No child turned away.
The Mission & Vision of Clearwater For Youth
The Clearwater For Youth mission is to help ensure “no child is turned away” due to financial concerns and to elevate youth sports in our community and beyond by offering support through scholarships and grants to constructive sports programs where children from all levels of society can play together and learn together. The CFY mission has never wavered nor has our philosophy of “building character through sports.”
Clearwater For Youth began in 1966 as a Football and Cheerleading program sponsored by the P.A.L. The Suncoast Kiwanis picked up the ball in 1967 and in 1972 CFY was incorporated as a not for profit, tax deductible 501 c3 organization…helping our community youth reach their fullest potential through enriching and productive activities. Over forty years ago, local civic leaders had this vision of “building character through sports” and today CFY continues to help ensure “no child is turned away” or program jeopardized due to financial concerns.
The community has continued to support the CFY mission through events like the CFY Celebrity Banquet presented by Spectrum, The Capogna Dugout “Art Capogna” Golf Classic, the Phillies Fanfest at Spectrum Field, the Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race, and “Meet the Pro’s” at Marina Cantina presented by Clearwater Gas System. The Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Bucs, Tampa Bay Lightning and many sports stars have all supported CFY .
From the inception Clearwater For Youth had two main goals…to build a recreational center for youth and to support youth organizations and participants wherever a need existed. Through the tireless effort of CFY founder Fred Fisher, the Harris E. “Zip” Long Center in Clearwater opened in July, 1990 and is filled with youth throughout the year.
Through a unique partnership with the City of Clearwater, CFY supports all city co-sponsored youth sports programs and many others which include over 4,000 youth. Boys and girls playing football, cheerleading, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, swimming, volleyball, golf, surfing, sailing and more have all been helped through CFY support. Our mission is to reduce the financial burdens of these groups and their participants with scholarships, grants and matching fund challenges. CFY funds hundreds of participant registrations annually along with sports program grants for uniforms, equipment, field rental fees, building projects for field improvements and regional and national travel grants for teams and individuals in need.
Team CFY Endowment
Where there is a need to be met CFY wants to be there to help. The purpose of the endowment is to continue our mission into the future during this time of soaring costs and economic uncertainty for so many families and children. Our endowment goal is to allow CFY to provide 100% of our annual fund raising proceeds directly to support the needs of our youth and secure CFY in perpetuity as an organization. In 2008 the Richard O. Jacobson Foundation provided a $700,000 challenge gift and Team CFY benefactors matched the challenge to help us toward completing our vision. If you share in our passion of sports as a tool for teaching youth life lessons and our goal of supporting youth through sports, please help by joining Team CFY and providing for the youth of today…our leaders of tomorrow.