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The Star City Optimist Youth Foundation (SCOYF) functions to coordinate the joint activities of Lincoln’s five Optimist Clubs. While each club also conducts its own activities, over the past year, these club volunteers have joined together and accomplished many activities that have touched the lives of thousands of Lincoln area children. Here are some of the ways SCOYF has helped kids and recognized youth volunteers this past year:

2017 FOOTBALL CONTESTS

• Over 130 boys and girls participated in five local Tri-Star Football Punt, Pass & Kick contests.

• 175 winners from 21 Nebraska Optimist Clubs competed in the Nebraska District Tri-Star finals at Abel Stadium on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus.

ACADEMIC DECATHLON

• An estimated 450 students from 49 high schools participated in Academic Decathlon scrimmages, regional and state competitions administered by Optimists across the state.

YMCA MIT

• SCOYF volunteers helped the YMCA during its Midwest Invitational Basketball Tournament that brought nearly 4,000 boys and girls from throughout the region to Lincoln.

FUN DAY IN THE PARK

• Over 105 children and their families enjoyed games and lunch at Peter Pan Park in May.

PITCH, HIT AND RUN

• 84 contestants competed at five local softball/baseball contests.

• 62 Nebraska/Iowa local winners competed in our Kansas City Royals’ Sectional contest at the Optimist Youth Sports Complex.

HOMER’S HEROES

• 98 special needs baseball players competed on eight teams of 5- to 17-year-olds during the program’s 27th year. Highlights included playing at Haymarket Park with the Saltdog players and participating in the Cornhusker State Games. Special thanks to the Junior Saltdogs and Lincoln Drywall for their continued financial and moral support. A third annual “alumni” game was played in July.

OPTIMIST YOUTH SPORTS COMPLEX

• Nearly 1,500 baseball or softball games and practices were held during the complex’s 15th year.

CHILDHOOD CANCER CAMPAIGN (CCC)

• Eight families on the SCOYF Childhood Cancer Family Registry each received over $250 in financial support to assist them during the holidays. To nominate a family for the registry, call Judy Klusman at 402-489-9171.

• Athletic contest winners and community volunteers are recognized each fall during the annual Friend of Youth Awards Banquet. 2017 recipients were Terry Neeman – Sportsmanship Award for his activities with Lincoln Youth Football; Mentor Award winner Walter Powell Jr. for his TeamMates efforts; and the Lincoln Community Playhouse for its Penguin Project.

We invite anyone interested in providing youth with additional chances for success to explore membership in one of our clubs: www.starcityoptimists.org.

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