The fund raising efforts of the Fort Sam Optimist Youth Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c )(3) organization, support programs of the Optimist Club of Fort Sam Houston which help youth. The Optimist Club of Fort Sam Houston is affiliated with Optimist International.
The Fort Sam Houston club was chartered in 1971 and has been involved in many activities including the following. Renovating the miniature golf course at the Fort Sam Houston Youth Center. We subsequently participated in a miniature golf outing with the Fort Sam children.
We hold a Christmas Party each year for the pediatric oncology patients, their families and staff. This event has been very rewarding and the Club looks forward to this event each year.
Organizing Bicycle Safety Rodeos at various elementary schools in conjunction with the San Antonio Police Department. This program teaches children about public safety.
Sponsoring and judging children in oratorical and essay contests with scholarships for winners.
Most recently we have initiated a relationship with the Fort Sam Houston Pediatric Hematology Oncology Unit. (BAMC/SAMMC) Our CCC (childhood Cancer Campaign) has been quite successful to date. We are currently involved in several ongoing projects related to our Childhood Cancer Campaign
Secured a grant from NCOA/NDF which has helped to pay for new audio/visual and computer equipment in the pediatric oncology unit. This includes computer programs, children’s videos and internet access for the children at the hospital
With financial support from NCOA we paid for a child’s funeral who had died of cancer.