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Ocean Conservancy’s Partnership with Miami Super Bowl Host Committee

Ocean to Everglades (O2E) Initiative Brings Environmental Focus to the Big Game

In February, Ocean Conservancy was thrilled to announce that we are the Ocean Partner for the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. On Earth Day in Miami, the Host Committee, Everglades Foundation and Ocean Conservancy launched the Ocean to Everglades (O2E) initiative. MSBHC-O2E-LogoEvery Super Bowl has a philanthropic focus and for the first time ever, the environment has been chosen as the focus. Now that we are entering the start of the 2019-20 NFL Season, we are ready to do the work as Ocean Partner and reach for our goal of removing and diverting 54 Tons of Ocean Plastic and other Waste from South Florida waterways.

Like football, protecting the Ocean is a team sport and requires all of us working towards the same goal. On that note, we invite you to join Team Ocean this season and join us as we work towards our Super Bowl goals. Starting with our International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 21 at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, you can join the team by participating in our #SuperCleanupChallenge. After your ICC cleanup, use the #SuperCleanupChallenge hashtag to tell us your totals for volunteers and trash removed in lbs.

Our full schedule of Super Bowl beach cleanups is below:

  • International Coastal Cleanup, Virginia Key State Park – September 21

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park will be the flagship cleanup site on the east coast for the 34th annual ICC. To register, click here

  • Miami Dolphins Tri-County Cleanups – October 12

This trio of Miami Dolphins Tri-County Cleanups is limited to Dolphins Season Ticket Members and Dolphins Staff.

    • Spanish River Park, Palm Beach County
    • Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park, Broward County
    • Crandon Park, Miami-Dade
  • Veteran’s Day Weekend Remote Cleanups at Marquesas with Lower Keys Guides Association – November 3

Ocean Conservancy is partnering with the Lower Keys Guides Association on a fishing weekend that will combine a remote cleanup with a celebration of our veterans, the iconic Florida Keys marine ecosystem while raising awareness about the threats to our natural resources.

  • Super Bowl Week Cleanup, site TBD – January 28 or 29

Ocean Conservancy will close the NFL Season with one last Super Cleanup a few days before the Big Game.

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This partnership comes at a critical time for Miami and Florida. The 8,436 miles of Florida coastline along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, the world-class beaches, unique marine wildlife and celebrated coastal communities across the state are dealing with increased stress. From harmful algal blooms, to plastic pollution, from ocean acidification to sea level rise, the ocean and all who live in it, depend on it and enjoy it need concerted, bold action. By working with the Host Committee, NFL Green, Everglades Foundation, and all of the other groups and residents doing hard conservation work across Florida, we can make an impact.

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“The ocean has helped to shape Miami’s unique culture and there simply isn’t a better time or place to inspire America to get out there and take action to protect something we all love—our ocean.

Janis Searles Jones
CEO

Ocean Conservancy has been honored to work in Florida for more than 30 years, with staff who are lifelong Florida residents, and who bring a personal passion and connection to this state, its ocean and this partnership. We work to keep beaches clean and fisheries healthy. During our time in this state we have seen time and again the deep passion that Floridians have for their ocean and coasts.

We are up to the challenge to defend our ocean – and we hope that you are, too.

Follow @OurOcean and @MIASBLIV on Twitter to receive updates on our work and events together in South Florida.

 

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