What We’re Doing

Organization Profile

The Club has been very busy. We run a concession stand at the Bank of America stadium during Panthers games and other activities held there such as soccer matches and college football games. Come visit us at our new Stand 107.

We are making plans for a track team. We will keep you posted.

Looking for members who are interested in working to help the youth of the community. We meet once a month on the second Tuesday in the Community Room on the second level of IKEA. Our meetings start at 6:30 pm and last about 90 minutes. We would love to have you be a part of our organization. 

​​When Eastland Mall closed, it left little for the youth to do. Prior to being demolished, they could go there to the movies, the ice skating rink, concessions, shop and just “hang out” with their friends.

We saw a need and in 2016 we partnered with the Garinger High School and conducted our first Tennis Camp. By incorporating the Nutrition Program, parents were able to provide a healthy breakfast and lunch for their children each day while they were out of school.

The tennis camp has provided a safe haven for these children, where they not only learn to play the game of tennis, but develop other skill-sets such as good sportsmanship, team building, reading skills, oratorical practices and book reporting.

The 2017 - 2018 Camps were held at West Charlotte High School and will be back there again this year. Hopefully, next year we can get back to the eastside at Garinger High.


                    Dolly Parton Imagination Library in conjunction with Mecklenburg County Smart Start

                      (If you do not live in Mecklenburg County, checkout the Smart Start in your county.)

In 1995, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, to benefit the children of her home county in East Tennessee, USA. Dolly’s vision was to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families by providing them with the gift of a specially selected book each month. By mailing high quality, age-appropriate books directly to their homes, she wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.   For more information about how the Dolly Parton Imagination Library works here in Charlotte, please contact Champagne Selman at or 704-943-9780. or visit the website and sign up your 0-5 year old child.   They get a FREE book each month mailed to them in their name. 

Carolina Cardinals Optimist Club


Founded: February 4, 2016

President:  Betty Parker

President Elect: Kay Givens

Secretary: Pat Sharpe

Treasurer: Coach Brenda Slade

JOI Advisor:  Phyllis Wonson

OI Foundation Rep:  Ebec Ratcliff

Corresponding Secretary: Mary Dingle

EIN: 81-1600502