Al Parone first became aware of the Optimist Club of Gettysburg  several years ago when he signed his son Shawn up for the Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Program and decided to volunteer as a coach.  Enjoying the experience, he decided to become a member of the local club and has been involved in “Bringing Out The Best In Kids” ever since.

This year Al returned to coach the Optimist Basketball Program but this time it is his grandson Anthony that is receiving the attention.  Anthony is enrolled in the 8 year old group and plays basketball with friends in his age group every Saturday morning at the Gettysburg Middle School.  When not coaching his grandson, Al continues his more than 15 year association with the Optimists by supporting the Club’s projects that help sponsor more than 19 youth related programs in the Gettysburg area throughout the year.

The next fundraising event is the Annual Optimist Club Oyster & Shrimp Feed to be held on Saturday, March 9.  To purchase tickets for this popular event, contact Al Parone or contact the club.

The 2013 Optimist Club of Gettysburg Basketball Program will continue on Saturday, February 9.  The girls will remain at Lincoln Elementary School and the boys will play at the Gettysburg Middle School.  The K through 3rd grade boys are scheduled for 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM and 4th through 6th grade Boys are scheduled for 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM.   The K through 3rd grade girls are scheduled for 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM with the 4th through 6th grade girls wrapping the day up from 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM.

Club members, family and community volunteers are encouraged to attend and support the days activities.