The folks at Team Footprintz believe there's a difference between those who play basketball and basketball players. Their goal is to create and nurture the latter group?players whose basketball IQ and court vision rival their jump shots, who value substance as much as style. Hoopers and ballers become players courtesy of the instructors, all of whom have played or coached at the high-school and college levels?and who share the belief that the fundamentals are the building blocks necessary to become a true basketball player.
In that vein, Team Footprintz offers intensive classes, camps, and personal- and group-training sessions that cover the fundamentals: ball handling, shooting, defense, and footwork. Still, each instructor brings his own personal energy to classes, informed by his experiences as a player or coach. Team Footprintz offers classes for kids as young as 6, including AAU training for high-school-aged players.
With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.
Long Island boxing gym BCBA has been serving its surrounding area for more than a decade, but its roots lie even further in the past?on a Christmas Day long ago, when current head boxing coach Ray was a 10-year-old boy. That was the day he was given his first pair of Joe Frazier signature boxing gloves. He began training and, in the process, discovered the parallel between success in boxing and success in the real world. Both require perseverance, mental toughness, and never heckling Mike Tyson?similarities Ray today shares with his students at his volunteer-staffed boxing gym. Many of them hail from the gym's Youth Empowerment program, designed for youngsters ages 10?17; others are adults, sweating through the gym's Get Fit Not Hit program.
Deer Park Community Center runs on the belief that children should remain active and use their imaginations. So, the facility organizes a full slate of athletic and cultural programs as an alternative to other popular forms of entertainment, such as playing video games and trying to sell annoying siblings on eBay. The DPCC offers activities that satisfy a wide range of interests. Youngsters can spark up competition with games of volleyball, basketball, and dodgeball, or get their creative juices flowing during theater performances and age-appropriate dances.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Pro Tip: Activewear is required to participate in all activities
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: 6-15
"We teach what we love to do," says Alex, president of CK Sports, "It doesn't get any better than that." For a lot of the staff, that means teaching basketball. Team CK's clutch of coaches run a robust, year-round basketball program. They hold training three days a week and focus on fundamental skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork. They train hard to give their athletes as much competitive edge as possible, while still teaching their students to play nice, according to the rules of the Nice League. "Out basketball program is for anyone who wishes to get great exercise while having fun and making friends," Alex reiterates.
Of course, they've got a lot of square footage between their gym and fitness center, and not all of it is court space. They also teach a variety of other sports-specific programs, including swimming and wrestling. They focus on a variety of seasonal activities in both summer and winter camps, and even offer general fitness training through one-on-one sessions in their gym.
When she's not running a distressed-animal rescue operation, you'll find Karliin Brooks serving pressed juice and raw, vegan food from the counter of a juice bar or the window of a biodiesel-fueled food truck. The lifetime vegan founded The Squeeze as another search-and-rescue mission of sorts: to save New Yorkers from their own poor dietary habits and the environmental impurities that constantly bombard them. Brooks uses a Norwalk hydraulic juice press to convert unpasteurized produce?which is organic, non-GMO, never frozen, and local wherever possible?into sippable, superfood mixes that aid detoxification and weight-loss efforts. The Norwalk hydraulic juice press preserves live enzymes, minerals, and nutrients to help the body reset and kill cravings.
In addition to tasty, healthful juices, Brooks prepares a full menu of raw and organic breakfast foods, desserts, and savory dishes, including coconut truffles and "moc n' cheese" made with gluten-free pasta. She also promotes individual and planetary wellness via group or private food-prep classes, teaching people how to make "cheese" out of cashews.