Serving youth on the Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota
T.R.A.I.L. - HEALTHY LIFESTYLES
The T.R.A.I.L. Diabetes Prevention Program encourages youth to develop a deep understanding of what it means to live healthy lifestyles. The program is the Boys and Girls Club's response to rising rates of Type II Diabetes among American Indian Youth. TRAIL programming allows club members to explore the importance of eating healthy and living an active life. Also woven into the program are self esteem and community building initiatives.
There are very few opportunities on our reservation for kids to learn and play organized baseball. Thunder baseball was created to teach children how to play and give them opportunities to play lots of baseball throughout the summer.
We currently have two T-Ball teams (ages 5-8) and seven baseball teams (ages 8-12) in our Thunder Little League. During summer, the teams compete against each other each week in well organized, highly competitive games. Each season ends with a tournament and award ceremony.
REDCO COOKING CLUB
In the summer of 2018 we began our weekly partnership with the REDCO (Rosebud Economic Development Corporation) Food Sovereignty program promoting healthy foods and lifestyles with our Club members. During the first summer REDCO employees visited each site and cooked through Sean Sherman's cookbook, The Sioux Chef. Now, Club members cook and sample a healthy recipe each week.
Every child who walks through our doors receives a hot and nutritious meal. Our award winning food program feeds between over 150 Club members each day between our three sites.
The Boys and Girls Club provides enriching outdoor programming which encourages members to be physically active and knowledgable about the natural world. Club members have the opportunity to paddle around the community rivers, dams and lakes by kayak.
Each Club site has its own garden maintained by staff and Club members. In these gardens Club members learn about the different plants that are growing and how to take care of them. They then are able to enjoy harvesting them and eating them for a Club snack or meal!
Thank you to The Coca-Cola Company for your support of Triple Play, helping us improve the mind, body and soul of our Club members. We’re helping kids and teens learn healthy habits, physical fitness and social recreation through this amazing program!