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South Carolina Optimist Clubs Win Grants for Community Projects

We’re excited to share some fantastic news for our South Carolina community! Two local Optimist Clubs have recently been awarded grants from the Optimist International Foundation to fund new and impactful community projects. Both the Clemson Optimist Club and the Palmetto Optimist Club in Sumter have received $1,000 each to support initiatives that will make a real difference in the lives of local residents.


**Clemson Optimist Club: Supporting Students with Special Needs**


The Clemson Optimist Club has been awarded a $1,000 grant to assist students with special needs who are attending colleges or universities. This generous grant is aimed at helping to cover the costs associated with special needs, ensuring that these students have access to the resources they need to succeed in their academic pursuits. The funds will go towards specialized equipment, learning materials, and other essential supports that can significantly enhance the educational experience for these students.


**Palmetto Optimist Club in Sumter: Promoting Fitness and Fun**


Meanwhile, the Palmetto Optimist Club in Sumter has received a $1,000 grant to launch a bicycle riding club for youth on the south side of the city. This exciting new project aims to promote physical activity and fitness among young people during the summer months. The grant will be used to help cover the costs of bicycles, locks, and safety equipment, making it possible for more children to enjoy healthy outdoor activities. This initiative not only encourages fitness but also fosters a sense of community and adventure among participating youth.


**About the Optimist International Foundation Club Grant Program**


The Optimist International Foundation is committed to supporting local Optimist Clubs in their efforts to make a positive impact in their communities. Each year, the Foundation provides approximately $80,000 in matching grants to fund new club projects and initiatives that promote childhood health and wellness. These grants are crucial in helping clubs bring their visions to life and make meaningful contributions to their communities.


**A Word from the Foundation**


“We are thrilled to support the Clemson and Palmetto Optimist Clubs in their efforts to enhance the lives of individuals in their communities,” said Craig Boring, Executive Director of the Optimist International Foundation. “These grants reflect our commitment to fostering initiatives that promote education, health, and wellness for young people.”


**Join the Effort**


The work of the Optimist International Foundation and its supported clubs is vital to creating thriving, healthy communities. If you’re interested in learning more about the Foundation or how you can get involved with your local Optimist Club, visit oifoundation.org for more information.


Stay tuned for updates on these exciting projects and see how our local Optimist Clubs continue to make a difference!


**About the Optimist International Foundation**


The Optimist International Foundation is a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting Optimist International and its mission of bringing out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves. Through its grant programs, the Foundation provides financial assistance to Optimist Clubs for projects that improve the quality of life for children and promote healthy and active lifestyles. Your contributions through the Dime-A-Day and other programs not only help fund Club grants but also the Optimist Scholarship programs.


Let’s celebrate these achievements and look forward to seeing the positive impacts these grants will have on our community!

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