Encourage kids to get moving by getting involved in non-traditional sports. Read more to get ideas from Buffalo Wild Wings and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
At Boys & Girls Clubs, we believe in creating environments where all kids and teens can be healthy, active and thrive. Every year, we help youth experience the joy of belonging to a team while learning sportsmanship, teamwork and valuable social skills.
But while some kids can’t wait to swing a racket, score a goal or hike a football, for others, playing organized sports can be intimidating – both physically and emotionally.
Discover how Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Buffalo Wild Wings are teaming up to help more kids and teens get in the game through non-traditional sports.
When it comes to encouraging youth physical activity, Boys & Girls Clubs have been stepping up to the plate for over 160 years. From basketball courts to swimming pools, we provide sports facilities where young people can play dozens of sports while coaches and athletics staff motivate them to try their best and have fun.
Access to these athletic opportunities, mentoring and equipment all foster what’s known as “physical literacy” in young people, or the ability, confidence and desire to be physically active for life.
Team sports can help youth build character and skills for success on and off the field – perseverance, self-confidence, creativity, problem-solving and social skills are just a few.
However, many young people are not motivated by competition or are simply uninterested in traditional sports. So, how can we ensure they don’t miss out on the skill-building opportunities that set them up to become healthy, active adults?
Non-traditional sports may be the answer you’ve been looking for! Non-traditional sports are physical activities that are not usually considered “mainstream” sports (think: teams in uniforms). They include out-of-the-box physical activity, like rock climbing and martial arts, as well as slower-paced activities like table tennis.
The biggest benefit of nontraditional sports is that they enable every young person to find a physical activity that is right for them, strengthening their confidence and physical abilities, all while building their appreciation for being active.
Through our partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s ALL STARS program organizes many traditional youth sports like soccer, flag football and basketball, but it also gives Club kids the opportunity to try out non-traditional sports as well.
In celebration of Boys & Girls Club of America’s 10-year partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings, Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida hosted their very own “Innovation Day” to get all Club kids up and moving. Buffalo Wild Wings led Club members in participating in all kinds of non-traditional sports – pickleball, dodgeball, cornhole, kickball and more.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides mentorship, meals and meaningful life experiences to millions of young people across the nation. Boys & Girls Clubs are safe, inclusive places where kids learn, grow and have fun. Join us on our mission of helping all young people reach their full potential: