Promote healthier living through sports
Boys & Girls Clubs sports programs make more team sports
accessible to more kids.
More than 2,000 youth participate in the Clubs’ sports programs where they learn teamwork, the value of hard work and fair play. Team sports also strengthen educational goals, increase scholarship opportunities and improve character development.
Basketball – All six Club sites have the opportunity to participate in a basketball league. With a full-sized gymnasium at each site, there is no better sport to teach kids how to work together to win, a valuable, lifelong skill worth developing.
Flag Football – Club members have the opportunity to play flag football at a state-of-the-art facility thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs. Flag football games are held at the Chiefs practice facility.
Baseball/Softball (RBI) – Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities provides access to quality baseball and softball facilities, equipment, coaching and competition that young people might not otherwise have. Learn more.
Swimming – The Thornberry Unit and J&D Wagner Unit host a full size swimming pool for Club members to use. In partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative, youth are taught the basics of water survival and participate in various levels of swimming lessons. Club members also have the opportunity to compete against other young swimmers as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ swim team.
Track & Field – Running requires little training and even less equipment, making track one of the Clubs’ most accessible and worthwhile activities. Area track and field partnerships provide Club kids access to quality tracks, structured practice, professional instruction and coaching.
Weight Lifting – Strength training puts young people on a lifetime path to better health and fitness, while helping protect muscles from sports-related injuries. Weight lifting with professional instruction is available in each of our six Units.
Wrestling – An individual sport like wrestling builds self-esteem for kids of all sizes and genders, promotes diversity, and can be implemented at a low cost. The Wyandotte County Unit offers wrestling for children and youth, with opportunities for competition at local and regional tournaments.