Steve Ross and Miami Dolphins roll out bike ride to benefit cancer research

(From left) Former Dolphins Nat Moore and Jim Mandich and Dolphins CEO Mike Dee announce Dolphins Cycling Challenge

Owner Steve Ross and the Miami Dolphins recently announced the Dolphins Cycling Challenge, a two-day, 170-mile trans-Florida charity cycling event to benefit Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami.

The challenge, a collaborative effort between the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, will feature thousands of cyclists from Florida and across the country biking between 30 and 170 miles to raise funds to support cancer research and treatment at Sylvester.

“We are so grateful to Steve Ross and the entire Miami Dolphins organization for presenting us with this opportunity to create a legacy event that will deliver tremendous benefits to our community for generations to come,”  said University of Miami President Donna Shalala. “The Dolphins Cycling Challenge will play a critical role in helping us achieve Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s mission to transform research and treatment in South Florida, while reducing the terrible human burden that cancer brings.”

Former Miami Dolphins tight end and current team radio voice Jim Mandich is being treated at the Sylvester Center.

“I have never been more proud to be a part of this organization,” Mandich said. “The commitment to South Florida and leaving a legacy beyond the field of play is what makes the Miami Dolphins unique.  Whether you’re a diehard Dolphins homer or someone who has been affected in some way by this epidemic, I invite you to join the team and ride for a cause that touches all of us.”

The event begins with a kickoff party in Miami and on November 19 and culminates on Sunday, November 21 at Sun Life Stadium with an on-field celebration to honor those who participated in raising funds for cancer research and treatment. All riders that commit to ride more than 70 miles will receive two complimentary tickets to the Dolphins game against Cleveland on December 5. Riders who attend the game will be honored in a special on-field pre-game ceremony celebrating their fundraising efforts.

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