On April 15th on behalf of the Hilliard Optimist Club, Chris Lardiere accepted the 2015 Hilliard Volunteer of The Year Award from Destination Hilliard. The Hilliard Optimist Club has continuously served the youth of Hilliard since 1958 running programs including oratorical contests; essay contests, youth appreciation events, respect for law events, cheerleading, flag and tackle football and boys and girls basketball. In addition the Hilliard Optimist club awards over $30,000 of scholarships annually to Hilliard High School graduates. The Optimist Club was one of 5 organizations or individuals to be recognized this year. Also pictured with Chris are ( l to r ) his law partner; Optimist Club member and nominator Darren McNair; Tom Baker, Hilliard City Council; Stephanie Kunze, Ohio House of representatives and Kathy Prosser, President Board of Directors Destination Hilliard.Click here to add your own text


The Hilliard Optimist Club is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization providing a variety of athletic and academic services to the youth of Hilliard.

Programs range from youth athletics (basketball, cheerleading, field hockey and football) to academic competitions (essay and oratorical) and $30,000 in scholarships awarded annually to Hilliard community seniors.

Our coaches have the experience and qualified training necessary to ensure that your child has a successful, memorable, and enjoyable time.

Our Mission

The mission of The Hilliard Optimists is to develop athletic and academic skills through sports participation and academic competition, which strengthen inner core values and principles, encourage abilities in leadership, fair play and teamwork, and provide fun, rewarding and memorable growing experiences.

Our Vision

The Hilliard Optimist Club will be recognized as the premier volunteer organization that values all children and helps them develop to their full potential.

Enrolling is Easy!

Simply click on the program tab and it will direct you to the appropriate place to register.

Check out our events calendar below to find sign-up dates and programs.

About Optimist International

Meeting the needs of young people in communities worldwide, Optimist Clubs have been “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” since 1919. Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects aimed at providing a helping hand to youth.

Club members are best known in their communities for their upbeat attitudes. By believing in young people and empowering them to be the best they can, Optimist volunteers continually make this world a better place in which to live.

There are 87,000 individual members who belong to 2,900 autonomous Clubs. Optimists conduct 65,000 service projects each year, serving six million young people. Optimists spend $78 million on their communities annually.