Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys/University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Fishing Tournament

Ted Hendricks, a member of the UM and Pro Football Hall of Fames will serve as the celebrity host for the 7th Annual Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys / University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame (UMSHoF) Celebrity Fishing Tournament, presented by Yamaha and Caribee Boat Sales, June 23rd and 24th at Founders Park at Mile Marker 87 on the Overseas Highway in Islamorada, Fla.

“I’m excited to host the 7th Annual Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Fishing Tournament this year. Come join me and some of my UM friends in Islamorada”, said NFL and UM Hall of Famer, Ted Hendricks. “It is one of the best charity events anyone can participate in and your opportunity to mingle with UM greats is awesome. A Reel expert can tackle anything with UFISH.”

The tournament weekend begins Friday evening with a kick-off party, final boat registration, silent auction and captains’ meeting followed on Saturday by a full day of fishing. On Saturday afternoon, the tournament will host its official weigh-in, followed by the Grady White Boats Dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction. New to the tournament this year, Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill will be hosting the food throughout the weekend and Warbird Apparel is the official angler shirt sponsor.

Anglers can save $150 on tournament fees by registering online now until June 1.

All events are open to the public. 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 various inshore and offshore categories. A portion of the tournament proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys, Coastal Conservation Association and the UMSHoF.

Former Hurricanes sports stars who have participated in the past include NFL Hall of Famer and 2012 Tournament Host Warren Sapp (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders), Clinton Portis (Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins), Brett Romberg (Jacksonville Jaguars, St. Louis Rams, Atlanta Falcons), Gary Dunn (Pittsburgh Steelers), Damione Lewis (St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, New England Patriots, Houston Texans), and 1992 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta (Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts).

Tournament Information
The 7th Annual Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys/UMSHoF Celebrity Dolphin Fishing Tournament is presented by Yamaha and Caribee Boat Sales and brought to participants 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 the Tournament Director, Judy Layne at judy@canesfish.com. Save $150 on tournament fees by registering online now until June 1. Follow the tournament on Facebook at www.facebook.com/canesfish and Instagram at www.instagram.com/canesfish.

About the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame (UMSHoF)
Nestled on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami, the UMSHoF is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose main purpose is to recognize those student athletes, coaches and administrators who have brought acclaim to the university through their accomplishments and championships. The showcase for the UMSHoF and the repository of the great sports traditions of the University of Miami is the Tom Kearns Sports Hall of Fame Building, located next door to the Hecht Athletic Center on San Amaro Drive. On display are photos and memorabilia representing the 300 inductees, National Championship Trophies, and artifacts that span the 90 year athletic history of the university. The UMSHoF displays include memorabilia from all of the university sports programs. For information about planning a visit, participating in one of the annual fundraising event or contributing to the UMSHoF, visit www.umsportshalloffame.com, send an email to umsportshallfame@aol.com or contact Executive Director John Routh directly at (305) 284-2775.

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