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100 Yards of Hope

This year, is partnering with FORCE BLUE to restore 100 yards of coral off the coast of Florida in honor of the NFL’s 100th season and America’s military veterans.

The only of its kind in the US, Florida’s Coral Reef is home not only to corals, but also to fish, sponges, and other significant marine wildlife. In addition to homing a diverse array of species, the reef serves as the first line of defense against tropical storms and hurricanes, providing more than $355 million per year in flood protection benefits for the area and annually generates over $6 billion in revenue and 71,000 jobs.

In 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated Florida’s Coral Reef. The storm plus global stressors and unprecedented coral disease outbreaks have caused Florida’s Coral Reef to lose over 75% of its living coral.

Worldwide, coral reefs provide habitat and food for fish, lobster, sea stars, anemones, sea turtles, sharks, and more. Losing coral reefs means losing up to 25% of all marine life. Without conservation efforts, these species are headed for extinction.

While FORCE BLUE has provided emergency restoration to many of these reefs, there is still much work to be done. That is when 100 Yards of Hope comes in!

The mission is a year-long coral reef restoration project that will be led by FORCE BLUE veteran divers working alongside scientists from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to restore a football field-length stretch of coral reef in the waters off the Florida coast.

Force Blue Team at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami before kickoff

You can be part of this historic mission! Just $25 provides a tank of air for a FORCE BLUE veteran. Donate now to support these heroes and the vital work they are doing for our country.