elm street sportsman association


The overall idea of the "Elm Street Sportsman Association Inc" began during a conversation at a barbershop in mid 2014. A discussion started with a group concerned African American men regarding what could they do to help the youth and improve conditions in the community. A larger meeting was called to gauge interest in forming a group. After three meetings, in October 2014, the Elm Street Sportsman Association Inc. (ESSA) was formed and, with the help of a local attorney the group became 501(3) c.

In 2019 ESSA was presented a Proclamation in recognition of Outstanding Civic Service to the Community by the City of Fernandina Beach, FL

The centerpiece of ESSA is the Youth STARS (Striving To Achieve Real Success) Program. Our goal is to continue to make an impact in the lives of our youth and to enhance and grow the program. ESSA has improved and contributed to a better quality of life for hundreds of children and their families.

~ESSA in the Community~

Romeo Morris Scholarship: Scholarships awarded each year to high school seniors

Back to School Rallies: Backpacks and school supplies giveaway (Fernandina Beach and Yulee, FL)

Black History Month Contest for middle school students

Donations: Supporting local youth sports teams and other non-profits

Youth Christmas Party: All participants receive a gift card

Thanksgiving Giveaway: Delivering Thanksgiving Baskets and gift cards

2019 Christmas Giveaway: Hams for Christmas Project

Mother's and Father's Day Breakfast

Farm Share and Barnabas Center Free Food Distribution Events

Communications with Cops Initiative: This event was designed to foster better relations with local law enforcement

Volunteering: Serving dinner at the Hope House