Miami Beach Senior High
Stephen M. Ross Field Dedication Ceremony
September 12, 2011
Dolphins Owner Ross Scores A Touchdown At Miami Beach Senior High
Posted Sep 12, 2011
A little less than five hours before his Miami Dolphins were to take the field against the New England Patriots at Sun Life Stadium, owner Steve Ross threw a touchdown pass on his very own field.
Ross showed off a pretty accurate arm this afternoon after taking the shotgun snap and hit Miami Beach Senior High receiver Ricardo Louis on a slant pattern in the back of the end zone. In the background was a giant red scoreboard with the words “Stephen M. Ross Field” across the top.
One year after breaking ground on the football team’s practice field, Ross got to see the finished product, a perfectly lined 100-yard patch of grass that is being used for practice by the varsity team and for games by the JV team and soccer teams. It came as a result of Ross donating $81,000 of his own money to match an $81,000 grant from the Dolphins and the NFL Youth Football Fund and Local Initiatives Support Corporation to Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
“I’m proud of it and never expected it,” said Ross, who graduated in 1958 and played offensive tackle for his alma mater. “Certainly when you graduate high school you don’t expect to see your name up there unless you were some great star. But it’s great to be involved with this school and to be part of the community.”
Louis, who has committed to Auburn University, joined his teammates and head coach Ralph Jimenez at the dedication ceremony. The Mayor of the City of Miami Beach, Matti Herrera-Bower, the school’s Principal, Rosann Sidener, Dolphins CEO Mike Dee and former Dolphins receiver and Vice President/Senior Advisor of Alumni Nat Moore joined them on the field.
Jimenez and Louis have led the Hi-Tides to a 2-0 start this season and Jimenez sees a direct correlation between his team’s success and the new field. Last year at this time there were drainage problems and a lake had formed where the team usually ran drills.
“The blessing is that these kids are actually going to a football field with no injuries now,” Jimenez said. “The injuries have decreased dramatically, the ankles and the knees, so that’s number one. The pride that’s been instilled in them seeing that there are other people that care about this program gives them that much more motivation to work a little bit harder and practice a little bit harder.”
For Ross, the moment allowed him to feel young again as the team also presented him with a helmet in appreciation of his donation. When he played the team was called the Typhoons and played in a public park around the corner.
“It’s a great honor for him and you could see the high school kid in his face standing here,” Dee said. “It looked like he was back here as a student-athlete, so what an honor it is. We should all be so lucky one day to be back here surrounded by the kids. That was the special part for everybody here, I think, was watching the team embrace him. There’s only a 53-year difference between those kids and when he played here, so that was nice.” l
Tony Segreto was the MC of the event.
Many Dolphin greats, school and city officials were introduced to the crowd
Mr. Karp from the Miami-Dade County Schools expresses his gratitude to the Dolphins for renovating the school practice field.
With the new field came a beautiful MBSH scoreboard.
The Mayor of Miami Beach Matti Herrera Bower shows the city's thanks for the new field.
The Miami Beach principal, Dr. Rosanne Sidener, thanking the Miami Dolphins for their support of high school athletic progams.
Hi Tide (aka. Typhoons) Mr. Stephen Ross alumnus and owner of the Miami Dolphins dedicating the Ross Field.
Hi Tide Head Coach Ralph Jimenez and top player Ricardo Louis present Mr. Stephen Ross with a MB football helmet and game ball.For the first touchdown pass at the field Mr. Ross receivesthe snap from center Davonte Duverne.......and Ricardo Louis catches the touchdown pass from Mr. Ross.
The Hi-Tide band, cheerleaders, and the football team at the event
Mr. Karp with the Dolphins Fight Song!
Dolphin receiver great Nat Moore discussing the advantages of having a good athletic program at Miami Beach.
What a beautiful field! Roll Tides!