"Orange Coast Optimist is affiliated with Optimist International, a world-renowned community service organization. Optimist clubs throughout the world are dedicated to the scholastic, physical, moral, and civic development of the youths in every community. OCO is the largest Optimist club in the United States.
OCO, founded in 1970, is committed to "bringing out the best in kids" via community service, sports activities, cultural events, and leadership opportunities. The founders of OCO wanted to preserve the Japanese/Asian-American traditions while providing opportunities for its members, which has been the guiding mission of the Club ever since. "