. . 4 Formative and sustaining processes The Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards is a highly regarded student awards programs the purpose of this Awards program is to recognize outstanding individuals & leaders who have maintained good grades and have applied their knowledge and talents to contribute service to their schools and communities the Silver Knight Awards program was instituted at the Miami Herald in 1959 by John S Knight past publisher of the Miami Herald founder and editor emeritus of Knight-Ridder Newspapers and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner, Miami-Dade County is home to many private and public universities and colleges. With a population of more than 18 million according to the 2010 census Florida is the most populous state in the southeastern United States and the third-most populous in the United States. Law 101 4.1.1 Notes Port St Lucie 164,603 88,769 St Lucie, See also: List of companies based in Miami Concourse J at Miami International Airport. As of 2010 those of (non-Hispanic white) European ancestry accounted for 57.9% of Florida's population Out of the 57.9% the largest groups were 12.0% German (2,212,391) 10.7% Irish (1,979,058) 8.8% English (1,629,832) 6.6% Italian (1,215,242) 2.8% Polish (511,229) and 2.7% French (504,641) White Americans of all European backgrounds are present in all areas of the state in 1970 non-Hispanic whites were nearly 80% of Florida's population Those of English and Irish ancestry are present in large numbers in all the urban/suburban areas across the state Some native white Floridians especially those who have descended from long-time Florida families may refer to themselves as "Florida crackers"; others see the term as a derogatory one Like whites in most other states of the southern U.S. they descend mainly from English and Scots-Irish settlers as well as some other British American settlers, Main article: Indigenous people of the Everglades region, [icon] Florida International University has seventeen varsity sports teams named the Panthers the Panthers' athletic colors are blue and gold and compete in the NCAA Division I as part of Conference USA in all sports Three main sports facilities serve as home venues for Panther athletics the Panthers football team plays at FIU Stadium ("The Cage") the men and women's basketball and volleyball teams play at the FIU Arena and the men's baseball team plays at FIU Baseball Stadium Other athletics venues include the Aquatic Center Tennis Complex softball fields and various other recreational fields FIU Arena underwent expansion to add more seating and a modernization of the exterior that was completed in late 2011 on July 1 2013 FIU became a member of Conference USA.
Julia Tuttle the founder of Miami, Marlins Park home of the Miami Marlins of the MLB, See also: Florida locations by per capita income Florida statistical areas List of power stations in Florida List of metropolitan areas of Florida List of municipalities in Florida and List of urbanized areas in Florida (by population). NASCAR (headquartered in Daytona Beach) begins all three of its major auto racing series in Florida at Daytona International Speedway in February featuring the Daytona 500 and ends all three Series in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway Daytona also has the Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR race weekend around Independence Day in July the 24 Hours of Daytona is one of the world's most prestigious endurance auto races the Grand Prix of St Petersburg and Grand Prix of Miami have held IndyCar races as well, In its 2018 ParkScore ranking the Trust for Public Land reported that the park system in the City of Miami was the 50th best park system among the 100 most populous US cities down slightly from 48th place in the 2017 ranking ParkScore ranks urban park systems by a formula that analyzes median park size park acres as percent of city area the percent of city residents within a half-mile of a park spending of park services per resident and the number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents.