Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Summer Volunteer Opportunities!

May 22nd, 2017 by Laura Smith

Summer is here! How did that happen so fast, weren't we just having a snow day?! 

While summer seemed to sneak up on us, it's here. We know you probably have a lot planned this summer (beach vacations, traveling, climbing 14'ers or eating a lot of Popsicles...) if you find yourself with extra time, we have two great opportunities that will make you feel good!

Currently we are in need of Summer Volunteer Youth Activity Leaders at our Linton Elementary School Site staring on June 5 and ending July 27. Leaders are needed from 12 to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday with volunteers only having to commit to one day per week on a recurring basis. Volunteer Leaders will assist staff with daily food service, playground supervision, games, sports, and art programming.

If interested in this opportunity, please contact Megan at volunteer@bgclarimer.org

This summer we are also on the hunt for volunteer photographers and videographers. Budding or seasoned photographers can build up their portfolio by taking photos at Club Units, field trips and capturing the day-to-day awesomeness at all our Club Units.

If interested in helping out, please contact Megan at volunteer@bgclarimer.org or our Marketing Specialist, Laura, at lsmith@bgclarimer.org to find out more.

Enjoy the sunshine and we'll see  you soon!

A ramtastic day at Hughes Stadium!

July 21st, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County Club members, CSU coaches and CSU collegiate athletes all had one thing in common on July 6: smiling (and sweaty) faces at Hughes Stadium. Thanks to a partnership with Colorado State University Athletics, the BGCLC took over the stadium field for the first time ever during an active field day with CSU Athletes. Fifty or so athletes from soccer, football and volleyball divided Club members into groups and taught them various drills for each sport. Each participant spent 30 minutes focusing on each sport, which included catching passes, working on volleyball serves and dribbling the soccer ball.

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The field day, which ran from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., also consisted of a free lunch courtesy of McDonald’s, some CSU swag, and the opportunity to chat with athletes during an autograph session.

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Thanks to this partnership, over 75 club members from Loveland, Fort Collins and Wellington got to meet some of their idols and feel on top of the world, for at least the afternoon. This clinic was put on in attempt to engage youth members in outdoor physical activity while also exposing them to a collegiate atmosphere. While this was the first event of this magnitude, judging from the feedback from athletes and Club members, be on the lookout for future events and continued partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and CSU Athletics.

Youth Enjoy Colorado Crush Game

April 28th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

On Friday, April 15, over 30 youth from all four Club locations joined together at a Colorado Crush Indoor Football game!

Partnering with the Colorado Crush, these lucky Club kids were able to be part of the game in several really fun ways: First, they welcomed the players as a fan tunnel while the players were called onto the field, getting to high-five every Crush player!  Next, two lucky Club kids got to do the official coin toss (and helped the Crush win it!).

During half time, all youth were brought onto the field to play some flag football!  It was a real blast having the announcer call their plays and hearing the crowd cheer for them.  The Club kids also enjoyed watching the game and all received a Crush t-shirt to remember their fun evening.

Thank you to the Colorado Crush for giving these youth such an amazing experience!

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The Great Outdoors

March 18th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

While the snow has now arrived again, just earlier this week many of our youth were enjoying some lovely hikes on our local trails here in Larimer County!  One of our three priority outcome areas for all our youth is Healthy Lifestyles.  Hiking the great outdoors is one of the many ways the Boys & Girls Clubs show kids and teens how to exercise while having fun, and the excitement of appreciating our amazing backyards.

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Girls Gym Takeover!

December 18th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (3) Often times, the gym at our Loveland Club is overrun with boys. There are always a few girls that jump in regularly with the boys, but for the most part, girls find other areas of the club to hang out in. In order to combat this issue, the Girls Gym Takeover Program was implemented at our Loveland Club.

The Girls Gym Takeover Program's main goal was to increase the number of girls participating in gym time throughout the week. The girls were given opportunities to provide input regarding activities and games that they would most like to participate in. Some of the activities that the girls c2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (6)ame up with were: Hula Hoop Challenges, Volleyball, Dance, Cheerleading, Obstacle Courses, and Basketball. When asked about the Girls Takeover Program, Alissa, 9, stated, "I really like the hula hoop contests.  I would want to do more contests in the future!"

Since the implementation of the Girls Gym Takeover Program, the number of girls that set foot in the gym has increased dramatically from last spring!  The number 2015-10-21-Loveland - Obstacle Course (5)of girls who attended at least one sport or fitness program grew from 85 female participants in the Spring of 2015 to 123 female participates this Fall. Likewise, the number of girls who participated at least weekly has doubled since last spring from 7 to 14 participants. Overall, this program has positively benefited the girls at our Loveland Club! One of the biggest benefits of the program was many of the girls became more comfortable with themselves and their athletic abilities. Of the 19 kids that graduated the Triple Play Program at our Club, 8 of them were female! That graduation rate can be partially attributed to the Girls Gym Takeover Program, which has given our female Club Members the extra time and exposure to gym activities.

 

Sports, Fitness & Recreation

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.

Triple Play
Triple Play is a game plan for the mind, body and soul. As BGCLC’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; and 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.

BMX Program
The BMX Program is for all ages 6-18 at the Loveland Club. There is a lot of excitement around this program! The BMX Program teaches not only BMX skills but also role model skills for both inside and outside of the club. This program encourages camaraderie, ownership, and respect on the track. This program also educates youth on the sport though reading books on the subject in return for more track time.

Sport Teams
Our sports teams include volleyball, basketball, baseball, and flag football. Our three Clubs meet to compete in these sports as well as with other Boys & Girls Clubs in this area. Our Sports Teams Programs teach good sportsmanship as well as healthy habits.