Bringing Out the Best


If you would like to be apart of our mission to “bringing out the best,” please check out our fundraising opportunities.


If your Christmas Party, business, organization or event is in need of Santa & his elves, look no further! We have an AMAZING Santa Experience that you & your kids will never forget.

For eleven years, The Academy Optimist Club entertained families of all ages on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway’s “Santa Train”. With close to 400 train trips up Pikes Peak, we are very qualified to create a Santa Experience to remember. We are now making ourselves available to you!

Our Santa Claus is as authentic as they come. He’s received countless compliments from parents and grandparents on how caring he is and how much time he spends with each child. He far surpasses the “mall” Santas. Kids adore him and the message he brings. And… he’ll talk to adults too!

Our elves each have their own story to tell. Some are approaching 400 years of age! They can entertain your guests with a variety of activities and games.

Santa’s First Minstrel Samuel or his assistants will have your group singing along with holiday songs in no time! We provide song books so that no one can say “I don’t know the words”.

Reserve your Santa Experience now before we’re booked up. We’ll come to your business or home!

All fees go to support The Academy Optimist Club and its programs for youth in the Pikes Peak Region. Your fee can be a tax-deductible donation if you like!

Check out our videos of Santa and his Elves in action…

The Santa Train (Short)

The Santa Train (Long)

Contact Joe “Santa” at (719) 590-1217 (Res), (719) 648-0935 (Mobile) or
e-mail: for rates and reservations.



Sadly, the deadline to purchase your 2021 FUNDcrazr Football tickets has past.
But please keep an eye & ear open in the future for them!!

What are FUNDcrazr Football tickets???
For only $10 you can have 5 chances to win up to $100 a WEEK! And the Academy Optimist Club keeps $7 out of every $10 to use for helping kids!

Each ticket has 5 straight weeks of pre-selected football teams. Each week the scores of each team are added up. The ticket with the highest scores get $100! The 2nd highest wins $50. The 3rd highest wins $30 and the lowest score get $20. Each week is a new chance to win!

If you would like more information about our Football FUNDcrazr, please contact Janina at



Our March Madness FUNDcrazr is over for the 2019 year but please check back here for next year’s chance of winning!

We are selling $10 March Madness Sweepstakes tickets to raise money for our projects.

Each ticket has 4 scratch off teams. The total scores of your 4 teams will be added up and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and last place numbers are the winners! First place wins $200! Not bad for a $10 ticket!

If you would like more information about our March Madness FUNDcrazr, please contact Bob Null at


Got Tennis??

The 2nd Annual Academy Optimist Cup has sadly been cancelled. Please check back for next year’s dates!

This Tennis Tournament will fund our various youth programs.


This is a non-sanctioned event with singles, doubles and mixed-doubles draws.  Every level draw available for men and women, levels 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and Open draws.  Maximum of 2 draws per entrant.  Must be available to play Friday evening at 6:00 PM as well as Saturday and Sunday during the day.


Cancellations must be received by 2020.  No refunds after this time.

What: Academy Optimist Cup
When: ?
Where: John Venezia Community Park

3555 Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, CO, 80920

Please go to our Event Page for more info:

Don’t forget to RSVP!