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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Caldwell Optimist Club kicks up some fun at annual jamboree

When you think of the Caldwell Optimist Club, you are likely to think of boxing and rodeo, but did you know that their original and longest-running program is youth soccer?

Governor-elect Larry Blackburn wrote today to let us know about a fun activity that the club held with the kids this week. Some Optimist Clubs might call it Tri-Star Soccer, but not content with only three activities, the Caldwell Optimists call their activity "The Obstacle Course."

Here's what Larry had to say:
The Caldwell Optimist Club held its annual jamboree for the soccer program Tuesday May 8; over 600 children participated. The Caldwell club sponsors two separate “obstacle courses” for all the soccer kids on this evening that officially concludes the spring program. 
Club President Connie Holt reports 16 members along with several spouses and JOII Club members from our Canyon Springs High School all pitched in and helped. The project started with the course setup at 3 pm with the competition ending at 8:30 pm. It took until nearly 10 pm to get everything completely cleaned up, put away, and many thanks are offered to all. 
Youth soccer is the single biggest project of the Caldwell Optimist Club with both a fall and spring season and this activity reaches well over 600 children each fall and spring.
In addition to Connie and Larry other club members participated including: Bob Kafka, Wayne Eisenbrandt, Mary Armstrong, Brenda Whelchel, Florence Blackburn, Chris Allgood, Alisha Allgood, Debbie Lenington, Rick Matkin, Lynne Matkin, Bill Moore, Doe Schamp, Joe Shreve, Diane Crookham, Lisa Karlberg, and several JOII members. 

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