Algonquin Sports for Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a dedicated approach to the development of youth sports programs in the City of Buffalo. In the ten years since Algonquin Studios co-hosted the first soccer clinics at the Johnny B. Wiley sports complex on Best Street, the Buffalo Soccer Club has grown from 150 child participants at 8 weekly summer clinics to the 1800 children we now have as players in our soccer based programming including clinics, teams, and the Soccer for Success program. In 2017, we will look to begin our racket based sports programming known at Racket Up Buffalo!
The staff and volunteers who make all of Algonquin Sports for Kids' programs and activities possible truly believe that after school programs like Buffalo Soccer Club have the power to keep children safe, impact social and health outcomes, and inspire success among youth. We believe that the investment of time and resources into community-based programs like ours are powerful weapons in the fight against juvenile delinquency, childhood obesity, and our country's persistent high school drop-out crisis.
Algonquin Sports for Kids is particularly focused on an educational model of coaching and training. We encourage our teams to have a fun-loving, sportsman-like attitude about their sport and, rather than over-emphasize competiveness and an "all-or-nothing" approach to winning, our players are coached that, as in their daily lives, they should do the right things on the field, not just the things that will yield the best short-term results. We also dedicate time and effort to community involvement and parent education, trusting that parents who understand the goals of Algonquin Sports for Kids will make better decisions for their children both inside and outside of the field/court arena.
For more information about contributing to the growth and development of our clubs, or if you're interested in having a clinic developed for your organization, please contact our Executive Director, Anna-Lesa Calvert.