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Star City Optimist Youth Foundation 2013-14 update
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Star City Optimist Youth Foundation 2013-14 update

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The Star City Optimist Youth Foundation (SCOYF) functions to coordinate the joint activities of Lincoln’s 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. Because of this SCOYF earned the 2013 Volunteer Advocate of the Year Award from the Lincoln/Lancaster Volunteer Partners Program. Here are some of the ways we have helped kids and recognized youth volunteers this past year.

Gaylea Sturgis, President 2013-2014

FOOTBALL CONTESTS

• Over 300 boys and girls participated in four local Tri-Star Football/ NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick Contests.

• 152 winners from 22 Nebraska Optimist clubs competed in our Kansas City Chiefs sectional in conjunction with our District Tri-Star finals at Abel Stadium on the Nebraska Wesleyan campus. 9 of our 10 NFL winners advanced to Kansas City, with 3, including Lincoln’s Trevor Henrickson, winning team championships.

OPTIMIST FRIEND OF YOUTH AWARDS BANQUET

• Bob Lund Sportsmanship Award presented to Jerry McGinn for his years of volunteer service with the Little Green Track Club.

• Hartley Doane Mentoring Award awarded to Roland Temme for his service as a long-time Junior Achievement classroom volunteer.

• The Corporate Friend of Youth Award, for a business or group not organized to support youth but which has made significant contributions to them, was awarded to Experian for continuing support of its employee volunteers in our community.

• Youth winners of the Optimists’ local Punt, Pass, & Kick and Pitch, Hit, & Run contest were recognized and encouraged by UNL women’s track athlete Sarah Firestone and football player Jeremiah Sirles.

ACADEMIC DECATHLON

• An estimated 500 students from 50 high schools participated in Academic Decathlon scrimmages, regional, and state competitions administered by Optimists across the state. Lincoln’s Pius X claimed the large school championship and advanced to national finals in Hawaii.

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.

PITCH, HIT, AND RUN

• 63 contestants competed at 4 local softball/baseball contests

• 103 Nebraska winners competed in our Sectional contest at Haymarket Park, co-hosted by the Lincoln Saltdogs. Five of the eight sectional winners advanced to the K.C. team competition.

HOMER’S HEROES

• 97 special-needs baseball players competed on 8 teams, ages 5-17, during the program’s 23rd year. Highlights included playing at Haymarket Park with the Saltdog players and during the Cornhusker State Games. Special thanks to the Junior Saltdogs and Lincoln Drywall for their continued financial and moral support.

OPTIMISTS YOUTH SPORTS COMPLEX

• Nearly 1,500 baseball or softball games and practices were held during the complex’s 11th year.

CHILDHOOD CANCER CAMPAIGN (CCC)

• 12 families on the SCOYF Childhood Cancer Family Registry each received over $200 in financial support to assist them during the holidays. To nominate a family for the Registry, please phone Bob Grundman at 489-9171.

• $3,000 raised by a miniature golf fundraiser

DISTRICT LEADERSHIP

• In addition to efforts here in Lincoln, local Optimists providing leadership on a state level included Governor Diane Siefkes (Sunrise), Lt. Governor Tom Morrissey (Lincoln), and District Optimist of the Year Lou Litzinger (Lincoln).

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

www.starcityoptimists.org

Upcoming SCOYF Events:

• September 14, 15, 17, 18….Local Punt, Pass, & Kick Contests

• October 12….K.C. Chiefs Sectional PPK contest

• November 11…Friend of Youth Awards Banquet

• December 14…..Hansel & Gretal Play at Irving Middle School

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