach Pride’s “Pride Lights the Night Initiative.”
The sponsorship with the SFFFL is the first time the league has had a professional sports team sponsor the league and will be the start of a strong relationship. It comes on the footsteps of the NFL and its teams sponsoring various LGBTQI football initiatives, most notably the Gay Bowls from 2017 and 2018 being sponsored by the host city’s NFL teams, the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos respectively. In addition, the 2019 Gay Bowl due to be held in NYC on October 10-13th is sponsored by both the New York Jets and the New York Giants.
In addition to sponsoring the South Florida Flag Football League, the Miami Dolphins will also be hosting their first ever LGBTQI Pride Night event in conjunction with the SFFFL on Sunday, November 17th, 2019 in a match up against the Buffalo Bills. Find more information and buy tickets here at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-miami-dolphins-pride-event-tickets-64623715272
By Dirk Smith