|The Heat Youth Organization is a non-profit 501(c) 3 status organization, formulated in 1994, operating
in the Parish of St. John the Baptist Parish. The founders are Eric Rogers Sr., Kirland Green, and Barry
Jones of Laplace, Louisiana. The philosophy behind our program is not only to instill the basic
fundamentals of participating in recreational sports, but to enrich the minds of our young members in
teaching them discipline, self-responsibility and teamwork. In 1994 we offered only basketball and had
a membership of twenty five (25) children. We later expanded our program to include baseball.
Because St. John Parish Recreation does not offer youth football, we further implemented a football
program in 1999. Today we now only offer youth football to children in three(3) age groups: 7-8, 9-10
and 11-12 year olds. We saw the need for this program, met those needs and we now service over one
hundred twenty five (125) children within our community , which also includes youth cheerleading.
At the end of each season, we celebrate our member's accomplishments by hosting our Annual
Awards Ceremony. Along with athletic recognition, our participants are also awarded for their
academic achievements as well. We are proud to say that over 85% of our members are on the honor
roll each year.
Despite very little financial backing or sponsorship, we have managed to keep this program in
operation for over thirteen (13) years. We truly recognize the need to keep our children involved in a
positive motivating atmosphere . We are proud of what we have been able to accomplish and by
servicing the children and families of our community in this capacity. We look forward to many more
years of success and service.
NOW LET'S MEET THE CEO OF THE HEAT YOUTH ORGANIZATION!
RAFFEAL J. NEAL
Raffeal James Neal enjoys working with children and has been a member of the Heat Youth
Organization since 1994, and one of the founders of the Heat Youth Organization, football program. He
is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and holds a Bachelor's of General Studies Degree in
Juvenile & Family Services. He is a Juvenile Officer for the 40th Judicial District Court, Division "B",
Chairman of the Children & Youth Services Planning Advisory Board of St. John the Baptist Parish and
Head Coach of Girls Basketball and Softball at Garyville Magnet Jr. High School. Mr. Neal has
dedicated his life, education and profession to working with children, in which he feels is the calling
that God has placed on his life. He has a proven record of leadership and dedication in working with
children and families. He also has an innate ability to reach any child in helping them to believe in
themselves and believe that they can achieve. Coaching is his passion and he is truly dedicated. We
are extremely proud to have him leading the Heat Youth Organization!
|TINA L. NEAL
If you are interested in becoming a board member, or if you
would like to contact any of the above individuals, please click
on our Contact Us Page.
HEAT FOOTBALL PAST SUCCESSES
||11-12 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS
||11-12 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS
||7-8 & 11-12 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS
||7-8 SUPERBOWL & LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
9-10 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONS
11-12 SUPERBOWL RUNNER-UPS
||7-8 & 11-12 SUPERBOWL RUNNER-UPS
||7-8 SUPERBOWL RUNNER-UP
9-10 SUPERBOWL & LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
11-12 LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
||ALL TEAMS- PLAYOFFS
|ALL TEAMS - PLAYOFS 7-8 QUARTER FINALISTS\\
ALL TEAMS- PLAYOFFS
|7-8 & 9-10 PLAYOFFS ; 7-8 SEMI-FINALS
7-8 & 11-12 Playoffs
9-10 & 11-12 Playoffs; 9-10 Semi-Finals
The first Board of Directors for the Heat Youth Organization: Top Row: Lowell Gauff, Community Advisor, Raffeal J. Neal, Vice-President,
Eric Rogers Sr., Co-founder and President, Barry Jones, Co-Founder, Fleming Fletcher, Spritiual Advisor. Second Row: Tina Neal,
Treasurer, Valeria Rogers, Fundraiser President and Deidre Johnson, Secretary. "
Together we made the "Impossible, Possible"!