The Saint Johns County Sports Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and preserving our local sports heritage while supporting local, regional, and national sports teams.
The Club was founded in 1979 by the late Pete Osborn. Pete was the sports editor for the Saint Augustine Record at the time and used the Club as a venue for passionate sports fans to meet and discuss the hot sports topics of the time.
The Club first started with a group of men who would meet at local sporting events and sit together to enjoy a game and some discussion. Eventually the Club became more organized and began meeting at the old Saint Johns County Recreation Center. At that time the Club was known as the Quarterback Club of Saint Augustine.
In the mid to late 1980’s and heading into the 1990’s Pete, along with other members to include Red Cox, decided that it would be nice to start inviting sports related guest speakers to the Club for lunch. That tradition has carried through with the Club’s recent name change as the Saint Johns County Sports Club. The name change was made a few years back to re-brand the Club as an inviting place for sports fans of all walks of life.
Our membership isn’t just a bunch of men who love football anymore (although that certainly serves as a large faction). The Club has been proud to present and support athletes and their coaches from a variety of sports both male and female.
Today, the Club seeks to continue the tradition started by Pete Osborne and focuses on 3 avenues of community service.
1ST we now meet every Thursday to hold a luncheon wherein a local, regional or national sports “celebrity” will give a presentation just like in the years gone by. In the recent years, we have been blessed to have many great speakers, such as David Lamm, Dan Hicken, Mark Brunell, Mark Lamping and many of our local high school and college Athletic Directors, Coaches and athletes.
2ND we are the founders and keepers of the Saint Johns County Sports Hall of Fame. We have inducted and keep memorabilia of Saint Johns County greats like Willie Gallimore and many, many, more. The Hall of Fame is located at the Richard O. Watson Judicial Complex and can be accessed by the general public.
3RD and most important method of supporting our local sports community comes in the form of our annual banquet each May, Each year we bring the high school senior male and female athlete of the year from all the local public and private high schools, along with their parents, to a banquet wherein we recognize them with the Pete Osborne Student Athlete of the Year Award, a free lunch and our gratitude; but that is not all! We then pick up to two athletes and give them a scholarship for college.