South Florida Motorsports, the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and the City of Miami Gardens have offered 50 students enrolled in the “F1 in Schools” program tickets to the inaugural Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix scheduled for next month. The surprise happened during a visit by Miami Gardens Mayor Rodney Harris and running legend Willy T. Ribbs to Bunche Park Alternative Sports and Fitness Center in Miami Gardens during an event hosted by Seeking Education Empowers Knowledge (SEEK). All SEEK staff also received two tickets to see Maluma at Hard Rock Stadium.

The “F1 in Schools” program is dedicated to introducing students to design, engineering, project management, branding, marketing and teamwork using excitement and l lure of F1.

Students also had the chance to meet, talk and race cars they built in a workshop during the program. (photo, top)with Willy T. Ribbs — the first African-American to test drive an F1 car and race in the Indianapolis 500.

Willy T. Ribbs (center), with Mayor Rodney Harris (left).

F1 in Schools is one of the world’s largest educational programs aimed at educating students and schoolchildren in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The first Miami F1 Grand Prix will be held from May 6 to 8, 2022.