SPORTS AND FITNESS
Learning sportsmanship and participating in healthy activities are vitally important to kids in the inner-city. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs enjoy teams, classes, and leagues in flag football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. In addition, our Fitness Authority Program served 282 kids last year and 85% increased their overall level of fitness.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Arts and crafts provide opportunities for kids to think and be creative. Programs enhance self-expression and creativity, skill development and exposure to the Arts. Daily projects, hobby crafts, and cultural festivals are the core of the Arts & Crafts program.
im PROGRAM, MICHAEL PHELPS FOUNDATION
The Michael Phelps Foundation's signature program, im, provides learn-to-swim instruction, as well as goal-setting and healthy lessons to Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
im was developed in collaboration with KidsHealth.org and the Michael Phelps Swim School, in an effort to bring world-class water safety, recreational aquatic activities, health and wellness education, and goal-setting activities to children. Developed in 2009 and launched as a pilot program across six Boys & Girls Clubs in 2010, the program has successfully reached more than 12,000 Club kids through 37 Clubs across 22 states.
Water is a critical resource, but is also a silent and life-threatening fear for children.
- Half a million people drown every year around the world
- More than half of the drowning victims are children
- 6 out of 10 African-American and Hispanic/Latino children do not know how to swim; nearly twice the number of Caucasian children