Welcome to the Stanley Park Optimist website
Serving the youth of Stanley Park, Kitchener, OntarioUpdated Tuesday May 1, 2018 by Stanley Park Optimist Club.
Welcome to our new Stanley Park website! This website gives us the ability to communicate better with everyone in the organization and all our ball teams and participants. We hope you'll be as excited as we are over this undertaking and use it to keep informed about your team and in contact with your team-mates.
Your contributions - photos, articles, news, etc. - are welcome and solicited. Players and coaches can contribute to their team and player pages. Let's utilize the site's features to keep in touch and record some history.
For information on our Blastball, T-Ball and 3-Pitch leagues - and on-line registration access - please use the "Stanley Park Baseball" link on the left of the main page or click here.
Part of Optimist International, we serve the youth in the community of Stanley Park in the City of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, and have been doing so since being chartered on November 30, 1984 (The Club was sponsored by the Optimist Club of Kitchener-Waterloo one of several other Optimist Clubs in the City of Kitchener - and there are many more in the Region. Optimism has spread the world over (Optimist International) with the prime objective of working with youth for the betterment of all and the Optimist motto "Friend of Youth".
In addition to the Blastball. T-Ball and 3-Pitch leagues, our Optimist Club runs and/or sponsors numerous other projects. Information on them is available on this Website. If you have photos, articles, etc. you feel would be suitable for this site, please contact the Web Administrator.
Members generally meet twice a month, the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings, at various locations. One meeting is a "business" meeting while the other meeting is more social and includes dinner, a "fines" session, and most often, a guest speaker.
Membership is kept busy throughout the year raising money through Bingo every 2nd Sat. night. (As of August, 2007, the bingos are all held at The K-W Gaming Centre, 501 Krug Street, Kitchener. Monies raised are used to fund numerous annual programs and special projects.
Each year 600 to 600 children (over 630 in 2016) are able to play ball (Blastball,T-Ball or 3-Pitch depending on their ages), thanks to the efforts of club members and close to two hundred volunteer coaches and assistants. Everyone is involved with the grand finale wrap-up Hot Dog Day celebration which ends the season and kicks off the summer vacation. Other annual programs include a fishing challenge for the physically challenged, the school fishing program, a bike safety rodeo, and the Grand River Bass Derby. These events are all ones that club members find most enjoyable and rewarding.
Local organizations such as Boy Scouts, minor sports teams, charities, and various school groups & projects have also been recipients of on-going financial support. (Other programs) Major commitments have included: the Student Career Counselling Centre at Grand River High School, installing diamonds at the former Notre Dame School and Smithson School, installing outdoor basketball courts at Smithson, Crestview & Canadian Martyrs schools and providing financing for the Stanley Park Natural Area on the Walter Bean Trail. For our 2017 ball season, the Club (in conjunction with the City of Kitchener), is installing additional "backstops" in Franklin and Midland Parks for use by our Junior T-Ball players.
Members are proud of their ability to raise the funds that enable the club to assist hundreds of local children with many different needs each year and, occasionally, extend a helping hand to the greater community as well, as was the case when the Ice Storm hit Quebec and Eastern Ontario.
We encourage you to browse through our Website, learn what we do and, maybe, come out and help or even join the Club! We're co-ed!