University of Miami Hall of Famers and football greats Randal Hill and Andre Johnson will host the 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys/University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame (UMSHoF) Celebrity Dolphin Fishing Tournament June 26-27 in Islamorada, Florida. Event activities will take place at Founders Park at Mile Marker 87 on the Overseas Highway.
The tournament weekend will begin Friday evening with a kick-off party, silent auction and captains’ meeting followed on Saturday by a full day of fishing, awards dinner and live and silent auctions featuring unique sports memorabilia as well as a variety of gift packages. This is the only fishing event of its kind that matches participants with former Miami Hurricanes sports stars for the competition. Cash prizes and trophies will be presented to anglers in eight categories. A portion of the tournament proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys ,The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis , Coastal Conservation Association and the UMSHoF.
“I am very proud of how far we’ve come with this fundraising event,” said K.C. Jones , president of the UMSHoF, a 2008 hall inductee, two-time Super Bowl winner with the Denver Broncos and founder of the tournament. “In only five years we’ve not only created the largest fishing tournament in the Florida Keys, but we’ve established the tournament as an opportunity for fans to get to know their favorite former Hurricanes players, all supporting the Miami and Florida Keys communities while raising money for important causes.”
Hill added: “It’s an honor to host an event that has such a powerful draw and impact on the University of Miami Community. I can’t wait to get back down to the Keys and compete with my friends! Go Canes!”
Johnson said: “I’m so excited to continue the tradition of great Canes hosting this event. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with Canes fans and all my former teammates. We are all about the U!”
Former Hurricanes sports stars scheduled to participate include NFL Hall of Famer and 2012 Tournament Host Warren Sapp (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders), NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks (Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers, Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders), Clinton Portis (Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins), Brett Romberg (Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), Gary Dunn (Pittsburgh Steelers) and Damione Lewis (St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Houston Texans).
The 5th Annual Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys/UMSHoF Celebrity Dolphin Fishing Tournament is brought to participants in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council . For information about tournament participation, including boat entry or sponsorship opportunities, visit www.canesfish.com. (305) 667-0399 or contact Tournament Director Judy Layne at email@example.com . Save $150 on tournament fees by registering online now until June 1. Follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/canesfish .