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The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs programs have taken members from the Clubhouse to the State House; from the game room to the corporate boardroom; from high school sports to professional stadiums and arenas.
The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs use recognized programs that address today's most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they need to succeed in life.
Our programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics.
Year Round Sports:
The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs offers a variety of fun sport programs that not only improve our club members athletic skills, but also build on sportsmanship and the importance of teamwork. Football, Basketball, Baseball, Cheerleading, Drill Team, and Soccer are the most popular after-school sports among the area's elementary and secondary school students.
We also provide athletic programs for students interested in sports like karate, golf, and tennis during certain times of the year. Some club members who excel in these sports continue to play them in upper level classes, while others continue on into college. Come join our friendly staff in any one or all of our youth sports programs.
The Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs sports program invites all boys and girls between the ages of 6 - 18 to sign-up for league play. The main objective of our sports program is to inspire our area youth, regardless of race, creed, or national origin, and to practice sportsmanship, scholarship, and physical fitness.
$18 activity fee plus the current year FSBGC membership fee ($10) is
required for all youngsters who wish to particapate.
Good Sports Are Winners
Ask first or second graders who won a game, and they may answer, "I think it was a tie." It's likely the question isn't of any real interest at that age. Kids may be more eager to talk about the hits they got or the catches they almost made. But as they move into older and more competitive leagues, kids become more focused on winning. They often forget to have fun. Without constant reminders and good examples, they may also forget what behavior is appropriate before, during, and after a sporting event.
Kids who have coaches who care only about being in first place and say that anything goes as long as they win, pick up the message that it's OK to be ruthless on the field. If parents constantly pressure them to play better or second-guess their every move, kids get the message that they're only as good as their last good play — and they'll try anything to make one.
Adults who emphasize good sportsmanship, however, see winning as just one of several goals they'd like their kids to achieve. They help young athletes take pride in their accomplishments and in their improving skills, so that the kids see themselves as winners, even if the scoreboard doesn't show the numbers going in their favor.
The best coaches — and parents — encourage their kids to play fair, to have fun, and to concentrate on helping the team while polishing their own skills.
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