Our Sports Fitness and Recreation programs attract young people to the Clubs.  Members come to the Clubs to play team sports, pick-up games, and to participate in a variety of fitness activities.  Staff ensures that these activities develop fitness, as well as, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment, and social skills.  Club members may chose from a variety of activities that include:

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The majority of our sports leagues are funded by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Dapper Dan Charities and are available to youth ages 5-18. These mentored programs teach many life skills in addition to how to play including: teamwork, sharing, respect, discipline, self confidence, how to be a good leader, how to be a good follower, patience and good sportsmanship.  Our teen workforce assist as scorekeepers and coaches in these programs.  Sports offered include:

  • Hockey
  • Flag Football
  • Wrestling
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Fencing
  • Dance
  • Baseball

RBI Pittsburgh Program – “Reviving Baseball in the Inner-City” (RBI) is dedicated to enhancing youth interest and participation in baseball and softball with particular emphasis on disadvantaged children. RBI uses baseball, softball, and the power of teamwork to provide youth with opportunities to play, to learn and to grow, inspiring them to recognize their potential.

This is facilitated through:

  • Pony League Baseball
  • Colt Baseball
  • Super Colt Baseball
  • Fast-Pitch Girls Softball
  • Slow-Pitch Girls Softball
  • Rookie Ball

More than 20 teams serve approximately 300 youth annually.

In addition, RBI Pittsburgh serves the community by:

  • Conducting off season skill development clinics for boys and girls
  • Conducting coaches training clinics
  • Connecting participants to a variety of other youth services
  • Operating the Pirates Community Center, an indoor practice facility open year round

RBI Pittsburgh is a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and is run in partnership with the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities.

Triple Play is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Sports, Fitness, and Recreation core program area. Triple consists of an array of effective programs for equipping Club members with crucial skills needed to become healthy, fit, and successful adults. It is a multi-faceted program designed to help young people to become healthy and active, and learn new ways to handle stress, maintain a healthy body, and form positive relationships.

Triple Play takes a holistic approach to health and wellness in three key areas:

Mind: Helps Club members develop a knowledge base to acquire healthy habits, such as making smart food choices, understanding appropriate portion sizes and creating fun and balanced meals.

Body: Encourages young people to be physically active through fun daily fitness, including games and activities to get them moving. Daily fitness challenges give youth of every age a chance to play longer and harder at a variety of games.

Soul: Provides social recreation programs and activities that strengthen interpersonal skills, foster good character and develop positive relationships and cooperation among young people. Club youth acquire a healthy self-concept and belief in their self-worth, and cope well with positive and adverse situations.

In partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers our Clubs offer youth organized activities to ensure that each member is physically active for at least 60 minutes a day. Daily fitness challenges, organized activities, and online individual tracking encourage all youth in in the Club to get up and get healthy.

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Traditional Martial Arts

Traditional Martial Arts programs are currently being held at our Carnegie and Ferris of McKees Rocks Clubhouse in partnership with American Streetwise Karate. Nationally certified instructors teach the basic fundamentals of Martial Arts in traditional patterns, self defenses, attack drills, sparring, terminology, courtesy, and self discipline.


Capoeira classes are currently being offered at our Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse. Capoeira is a martial art that combines fight, acrobatics, music, dance and culture. Though it is a martial art, it is referred to as a game. The uniqueness of Capoeira will give your body physical strength, power, flexibility and give your mind self-confidence, concentration, courage and creativity.


In partnership with S.N.S. City Fencing

Learn the fundamentals of fencing at our Estelle S. Campbell & Shadyside Clubhouses with fencing instructor Sakinah Shaahid!

Sakinah has been fencing since she was 8 years old under the instruction of the late Joseph Odom and Charles E. Greene III. Sakinah received a scholarship to Temple University and fenced Sabre in 1999, where she was named First and Second Team All American and currently still holds the title of most victories. She was inducted into the Temple University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014. Sakinah’s passion is to give back by introducing this unique sport to the youth in the community with the hopes to inspire.

Join us for an Open invite, Free fencing Match, S.N.S. City Fencing sites Urban Academy vs. BGCWPA at Estelle S. Campbell Clubhouse on April 22,2020. Including a fencing demonstration, snack bar by Estelle S. Campbell Torch Club, medals for 1st – 3rd place, and male & female competitions.

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