The Sports Program brings families together and helps young people develop strong character through structured athletic activities. Youth, ages 5-18, take part in baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, swimming, volleyball and tennis. The athletic program is a drawing card for other programs.
More than 1,000 Bulldog football players and cheerleaders tackle the opposition and are perennial favorites in the national tournaments. Mathews-Dickey teams comprise 15 percent of the Junior Football League. The Club was the first training site of the St. Louis Rams when they moved to St. Louis.
The Club's first sport is still thriving today and includes Tee-Ball, Khoury, Police Action League (PAL) and Reviving Baseball in the Innner-cities (RBI) components. Almost every city park is occupied by our 250 teams. A highlight was hosting the 1998-99 Reviving Baseball in the Inner-City (RBI) South Regional Tournament in St. Louis. Special thanks to Cardinals Care and Major League Baseball for serving as major sponsors of RBI.
One thousand young women within a 200-mile radius keep the courts busy and attract college recruiters to Hoops Basketball. Hundreds of youth on the Boys' & Co-Ed PeWee Basketball teams heat up the courts during the winter months. A highlight was hosting the NCAA Youth Education in Sports Clinic at the Club in 2001.
The Swimming Program annual helps more than 1,000 young peole make a splash in life. Youth take part in structure swimming classes, open pool time, water safety training and compete on the Swimming Team. The life-saving skills young people learn in CPR and first-aide training prepares them to earn positions as lifeguards.
Tennis is a popular sport for youth during the summer months. The courts were recently renovated thanks to a contribution by Richard Casey and Robert Grote.
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Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) United Way member agency that annually provides educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs to more than 40,000 young people from throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. For 52 years the Club has taught youth respect, restraint and responsibility so that they may obtain credibility, integrity and accountability. For more information, call Barbara A. Washington or Bill Fronczak at (314) 382-5952, ext. 234.