Clearwater For Youth began in 1966 as a Football and Cheerleading program sponsored by the Police Athletic League (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 c 3 organization.
From inception, we 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 of 1990. Presently, through a unique arrangement with The Long Center Foundation and the City of Clearwater, The Long Center continues to bustle with activity throughout the year.