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About CFY

The CFY Story

Established in 1972, CFY proudly supports youth athletics programs and organizations with an emphasis on skill-building activities, reaching over 8,000 children annually and expanding. Funding efforts are aimed at providing the children of Pinellas County the opportunity to participate in their chosen activity unhindered by costs.

CFY’s grant program funds thousands of participant registration fees, supports the purchase of equipment upgrades and safety measures, and assists qualified athletes striving to reach higher levels of competition on a regional/national level. This program offers community-based support to organizations who work with the underserved youth.

The growth of CFY in the past 50 years includes the addition of a rapidly growing postsecondary scholarship program, funding assistance for youth arts and culture programming, and support for many other community initiatives and infrastructure projects, serving as a dynamic resource committed to creating lasting impacts in the lives of children.

Our Mission

Our mission is to elevate the youth of Pinellas County through access to athletics and other skill-building programs where children from all backgrounds can learn, play, and grow together.
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CFY has an endowment with enough resources to offset its administrative cost, allowing 100% of all funds generated be directed back into the community to make the greatest impact on the families we serve.

Did you know?

“CFY” stands for Clearwater For Youth, with roots that date back to 1966. Before becoming a grant funder for other youth organizations, Clearwater For Youth’s founding members organized youth programming in Clearwater, offering a wide variety of activities including football, swimming, gymnastics, cheerleading, tennis, and many others. An organization unlike any other in its time, Clearwater For Youth brought together local business leaders, city officials, and families under one simple motto: What helps youth helps Clearwater.
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