Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. dba Venice Vikings
1001 Pinebrook Rd
Venice FL 34292
The Venice Vikings Football and Cheer organization is a part of Pop Warner Little Scholars. It is our mission to enable young people to benefit from participation in team sports and activities in a safe and structured  environment. Through this active participation, Pop Warner programs teach fundamental values, skills, and knowledge that young people will use throughout their lives.
Pop Warner seeks to provide fun and athletic opportunities for children, while emphasizing the importance of academic success. Specifically, Pop Warner seeks to familiarize players and spirit participants with the fundamentals of football, cheerleading, and dance. Pop Warner strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed, or national origin, to participate with the ideals of sportsmanship and physical fitness, as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie "Pop" Warner. 
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Douglas Vanover
Board Chair Affiliation no affiliation
General Info
Organization DBA
Venice Vikings Football and Cheer Association
Venice Vikings Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1969
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2018
State Registration Yes Aug 2021
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. is the only national youth organization in America that requires its' participants to perform adequately in the classroom before allowing them to play. Pop Warner also recognizes this academic success. Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner participants compete for all Academic American status. This requires a participant to have a minimum of a 96 percent grade point average, as well as, proof of academic awards and volunteering in the community. This starts at each association level and goes all the way up to national level. Last year, our organization had 33 children win Association level, 3 children win Regional level, and 27 children qualify for National level.

Last year, all of our competition cheerleading teams won their Peace River Conference Cheerleading competition and advanced to Regional in Orlando; of the three teams advancing, our Jr. Pee Wee team advanced to Nationals at Wide World of Sports in Orlando. This was a proud accomplishment for our league.

Another great accomplishment was the purchase of new football helmets. Safety is always a concern in our organization and we made it our mission to purchase all new helmets with new shock absorber features that help reduce the risk of concussions. This was a huge fundraising effort for our organization but we were able to purchase enough for all of our football players.
Needs Statement
1) Scholarships to allow children that wouldn't be able to afford the registration fees to participate. $2500
2) Equipment maintenance and upkeep $7500 
3) Building was hit by a storm on June 6th, damaged roof and concession building, pay for things not covered by insurance and deductible 13,000
4) New equipment purchases/ upgrades. $3000
5) Little Scholars Program- for awards/scholarships $1000.00
Background Statement
The Venice Vikings Football and Cheer Program serves approximately 250-300 children. We have been proudly serving the community since 1969. Our Pop Warner program allows local youth to benefit from participation in team sports in a safe and structured environment. Children are taught fundamental values, skills, and knowledge that they will use throughout their lives. Participation allows children to take on leadership roles and to handle adversity and competition. Young athletes are taught about fair play and abiding by rules- social and moral skills that will carry over into their everyday lives into adulthood. These same skills benefit not only the child, but also the community in which they live.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Greater Venice, Florida
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Recreation & Sports
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The Venice Vikings organization is run entirely by volunteers, and operates on registration fees, revenue from home games, and fundraising efforts. Over 10 percent of our participant's receive scholarships to cover partial or all of their registration fees. Raising our registration fees is not feasible given the current economic climate, which makes fundraising an essential and necessary part of our program. All members of the Venice Vikings organization work hard at providing a  positive impact on the children who participate. Research has shown that children who participate in sports tend to participate better in school. Pop Warner requires that all participants perform adequately in the classroom before allowing them to play and has a national program to recognize those athletes who excel in the classroom. Studies have shown that children that participate in youth sports lead healthier lives, which is so important now that childhood obesity rates have skyrocketed. The children involved with the Venice Vikings are coached by volunteer coaches, who are dedicated to teaching them about not only football and cheerleading, but also how to develop interpersonal and leadership skills.
Description Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner kids compete for Academic All-American status. This process begins at the association level and up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level.

The Pop Warner Little Scholars All-American Program requires a minimum 96% grade point average to apply for All-American status.

After the applications have been processed, Pop Warner determines National First Team All-Americans (35 football, 35 cheer per grade), National Second Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mention Scholars. Once a child is selected as an All American Scholar they are honored for their hard work at a banquet and sometimes even given scholarship money. 

