The CFY Mission

Clearwater For Youth ensures all children have access to youth sports in our community.

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CFY History

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 fifty 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.


CFY Partnerships

The community has continued to support the CFY mission through events like the CFY Celebrity Banquet presented by Clearwater Gas System, Art Capogna Memorial Golf Classic Scramble presented by Capogna’s Dugout, Phillies Spring Training at Spectrum Field, VIP Pre-Race Party presented by Clearwater Gas System, and The Phil Doganiero 3 Bridge Race. 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 8,000 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. CFY also provides the Richard O. Jacobson Postsecondary Scholarship Program that has awarded over $700,000 to graduating seniors since 2006.

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