Sports and Recreation Program
OVERVIEW: The sports and recreation roster features baseball, basketball, Bulldog Football, cheerleading, Earn & Learn, softball, swimming and tennis.
DESCRIPTION: The roster of sports & recreation programs are:
Baseball: Registration — January 1
The baseball program features Khoury Baseball/Softball, Pre-Atom League, Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, Redbird Rookie and T-Ball components:
- Competition Baseball/Softball – This competitive baseball/softball program is offered to the boys & girls ages 8 to 13. Teams compete in leagues, tournaments and national competition.
Season — March 1 to July 15
- North County Baseball League – Open to children, ages five to 13, practices will begin May 1 and games start June 1.
Season — Starts June 1
- P.A.L. – The Pre Atom League is one step up from T-Ball allowing the coach to pitch the ball to the seven-year-old batter as the final step before playing baseball.
Season — May 1 to June 1
- RBI – Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities is designed to provide high school eligible young people (boys 14 to 18 and girls 13 to 19) an opportunity to participate in structured baseball and softball while enjoying resources to further their education. This program is sponsored by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Season —June 1 to August 15
- Redbird Rookie Program – Children ages five to 13 play baseball, softball and enjoy health and educational events sponsored by Cardinals Care.
Season —May 1 to June 1
- T-Ball – This serves as an instructional league for children ages five & six years old to learn the game of baseball and have fun.
Season — May 1 to June 1
Basketball: Registration —Year-round; Season — Ongoing
The Club's basketball program is home to boys and girls ages five to 14. The players learn the fundamentals of passing, dribbling and shooting along with rigorous defensive training. Players take part in recreational and competitive basketball, with teams often taking part in tournaments in St. Louis and the surrounding states.
Cheerleading: Registration — June 1; Season — July 27 to November 29
Participants, ages five to 14 years, cheer teams on, stay fit via physical activity, learn team spirit and entertain audiences. Youth also learn tumbling, dancing, jumping, cheering and stunts in order to direct spectators at events, cheer football teams at games and take part in competitions.
Earn & Learn: Registration — January 1; Season — Year-round
The program was created to teach young people the understanding of the work force while allowing them to earn income during the summer day camp. The program now includes baseball, basketball and softball official/umpire training. Participants learn the rules of perspective sports, healthy eating habits, how to properly complete employment and tax forms, professional dress attire and how to conduct an interview. With these skills our goal is to teach each youth to get a job, keep it and advance! Participants also learn conflict resolution, safety, Respect, Restraint and Responsibility.
Football: Registration — June 1; Season — July 27 to November 29
Bulldog Football is a competitive contact sport for youth ages six to 13 years of age. The players learn fundamental skills in blocking, tackling, passing and running offensive/defensive plays. Team work and sportsmanship is front and center.
Swimming: Registration — year-round; Season — On-going
Youth ages five to 19 make a splash at swimming, learning the fundamentals of the sport starting as beginners and advancing to competition. Our swim team competes in various meets throughout the metropolitan area and out of state. The program allows youth to have fun while instilling within them a sense of sportsmanship and discipline.
Tennis: Registration — June 1; Spring Season — Jan 23 to April 15 Fall Season: Sept. 24 - Dec. 10
Participants ages five to 18 learn the fundamentals of racket handling such as forehand, backhand, serving and volleying. They also learn how to keep score and match play. While the program originated in the summer camp, lessons are now offered during the spring and winter months, as well.
NEED: The Sports & Recreation program is designed to prevent the high rate of teen-on-teen violence, juvenile crime and high school dropouts. We teach youth the basic fundamentals of sports techniques and competition to keep them off the streets and reduce idle time among an at-risk population where 85 percent of families make $20,000 or less, 95 percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch and the unemployment rate increased from 7.2 to 8 percent from 2014 to 2015.
GOALS: Within the course the 2016-17, we're focused on achieving the following outcomes:
- Informing and reminding students of benefits of participating in the available physical activities.
- Encouraging participation recreational and competitive sports on a year-round basis.
CONTACT: To enroll a student or become a volunteer for any of the above programs, please contact one of the following staff:
Basketball, Baseball & Football: Raeffel Merriweather, 314.679.5265 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheerleading & Tennis: LaJuan Williams, 314.679.5242 and email@example.com
Earn & Learn: Leroy Witherspoon, 314.679.5263 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Swimming: Aaron Waddell, 314.679.5243 and email@example.com
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Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. Since 1960 the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 228.