Nick Rose, vice president, head of ESG, Royal Caribbean Group, Benjamin Benjamin Cremaschi, Inter Miami CF midfielder and Diego Lirman, professor of marine biology and ecology and director of the Rescue a Reef program at the Rosenstiel School, hold completed coral cookie outplants before their dive. Photo: Diana Udel
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Benjamin Cremaschi, famous American soccer player and Key Biscayne native, wants to restore endangered coral reefs.

Royal Caribbean Group partnered with Inter Miami CF to restore reefs through coral gardening with Rescue a Reef — a conservation program through the University of Miami Rosenstiel School — uniting researchers, students and community members in coral restoration, according to a news release. 

The effort will repair damaged coral reefs by planting more than a thousand near Miami’s shoreline, the release also said.

Cremaschi joined researchers and divers from Rescue a Reef to recreate and expand the reefs and beautify the ocean and protect other existing species. 

“Aa Key Biscayne native, I’ve always had a special appreciation for the ocean. That’s why it was important to me to team up with Royal Caribbean to do my part in maintaining the health of our oceans,” he said. 

Cremaschi, midfielder for Inter Miami CF, a professional soccer club employing athletes from around the world, joined the professional academy in 2021, according to its website.  

The young athlete was named KBI’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2023 at just 18. He scored two goals and four assists during his first season with Inter Miami.

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According to Florida Coral Reefs — an organization specialized in the endangerment of coral reefs — the species faces existential threats as a result of environmental factors like weather, disease and the rise of high ocean temperatures. 

Cremaschi said he feels proud to be a part of a mission that brings corporate and university partners. 

 “Our hope is that the work we did inspires continued efforts from the community, so we can have a lasting impact together,” he said. 

TATIANA PINHEIRO is a reporter for Miami Fourth Estate, working in an internship program under the auspices of the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where she is a graduate student.

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TATIANA PINHEIRO is a reporter for Miami Fourth Estate, working in an internship program under the auspices of the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at the City University of New York, where she is a...