Dwight Stephenson is a retired NFL offensive lineman and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 1998. He played for the Miami Dolphins from 1980 to 1987, when his left knee sustained an injury in a play involving New York Jets Marty Lyons and Joe Klecko. He was the starting center in the last two Dolphin Super Bowl appearances: Super Bowl XIX and Super Bowl XVII. On December 12, 1994 he was added to the The Miami Dolphin Honor Roll. Despite the brevity of his career, in 1999, he was ranked number 84 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Football Players ever. Also, in 1999, he was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2011 he was inducted into the Hampton Roads Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a devout Christian and popular motivational speaker. In 1985, Dwight was the recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, which is presented annually by the National Football League honoring a player's volunteer and charity work, as well as his excellence on the field. Dwight Stephenson continues to be a wonderful role model for children and families in the community. The Dwight Stephenson Foundation is a testament to his commitment to Change Lives.
FOOTBALL FOR PEACE
"We must use the power of sport as an agent of social change. It has an almost unmatched role to play in promoting understanding, healing wounds, mobilising support for social causes, and breaking down barriers”, he will say. - Kofi Annan
Dwight Stephenson is the perfect role model and mentor to unveil a 'pilot' FOOTBALL FOR PEACE initiative and "Flag Football" program. Utilizing SPORT as a platform and vehicle to promote cultural exchange and understanding, education and peace is a proven concept. This project will establish the City of Delray Beach and Cason United Methodist Church as the spearheads of a nation wide “Peace and Education Through Sport” - Legacy of Goodwill.
"Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defense spending there is". Kofi Annan
Dwight Stephenson Sports and Education Campus
Delray Beach, Florida
The Dwight Stephenson Sports and Education Campus has a School/Peace House, Teen Center, 4 Multi-Sport Courts that will accommodate Futbol, Tennis, Basketball and the Football For Peace co-ed 'flag football' project. The Stadium 'feature' is also designed as a Multi-Sport facility, along with the rooftop Peace Pitch. A 'Futbol Skills Circuit', Meditation Park and Community Garden are also features of our Sport and Education Complex, which will provide after school, evening and summer programs for 250 children and families in the community. We will also provide a schedule of programs for children with disabilities.
Participate In Changing Lives
SPORT FOR HOPE is a collaborative movement between the United Nations Sport for Development and Peace, Peace and Sport Monaco, the GOL ILUMINADO FOUNDATION and the DWIGHT STEPHENSON FOUNDATION. The mission of Sport For Hope is to promote awareness and support for the implementation of a worldwide network of concrete and sustainable LEGACY projects that encourage Cultural Exchange, Education and Goodwill for children and families, in order to build a more Peaceful and Better World through Sport and the Olympic Ideal.
"The sporting community has the power to advance humanity and to help ensure that all children everywhere have access to health care, education, protection and equality".
Instead of handing an award to a quarterback or running back when other players at less glamorous positions enjoyed far superior seasons, Pro Football Focus decided to simply recognize the best overall performance of the NFL season, each year – the best player in football Pro Football Focus now bestow the Dwight Stephenson Award to that player.
The award is named after a player who pre-dates Pro Football Focus but does not pre-date the site’s ethos. Dwight Stephenson played only eight NFL seasons for the Miami Dolphins, but was a five-time All-Pro and was selected to the All-Decade team of the 1980s. More importantly, you only need to throw on a couple of minutes of tape to see that he was something special.
This award comes with no 'positional bias' whatsoever. A guard has every bit as much chance to win it as a cornerback, pass-rusher, quarterback or any other position. All they need to do is dominate and perform during the regular season.
Dwight Stephenson - Class of 1998
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Dwight Stephenson - LEGEND