The Dolphins made college a little more affordable for three local super achievers Thursday.
The team surprised three of its ‘Rising Star’ students with $5,000 in college scholarships, while helping Sun Life Financial award students and Florida nonprofits thousands of dollars more in grants.
Casa Valentina, ChildNet, New Horizons of Southwest Florida and Urban Youth Impact were also recognized for commitment to education at surprise awards presentations throughout South Florida on Thursday.
Center Mike Pouncey, guard Richie Incognito and Dolphins cheerleaders took part in the events, which honored the following Sun Life Rising Star award recipients:
• Vanessa Civil, Blanche Ely High School
• Rachelle Battle, Lake Worth High School
• Kimberly Sandino, Miami Northwestern Senior High School
Angel Lopez of Esteri High School in Southwest Florida received the $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship on Wednesday.
The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program will provide a total of $220,000 in grants and scholarships to South Florida students and nonprofit organizations this year.
By the end of 2013, Sun Life will have invested nearly $4 million to 70 students and 63 nonprofit organizations in 14 U.S. cities, since 2010. The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program is the education cornerstone program of the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
The groin injury that kept Dimitri Patterson out of last week’s game very well might prevent him from playing Sunday against the Falcons.
While the Dolphins did not practice Thursday, they still had to release an injury report. On it, they announced Patterson would not have practiced at all had they taken the field.
For the second consecutive day, Ryan Tannehill was listed as limited participation after dinging his shoulder against the Colts. Tannehill never missed a snap Sunday.
Other than Patterson, the only change to the report Thursday was Mike Wallace, listed as full participation with a groin issue.