RISE and Miami Dolphins Empowering Student Athletes

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An alumnus of Duke University, Craig Gelband serves as Vice President, Group Medical Director, for New Jersey’s Ogilvy CommonHealth. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Craig Gelband is a passionate fan of the National Football League’s (NFL) Miami Dolphins.

Despite preparing for the upcoming season, members of the Dolphins recently took time out of their busy schedules to help pass along an important message to students at Hollywood Hills High School (HHHS). Roughly 75 student-athletes at the South Florida school participated in the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) program, which was created in 2015 by Dolphins owner Stephen Ross as a means to empower young athletes to use their position through sport to be leaders in matters of inclusion and racial diversity within their team and community.

Both students and coaches took part in leadership-centered activities at HHHS, and the program is expected to expand at the school in the fall. However, RISE is advocating for social progress and racial equality in larger arenas than just local high schools. The nonprofit has an advisory board that includes prominent athletes such as Steph Curry of the National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors and Larry Fitzgerald of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. It has also partnered with Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and Major League Soccer, among other prominent sports leagues.

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