Associated Parks make up
the membership of the Greater Miami
RAIDER NATION…HOME OF THE
HATED BY SOME…
LOVED BY MANY…
RESPECTED BY ALL!!!
great tradition of the
Palmetto Raiders optimist club was founded in 1965, by Mr. Richard M. Brown,
Ron Scholer, and group of dedicated friends and family members. This
wonderful group of humanitarians wanted to form an optimist program in hopes
that it might provide goodwill in the community, build character within the
youth in the community, and most of all create an atmosphere of optimism
within the community.
In 1972 Palmetto Optimist became one of the original Members of the
Greater Miami Pop Warner League alongside teams such Coral Reef (formally
kendall broncos), Tamiami Optimist, K-Land
(Kiwanis Club), Homestead Air force-base Optimist, South Miami Optimist,
Homestead Optimist, and Coral Gables (youth center).
During the mid 70’s our
league began to grow with emerging teams such as Richmond-Perrine, Suniland,
and Miami Beach. As we stepped into the 80’s teams began to "jump on
the band wagon". Teams like, South Kendall, West kendall, Florida-City,
and kendall hammocks began to join our league making the Greater Pop Warner
league the successful program that you see before you today.
The palmetto Raiders have always taken great pride in upholding a winning
tradition throughout the years. We have had many great club members, Coaches,
parents, and athletes that have passed through our program. It is because of
these people that our program has been so successful. Our program has nurtured
such players as: Steve Everrett (Cleveland
Browns), Steve Grant (Indianapolis
Colts), Alberto White (Oakland
Raiders) Alan Campos (Dallas
Troy Davis (New Orleans Saints/CFLL),
Gana Joseph (New
Lamount Green (fsu/Atlanta
Falcons), James Sutton (UM),
Courtland Bullard (Ohio
State), Don McKnight (univ.
Darren Davis (CFL)
Olsen Mobley (RAMS/
and Mike riley (L.A.
We can write a book about the legacy of the Palmetto Optimist Club, but
time does not allow us to do so. The following is a listing of some the Major
Contributors to the success of our program: (Present
football commissioner, parent, and friend), David and robin haddix, Larry
Crawford, Frank Demount, Jim Riley, Coley Wallace, Tom Fryer, The late Bertram
McCray, Nelly McCray and Raul Campos.
Clarence Moss Sr.
"It takes an entire Village to raise a child", and our Village
has raised several of them!
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location 18500 sw 97 ave. ( franjo rd.)/ Bel –
Colors: Black, Silver, and White.
Mascot (logo): Raider/Shield