Core Program Area: Sports, Fitness and Recreation
Programs in this area develop fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.
To teach youth how to make healthier choices, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has teamed up with The Coca-Cola Company and Kraft Foods Inc. to present Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body and Soul. This national program takes a holistic approach to educating boys and girls about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice and developing individual strengths and good character. In addition to components for the mind and body, the Triple Play program gets at the soul of the Club experience – the gamesroom. Each Mind, Body and Soul program component can stand alone; yet integrating them allows Club members to reap more powerful, lifelong benefits.
Empowering youth to eat right is a generation-changing, life-enhancing program goal, and Triple Play’s nutrition component, called Healthy Habits, covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size.
Taking a systematic approach, this component boosts Clubs’ traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth – boys and girls, athletically gifted and those talented in other areas, children and teens alike. Daily Fitness Challenges: six challenges give youth at every age the chance to play longer and harder at different games – from jumping rope to basketball and creating games of their own.
- Basketball Challenge
- Get Fit Challenge
- Home Run Challenge
- Jump Rope Challenge
- Walk/Run Challenge
- Invent-a-Sport Challenge
Targeted to members 13-to-18, these year-round teen clubs develop members’
leadership skills; focus on community service and volunteerism; and offer Club sports, fitness, recreation and nutrition programs
Above all, kids want to have fun. With this in mind, at Boys & Girls Clubs of Edinburg RGV, we have game rooms at every Club. Whether foosball, eight ball, Ping-Pong or air hockey, kids can play a variety of games while learning interpersonal skills and sportsmanship through fun competition.
SMART Leaders is a booster program to SMART Moves. This program keeps teens involved in the SMART Moves program after Stay SMART, reinforces skills and knowledge youth learned in SMART Moves and prepares teens as leaders to help their peers resist using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and postpone sexual activity. The program is available through a collaborative effort among The Pennsylvania State University, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Club members learn about team building and can enhance their own athletic skills through various sports. We give kids a chance to compete in city wide basketball and soccer leagues. Through these activities, kids stay fit while having fun.
Young members become exposed to a variety of environments and activities outside their own neighborhoods. Our Clubs offer trips to nature centers, local beaches, museums, professional sporting events, circuses, amusement parks, skating rinks, restaurants and plays. Supervised by adults, these field trips help open members’ eyes to new opportunities and experiences.
Specialized Program Initiatives
These initiatives or programs focus on meeting significant, specific needs that have been identified within the Boys & Girls Club Movement. Because their scope is broad, they relate to or complement several or all the Core Programs Areas.