Providence Family Resources

Recreation

The City of Providence’s Recreation Department will coordinate a recreation system in which all residents have access to fully programmed, fully operational, and well-maintained facilities and programs that meet both current and future recreation needs. The city of Providence’s Recreation Department will provide a network of neighborhood-based recreation spaces where all residents, particularly children and youth, are engaged, healthy and feel safe. We will achieve this mission through robust neighborhood engagement and city-wide support for recreation programming and infrastructure that is as special and unique as the kids, adults, and staff who use them.

Vincent Brown: 438 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906

John H. Rollins: 674 Praire Ave. Providence, RI 02905

Madeline Rogers: 60 Camden Ave. Providence, RI 02908

Davey Lopes: 227 Dudley St. Providence, RI 02907

Zuccolo: 18 Gesler St. Providence, RI 02909

Armand E. Batastini Jr.: 50 Obediah Brown Rd. Providence, RI 02909

Joslin: 17 Hyat St. Providence, RI 02909

Neutaconkanut: 675 Plainfield St. Providence, RI 02909

West End: 109 Bucklin St. Providence, RI 02907

Sackett: 159 Sackett St. Providence, RI 02907

Kennedy: 195 Nelson St. Providence, RI 02908

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Parks

Neighborhood parks are a vital part of every community. Providence is proud to offer a diverse park system that spans over 100 parks in neighborhoods throughout the city. These neighborhood parks offer a variety of open space opportunities from quiet, serene green space; to playgrounds, basketball courts and ball-fields; to walking trails, nature conservancies, canoe launches and sailing.

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YMCAs are community organizations that have facilities and programs that build character and promote healthy living. Membership is required, but their commitment to “Membership for All” includes an income-based rate scale that ensures access for all families.

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East Side / Mt. Hope

We're here to help you focus on what matters most: your health, your family and friends, and your community. Taking care of our health is more important now than ever before. At the Y, we're here to help you stay active and healthy and improve your well-being in spirit, mind, and body. The Y offers programming and activities for the whole family, as well as physical and virtual spaces to connect with old friends and meet new ones.

Programs: Aquatics, Arts and Humanities, Camping and Outdoor Enrichment, Child care, Afterschool, and Early Learning, Community Development and Resources, Family Strengthening, Health and Well-being, Sports and Recreation, Youth and Teen Development

Address: 438 Hope St. Providence, RI 02906-1696

Phone: 401-521-0155

Amenities: Aerobics Center, Fitness Center, Pool

Participates in: America on the Move, Healthy Kids Day

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Youth Services Branch

The Providence Youth Services YMCA Branch (PYS) is unlike any other branch of the YMCA of Greater Providence. PYS is not a facility branch, but a branch devoted to the children and families of Providence, Rhode Island. Everyone at PYS is committed to a community-based approach to delivering health and wellness opportunities, academic enrichment and achievement, and youth development skills. PYS offers carefully developed programs that serve each neighborhood uniquely by collaborating with schools, community partners, and local businesses to support bright futures for healthy, engaged families and connected communities.

Address: 21 Peace St. Floor 6 Providence, RI 02907

Phone: 401-456-0604

Programs: Arts and Humanities, Child care, Afterschool, and Early Learning, Community Development and Resources, Health and Well-being, Youth and Teen Development

Participates in: Healthy Kids Day

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Cranston

Address: 1225 Park Ave. Cranston, RI 02910

Phone: 401-943-0444

Located in Cranston, Rhode Island, the Cranston YMCA is widely known as Rhode Island’s first adaptive fitness facility offering a range of adaptive equipment for all abilities. Members also enjoy cardio and strength training circuits, group exercise classes, indoor basketball courts, and a competition size indoor swimming pool.

Amenities: Cardio, Strength Circuit, Free Weights, Adaptive Fitness Equipment, FES Bike, Group Exercise Studios, Family Locker Rooms, Playground, Gymnasium, Heated Indoor Pool

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Boys & Girls Clubs work to enable young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. Their wide range of sports programs and activities cover all ages.

