To teach members how to make healthier choices, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has teamed up with The Coca-Cola Company to present Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body, and Soul. This national program takes a holisticproach to educating boys and girls about good nutrition, making physical fitness a daily practice, and developing individual strengths and good character. In addition to components for the mind and body, the Triple Play program gets at the soul of the Club experience in social recreation the game room. Each Mind, Body, and Soul program component can stand alone, but integrating the three of them allows Club members to reap more powerful, lifelong benefits. The components below show how the integration of the three benefits Club members.
Healthy Habits: Empowering youth to eat right is a generation-changing, life-enhancing program goal, and Triple Play’s nutrition component, called Healthy Habits, covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size.
Taking a systematic approach, this component boosts Clubs traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth boys and girls, athletically gifted and those talented in other areas, children and teens alike. Daily Fitness Challenges: six challenges give youth at every age the chance to play longer and harder at different games from jumping rope to basketball, and creating games of their own.
- Pre-/Post-Tests: Administered before and after members participate in the program, the surveys are assessment tools. This measurement can help to objectively document members health and fitness knowledge and gauge our Club’s effectiveness as when seeking donor support and funding opportunities for our athletic initiatives.
- Sports Clubs: Targeted to members 13-to-18, these year-round teen clubs develop members leadership skills, focus on community service, and volunteerism with younger members.
This social recreation program includes running a top-notch games room and social recreation program in the Club. Learning to play new games properly from billiards, to Foosball, to bumper pool, shuffleboard, and ping pong among others, members gain experience in accepting coaching, knowledge and acceptance of rules, and sportsmanship.