Optimist Basketball Summer Clinic For Kids

Bring out the best in kids!

Gettysburg Optimist Basketball Summer Clinic

The Optimist Club of Gettysburg has sponsored a community youth basketball program since 1965 teaching fun and fundamentals of basketball to children in grades K through 6. Traditionally, the program is conducted on Saturday mornings for eight weeks. The rules are simple; all children play, the focus is on the fundamentals of the game, no scorekeeping, and all participants have fun and share an experience that forms life-long memories.

Regrettably, due to the pandemic, the 2021 Winter Optimist Youth Basketball Program was not offered.   The Optimist Club is proud to announce this year’s Summer Basketball Clinic where the rules will be followed for a fun-filled afternoon.  With the help of the Gettysburg Area School District’s Girls and Boys basketball coaches, Jeff Bair and Marc McLean, and players, the Gettysburg Optimist Club is offering a free basketball clinic at Gettysburg Area Recreation Association Park on Sunday, August 29, 2021. The Optimist Club is pleased to announce that the YWCA is a partner with this event.

Registration is online now through August 28 and onsite at the Rec Park Firemen’s pavilion from ­­­­12:30 PM to 1:00 PM the day of the event.

Children can pre-register by completing the online form or by printing the paperwork from the Gettysburg Optimist website http://gettysburgoptimist.com/gettysburg-news/2021-basketball-clinic/. Email registration to GettysburgOptimist@GettysburgOptimist.com or mail to

Gettysburg Optimist Club

c/o Basketball Committee

PO BOX 3035

Gettysburg, PA 17325

The 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM clinic schedule will begin with a demonstration session led by the Gettysburg Area School District basketball girl’s and boy’s coaches and players. The next session will be a circuit training for youth attending in grades K through 6. If time allows, there may be youth basketball games. The players will be divided into groups of girls and boys separately; Grades K-3 and grades 4-6.

Refreshments will be provided for volunteers and participants at the conclusion of the clinic.

 The Optimist Club of Gettysburg Youth Basketball Program is one of the many youth-oriented programs conducted and funded by the local Optimist Club each year. Club members, parents, and community volunteers act as leaders, monitors, coaches, and mentors.  Many of them were once young participants in earlier programs and are now coaching and mentoring their children and grandchildren. Since its inception, more than 5000 area children have participated in the annual basketball events.


We look forward to spending the afternoon with you on August 28, 2021, from 12:30 PM to 3 PM.