The Miami Dolphins are looking to become the first professional sports franchise to have every player on its roster registered the vote.
The Dolphins are hoping to have all of their players registered by Sept. 24, which is National Registration Day. Bill Wachtel and Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute confirmed Thursday to ESPN that it would be the first time a professional sports franchise accomplished the feat.
“The Dolphins are well on their way to being the first professional ball team in American history to have a roster of fully registered voters, and this is just the beginning,” Wachtel said to James Walker of ESPN.
Walker reported that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and Wachtel are longtime friends and collaborated on the idea. Their goal is to get other NFL teams to set our similar initiatives.
“The hope is that translates into encouraging more people across our nation to get engaged and to vote,” said King, the son of Martin Luther King Jr. “Because a voteless people, as Dad said, is a powerless people.”
Wachtel and King were at the Dolphins’ minicamp Thursday to help assist the team’s unregistered players in signing up to vote. The two are also partnered with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, which was founded in 2015 by the Dolphins owner. Wachtel said after Thursday’s session with the team that 90 percent of the team’s players were registered to vote, per the Associated Press via Yahoo Sports.
The Dolphins open up their 2017 season at on Sept. 10 at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.