The NFL Youth Education Town (YET) Miami
Under the leadership of H.T. Smith, Dean Colson,and Hank Adorno,and with the strong support of the South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee, a $1,000,000 grant was secured from the NFL Charities as seed capital to construct an NFL Youth Education Town (YET) at Gwen Cherry Park in Miami, Florida. An additional $2,600,000 was raised from local businesses, firms and organizations. The NFL YET Center was constructed by Hall of Fame Miami Dolphins player Dwight Stephenson. It was dedicated on December 16,1996 and donated to Miami-Dade County.
In 2012 the Gwen Cherry Park Foundation built a 5,000 square foot addition to the NFL YET Center at a cost of $1 million. The NFL YET Center is a 27,000 square-foot facility that embraces the neighborhood by offering 2 computer rooms, a library, an arts and crafts room, a game room, a multi-purpose area, 2 classrooms, a multi-media room, a 9,000 square-foot air conditioned gymnasium, a fully equipped kitchen, a reception area, as well as administrative offices for the dedicated staff. The programming at the NFL YET Center is provided by Communities in Schools of Miami, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade and Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces.
This state-of-the-art facility is located on 38 acres of land at Gwen Cherry Park. The park includes 3 lighted multi-purpose athletic fields, 2 lighted basketball courts, 2 lighted tennis courts, a lighted 400-meter running track, a lighted baseball diamond, a lighted softball diamond, a shaded outdoor fitness area, a picnic area, a swimming pool, an amphitheater, a recreation center and a tot lot.