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Dolphins donate $17,500 to family of football coach killed in Douglas High School shooting

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Donations have come pouring in from all over the country to Parkland, Fla., after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this week killed 17 people.

Friday, the Miami Dolphins chipped in, too, both to the community’s larger victims’ fund, and to the family of slain assistant football coach Aaron Feis, who died, students and teachers say, shielding students from gunfire.

Dolphins special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi presented Feis’s family with a check for $17,500 after organizing a collection among the team’s players, coaches and other employees.

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“As a coaching staff we got together on the morning after the tragedy and started talking about that we really wanted to do something for coach Feis and his family. Next thing you know we had close to 50 people that donated money,” Rizzi told the Sun Sentinel.

“I was amazed because everybody from coach [Adam] Gase right on through our entire coaching staff, our equipment people, security, video people — everybody pitched in and gave some money,” he added. “Everybody was affected by it.”

The Dolphins also donated $100,000 to the Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund on GoFundMe, organized by the Broward Education Foundation. That campaign has already raised more than $1 million dollars from more than 17,000 donors.

Rizzi said he had known Feis for several years. He frequently made recruiting trips to the high school when he was an assistant coach at Rutgers.

“Just from what he did and his heroics, I don’t know if you can really put it into words,” Rizzi said. “There’s a lot of speculation about what happened, but I do know Coach Feis was a hero.

“A lot of people look at NFL coaches and players and they watch on Sunday and think those are heroes. People like Coach Feis are the real heroes — people that are in high schools working with young people every day and formulating young people into doing the right things.”

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