Chad Brown

Address: 263 Chad Brown St. Providence, RI 02909

Phone: 401-709-4813

Programs: Academic Assistance, Computer Skills, Character & Leadership, Soccer

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Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School

Address: 375 Adelaide Ave Providence, RI 02907

Phone: 401-595-5783

Programs: Soccer, Basketball, Personal Development, Academic Support, Arts, Music

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Fox Point

Address: 90 Ives St. Providence, RI 02908

Phone: 401-444-0758

Programs: Academic Assistance, Computer Skills, Character & Leadership, Drama Club, Healthy Habits, Soccer, Swimming Lessons, Before & After School Child Care

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Manton Heights

Address: 31 Salmon St. Providence, RI 02909

Phone: 401-709-3806

Programs: Academic Assistance, Computer Skills, Character & Leadership, Soccer

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Roger Williams Middle School

Address: 287 Thurbers Ave Providence, RI 02907

Phone: 401-447-7809

Programs: AfterZone (an afterschool program offered in partnership with PASA)

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South Side

Address: 1 Louisa St. Providence, RI 02905

Phone: 401-444-0766

Programs: Academic Assistance, Computer Skills, Character & Leadership, Soccer, Swimming Lessons, Before & After School Child Care, Dinner

Facilities: Indoor swimming pool, gym, games room

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Wanskuck

Address: 550 Branch Ave Providence, RI 02905

Phone: 401-444-0762

Programs: Academic Assistance, Computer Skills, Character & Leadership, Soccer, Swimming Lessons, Before & After School Child Care, Art Classes

Facilities: indoor heated pool, full-size gymnasium, games room, learning center

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Youth Sports

Baseball in Rhode Island has a handful of different playing levels that allow opportunities for every skill level. Each organization sets their own prices, but every league has some sort of free registration program that a family can apply for. Little League has an age based system to keep kids in the appropriate division based on age: Tee Ball division (4 to 6), Coach Pitch division (7 to 9), Kid Pitch or Minors (9 to 10), Majors (10 to 12), Junior (13 to 14), then Senior Division (15 to 16). Little League and Cal Ripken are recreation leagues, so they are typically for the average to above average player looking to play a spring sport. AAU organizations are highly competitive and are typically more expensive and time consuming.

Edgewood Girls Softball League

Edgewood Girls Softball League is a slow pitch girls softball league with 4 divisions: tee ball, junior division, middle division and senior division. Registration is typically held at the end of January / beginning of February. The season runs April 1st through the end of June with games and practices being held at Park View Middle School field Monday through Sunday. Most teams in the junior, middle and senior divisions typically play 2 to 3 games a week and the tee ball players meet 2 times a week for skills building and mini games. They are based in Cranston, but they accept players from any city or town who want to play with them.

Age: 5 - 18 years old

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Elmhurst Youth Baseball

Located at Fargnoli Field on Smith St. in Providence, Elmhurst Baseball is a part of the Cal Ripken recreational league. Elmhurst serves families in Olneyville and north of Westminster and Waterman St.

Age: 4 - 12 years old

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Elmwood Little League

Elmwood Little League is a non-profit organization in South Providence offering baseball and softball programs for boys and girls ages 5 - 16, who live or attend school in the Elmwood, West End, Upper & Lower South Providence, and Reservoir neighborhoods. The organization is completely volunteer run by parents and community members, and they are an affiliate of Little League International. The league is based at J.T. Owens Park, next to Mashapaug Pond off Niantic Avenue.

Age: 5 - 16 years old

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Fox Point East Side Little League

Fox Point East Side Little League is one of the oldest, continually chartered Little League Associations in the country. Our mission is to instill in the youth of the Fox Point East Side Little League a love for the game of baseball and an understanding of the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship (both on and off the ball field).

Age: 4 - 12 years old

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KR Baseball Academy

The KR Baseball Academy is an indoor facility that offers batting cages open to the public, indoor baseball instruction and AAU teams. The batting cages can be used by buying tokens that give 20 pitches per token. The baseball academy offers 6 week programs that focus on specific skills such as pitching, fielding, and throwing mechanics. Boys can participate in the AAU programs by trying out and playing in the spring and summer.