Budget $2,500
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
We measure are success by having so many of our players make All American Little scholars each year.
Long Term Success
Our Little Scholars are honored each year and awarded, giving all our young athletes this encourages other players how important school work and volunteering is a part of our program. 
Program Success Monitoring Our Little Scholars program is run by our scholastic coordinator. Our coordinator gets every child's report card at registration, she than makes sure they meet academic scholar status with their grades, if they do the parents and child are notified. Each family fills out an application along with turning in any awards or volunteering they do in the community to our coordinator. Our coordinator then turns it in for review for regional and national review.
Program Success Examples
Our success measured by how many national Pop Warner All American scholar, we have each year. 
Testimonial from one of young scholars of what it meant to her:
"The Venice Vikings organization has given me both confidence and opportunity. It quickly became a place where I have felt welcomed to, for we are all so different yet so alike, and this program helped to unify each and every individual on my team. No one has ever been placed superiorly based on ability but was joined to help make my team very well rounded & challenge one another's fullest potential. Along with the diverse and unique group of people that suddenly become my family, the Vikings has given me opportunities for myself and others. Being nominated and selected as one of the National First Team little scholars, has given me the chance to win (2) $1,500 college scholarships allowing me to afford to further my education. This program ensures that children are amongst the highest percentile in both academics and athletics, and this brings a balance of civility in the children throughout the community."  

The Venice Vikings offer registration scholarships to children in families who are unable to pay the full registration fee. The Vikings have seen an increase in request for scholarships due to the economic issues and stressors impacting the families in our community. We would like every child to have the opportunity to participate regardless of economic issues.

Budget $5,000
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other Football
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success

Venice Vikings will measure the outcome based on the amount of scholarship money available and the number of children who are able to receive scholarship assistance.

Long Term Success There are physical and psychological benefits to children participating in organized sports. Research has shown that children tend to perform better in school, lead healthier lives, and develop interpersonal and leadership skills that carry over into adulthood. We would like all children in our community to be able to be involved, regardless of economic status. We measure this by having a policy of turning no child away and would like to continue to provide these opportunities for our local youth.
Program Success Monitoring

Each family has to fill out an application as well as provide financial documentation to show that they are needing the scholarship. The board of directors meets at least monthly and reviews the amounts needed for scholarships to determine the need for any additional fundraising.

Testimonial from a parent:

"The Venice Vikings Scholarship program allowed my son to participate in football last year. I cannot thank the program enough for granting us the scholarship or he would have never been able to play. I am a single mother of two and struggle; this scholarship allowed him to be part of a team, as well as excellent role model the coaches were for him. I cannot thank them enough for this opportunity."

Program Success Examples Last year we gave away 19 partial scholarships and 2 full scholarships. That is 21 children that were able to participate in our program with the scholarship they received to pay there registration fees. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email Pugs71@yahoo.com
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
We are currently working with the high school to try to use the same terminology and coaching techniques. As well as clinics for the local youth.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted June 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization Our biggest struggle being that we are a 100 percent volunteer organization, most of our board members hold down full time jobs. We are very fortunate to have a very committed, hardworking board, coaches, and families that volunteers endless hours to our organization during season, but it can be a challenge at times with the hours we put in volunteering as well as fundraising.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Vikings whistle blower
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Douglas Vanover
Company Affiliation no affiliation
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2019
Board Chair Email coltsdvanover@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
cindy beck community volunteer
Mr Jeff Beck none-volunteer
Mr Michael Braswell None-Volunteer
Mrs Angie Chace None-Volunteer
Ms Gina LoCicero None- Volunteer
Mrs. Lindsay Neeley None-Volunteer
Ms Amanda Rose none- volunteer
Mr. Larry Shannon volunteer
Mr Jerry Simes none-Volunteer
Ms Danielle Vanover none-Volunteer
Mr Douglas Vanover none-Volunteer
Mr. Matthew Vanover None- Volunteer
Mr. Damon Wilson None- Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization  Each year, approximately 250 children from South Sarasota county participate in football and cheerleading with the Vikings. The Vikings receive no city county, or state funding. The Vikings is run 100 percent by dedicated volunteers and relies on funding from registration fees, home games, and fundraising to maintain our organization. We want all our families to be able to afford to allow their children to participate, so raising our fees is not an option. In order for us to offset fees that are not covered and to update or purchase new equipment, we rely on support from the community and fundraising. Any assistance that we receive is greatly appreciated and it enables us to keep our fees affordable for all children who would like to participate.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $124,650.00
Projected Expenses $142,992.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$102,000$77,605$86,772
Administration Expense$6,372$16,963$7,594
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.811.171.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%82%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$57,724$78,537$62,065
Current Assets$47,539$69,790$50,431
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$145$0
Total Net Assets$57,724$78,392$62,065
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $58,893Program Service Revenue $71,768Program Service Revenue $63,988
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $17,831Fundraising $23,787Fundraising $23,118
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $8,634Gross Profit from Sale of Inventory $11,223Gross Profit from Sale of Inventory $10,993
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities--481.31--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization Our operating costs continue to go up each year, but we keep our registration fees the same so all children have the opportunity to play. We, as an organization, work extremely hard to raise funds so families can continue to afford the registration fees and we can continue to offer scholarships for those who can not afford those fees.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. dba Venice Vikings
Address 1001 Pinebrook Rd
Venice, FL 34284
Phone 941 587-0399