Overtown Optimist

Members of the Overtown Optimist Club are presented a $3,000 check from Nitin Motwani, Managing Principal for Miami WorldCenter, at Gibson Park Oct. 8.

 

The Overtown Optimist Club recently received a $3,000 donation from Miami Worldcenter as teams prepare for the Pop Warner playoffs.

Nitin Motwani, Managing Principal for Miami WorldCenter, presented a check to the club and informed residents in the bleachers about an upcoming job fair at Greater Bethel, 245 NW Eighth St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27.

“Miami Worldcenter has been engaged in Overtown for nearly a decade, so we've seen first-hand the important role that the Optimist Club plays in our neighborhood,” Motwani said. “Programs like these instill teamwork, confidence and discipline in our youngest neighbors, which is why we're a proud supporter. We look forward to a long-term partnership with the Optimist Club and other organizations in our community as development of Miami Worldcenter moves forward.”

Henry Crespo, with The Development Firm, sponsored more than 300 participation medals for the football players, cheerleaders, dancers and coaches.

“The Development Firm’s model is not only to work in communities but to be a part of the community by giving back,” Crespo said.

Five football games were played Oct. 8 at Gibson Park with the Overtown Optimist Club beating the Richmond Optimist Club in every level of competition. 

The Overtown Optimist Club was founded in 1993 as a volunteer based organization designed to help inner city youth through sports. Since then, it has evolved into an organization that provides an array of services to the community. Services span beyond sports and just keeping youth off the street. Building life changing relationships is the catalyst of the program.

“We would rather have our children come through the doors of Gibson Park than the doors of the local jails or state prisons,” said Keon Williams, president of the Overtown Optimist Club. “We are the solutions to the problems that face our community and it starts with us individually taking ownership to ensure these kids have every fighting chance.”

The Overtown Optimist Club provides academic enrichment supplemented by sports, the arts, and life skill instruction, as a means for developing the skills necessary to achieve academic and personal success.

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