Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body, and Soul
Triple Play, BGCA’s first comprehensive health and wellness program, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, strives to improve the overall health of Club members ages 6-18 by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition and helping them develop healthy relationships.
The Mind 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 size.
The Body component boosts Clubs’ traditional physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness activities for all youth. Body programs include six Daily Fitness Challenges, teen Sports Clubs focused on leadership development, service and careers in athletics, to include Triple Play Games Tournaments, inter-Club sectional tournaments that involve multiple team sports. The Soul component helps build positive relationships and cooperation among young people.
In this program, we implement the Badges for Baseball program which is a multi-faceted crime prevention and mentoring program that conveys the tenets of “The Ripken Way” to young people through a variety of programs, including Healthy Choices, Healthy Children and baseball and softball themed activities.
Law enforcement participation is a must. They help assist in the implementation of this program, promoting delinquency prevention efforts and fostering positive mentoring relationships among youth and law enforcement.