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Dolphins owner Ross pledges $1 million to hurricane relief

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(TSX / STATS) -- Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross pledged $1 million to the immediate and long-term rebuilding efforts in areas affected by Hurricane Irma, the team announced Wednesday.

The Category 4 storm left significant damage throughout Florida earlier this week, resulting in at least 23 reported deaths. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long said on Tuesday that as many as 65 percent of homes in the Florida Keys sustained major damage as a result of the hurricane.

"The devastation throughout Florida was heartbreaking, but I was inspired by the resilience and spirit of our state to help rebuild," Ross said in a statement. "Our most heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by Hurricane Irma and we are committed to helping in long term recovery efforts."

The Dolphins have partnered with AARP Foundation on a matching funds grant campaign, will all contributions going directly to the community. The team also will collaborate with local and regional community partners involved with relief and rebuilding efforts in Monroe and Collier counties along with the Florida Keys.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars announced earlier in the week that they are each donating $1 million to the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The Jaguars are also donating 5,000 tickets to Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans to first responders.

Miami's season-opening home game against Tampa Bay was rescheduled to Nov. 19 in a move prior to Hurricane Irma's arrival. The Dolphins evacuated to Los Angeles on Friday after the postponement.

Updated September 13, 2017

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