Florida Senate - 2024                             (NP)    SR 336
       By Senator Avila
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    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing Club Internacional de Fútbol
    3         Miami, popularly known as Inter Miami CF, for its
    4         outstanding achievements on and off the field, for its
    5         passion to bring people together, and for its mission
    6         and expanding the vision of “Freedom to Dream.”
    8         WHEREAS, Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami, popularly
    9  known as Inter Miami CF, is a professional global fútbol club
   10  located in South Florida and born out of its fans’ “Freedom to
   11  Dream,” and
   12         WHEREAS, fueled by the passion and drive to bring people
   13  together locally, nationally, and internationally, Inter Miami
   14  CF was established in 2018 as Major League Soccer’s (MLS’s) 25th
   15  club, and
   16         WHEREAS, in 2019, the club launched its Inter Miami CF
   17  Academy, dedicated to providing local youth with the “Freedom to
   18  Dream” through an attainable pathway to the highest levels of
   19  the sport, and has since seen seven Academy products sign
   20  professional first-team Homegrown Player contracts, and
   21         WHEREAS, Inter Miami CF began its inaugural MLS season in
   22  2020, the year that the club opened its world-class Inter Miami
   23  CF Stadium, now DRV PNK Stadium, and
   24         WHEREAS, in 2022, Inter Miami CF unveiled its first iconic
   25  pink primary jersey, the first all-pink jersey in club history,
   26  inspired by and designed for the club’s fans, and
   27         WHEREAS, on National Nonprofit Day 2022, Inter Miami CF
   28  announced its community-driven nonprofit arm, the Inter Miami CF
   29  Foundation, along with its goal to “harness the power of fútbol
   30  to do good” through its support of community initiatives, such
   31  as back-to-school drives, cancer research and fundraising, meal
   32  and literacy programs, and more, and
   33         WHEREAS, in the summer of 2023, Inter Miami CF made
   34  groundbreaking signings, securing three of history’s most
   35  renowned fútbol players, Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and
   36  Jordi Alba, inspiring excitement in the community and
   37  significantly contributing to the growth of the sport locally
   38  and nationally, and
   39         WHEREAS, on August 19, 2023, Inter Miami CF reached a major
   40  milestone by defeating Nashville SC in a dramatic penalty
   41  shootout to win the 2023 Leagues Cup title, the club’s first
   42  major trophy, with forward and team captain Lionel Messi earning
   43  the Leagues Cup Best Player and Top Scorer awards, and
   44  goalkeeper Drake Callender earning Man of the Match honors and
   45  the Leagues Cup Best Goalkeeper award, and
   46         WHEREAS, on August 28, 2023, Inter Miami CF announced that
   47  construction had begun on Miami Freedom Park, a state-of-the-art
   48  25,000-seat fútbol-specific stadium in the City of Miami which
   49  will be the club’s new home and a significant addition to local
   50  sports infrastructure, providing economic and entertainment
   51  benefits to the South Florida community, NOW, THEREFORE,
   53  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   55         That Club Internacional de Fútbol Miami is recognized for
   56  its outstanding achievements on and off the field, for its
   57  passion to bring people together, and for its mission and
   58  expanding the vision of “Freedom to Dream.”