Each Optimist Club determines the needs of the youth in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimist conduct over 65,000 projects that serve over 6 million young people.
The Hammond Optimists Youth Sports Complex is located at Columbia Ave. and Rivers Drive. The complex which opened in 2005, has 5 irrigated fields with electronic scoring and lights for nighttime play. There are 2 concession stands offering a variety of food items and treats. A baseball themed playground serves children of all ages. With an initial donation of $50,000 and continuing annual donations, the Optimist Club of Hammond provides the finest facilities for area youth.
Since 1996 the Hammond Optimist Club has donated over $1,000,000 to support area youth organizations including: