About Us

The Liberty City Optimist Club (LCOC) is a 501c3 not for profit organization that has been in operation since 1990 providing after-school and summer programs to youth 4-16 years old in Liberty City and surrounding neighborhood. In 25 years of programming The LCOC has influenced the lives of thousands of children, young people, and families.  It has developed an outstanding relationship with its immediate community, Liberty City, as well as local and county governments, funding source, and other nonprofit organizations.

Twenty five years ago, the Liberty City Optimist Club started out with a 12 boy baseball team by the name of MTUNDU (African word that means community). In 1990, Luther Campbell approached Samuel Johnson, a Metro Bus Operator about MTUNDU becoming an Optimist Club to expand its notoriety. On, October 1990, The Liberty City Optimist Club of Florida, Inc. was formed.  LCOC received its 501©(3) status in March of 1991 and kicked off its first Football and Cheerleading registration in May 1991 participating in the Greater Miami Pop Warner League.

Education and Social Development is the primary goal of Liberty City Optimist Club. LCOC is in the business of building young men and women who are physically and mentally equipped to become the future leaders of our community.

The program has several component and activities designed to increase academic achievement, positive socialization, fitness and health, and parent involvement.