Suntree-Viera Youth Football League was founded in 2004. After much discussion, a group of 12 volunteers set out to create a home for football for a part of Brevard County that would soon explode. Although it was merely a dream at the time, the dozen men and women that launched the SVYFL Lightning program have to be very proud of what the League has become and what Suntree-Viera means to the state of youth athletics in the region. In 2004, there was not yet a Viera High School. Just over ten years later, not only has Viera High seen many of our athletes graduate from the school, but the Viera Hawks are a perennial contender in the FHSAA state playoffs. Additionally, many of our former players have gone on to either walk on or be offered scholarships to continue their playing career at the college level.
The League has grown exponentially since 2004. In fact, the last few years at SVYFL have marked a time of change and growth. Because we are proud to be the official feeder program of Viera High School, our Lightning traditions transitioned to the SVYFL Hawks in 2015. In 2018, the decision was made by the League’s Board of Directors to become affiliated with the national standard of youth football programs, Pop Warner. This was not the only notable change in the 2018 season. When the Hawks run out on the field under the Pop Warner shield, they will be playing on turf fields. The fields are state of the art and have incorporated many of the latest and safest technologies to enhance the new playing surface.
If there has been any constant at Suntree Viera Youth Football League, it has been change. Change, which can often be met with some difficulty, is always welcome and keeps the league in the company with some of the most premiere football and cheer leagues in all of Central Florida. We could not have achieved this status without the help and support of our families, our volunteers, and our generous sponsors. This is your league. We have never forgotten that. We look forward to future success, but will always appreciate our humble past. From our original home games at Holy Trinity and Satellite High School as Lightning played in navy blue and gold jerseys to our present green and gold Hawks jerseys played on turf at Viera Regional Park, we are proud of what Suntree-Viera Youth Football League has become. This also includes our popular cheer and flag programs, as well.