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.
The expert coaches at Revolution Athletics help athletes of all ages and sports preferences fine-tune their game with activity-specific training. Their impressive facility boasts 5,500 square feet of indoor turf and thousands of pounds of weights. The coaches also work with athletes to improve their speed and agility with age-specific training groups.
Known simply at The Plex, Long Island Sportsplex offers 18,500 square feet of family fun year-round. The facility eliminates the possibility of rain delays with a smattering of indoor lacrosse and soccer fields and basketball and volleyball courts. Youth football leagues teach kids basic football skills, and adults take the field for games of flag football. Games of pickle ball and field hockey also abound inside The Plex. During warmer months, families can hit golf balls over bridges, alongside creeks, and bypass black holes on the outdoor mini-golf course.
At 3d Athletics, LLC, former Pace University basketball-team captain and Empire State Games gold medalist Michael Rossetti helps students unlock hidden potential and master the finer points of their basketball games through an extensive schedule of camps and workouts. Rossetti teaches young players basketball fundamentals, including ball handling, shooting, footwork and balance using skill drills that challenge both minds and bodies. Many of 3d Athletics' alumni have put their training to good use at top colleges and professional teams in the NBA and around the world.
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.