The founders of what is now known as the Pyramid Athletic Organization (PAO) started a club in 2009 named UNIDA, which is Portuguese for United, to make competitive sports available for people of all socio-economic statuses that embody determination, devotion and dedication. Although, for a short while, the team became a subsidiary of Panathenaikos, a professional Greek soccer team, pundits of sports in the city encouraged the club to offer more than soccer to the area. The club decided to become the Pyramid Athletic Organization (PAO) as part of its mission to become more of a presence in the Memphis community. It is named after the shining symbol of Memphis in the United States of America and its African counterpart.
The specific purposes of the Club is to foster, promote and advance participation in the growth and development of sports like Basketball, Flag football, Futsal, Soccer, Performance Training etc. . We also encourage and assist amateur athletes and their participation in local, national and international competitions. We encourage good sportsmanship and fair play; work cooperatively with local school districts and recreational departments to the largest number of children possible, to keep the cost of our programs low, and to provide assistance to economically disadvantaged children to give as many children as possible the opportunity to benefit from our programs and training; to train students in basic skills up through advanced skills, and to encourage them to attend local and state wide competition and tournaments; to make training programs open to all children who have a desire to learn about the various sports and a desire to learn something about themselves and to combat juvenile delinquency.
A primary objective of this organization is to see our players attain good grades and become eligible for college scholarships either academically, through sports or both. To this end we have a program to help academically challenged students and also an ACT preparation class.
We also help our players with the NCAA clearing house as well as NAIA eligibility. To date we have been able to place about 60 players into different colleges with varying degrees of scholarships in soccer.