Address: 100 Higginson Ave. Lincoln, RI 02865

Phone: 401-724-7555

Age: 5 - 18 years old

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Mount Pleasant Little League

Through proper guidance and exemplary leadership, the Little League program assists children in developing the qualities of citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. By espousing the virtues of character, courage and loyalty, the Little League Baseball and Softball program is designed to develop superior citizens rather than superior athletes.

Age: 4 - 12 years old

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Olneyville Little League at Silver Lake

Their mission is to implant firmly in the children of the community the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage, and respect for authority. The league works to support kids in growing into good, decent, and trustworthy citizens. The organization plays locally against others in the Providence area and some of the surrounding towns.

Age: 4 - 16 years old.

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Providence Prospects Baseball

Providence Prospects Baseball was founded 5 years ago with a single goal, and that was to offer the community of Providence and nearby cities an indoor facility where the youth can come, learn, and improve their baseball fundamentals. The Prospects model plays a key role in shifting the youth mindset and re-imagining pathways to success for urban youth. They have AAU baseball teams for 9 to 14 year old boys as well as year round training and conditioning programs for both groups and individuals ages 5 and up.

Age: 5 - 18 years old

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Providence Sports and Leadership

In addition to organizing competitive travel teams, PSL exposes players to year-round training, athletic, ethical and academic, for teens of all skill levels. Outside of the competitive spring/summer season, they offer fall baseball and indoor winter training at the Elmwood Community Center. Players are required to participate in community service events overseen by their coaches. To support players’ academic endeavors, PSL have a mentorship program called College Assist, funded by a grant from the City of Providence, that guides students through high school level work and college applications.

Age: 13 - 18 year old boys

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Washington Park Baseball

Washington Park Baseball is a part of RI Cal Ripken. They serve the Providence community that lives south of Westminster and Waterman St. such as Fox Point, Federal Hill, and Roger Williams Park.

Age: 4 - 12 years old

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Athletic Youth Academy

Athletic Youth Academy is a basketball organization for boys that helps youth athletes take their game to the next level. They pride ourselves in teaching athletes fundamentals and knowledge of sports. The AYA plan to ensure the youth in the community have the opportunity to excel and improve their skills through events such as: Open Gym, Sports Clinics, Academic Guidance workshops, College Recruiting Service and much more. Their goal is to provide athletes with fundamental skills to excel both in classrooms and sports; this will give them a head start at being a productive citizen and understanding the fundamentals of success after their athletic careers.

Age: 6th - 12th grade

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Basketball in the Catholic Athletic League

The Catholic Athletic League (CAL) offers a number of sports where youth can play for their Catholic school or parish, but there are some opportunities for non-Catholics or Catholics whose parishes don’t have a program. Contact your local Catholic parish or school to find out about their teams. CAL offers competitive basketball for boys and girls in the winter.

Phone: 401-942-6571

Age: 3rd - 10th grade

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Batastini School of Basketball

Batastini School of Basketball offers camps, team clinics, group workouts, and individual instruction. They’re dedicated to the development of youth, collegiate, and professional basketball players through coaching designed to make players reach their basketball potential. The coaching staff uses professional, collegiate and international coaching techniques developed over their playing and coaching careers.

Age: Kindergarten - 12th grade

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BCRI

BCRI provides AAU basketball to 4th - 11th grade boys throughout Rhode Island and surrounding areas. At the middle school level, BCRI seeks to accommodate multi-sport athletes, as they have a lighter and more flexible schedule than most AAU/club programs. At the high school level, their goal is to coach motivated players who seek to play at the collegiate level. BCRI delivers a great experience for players by providing a competitive tournament schedule in the spring and fall with quality coaches who understand the game, are professional and coach with a purpose.

Age: 4th - 11th grade

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East Side Sports: Basketball

East Side Sports offers fun, recreational/instructional basketball programs for boys and girls living in the greater Providence (and surrounding) area. It utilizes parent volunteer coaches and emphasizes core values that include the importance of sportsmanship, team membership skills, and instruction of developmental skills in a fun, moderately competitive environment. Basketball features co-educational programs for children in Grades K – 8 during the winter months.

Age: Kindergarten - 8th grade

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RI Crush Basketball

The RI Crush AAU Basketball mission is to provide an atmosphere where young players are being taught the fundamentals of basketball, how to work hard, and how to show sportsmanship and respect on and off the court. As the year progresses, they begin to introduce group basketball workouts, individual basketball workouts and mini-camps to advance the skills of serious ball players.

Age: 3rd - 12th grade boys

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Team Providence Athletics

TP Athletics provides academic support, career exploration, high school & college readiness and athletic opportunities for middle school to high school youth. Their basketball teams provide an opportunity for all youth to have the most significant positive influences, while providing activities that can reinforce values and skills that are allowing youth to do well in school and community, while maintaining good physical and mental health.

Phone: 401-480-8071

Age: 5th - 12th grade girls

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Rhode Island Breakers

The Rhode Island Breakers Boys Basketball Organization is the longest running boys AAU program in the state. The program has an established culture of basketball players taught to be proud, hardworking, and the importance of becoming a contributing member of society. They serve all areas of Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. The Breakers’ tradition and reputation for putting high character, competitive teams on the court is widely recognized. Financial aid is available to those, if needed, to play for a reduced fee.

Address: 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave. Providence, RI 02908

Age: 3rd - 12th grade

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Youth Basketball at Providence Recreation Centers

Players can sign up to play recreational basketball through their local Providence Recreation Center. Teams are organized by age and gender and they play against the other recreation centers.

Age: 8 - 14 years old

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Dancin Spirit Performing Arts

Founded in 2008, Dancin Spirit has grown and developed into a school with a reputation for top-notch dance instruction, with students traveling from all over RI, CT and nearby Massachusetts. They have the traditional side that offers ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern & acrobatics, but their Hip Hop side of the school is just as big with classes in freestyle, breakin', pop & lock, & krump. With over 50+ boys - they offer several Boys Only classes too!

Address: 99 South Bend Street, Pawtucket, RI

Phone: 401-475-5757

Age: 2 years old and older

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Shooting Stars School of Dance at East Side / Mt. Hope YMCA

Classes are offered for beginners through advanced, and in a variety of different genres: ballet, lyrical, tap, hip-hop, musical theater, jazz, acro/cheer and more! The focus of this program is to build confidence, establish good dance technique, and maintain a healthy lifestyle through physical movement.

Age: Toddlers and older

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Youth Dance at Metamorphosis, TEN31 Productions’ Dance Company

In conjunction with Metamorphosis Dance Company directed by Alicia Wilder, MDYP aims to facilitate artistic development and exploration in dance for youth. MDYP’s mission is to provide healthy and functional technical training in partnership with student choreography and composition. MDYP classes have a strong focus on technique, creativity, and individuality. They currently offer classes in Creative Movement, Modern/Composition, Ballet, and Musical Theater. MDYP is offering 2 full year long scholarships for any BIPOC student with a strong passion and potential in dance, choreography, or performance. The scholarship applicants should be under the age of 18, and interested in studying dance with MDYP/TEN31. This scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, shoes, tights, any dress code dance wear the student does not have access to, and costume costs.

Address: 249 Roosevelt Ave Box 11, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Phone: 401-725-1031

Age: 3 -14 years old

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Allegiance Field Hockey

Allegiance Field Hockey’s goal is to offer year-round technical and tactical training to help athletes of all ages and abilities become the player they strive to be. At Allegiance, they focus on the athlete as a whole, incorporating not only developmental skills, instructional game play, but also speed and agility training. Programs are offered indoors and outdoors to athletes of all ages and abilities, and their main practice site is at the Moses Brown School.

Age: 4th - 12th grade

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Lead the Way Field Hockey

By molding excellent field hockey players through multiple programs, Lead the Way Field Hockey is able to further their individual skill development. These emerging athletes learn everything from the basic mechanics of the game to the more advanced skills they will need to excel throughout their field hockey careers. They offer both club teams and clinics.

Age: 7 - 18 years old

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Football programs tend to run in tandem with cheerleading programs that allow all kids to get involved in fun physical activity! Programs available to Providence youth ages 5 to 14:

Central Falls Panthers: Football & Cheerleading

As a youth based community organization, the Central Falls Panthers provide a safe environment that is structured, supportive, inspiring and inclusive of all members of the community they serve. They believe that instilling the value of education in their programming is a critical aspect of a child’s personal, academic, social, and athletic development.

Phone: 401-663-4797

Age: 7 - 14 years old

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Providence Patriots

Providence Patriots are a non-profit youth football and cheerleading organization.

Age: 5 - 14 years old

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NLPA Football (Flag Football)

NLPA NFL FLAG is the premier youth flag football program for boys and girls ages 4 to 14. NFL FLAG provides an exciting way to enjoy America's favorite sport and advance youth physical fitness in a non-contact, recreational, continuous action while learning lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. NFL Flag Football, the focus is on having a fun playing experience allowing for players to play multiple positions. We believe every child is a winner, no matter the outcome of the game. Healthy competition is promoted, rather than the high-pressure, “win-at-all-costs” mentality so prevalent in youth sports leagues today. Their program has 5 locations in Rhode Island, and their premiere league is located at Brown University.

Age: 4 - 14 years old

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Providence Hockey Club

Three of Rhode Island’s premier hockey programs the Providence Capitals, Providence Jr. Friars and the North Stars have merged, forming a RI hockey alliance called the Providence Hockey Club. This alliance will offer a premier development model to all Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts hockey players. Players can participate in programs to learn to skate through Midgets half season, allowing every player to play and develop at their own pace. Rink locations are Cranston Memorial in Cranston, Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, Schneider Arena in Providence and RI Sports Center in North Smithfield.

Age: 3 - 18 years old

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Greater Providence Youth Hockey Association

Whether your child has played hockey for years or has never put on a pair of ice-skates - Greater Providence Youth Hockey Association has a place for them. GPYHA is a member of the Rhode Island Amateur Hockey Association (RIAHA) and an affiliate of USA Hockey. GPYHA offers from Instructional (Learn-to-Skate) Programs to Travel hockey, which provides your child an opportunity to experience the fun of playing ice hockey under the quality instruction of USA Hockey certified coaches. GPYHA also offers Rhode Island’s only Special Needs Hockey Program. All ice sessions are held at Lynch Arena in Pawtucket, RI and/or at Meehan Auditorium at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Age: 3 - 18 years old

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Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America and a great way to keep children active. Programs available to Central Falls boys and girls grades kindergarten through 8th grade include:

Providence Youth Lacrosse

Providence Youth Lacrosse's primary purpose is to teach and promote the game of lacrosse in a fun, safe and sportsmanlike environment. As a youth league, PYL is dedicated to the skill development of lacrosse players and teaches a game of speed, position and finesse rather than physical intimidation or promoting a team's winning record. They offer scholarships for registration and equipment for families where cost is a barrier.

Age: Kindergarten - 8th grade

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Metacomet Lacrosse

The Metacomets are a part of Rhode Island Elite Lacrosse Club. Metacomet Lacrosse was created to advance serious players from all over Southern New England (RI, MA, CT) to the next level of competitive lacrosse by providing access to strong coaching and challenging team play. Players participate in the most competitive regional and national tournaments throughout the year.

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Eat Play Learn

This award-winning program ensures access to healthy, fresh food options; encourages physical activity and creative engagement; and increases year-round learning and summer employment opportunities for Providence youth. EAT PLAY LEARN PVD encourages physical activity and creative engagement in our parks and public spaces by transforming them into playgrounds, sports stadiums, science labs, and stages!

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PASA Afterzone

The AfterZone gives middle school students access to almost 100 programs provided by 40 Providence organizations, teachers and community-based educators. Students can dive into existing interests or explore new ones. Each class is offered in a multi-week session, giving students time for deep learning and for the opportunity to build lasting relationships with the adults who guide them. Sign up for the AfterZone and you can learn to sail, play basketball, choreograph hip hop dance routines, or learn how to use power tools to design things. AfterZone programs are offered throughout the year—fall, winter, spring, and summer. Transportation, snacks, and meals are included when they are able to meet in person. Some programs take place at one of the AfterZone’s schools, while others travel to off-site locations. During winter 2021, all programs take place online.

