Brevard Bulls History
It all started out at the Melbourne Bulls in 1993 by Tony Bannister(Jacksonville Lady Rams) reaching out to only local Melbourne kids. In 1998, Tony Bannister moved to Jacksonville, and the reigns were then turned over to Rufus Williams. Rufus took over the Melbourne Bulls. With a larger vision in site, he decided to go in another direction. He wanted to reach out to all kids in Brevard County. Thus, we have the birth of the Brevard Bulls. Rufus maintained one team for several seasons. Then in 2003, Steve Hughes joined the Brevard Bulls, who added another team.
In 2004, Rufus Williams decided to step down and turned the club over to Steve. Steve's expectations for the club grew. His first obstacle was to turn the club into a legal organization. He received non-profit and 501(c)3 status.
In 2005, the Brevard Bulls fielded 4 teams. Then in 2006 he added 2 more team for a total of 6 teams, as the organization started to grow many obstacles started to arise that is when Steve decided that he need more guidance, so he reached out to parents that had come up in the organization with him and formed a Board Of Directors to oversee the daily operation of the Brevard Bulls. Still wanting to reach out to as many kids as he could, in 2007, he added 1 more team for a total of 7 teams. In 2008, another team was added for a total of 8 teams. Now, in 2009, the Brevard Bulls Boys Basketball Organization is thriving with Eleven boys teams ranging from the 9u to 16u, including it's first girls teams the Brevard Lady Bulls (16u). The Brevard Bulls Boys Basketball Organization is a member of the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
Still wanting to make a difference in his community, the Bulls have instituted many programs outside of basketball, including free tutoring for all Brevard Bulls student-athletes. Each student-athlete must maintain a C or higher during the duration of the AAU season in order for them to travel on the road with the organization. The organization has also made it mandatory that all players within the organization give back to the community. Each player must complete 10 hours of community service before he or she is allowed to travel with the club on tournaments. The Brevard Bulls have also partnered with Faith Temple Christian Center to help assist our young men by teaching abstinence awareness.
The Brevard Bulls started a Jr. Magic youth basketball league for people in the community. The league promotes developing basketball skills of youth ages 16 and under. The Orlando Magic players, cheerleaders, and Stuff precedes the season with a skills camp. The nominal registration provides a Magic jersey keepsake and a ticket to a Magic game.
Our organization is a liaison between student-athletes, their parents, and their teacher. We provide mentoring and monitoring of grades. We use out of town trips to expose our student-athletes to historical venues and college campuses to promote a higher level of education.
Brevard Bulls Organization President