About Us

About Main Image Since 1993 SOAA has run a youth Football and Cheerleading program with the South Orange Bears Football & Cheerleading Teams. The South Orange Bears are proud to be fostered, under the nationally acclaimed organization known as Pop Warner. Pop Warner is the only national youth sports organization in America that requires its participants to perform adequately in the classroom before permitting them to play. Locally, we participate under the South Division of Mid Florida Pop Warner league.

 

Mission Statement

The South Orange Athletic Association (SOAA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit  organization established in 1993 that aspires to be an outstanding educational-athletic organization that provides a high-quality experience to every athlete. A high-quality experience is one in which every athlete:

  • Is coached using the principles of Positive Coaching
  • Has fun at practices and games
  • Feels like an important part of the team regardless of performance
  • Learns the skills, tactics and strategies of the game and improves as a player and a person

Our Goals

  • Provide our youth with organized competition in a safe environment
  • Bring our youth closer together through common interest in sportsmanship and competition
  • Instill the importance of education
  • Acquaint the young athletes with the fundamentals of football as derived by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).
  • Acquaint cheerleaders with the stunt and skills needed to compete in Cheerleading Competition.
  • Teach our youth life skills such as sportsmanship, discipline, honesty, perseverance, integrity and respect that will make them better players, but most of all better people.

We recognize that coaches are the people who most directly make this all possible. It is our goal to provide every coach with the tools to succeed as a Positive Coach. We are committed to creating a positive culture, in which coaches, parents, fans, officials and athletes work together to achieve our mission.

 

Meet Our Board

Joe NiemannPresident

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Position OpenVice President

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Position OpenCommissioner

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Jessica WebberCheer Coordinator

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Gary OliverEquipment Manager

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Gary OliverFundraising Coordinator

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Joe NiemannPlayer Safety Coach

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Position OpenScholastics Coordinator

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Jennifer ClassSecretary

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John LisaTreasurer

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Joe NiemannWebmaster

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Open PositionRegistrar

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BEAR Sponsor

$3,000 and up
  • Official Sponsor of all four home games including 100 promo giveways/game and 30 word or less scripted "shout out" announced every quarter
  • Display area to promote your business at every home game, jamboree & gridiron day and 4'x8' full color banner
  • (1) Four color premium Full page ad & (1) full page black & white ad in the Bear Program
  • Industry exclusive listing and premium logo placement on www.southorange-bears.org, social media and (12) email blasts promoting your business to the Bear families
  • Company logo printed on all hand out flyers
  • Logo printed on practice uniforms and youth spirit wear

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Touchdown Sponsor

$2,000 - 2,999
  • Official Sponsor of (1) home game including 100 promo giveways/game and 30 word or less scripted "shout out" announced every quarter of every home game
  • Display area to promote your business at every home game, jamboree & gridiron day and 4'x8' full color banner
  • (1) Four color premium Full page ad & (1) full page black & white ad in the Bear Program
  • Logo listing and link on www.southorange-bears.org home page, social media and (6) email blasts promoting your business to the Bear families
  • Company logo printed on all hand out flyers

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1st Down Sponsor

$1,000 - 1,999
  • Display area to promote your business at (1) home game & gridiron day
  • Full page black and white ad in the Bear Program
  • Logo listing and link on www.southorange-bears.org sponsor page, social media and (3) email blasts promoting your business to the Bear families
  • 3'x5' full color banner
  • 30 word or less scripted "shout out" announced every quarter of every home game

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Field Goal Sponsor

$500 - 999
  • Display area to promote your business at gridiron day
  • Quarter page black & white ad in the Patriot Program
  • Logo listing on www.southorange-bears.org sponsor page and (1) email blast promoting your business to the Bear families
  • 30 word or less scripted "shout out" announced every half of every home game

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Angel Sponsor

$250 - 499
  • Ideal level for a company with limited budget but is looking to expose their company to the community increasing their recognition within the community
  • Pays full registration fee for a player/cheerleader who is facing financial hardship and would otherwise not be able to participate in our program. Sponsorship includes all equipment, full game and practice uniform for the player/cheerleader
  • Logo listing on www.southorange-bears.org sponsor page

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