Mission and Vision
The Palm Beach Makos Minor League Football Team
The Palm Beach Makos (www.palmbeachmakos.org) of West Palm Beach Florida, is a Non-Profit (501c3) Men’s Minor League Football Team which had its inaugural season in the Southeastern Football League (SEFL) in 2009-2010. After completing a full season with the SEFL, the Makos have joined the Florida Football Alliance (FFA), The League that Delivers, for the 2011 season.
The team consists of players from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami/Dade Counties who have played with colleges as far away as California, the State of Washington, Iowa, to Eastern Tennessee, New York to as close as Miami and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida here in Palm Beach. We also have players who have played with local high schools in the Palm Beach county area.
How It Began
The Makos was acquired in March of 2009 by the Teams’ Managing Partner / CEO and retired U.S. Marine, Daris Steen, MBA. When Steen acquired the team, there were 5 coaches and 11 players, to which many left to pursue other teams or move away from football altogether. The coaches are anchored by Head Coach Mike Rock, who has minor league and professional indoor football experience both as a player and a coach and General Manager Raymond (Ray) Gordon, who also has minor league experience as a player and coach.
The Marines Have Landed; “Semper Fidelis”
With this arduous task of building a team ahead of him, Steen called on his longtime friend and retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sergeant, Reverend Gary Wilder, MTS, to assist him to build a championship caliber team. Hesitant, Rev. Wilder came aboard because he knew this would be a large undertaking. After much prayer, Rev. Wilder could not see his brother in arms seeking help and not come to his aid. This enhances the Marine Corps quote, “Never leave a Marine behind.” Therefore, “I could not leave my brother behind!” “We knew we would have to summon all of our Marine Corps experience to take on this mountain ahead of us, but as Marines, we welcomed the challenge!” Rev. Wilder took over duties as President, Chief Operating Officer, General Manager and Team Chaplin. They have proven to be “Semper Fidelis” which is Latin for “Always Faithful.”
The Premier Men’s Minor League Football Team of the Palm Beaches
With the ball in motion, Steen and Wilder set out to have the hottest ticket in minor league football; the PALM BEACH MAKOS! The Makos have assembled some of the most skilled and talented athletes from around the Palm Beach County area. We are committed to bringing the community in the Greater West Palm Beach area a quality product. “We will offer an exciting game competition that will prove to be an outstanding value for the price. All of which equals a great game-day experience for our fans. Additionally, this is an exciting time for businesses to become involved with our organization.
Our Vision, Our Mission
The Vision of the Palm Beach Makos is "To be the most successful Minor League Football while delivering the best customer experience in the South Florida area." Being the best means providing an outstanding quality football experience with excellence, and commitment, so that we make every fan at our games feel that same excitement!"
Our Mission is to serve our communities with: Honor (bringing integrity and respect to the sport), Courage (both morally by doing what is right, and physically by being prepared to play every game), Commitment (to our Faith, our Families, our communities, and to our Sport), and Leadership (maintaining a positive role model for both youth and adults alike). The Makos will provide every fan with an exciting, affordable, accessible, and entertaining game experience. So come and be apart of the Palm Beach Makos, so that we all can take a Bite out of our opponents, while Scoring Success, One Snap at a Time!
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The Makos want to send our prays to Capt. Scotty Boler whom was seriously injuried in a motorcycle accident near his Army base in Georgia on September 6th. He remains in the hospital and he is expected to remain in the hospital for about another three months. Capt Boler has been a huge supporter of the Makos. His support of the Makos lead to the U.S. Army becoming a sponsor of the team.
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Dec 28, 01:18
We had Brandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins / 2012 Pro Bowl Selectee) & Mike Sims-Walker (Jax Jaguars) at the Makos Sports Academy - Football Camp today. The kids were really hyped to meet them. They toke pictures and signed autographs for camp players and Doral park staff. Jarris Smith (Makos QB) assisted D.J. McCarthy and other coaches at the football camp. Go Makos! Go WRA! Go City of Doral!
Mar 17, 06:21
Rev. Wilder & Daris (Makos co-owners) on the sideline of the Miami Bulls at Makos game. The Makos have just scored on this drive. (February 2011)
Jul 26, 04:11
July 28 - 30, 2010: This football camp starts this Wednesday at noon. Thursday 8am - 4pm, Friday 8am - 4pm. This camp is foryouth ages 7 - 18 years old.
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May 14, 04:30
One interesting comments coming out is police are asking the community "if you see something, say something" Police need to do the same!!!
Makos 1st Annual Turkey Game/Drive
Makos Bag Lunch Drive
Makos Player Not Slowing Down