Sports Academy

Giving kids the chance to play, grow, and succeed.

Year round, our Sports Academy offers programs and camps for members interested in basketball, baseball, football, and dance. We offer enrichment, lessons in sports history studies, and guest speakers (often famous athletes).

During the summer, youth are engaged in activities and camps such as ALL STARS, All-Pro Football Camp, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournaments, and Badges for Baseball.

Badger Aquatics Club

Badger Aquatics Club  is partnering with Boys & Girls Club of Dane County to offer swim lessons throughout the spring months. Swim lessons will help prepare and encourage our youth to learn and understand the importance of swimming and water safety.

Triple Play: A Game Plan for Mind, Body and Soul

Triple Play, a comprehensive health and wellness initiative, strives to improve the overall health of members, ages 6 to 18, by increasing their daily physical activity, teaching them good nutrition, and helping them develop healthy relationships. Since the Triple Play initiative was introduced in 2005, more than one million Club members have participated in fun fitness activities. The Triple Play initiative nurtures the minds, bodies, and souls of Club members.

MIND: This component helps Club member 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: This component boosts Clubs’ physical activities to a higher level by providing sports and fitness programs, activities, and sports competitions for all boys and girls, whether they are athletically inclined or not. Club youth of every age have the chance to have fun playing longer and harder at a variety of games.

SOUL: By participating in a comprehensive social recreation program, Club youth are able to develop and sustain positive relationships with others, acquire a healthy self-concept and a strong belief in their self-worth, and cope well with positive and adverse situations.



ALL STARS is an organized league sport and fitness program for Flag Football, Basketball, and Step and Dance teams for youth ages 6 to 18. ALL STARS is funded by Buffalo Wild Wings and aims to increase opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and recognition through organized sports programming for youth.

Since it was introduced in 2013, more than 167,000 Club members, nationwide, have participated in organized ALL STARS sports leagues. As with all of Boys & Girls Club of Dane County’s Sports, Fitness, and Recreation programs, ALL STARS helps members have FUN, get active, and make healthy choices.


All-Pro Football Camp

This Summer 2018, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County is hosting the “Lee Evans Celebrity Football Camp for youth ages 7-18 years old. This camp is FREE for all participants and will be held on June 26, 27, and 28. Elementary participants (ages 7 to 12) attend the camp each day during the morning session (9:00 am to noon). Breakfast and bagged lunch is provided to all morning participants. Middle and high school participants (ages 13 to 18) attend the afternoon session (1:30 pm to 3:30 pm). Lunch is provided to all afternoon participants.   Register today by clicking HERE.

Sports Academy Highlight

Please contact: Dan Hawk, Director of Sports & Recreation at for more information.

Above the Rim 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

In August 2017, Boys & Girls Club of Dane County held the Above the Rim 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament at their annual Back2School bash. Participants competed in three different tournament leagues:

  • 7 to 12 years
  • 13 to 17 years
  • 18 years and older

Winning teams received cash and prizes between $100 and $500. A free meal was provided to all participants as well.

Registration information for the 2018 3-on-3 Tournament will be available beginning March 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of our next tournament!


Badges for Baseball

Badges for Baseball was created in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice as a juvenile crime prevention initiative. It’s a simple concept: pair cops and kids together to play and learn. We work to enhance the relationship between law enforcement and kids in underserved communities across the country using baseball as the hook.


For additional information about our Sports Academy activities, please contact Dan Hawk at (608) 661-4759 or

A special THANK YOU to our Sports Academy Sponsors: