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Miami Dolphins in the Haitian Community (Jamar Taylor & Nat Moore)

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DOLPHINS and Sun Life Financial Present $220,000 in Grants and Scholarships to South Florida Nonprofits & Students at Surprise Ceremonies
Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (West Palm Beach), HANDY (Fort Lauderdale) and Little Haiti Optimist Foundation (Miami), Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida (Fort Myers) honored as Sun Life Rising Stars for commitment to education

South Florida (October 20) – Outstanding South Florida student Junior Appo thought they were attending a typical high school assembly when Miami Dolphins Jamar Taylor and Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President/Special Advisor and former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Nat Moore walked on stage and called them up to join him at Miami Edison Senior High School. In recognition of these student’s remarkable academic achievements, Dolphins, and Sun Life Financial Group Manager John Hak surprised Appo along with their supporting nonprofit organization Little Haiti Optimist Foundation with $55,000 each in grants and scholarships at a special Sun Life Rising Star Awards presentation.

Little Haiti Optimist Foundation received a $50,000 grant, while Junior Appo received a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star college scholarship. In total, four South Florida students and nonprofit organizations will receive $220,000 in grants and scholarships from Sun Life this year. The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for students and education-based nonprofit organizations that support them in our nation’s under-served metropolitan areas.

This year, Sun Life will provide $660,000 in grants, scholarships and other resources to outstanding organizations and students in Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, South Florida and the Tulsa/Oklahoma City area. By the end of 2014, Sun Life Financial will have committed nearly $5 million to 86 students and 79 nonprofit organizations in 16 different cities across the country. Sun Life has committed $1.1 million in South Florida to local education-based nonprofit organizations and under-served area students.
 

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