Miami Dolphins Help Make a Needed Connection

Miami Dolphins Donate $100,000 to Help Bridge the Digital Divide in Palm Beach County
Posted on 09/22/2020
Miami Dolphins Foundation

The School District of Palm Beach County will receive a charitable contribution of $100,000 from the Miami Dolphins that will go toward helping to bridge the digital divide and ensuring that students are connected.

The generous donation was made possible by a combination of player and team donations, as well as a grant through the National Football League.

“We are so appreciative of the commitment and follow-through from the Miami Dolphins,” said Mark Howard, Chief of Performance Accountability. 

The funds have the potential to provide up to 2,500 students with a source of internet access at no cost to families. The commitment shown by the Dolphins goes beyond Palm Beach County’s borders. The $100,000 gift was equally extended to both Broward and Miami-Dade County. The South Florida counties represent three of the top 10 largest school districts in the nation.

James Gavrilos, president and CEO of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, echoed the appreciation. “I get the opportunity to interact with some of South Florida’s most generous philanthropists,” Gavrilos said. “And with this donation, I am moved beyond words.”

The School District began the 2020-2021 school year in distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the summer, the District was focused on securing devices for students to make sure they have access to distance learning.

In order to connect all students before August 31, 2020, the Digital Inclusion Initiative was established to identify students that need support and allocate resources accordingly to provide internet connection.

“I cannot say thank you enough to the dedicated members of the Dolphins who have stepped forward to make this happen. Together we are making this community stronger,” Gavrilos said.

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