City of Fort Myers honors SWFL youth sports volunteer Donny Overholser

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Donny Overholser statue. (Credit: WINK News)
Donny Overholser statue. (Credit: WINK News)

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.

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