Visible Men Academy (VMA)

VMA is an all-boys tuition-free public charter school that serves grades K-5 students from Sarasota and Manatee County. The school culture is built on an unwavering commitment to setting boys from lower-income communities on a path toward lifelong achievement, family & community contribution, and realization of their great potential.

Shine On! Visible Men Academy’s signature spring fundraising event started in 2017.  This annual event draws a vibrant crowd devoted to the most under-served in our community.

Friday, April 29, 2022 | 6 p.m.

LOCATION: Visible Men Academy’s Field of Dreams. Get Directions.

CO-CHAIRS: Eilene & Dr. John Maupin and Melissa & Dr. Hakim Morsli


  • Support of our learning loss recovery programs focusing on reading and math achievement.
  • Provide programs that identify, support, and maintain the successful transition of our SUNs to Middle School and beyond.
  • Support our mentoring and resource programs connecting our SUNs to mentors, tutors, and life coaches that aid in enhancing academic performance and character building.

Over the past 5 years through the support of our sponsors and event participants, VMA has raised nearly $600,000 to support our SUNs.  These contributors have demonstrated a commitment to education and a deep concern for providing those within their community who are disadvantaged a chance to learn, grow and tap their true potential.

For questions or more information please contact or (813)-373-8161.