Triple Play, BGCA’s comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6-18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships. Since the Triple Play initiative was introduced in 2005, more than one million Club members have participated in fun fitness activities. The Triple Play initiative, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and The Anthem Foundation, nurtures the minds, bodies and souls of Club members.
Kips Bay has a number of competitive athletic teams that challenge youth to build their skill in a particular sport, but also build character and teamwork skills. Components of the Triple Play: Mind, Body and Soul sections and Brent’s Club should be incorporated into the season.
Partnering with the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program, we offer a six-level instructional approach for swimmers of all ages. All our instructors are trained and certified by the Red Cross, and students of all levels also receive training in basic water safety and how to help others in an emergency. Kips Bay also has a competitive swim team, the K.B. Makos, for intermediate and above swimmers.
Open to Club members, the Mustangs Baseball program is an exciting opportunity for recreation and competition. Kids learn sportsmanship, develop a positive self-image, and gain mentorship while learning about baseball in a safe, fun-filled environment.
The Kips Bay Mustangs Basketball program combines learning and training with the opportunity to play competitively. In addition to the competitive teams for boys and girls, there is a Basketball Academy Development Program for younger children.
With lead instructor Sensei Norman Smith, we teach members Shotokan Karate. We practice “a do,” which means that children learn the philosophical and spiritual aspects of Shotokan karate in addition to the physical training and practical applications. Martial arts are not just a way to exercise, they also encourage discipline, body awareness, competition, and etiquette. Members study basic self-defense skills, develop hand-eye coordination, and learn respect and mental focus.