How Do Sports Impact Our Youth?

Top 4 Reasons Youth Need Sports

  1. Improved Physical Health- build a foundation of good exercise habits for the future.
  2. Athletes Accelerate in Academics- being involved in sports can not only help cognitive performance but also lead to improved academic functioning.
  3. Mental Health Benefits- adolescents in sports, tend to understand themselves better and are best able to set limits and boundaries, when considering children’s overall social and emotional experience.
  4. Nothing worthwhile in life comes easily- Learning to work hard in sports and tolerate the natural ups and downs of athletics, can support the development grit.

Contribute to the Larry Libertore Sports Scholarship Fund and help make a young athlete's dreams come true!

Give To Larry Libertore Youth Sports Scholarship Fund

Source: Four Reason Why Sports Team Sports Are a Win-win for Teens

The 5th Annual SuperStar Sports Party 

Join The Libertore Fund For Children in making an impact on underprivileged and at-risk kids while casually enjoying a fun-filled night of music, dancing, food & drinks. Enjoy live music from The Big Chill, an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. Have fun making bids on incredible sports memorabilia, game-day experiences, and locally sponsored prizes.

The SuperStar Sports Party proceeds go to the Larry Libertore Youth Sports Scholarship program to provide scholarships to underprivileged youth, ages 11-18, with the opportunity to participate in sports leagues or camps that would be otherwise unattainable. 

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Where: 34 Club at Joker Marchant Stadium, 2201 Lakeland Hills. Blvd., Lakeland, FL  33805

Time: 7:00-10:00 P.M.

Attire: Casual...Team Colors Encouraged 


Since the inception of this scholarship in 2019, with the help of our donors and sponsors, we have awarded scholarships to 41 young aspiring athletes that would not have been able to participate in sports camps and leagues due to financial restraints. Our goal for 2023 is to raise $75,000 to give 50 more student-athletes a scholarship! 

This scholarship program is in honor of Larry Libertore, a Gator Great. He had the fighting spirit to thrive in a sport where he was seen as an underdog. He went on to become a star athlete for the University of Florida at only 5'8" tall and 138 pounds, holding the record for the most rushing yards until Tim Tebow broke his record. Larry believed that every child has the potential to succeed if provided the opportunity and that sports can be the conduit to successful adulthood. But, for so many children, sports are beyond their reach due to financial constraints and that is why we are asking for your support to reach this attainable goal.


Have you ever wondered how you can help foster families or become a foster parent? As there's a continued need for foster parents throughout the State, we would like to encourage you to give a gift of your time or resources to this urgent need. 

Give To Foster Kids

We have several opportunities for you to have all your questions answered:

Focus On The Family & One More Child

  • Learn how to take the next steps to become foster parents OR provide essential support for foster families in your community.
  • Be inspired through passionate leaders in the field
  • Hear God's heart for vulnerable children in foster care
  • Connect with community leaders agencies and ministries
  • Enjoy a free lunch
Event Locations & Times
  1. SARASOTA: 9/25, 10 a.m - 2 p.m. EDT
  2. FORT MYERS: 10/2, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. EDT
  3. PENSACOLA: 10/16, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CDT
  4. JACKSONVILLE: 10/23, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. EDT


Our friends at the Safe Children Coalition are hosting VIRTUAL Classes this month.

Reconnect, Collaborate, & Get Social

Partners, come join The Libertore Fund to get reacquainted and reenergized. We will be providing updates for everyone. Enjoy light refreshments and drinks. 

When: Thursday, February 24

Where: What's Cooking, 6935 S Carter Rd, Suite 6, Lakeland, FL 33813

Time: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

This will be a hybrid event. Please contact Lana Swartzwelder to RSVP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Do you need to get in touch with The Libertore Fund for Children? Fill out the contact form on this page and we will follow up as soon as possible.

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The Libertore Fund For Children
P.O. Box 5415
Lakeland, FL 33807

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