Since 1970 the All Sports Association has lead our area to identify and recognize the finest athletes from Northwest Florida. Our Association is consist of 100 dues paying volunteers who contribute their time and talent toward supporting our primary mission:
All Sports Association supports local, youth oriented, non-profit organizations that emphasize sports related programs, while developing character and academics.
The All Sports Association does not have any paid staff and all funds collected in excess of actual expenses are used to fulfill our mission. Through multiple fund raising events culminating with our Awards Banquet we help support numerous sports, organizations, and activities in our area. The primary beneficiaries of our efforts are Emerald Coast Boys and Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center all located in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties here in Northwest Florida. Our efforts and your support have also allowed us to endow scholarships at Northwest Florida State College, help provide a recreation room for the new Autism Center, and numerous other community projects to further our cause.
Our awards banquet, which is February 10, 2017, is the largest in the area and generates an evening of fun and fundraising for our youth. We present the male and female high school scholastic awards, male and female collegiate awards, an amateur award, and a professional athlete award. We also present the new inductees into the Sports Hall of Fame and the Colonel Al Byrne Award which recognizes an individual who has made sustained contributions to youth athletics in our area.
In addition to the aforementioned awards, All Sports Association is proud to be the presenting organization for the Wuerffel Trophy that is awarded to an FBS Division football player who best exemplifies excellence in athletics, academics, and community service. Previous winners include Ty Darlington (Oklahoma), Deterrian Shackelford (Ole Miss), Gabe Ikard (Oklahoma), Barrett Jones (Alabama), Sam Acho (Texas), and Tim Tebow (Florida). The Wuerffel Trophy organization is a true partner and All Sports Association is proud to be affiliated and present this prestigious award.
Our largest event and quite frankly the most rewarding is the Buck Smith Fellowship of Christian Athletes prayer breakfast on Friday morning February 10, 2017. High School huddles from across the area come together (1400 students) to attend this non-denominational breakfast event. Personal testimonies, music, and this year Sam Acho will be the featured speaker. The Taylor Haugen Trophy culminates and is presented at this event. Taylor tragically lost his earthly life on the football field as a wide receiver for Niceville High School. His strength and witness have carried on and this namesake award is earned by a high school athlete who best exemplifies the combination of classroom and competition and lives Taylor’s slogan of “never give up, never quit”!
As the President of All Sports, I am humbled to lead such a diverse, committed group of individuals that make such a difference in our area. Our organization draws the best talent from our business leaders to our service men and women and for 48 years have continued to work and provide opportunities for area youth. We would like to thank our sponsors and donors. If you are not one of these, you should be.
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