The mission of the United States Optimist National Team is to:
- Identify and develop the top Optimist sailors in the United States to prepare them for success in international competition;
- Create awareness of opportunities and avenues in sailing after the Opti years;
- Develop a Corinthian spirit and teamwork within the Opti community;
- Produce good role models for the less-experienced sailors within the USODA, and;
- Stress the importance of safety, fun, and good sportsmanship in sailboat racing.