Teaching Kids Important Sports and Life Lessons

Through robust sports programming, kids and teens develop sports skills as well as learn about teamwork, accountability and healthy lifelong habits.

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Boys & Girls Clubs sports programs allow youth to participate in organized leagues under the direction of professional coaches at little to no cost. Not only is it great for teambuilding, sports programming is often the first Club experience for many kids who go on to enroll in educational, arts and careers programming as well.

In 2014, more than 30,000 members participated in sports, fitness and recreation activities. Boys & Girls Clubs is proud to offer the following sports programs:

The Emerging Athletes Basketball League (EABL) is offered to student athletes in 3rd through 8th grades who are looking to learn and play basketball in a competitive league.

The EABL is dedicated to ensuring that all participants strive for:

  • Excellence
  • Academics
  • Better choices
  • Living a Healthy Life

The EABL league runs through the academic year with boys playing games in the fall and late spring and girls playing games in the winter. Additionally, members also have opportunities to participate in basketball camps and clinics before, during and after the seasons.

Games are played at the following Clubs:

  • Augusta M. LaVarnway (2739 N. 15th St.)
  • Daniels-Mardak (4834 N. 35th St.)
  • Don & Sallie Davis (1975 S. 24th St.)
  • Mary Ryan (3000 N. Sherman Blvd.)
  • Pieper-Hillside (611 W. Cherry St.)
  • Roger and Leona Fitzsimonds (3400 W. North Ave.)

Through the EABL program, participants also complete educational programming, which includes weekly tutoring, use of online learning software and customized learning plans. Program managers work closely with parents and education coordinators to track each student’s grades and progress.

Boys & Girls Clubs also offers Little Dribblers to introduce the Clubs’ youngest members to basketball fundamentals. Both EABL and Little Dribblers are made possible by the generosity of longtime donor and board of trustee, Albert Nicolas, founder and chairman of Nicolas Company, Inc., a Milwaukee-based investment advisory firm.

“I want to give kids the same opportunities I had with basketball. I played at the Boys Club when I was young and it made a difference in my life. It is my pleasure to make basketball accessible to all members in Milwaukee, helping them open doors to a bright future.”

– Albert Nicholas

Tackle Football is offered to members ages 12-14 years old at local Clubs. Members involved in our Football program receive professional coaching and mentoring while learning the game of football. Members compete in a league of 15 teams throughout Milwaukee on Saturdays at local footballs fields.

Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is a Major League Baseball initiative to increase urban and inner city youth interest and participation in baseball and softball. Locally, Brewers Community Foundation sponsors Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee through its RBI and softball program.

Through the program, the Clubs provide organized baseball and girls fast-pitch softball leagues for ages 13 to 18. Members of the teams play in organized games and tournaments. Milwaukee was recently selected to host the regional RBI tournament in 2015 and 2016.

In 2014, 847 members participated in RBI.

Team Schedules:

12U Travel | 14U – 15U Travel | 18U Travel | 18U Fast Pitch

More schedules to come!


Currently soccer is offered at participating Clubs throughout the city.

Our LaVarnway and Davis Boys & Girls Clubs offer year round swimming lessons to members wanting to learn how to swim and fun and exciting water activities to members year round. Members can sign up at one of the Clubs for lessons or enjoy a cool swim during open swim times.

Girls ages 12-14 years old participate in competitive volleyball league in late spring. Girls join team at various clubs and participate in weekly competition for 6 weeks.