the foundation of the program


One of the keys to a successful Sports L•A•B™ program is the variety of sports programs we offer our members.

Here is a sampling of some of the more popular sports programs we offer.



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Thornberry Swimming facilities


The Thornberry Unit and J&D Wagner Unit each host a full size swimming pool for Club members to use. As such we offer a wide range of aquatic athletics programming.  In partnership with the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative, youth are taught the basics of water survival and participate in various levels of swimming lessons. Club members also have the opportunity to compete against other young swimmers as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ swim team.

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All six Club sites have the opportunity to participate in a basketball league as well as regular off season pick up games. Each of our clubs have a full-sized gymnasium available to our members.   With such easy access, is no better sport to teach kids how to work together to succeed.  One of the most valuable lifelong skills worth developing.

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Another of our more popular athletics programs, football is an excellent and fun team sport.  Club members practice and have fun inside as well as outside around the KC metro area playing flag football.  They even have the opportunity to play flag football at a state-of-the-art facility thanks to the Kansas City Chiefs. Flag football season playoffs are held at the Chiefs practice facility.

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Golf is great way for our members to develop a understanding of honesty, integrity, courtesy, and perseverance.  Our members have a lot of fun, as well as learning a sport that can also be played their entire lives.  We work closely with the UMKC Men's Golf team, in addition to a number of golf clubs in the area.  This gives our members valuable opportunities to experience this not only challenging but also fun, as well as relaxing sport.

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Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities

Thanks to the help of one of our great sponsors, Royals Charities, we offer the finest youth baseball program available.  RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) is hosted throughout the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.  This gives boys and girls, ages 5-18, the opportunity to play baseball and softball at locations across the city.  At the same time, they learn the importance of teamwork, leadership and life skills.

With the help of our partners—the Kansas City Royals, KCMO Parks & Recreation Department and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum—the Boys & Girls Clubs began operating the RBI program in Kansas City in 1996. Since then, the program continues to grow, reaching youth across the city.

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We are partners with the U.S. Soccer Foundation, bringing the Soccer for Success after school program to our clubs.  This program is proven to help kids establish healthy habits and develop critical life skills. This is accomplished through training with Coach Mentors who work with our members, and their families.

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track and field

Running requires little training and even less equipment, making track one of the Clubs’ most accessible and worthwhile activities.  We work with a number of schools and organizations with the purpose of providing easy access to necessary resources for our members.  Due to these partnerships, we provide our members access to quality tracks, structured practice, professional instruction, as well as skilled coaching. 

Additionally, we offer Volleyball, Weight Training and Wrestling.