April 11, 2017 / Category: by Team BH
When Brandon McThay started his nonprofit agency, The Florida Vipers, it was against all odds. In the midst of a challenging 2009 economy, his dream of starting an organization that would encourage underprivileged youth in his native Deerfield Beach to succeed in every aspect of life was in danger of never coming to fruition. But Brandon passionately believed that using basketball in a fun and educational way would attract youth to his program — and so did one of his first benefactors, Barry Honig. The results have been nothing short of astounding. The Florida Vipers serve more than 200 youths (grades 3-11) through boys and girls basketball squads. The program has a 99% graduation rate and continues to grow each year. The teams practice in a 72,000 square foot sports complex in Deerfield Beach and enjoy tremendous success as part of the Under Armour Association Circuit. This would not have been possible without support of donors like Barry and Renee Honig.
More than just financial contributors to the Vipers, the Honigs got involved in several aspects of the organization to ensure its success. “It is because of Barry and Renee and the belief they had in the Vipers, that we are thriving,” said McThay. “The Barry and Renee Honig Charitable Foundation has supported us since the beginning. Barry’s service on the Board of Directors, his assistance in strategic planning, his donation of money and his outside fundraising have been invaluable.” That support continues to this day. Barry and Renee Honig’s desire to make a lasting positive impact on local youth is a key component of their Foundation’s mission.
Coach Arties Knight of the Palmetto Raiders Youth Development Club also knows first hand how committed Barry and Renee Honig are to providing whatever is needed to support youth development in South Florida. “I don’t know where we’d be without them and others like them.” The Honig’s support of the Raiders goes back to 2003 and continues with financial grants and donations of equipment, such as football helmets, cleats and uniforms for the kids.
“The children we serve come from families that live at or below the poverty level,” said Coach Knight. “The funds the Honig Foundation donates allow the children to participate in our program without having to worry about paying the registration fee or purchasing equipment. Without this sponsorship, they would not be able to participate.” The Raiders have also enjoyed tremendous success and have seen their program grow. They have developed outstanding athletes on the football field and cultivated the necessary self-esteem and self-discipline that these children need as they make their way in the world. Many Palmetto Raider alumni go on to successful college careers and some return to give back to the Raiders as volunteers and coaches.
The Barry and Renee Honig Charitable Foundation places great emphasis on youth focused philanthropy by supporting programs that seek to encourage underprivileged youth and bring out the best in them through team sports. Their support is comprehensive and hands-on and their commitment is unwavering. When they identify an outstanding program that needs assistance, they wholeheartedly step in and give of themselves in the service of good. For the Florida Vipers and the Palmetto Raiders, this support has made all the difference.