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.
Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body and Soul is a program of the Boys & Girls Club designed to demonstrate how eating smart, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. This approach includes three major components that focus on different aspects of healthy living:
Mind:Healthy Habits provides a wide-ranging approach to addressing nutrition education and healthy living. The approach incorporates healthy living and active learning into every part of the Club experience, from the gym to the learning center to the arts and crafts room. Toward this end, the Healthy Habits curriculum consists of 10 sessions for each of three age groups: 5-8, 9-12 and teens.
Body: Sports, fitness and recreation programs are designed to get members up and active through daily challenges, games and tournaments to strengthen their body. Additionally, sports leadership Clubs allow teens to develop leadership skills and focus on community service and volunteerism.
Soul: Triple Play consciously incorporates elements of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence. Social recreation utilizes the games room and other Club areas to teach and reinforce social and ethical skills young people need to be successful.
Fitness Authority promotes fitness in all youth through fun, engaging weekly activities and an annual competition with local, regional and national levels. The program features 12 weekly sessions for each of three age groups. Club members play games and try new sports, and their fitness levels are measured with simple tests of endurance, flexibility and strength.