Miami Dolphins P Matt Darr, T Donald Hawkins and WR Rishard Matthews, along with alumni Nat Moore, Lousaka Polite, Twan Russell and Shawn Wooden, cheerleaders and mascot TD took military veteran families bowling at Sparez Davie.
“I think it’s very important that we help support the veterans. I’m from a military family: my father is a veteran, my brother served,” Matthews said. “I think it’s very important to come out here and spend time. We don’t know what’s going on in their lives. Just to come out here and put a smile on their face – it means a lot.”
The Dolphins partnered with United Way of Broward County to host the event. United Way selected families within the MISSION UNITED team to participate. MISSION UNITED is a critical program supporting United States military veterans and their families as they re-acclimate to civilian life. The families bowled with the current and former players, enjoyed dinner, received a Salute to Service T-shirt and gift bag and plenty of photos for the evening.
“Any team that can get with the veterans and help them out with their families and what they are going through – whether it’s transitioning back into civilian life or just helping them get out and go do things. A lot of us come back and do nothing because we don’t have anybody to talk to or it’s harder to relate to everyday life,” Joe Bond, a U.S. Army veteran who played some games with Matthews, said. “I think the Dolphins involvement is great.”