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Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports

Quote The Coach

“ Coaching is more than just wins and losses, it’s about sacrifice, discipline, flexibility, studying, teaching, long nights and angry parents. But you have to hang in there because it’s not about you; the most important thing about coaching above all else is the love for the young men and the game. It’s about teaching leadership , honor , dignity and the love for your fellow man. It’s about teaching them to look within themselves and bring out all that makes them who they are. It’s about teaching them to believe in themselves. It’s about giving back to the community. In the end the reward is when you see these young men as they mature into adults and know you may have been a small part of who they are today”. 
            Coach Jim Clark

Who Are We?


Q: How long has Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports been around?

A: Over 60 years! Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports has been providing quality programs for children in the area since 1958.

Q: Is the club a for-profit or non-profit organization?

A: The Club is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) youth sports organization.

Q: What does Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports do for Hilliard?

A: The Club provides athletic and academic programs. During the fall, our focus is on flag and tackle football, cheerleading and girls volleyball..   During the winter, our focus is on basketball through the Hilliard Optimist Basketball League, HOBL. The basketball program provides basketball teams for both boys and girls.  Our spring programs include flag football, and our newest program, Lacrosse, HOYL.  Lacrosse provides teams for boys and girls from grades k to 6.

In addition to providing sports programs where children can learn game fundamentals in an atmosphere of sportsmanship, the athletic programs generate funding for several other initiatives of the Club:

  • College Scholarships – Each year the Club awards over $30,000 in scholarships to deserving seniors from each of the three Hilliard High Schools: Bradley, Darby, and Davidson. That is over $30,000 in annual support for some of the best students in the Hilliard City Schools!
  • Essay Contest – The Club sponsors an annual essay contest for middle and high school students of The Hilliard City Schools. The Club provides cash awards to the top three finishers.
  • Oratorical Contest – The Club sponsors an annual oratorical contest for middle and high school students of the Hilliard City Schools. The Club provides cash awards to the top three finishers for both boys and girls.
  • Endowment Funds - You can make a donation towards one of our programs and it will go to supporting the Jim Clark Endowment Fund in helping with financial aid for families in need of registration fee assistance. 

Q: Who runs Hilliard Optimist Club Youth Sports?

A: Active Club members and volunteers. They are critical to the success of all our programs.

To learn more about the Club or to become a member, please  send an email to [email protected]

We look forward to hearing from you!



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Hilliard Optimst Club Youth Sports

P O Box 113 
Hilliard, Ohio 43026

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