1.Review – We observe your after-school operations, assess available spaces (both indoor and outdoor), and discuss with administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals the best solutions to suit your students needs, both academically and extracurricular.
2.Collaborate – After a thorough review, we sit down with school administration to define the goals of the program, decide on the most effective structure, and plan the personalized implementation of the program.
3.Implement – Before starting the program, we coordinate a professional development day with teachers, paraprofessionals, and other after-school staff to help define the goals of your KING program and about how to work collaboratively with our coaches. Following that, we are ready to begin the program!
KING coaches run organized activities during after-school hours in designated areas of the school and yard. We have 3 typical offerings:
Physical Education, After-School
Kids in the Game joined AltSchool in the Fall of 2015 and has fostered a great partnership to bring the children of this micro-school a dynamic physical education curriculum. As a school without a gym space, the teachers and leaders at AltSchool have worked creatively with the KING team to offer a customized fitness and movement program for Pre-K through 3rd grades.
Afterschool Programming, Sports Clinics, Field Day
This network of six Catholic schools known as the Partnership Network, has been calling on Kids in the Game to provide afterschool fitness and sports for nearly a decade. In recent years the bond has grown to build a network wide field day, uniting all six schools on Randall’s Island for a day of school spirit and network-wide-pride.
The Cooke Center for Learning and Development is a well established provider of special education services in New York City. For over a decade Kids in the Game has had the pleasure of bringing adaptive physical education classes to Cooke. Providing a well-developed and inclusive physical fitness program is an important part of development for the students of Cooke Center.
Summer & Break Camps, Afterschool Programming, Middle School Sports Teams
The School of Blessed Sacrament and Kids in the Game have built a partnership that brings one of the City’s most affordable and fun Summer day camps to the youth on the West Side of Manhattan. A partnership that started with KinG coaches coordinating recess has expanded to coaching The Saint’s middle school CYO basketball team, providing afterschool sports and movement programming, and running all-inclusive camps throughout the year.
Consistently ranked as one of Brooklyn and New York City’s top public schools, PS 321 William Penn implemented the KING Recess SPORT program with in 2016. After working with the administration to identify goals of the program, KING sends 3 coaches daily to provide a range of activities. While the team provides sports and games in different zones, there is also an emphasis on movement activities and free play in other areas. The program has decreased bullying in the yard and brought a more inclusive environment to the recess time.
PS 372K is an inclusion school on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus. Partnering with KING in 2016, the school was seeking an early morning program to help parents that needed to head to work earlier and wanted their kids to participate in meaningful activities. Following the conversation on the early morning program, KING also rolled out a full scale after-school program on Mondays and Tuesdays. The response from the program has been overwhelmingly positive.
Afterschool Programming, Sports Clinics, Middle School Sports Teams
Leman Manhattan Prep is an independent school located in Lower Manhattan, serving 650 students from 50 countries. Kids in the Game serves both the lower and upper schools doing a variety of sports and fitness programs. For the 5th & 6th grade students, KING runs clinics and teams for soccer/futsol (fall), basketball (winter), and track and field (spring).
Green Ivy Schools are a network of 2 schools in lower Manhattan that include downtown’s only International Baccalaureate World School. Kids in the Game provides several after-school classes at the schools in sports and fitness, with an emphasis on basketball and soccer. In addition, the school began requesting holiday camps and weekend programming all rooted in sports. Both schools lack full gymnasiums, causing our coaches to get creative using dance studios and other multi-purpose areas on site.
Spruce Street is a growing school with a focus on engaging students in research and authentic inquiry based experiences. A site with limited space for recess, our coaches have designed a safe environment in tight quarters to help reduce injuries and ensure kids are engaged in meaningful games and activities. We have also rolled out a Jr Coach program, allowing older children to help coaches while learning leadership and peer mediation skills with classmates.