Coach Robert Green has had a legacy which spans over 50 years of dedicated service to Dillard High School as a teacher, coach, athletic director and founder of the Panther 100 Club.
By Charles Moseley
Photos by JORO Photography
The Panther 100 Club is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Green, former Dillard High School track and football coach and longtime Dillard Athletic Director. According to Green his initial goal was to have 15 original members raise $50,000 dollars.
The only two things that Coach Green is more passionate about, other than his lovely wife Pauline of 53 years, is Dillard High School and not necessarily in that order. Coach Green bleads “BLUE & GRAY!”
“My plan was to have enough funds that if there was a program at the school where a kid had a chance to travel or get an experience, that money should not be the stopping point. It was my intent if the school had a field trip that needed financing to go on an educational trip or anything like that, we wanted to be in a position to just write a check. We have not reached that point, yet we’re still moving towards that goal.”
Some of the projects, events, programs, and field trips that have been made possible by the efforts of Panther 100 members Include a basketball trip to Anchorage, Alaska, a football trip to St. Louis, Missouri, a Chorus trip to Washington, D. C., a Jazz Band trip to New York City, eye glasses for needy students, and championship jackets for Girls Basketball team, etc.
Membership for the Panther 100 Club is $100 per year. Panther 100 Club members receive free admission to all home athletic events and ensures that perspective needs of Dillard students are evaluated and ad-dressed at their Panther 100 Club meetings. To learn more about the Panther 100 Club, you may reach Coach Green at (954)540-0371.
Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 marked the official first day for Early Voting in this year’s general election. The race between the Democratic presidential nominee Hilary Clinton and GOP nominee Donald Trump has been the most contentious in modern day political history. However, on the local level, based on an unscientific survey conducted by said political reporter, early exit polls show overwhelming support favoring continued funding, of the Panther 100 Club during 2017.
Here are some of the endorsements by “community pundits” who are well versed in the work the organization has done over the years to further the development of young minds at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by ex-posing them to opportunities over and above their immediate classroom settings.
Coach Herman Pittman-former Dillard High School basketball coach, FAMU & Broward County High School Athletics Association Hall of Famer.
“Coach Green is very conscientious about everything he does. He founded the Panther 100 Club and under his leadership he has done everything he can for the children at Dillard to push them forward in their livelihoods in what they’re trying to accomplish in life. In this club we raise funds to help in any of the activities from the band to athletic teams.”
Coach Johnny Alexander-Dillard High School graduate “Class of 1961” athletic standout in track, football, basketball, and baseball who helped establish the Fort Lauderdale Track Club and served as the Commissioner of the Western Tigers Little League Football Teams, worked and volunteered with the City of Fort Lauderdale Parks & Recreation for over 30 years.
“Coach Green was my track coach at Dillard High School and all of my family members. He’s been a great asset to Dillard High School. After spending so many years at Dillard he went on to form the Panther 100 Club and through the Panther 100 Club we raised several thousand dollars that all went directly back to the Dillard Athletic Department or the school to help the needed situations that the school could not totally provide. So he’s been a great asset as to getting this program started and the continuation of this program, I would say if Coach Green was not there it wouldn’t be the same.”
Arthur Kennedy, former Dillard Varsity Head football coach, Chief of Staff U.S. Congressman Alcee Hasting Office.
“Coach Green has done an admirable job ever since he’s been at Dillard. He stressed the fact as Athletic Director that our athletes had to be students as well as good athletes, had to be well respected around the campus He was just a very energetic leader. He made sure the minor sports of tennis, golf, and swimming had the best of everything not only for football and basketball. Being the great athlete himself he knew what it took to bring out the best in our athletes and he provided us with the resources to do that.”
Coach Marcia Pinder, Dillard High School Girls Varsity Coach, Broward County Athletic Association Coach of the Year, heads one of the most successful high school basketball programs in the nation with multiple state championships.
“The Panther 100 Club has been here since I’ve been here. They have been like a supplement for the athletic department. They help out wherever it’s needed and they contribute financially. They come out and talk to the girls and give great support. When we go out of town they organize the transportation for the school to support all the teams. Coach Green is a die heart Panther. He’s at every activity and every game. He’s always around campus.”
Coach Darryl Burrows, Dillard Boys’ Varsity Basketball Coach, Broward County Athletic Association Coach of the Year, heads one of the nation’s leading high school basketball programs with multiple state championships.
“The Panther 100 Club has been a tremendous asset for us and Dillard High School as a whole not just the athletic department. You’re basically talking about an athletic program that was set up to assist Dillard High School with whatever needs that it may need. Whether it is athletics, academics or whatever the case may be and I think that they have done a tremendous job over the years since it was founded by Coach Green. Schools can’t just do it by themselves and this organization is all Dillard. They are really concerned about the kids and their welfare; so the things that they do just benefit Dillard High School.
Of course this was not a real political campaign issue, however the Panther 100 Club has been and continues to be a viable organization whose initiatives are worthy of community support.
The Panther 100 Club is a non-profit organization founded by Robert Green former Dillard High School track and football coach and longtime Dillard Athletic Director. According to Green his initial goal was to have 15 original members raise $50,000 dollars.
“My plan was to have enough funds that if there was a program at the school where a kid had a chance to travel or get an experience, that money should not be the stopping point. It was my intent if the school had a field trip that needed financing to go on an educational trip or anything like that we wanted to be in a position to just write a check. We have not reached that point yet we’re still moving towards that goal.”
Some of the projects, events, programs, and field trips that have been made possible by the efforts of Panther 100 members include; basketball trip to Anchorage, Alaska, football trip to St. Louis, Missouri, chorus trip to Washington, D. C., Jazz Band trip to New York City, eye glasses for needy students, championship jackets for Girls Basketball team, etc.
Panther 100 financial supporters: Congressman Alcee Hastings, Florida State Trooper Tommie Robinson, Rudolph Maxwell, UPS and Al Henderickson Toyota.