January 3, 2022 Update:
At this time the Optimist Club would like to inform all the participants and families signed up for the 2022 Optimist Basketball Program that, due to increased covid cases in the area, we will be postponing the start of the basketball program until February 5th. ALL JANUARY WEEKEND SESSIONS ARE CANCELED. We feel that it is in the best health and safety interest to delay the start. Sorry for any inconvenience. The Optimist Basketball Committee will reassess the Covid situation in the next few weeks and notify all participants by the last week in January.
Gettysburg Optimist Basketball: “Bringing out the best in kids!” for over 55 years.
It began way back in 1965 when the Optimist Club of Gettysburg sponsored the first Optimist Youth Basketball program for youngsters from the Gettysburg area. It sought to teach the fun and fundamentals of basketball to youngsters in grades K through 6, regardless of their individual skill level. At the start the program rules were very simple, though some thought them to be revolutionary. All kids played, all focused on the fundamentals of the game, no scorekeeping and all participants were required to have fun.
Over 55years later the Optimist Youth Basketball Program continues to observe the same set of rules and still reaches out to the youth of the community who want to learn the game of basketball, have fun, and share an experience that forms life-long memories. The program is conducted Saturday mornings over eight weeks of winter. Currently each one-hour session is held at the Gettysburg Area Middle School between the months of January through March. The players are divided into boy and girl groups; Grades K-3 and grades 4-6. All participants are encouraged to attend, even if they cannot commit to attending all the weekly sessions. Each boy and girl receive a free basketball tee-shirt as a memento of their experience.
The Optimist Club of Gettysburg Youth Basketball Program is one of the many youth-oriented programs conducted and funded by the local Optimist Club each year. Club members, parents and community volunteers act as leaders, monitors, coaches and mentors. Many of them were once young participants in earlier programs and are now coaching and mentoring their children and grandchildren. Since its inception more than 5,500 area young people have participated in the annual basketball outings.
CANCELLED – Saturday, January 8
CANCELLED – Saturday, January 15
CANCELLED – Saturday, January 22 – Photo Day
CANCELLED – Saturday, January 29 – Make Up Photo Day
Saturday, February 5
Saturday, February 12
Saturday, February 19
Saturday, February 26
Are you Interested in Coaching or Volunteering? We’d love to have you join us. Please start by filling out the following form and apply for the required clearances. We “Thank You” as we couldn’t offer this program without the many gracious and generous volunteers. Optimist Club of Gettysburg Volunteer Waiver