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Who We Are

The Overtown Optimist Club (OOC) was founded in 1993 as an volunteer based organization designed to help inner city youth through sports. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides an array of services to the community. Services span beyond sports and just keeping youth off the street. Building life changing relationships is the catalyst of our program. By guiding youth to apply lessons learned within our program, in the classroom and beyond.  Today the OOC provides academic enrichment supplemented by sports, the arts, and life skill instruction, as a means for developing the skills necessary to achieve academic and personal success.

Our goals are:

  1. To keep youth off city streets and engaged in productive activities that instill self-pride and discipline.

  2. To provide opportunities for youth to improve their academic performance and help them make choices that enrich rather than endanger their lives; and

  3. To provide opportunities for youth to go to college, to the workforce and obtain academic and athletic scholarships or the skills necessary to make constructive life choices.