All-Star classic volunteers collect toys throughout the holiday season for the less fortunate in our community. We gather on Christmas Eve to wrap the gifts and map our deliveries. At 5:00 AM on Christmas morning we deliver the toys to needy families in Broward County. The gift of seeing the excitement on a child’s face as they open their gifts on Christmas morning is immeasurable.
Each year during the early voting for state and national elections the All-Star Classic sets up a ballot box so that kids may cast their votes while waiting on their parents who are inside the precinct casting their vote. This creates a sense of civic pride and installs a sense of civic behavior.
During the summer of 2003 a group of Little League coaches approached then State Representative Chris Smith to solicit support for youth athletics. During the conversation, the coaches mentioned that the teams in other parts of the country participated in an All-Star game, and kids from his community did not have the same opportunity. Smith, having grown up and the Central Broward community and having played for the Southwest Saints and the Lauderdale Lakes Vikings, immediately began the charge to organize a game for the kids in his district. And 2003, the first Chris Smith All-Star Football Classic was held at Dillard High School. Each year since, the Chris Smith All-Star Football Classic has grown in size and stature. Along with the Chris Smith All-Star Classic, Senator Smith also organizes the annual Sistrunk 5K, an annual Holiday Toy Drive and mock polling station for kids to vote during the political races.
The Chris Smith All-Star Classic is a classic football and cheerleading battle of North v South. The North is represented by teams from cities such as Pompano Beach, North Lauderdale and Deerfield, while the South is often represented by teams from Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Lauderdale Lakes, Dania and Hollywood.