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About CFY

Keeping Kids in the Game.

Our Story

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.

What We Do

Our organization proudly supports all City of Clearwater co-sponsored youth sports programs and many other independent organizations, reaching over 8,000 youth. Boys and girls playing football, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, track and field, cheerleading, swimming, volleyball, golf, surfing, sailing, and more. To provide these children the opportunity to play, each year we fund hundreds of participant registration scholarships, program grants for uniforms and equipment, regional/national travel assistance, underwrite fees, and supplement capital improvements.

Since 2008, CFY has also facilitated the distribution of over $500,000 in college scholarships through the Richard O. Jacobson Scholarship Program. In 2020, this program awarded 18 deserving students over $105,000 in funding and saw its recipients advance to institutions around the country, including Princeton and Harvard.

Board of Trustees

The men and women that give of their time to further the CFY mission.

Brian Aungst Sr.


Former Mayor of Clearwater

Chad Burgess

Hill, Ward & Henderson

Amy Connors

Past Chair

Dawn Daugherty

Priority One Clearing Services

Mike DeMaio

Danny Fisher

Fisher and Associates, LLC

William Fisher

Fisher and Associates, LLC

Craig Gilman


CBIZ & MHM Tampa Bay

Jim Halios

City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation

Brandy Halladay

Hoyt Hamilton

Palm Pavillion

William Hancock

Brown & Brown Insurance

Frederick Miller

Vice Chairman

SouthState Bank

Daniel Slaughter

Clearwater Police Department

Michele Smith


ESPN Analyst & Olympian

John Timberlake

Philadelphia Phillies & Clearwater Threshers

Rick Vaughn

Respect 90 Foundation

Chuck Warrington

Clearwater Gas System

Charles “Trip” Weaver

Long Center Foundation Chairman

Al Capogna

Honorary Board Member

Capogna’s Dugout

Frank Chivas

Honorary Board Member

Baystar Restaurant Group

Mark Robinson

Honorary Board Member

Safety Harbor Montessori Academy

Frederick E. Fisher

Chairman Emeritus
CFY Staff

Kevin Dunbar

Executive Director


Daniela Ress

Marketing & Events Manager


Thank You, CFY Supporters!