City of Fort Myers honors SWFL youth sports volunteer Donny Overholser

Honoring a devoted volunteer.

The City of Fort Myers American Little League is saying thank you to a man who has volunteered more than 50 years to youth sports.

Donny Overholser started Wednesday like so many others for the past five decades by giving his time to his community.

Overholser was with Bishop Verot High School for 35 years as a volunteer. He coached and was president of the Pop Warner group called the Fort Myers Rebels for 25 years. Helping these organizations with underprivileged kids is a plus. Overholser said he wants them to have a good life, too, as he coaches the children into adulthood.

“Some of the kids I’ve coached that people would recognize the names like Ernest Graham, Deion Sanders, Jevon Kearse,” Overholser said. “I think the most satisfying thing is seeing them succeed.”

For the thousands of lives he has touched in his community that community will now honor him for his impact, unbeknownst to Overholser on this special day, which also falls on his birthday.

For his selfless devotion, the City of Fort Myers honored him with a surprise ceremony on his 66th birthday. The statue of Overholser, now in Sam Fleishman Park, represents one man’s service to his community.

Randy Henderson, the Fort Myers mayor, said he would also declare June 19 “Donny Overholser Day.”

“For all these years and the contribution he’s made to so many young people,” said Matt Herting, Bishop Verot High School basketball coach. “So many family’s lives through things like Little League and Bishop Verot. I think it’s well deserved.”

“If you’ve got spare time,” Overholser said, “get out and get involved.”

Reporter:Melinda Lee
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