Gym & Team Sports

 
Our gymnasium is located on the second floor of the building. The special design of the gym, with multiple dividers, helps staff members run more age specific program simultaneously including basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball and other inter club sports/games. The gymnasium helps youth exercise on a daily basis and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet. Programs offered in the Gym include:
 
Triple Play: A game plan for Mind, Body and Soul is a dynamic wellness program that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. Triple Play activities are offered throughout the Club in three categories: Mind, Body & Soul. 
  • Mind - This program component encourages young people to eat smart through the Healthy Habits program, which covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion sizes. To reinforce this component, ALL CHILDREN are given a FREE nutritious snack and the option to receive a FREE healthy hot dinner every day after school. All snacks and dinners served meet the USDA nutritional guidelines.
  • Body - This program component boosts the traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth. It includes six daily fitness challenges; teen sports clubs focused on leadership development, service and careers in athletics; and Triple Play games, inter-Club tournaments that involve multiple team sports.
  • Soul - This program component helps build positive relationships and cooperation among young people. This component uses the games rooms to help youth strengthen their ability to interact positively with others. Youth build social skills while playing foosball, pool, air hockey, ping pong and poly pong. The games room are now separated by age groups, the Majors and Minors room, to allow children to interact with youth in their own age group, creating a greater sense of comfort for members while giving them a deeper feeling of ownership over their Games Room.
 
Rapids Swim Team: Rapids Swim Team is a competitive team that participates in the Pioneer Valley Swim League and the Pioneer Valley Summer Swim League. Children ages 5 to 18 who are members swim for exercise, competition and enjoyment of the sport. Team members learn the four competitive swimming strokes including free style, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Please visit the team's official website.
 
PAL Mentoring Badges for Baseball: Badges for Baseball is a signature program of Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation that is coincides with our National PAL program. PAL is a youth crime prevention program that utilizes education, athletic and recreational activities to create trust and understanding between police officers and youth. The Club will be offering this program as a full year program. The program adopts team sports as a way to connect youth with positive adult mentors, especially those in the law enforcement profession. Badges for Baseball provides youth an opportunity to learn life lessons from law enforcement professionals serving as coaches, mentors and friends while participating baseball themed activities. This program has been made possible through a grant provided by the Police Athletic/Activities League.
 
Team Sports: The Boys & Girls Club many different teams that members can join including: wrestling, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, and Westfield United Basketball.
 
 

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