Right smack in the middle of the Sunshine State passed the beautiful beaches, palm trees, million-dollar homes, hustle and bustle of city life, lies the thriving community 30 miles west of downtown West Palm Beach. A community so off the beaten path it’s literally surrounded by sugarcane fields and one of the most destitute cities in the United States. A community that just so happens to also be the richest Collegiate & NFL producing soil on earth! An area most have never heard of, nor knew has such rich history for not only its agriculture, but producing athletes called...
This area known for it's rich, black soil "The Muck" throughout history has produced most of the sugar used in the United States; it has also produced the most number of Collegiate and NFL football players per capita in any region of the world where football is not only life, but a way out. The Muck and the roots of it's soil has laid the foundation of what has become a football factory pushing athletes of all shapes, sizes and speed onto top colleges and NFL programs.
OVER 75+ NFL & 400+ COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYERS
and still counting...
NOTABLE ATHLETES FROM THE MUCK
America's most under-recognized community for its agricultural history and athletic dominance. The Muck City project focuses on bringing locals and outsiders together; to reflect, preserve and recognize the magnitude of history and success from an area that has played such an intricate part of America's pastime and favorite sport. Whether born and raised in The Muck or learning about it for the first time, it’s a story that needs to be told, heard and shared!
MUCK CITY PROJECT
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORY
WE'RE IN...ARE YOU?
The existence of Muck City dates back to the early 1900's related to the federal project of draining the land around Lake Okeechobee, the acreage known for its rich quality and quantity of loamy black muck soil. This region of Florida produces some of the richest soil on earth, having produced over 75% of the United States sugar supply and many other crops used by the American people throughout history. The history of the muck not only lies in its soil and agriculture, but in its people, which is a major part of American history...
THE GLADES COMMUNITY
A community better known as “Muck City” due to the large quantity of muck like soil is made up of four cities bordering the Southern tip of Lake Okeechobee; Belle Glade, Pahokee, South Bay & Clewiston. These cities are predominantly made up of agricultural producing businesses which produces about half the sugarcane in the nation grown in the plains around The Muck. Despite being in the South Florida region of the state; the glades is culturally more associated with the Florida heartland. Having been around since the early 1900’s the existence of The Muck is related to the federal project of draining the land around Lake Okeechobee, the acreage to be used for agriculture. The area around Lake Okeechobee is fertile and farming has been the leading producer of income and employment since the beginning of time for this area. The community has been through one of the most devastating hurricanes in history in 1925 and was witness to one of the last communities of slavery in the US, but that has not stopped nor hindered the locals from continuing to find a way to persevere.
The Super Bowl of The Muck and one of the fiercest High School Football rivalries in the entire Country. The game that captures everyone’s attention and halts everything in town with over 20,000 attendees yearly.
OTHER NOTABLES FROM THE MUCK
Outside of Collegiate and NFL athletes The Muck is also made up of many successful and influential individuals that have gone onto amazing things. The great people off The Muck understand the word sacrifice and perseverance, the below individuals share this passion and understanding
Musician & Country Music Hall of Famer
Freddie Lee Peterkin
Soul & Gospel Singer
Professional NBA Player
Professional WNBA Player
Los Angeles Sparks
Director & Cinematographer
Mayor of Miramar Florida & Former NFL Athlete
HELPING CREATE A BETTER TOMORROW
Together with locals, outsiders, businesses, athletes, city officials and all walks of life we will work together to create a better tomorrow for the people of THE MUCK community
Bringing positive light to The Muck community for a better understanding of it's storied history
Laying the educational foundation and infrastructure to provide a better future for local kids
Connecting with local businesses to provide jobs to more locals reducing the unemployment rate
Lending a hand to those in need, we will continue to provide support to those individuals who need it most
Helping to build and repair local establishments while increasing areas of the community for the future
Instilling funds and economic support to revitalize a once prosperous area of the country
Putting on or participating in local events to bring the community together while sharing our message
Implementing ways of allowing the community & outsiders to understand the history of this area
Having kids from The Muck participate in activities & events in other areas outside The Muck
Continuing to work with kids inside The Muck community to ensure the legacy of the community is carried on