Age: 6th - 8th grade

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PASA Hub & H2O Clubs

Hub Clubs give high school students at Juanita Sanchez and 360 High School access to programming provided by a variety of Providence organizations, teachers, and community-based educators. Hope High Optimized (H2O) Clubs do the same, but for high school students at Hope High School. All clubs are offered outside of the school day, in multi-week sessions, giving students the time for deep learning and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with the adults guiding them. Programming is offered throughout the year – fall, winter, spring and summer sessions. Transportation, snacks and meals are included when they are able to meet in person. Some programs take place at school, others travel to off-site locations. During winter 2021, all programs take place online. Programs vary each session and cover a variety of interests and topics such as rock-climbing, writing, culinary skills, morning fitness, youth leadership, work-readiness programs and more. There is something for everyone!

Age: 9th - 12th grade

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Soccer is great exercise and children can join recreational programs as young as 3 and as old as 18 years old. There are different levels of play from recreational, to competitive, to premier with players who travel to regional tournaments. Recreational is typically grassroots play within the club or area, competitive is a step up with the introduction of in state travel, and premier serves more elite players who travel to regional tournaments. Players typically play in their own town for recreational and competitive leagues, and each organization sets their own prices. The following programs are open to children living in Providence:

AYSO United

AYSO United Rhode Island is a Youth Soccer club based in East Providence. AYSO United is AYSO’s official club program, and it allows players to enjoy more advanced play, participate in intense competition and receive cutting-edge training while still enjoying the benefits of AYSO. The United (Club) club program where the top players are exposed to the challenges and competition of club soccer. In this environment, the players work with high-level coaches and play in USYS (US Club) leagues and compete against other youth club organizations.

Age: 3 - 18 years old

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Bruno United FC

Bruno United is a founding member of the New England Premiership, a league formed in 2009 by the strongest clubs in the Northeast to create the best environment for player development. Your child should try out if they have both a commitment to improving skills and a love of the game on and off the playing field. All teams practice two times per week and play one to two games on the weekend during the outdoor seasons (fall and spring). Most teams play in three tournaments per year (the youngest teams play in one or two). Older teams travel to college showcase tournaments and play in the Rhode Island State Championships. The Bruno United Youth Development Academy runs year-round and is open to all boys and girls ages 3-11. The program is coached by licensed, professional coaches and is open to the public. The program provides a fun atmosphere with an emphasis on, skills training, small-sided games, and learning to love the game of soccer

Age: 3 - 18 years old

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CLCF Soccer

CLCF provides opportunities for area youth to play soccer regardless of their skill level or playing experience.On the Developmental (recreational) level, they field teams from U8 through U17 in boys, girls or coed divisions. For younger players CLCF offers a Clinic teaching basic skills led by NE Revolution Academy Coaches. Both programs run in the fall and the spring. CLCF Select travel teams are comprised of more experienced players and engage on a competitive level as part of Rhode Island Youth Super Liga (RIYSL). CLCF Select is now offering Revolution Academy Teams for players ready for the top level of training. Select and Academy programs run in the fall, winter and spring.

Age: 7 - 18 years old

Referee Program: The "Referee" program occurs twice a year at the time of the Fall and Spring Developmental programs. Classes are held once a week at the CLCF Building on Pontiac Avenue in Cranston. Any child who is an active member of CLCF may take advantage of this course, free of charge. The course teaches the 17 “Laws of the Game” and how to apply these laws to the game of soccer. The students will referee actual games that are played in CLCF’s Developmental program. The instructor holds a certification to teach the Laws of the Game. The students will be paid for the games that they officiate at the end of the season.

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Cumberland Youth Soccer

CYSA offers a range of teams at different levels of competition. Recreation is a program of fun and learning for athletes ages 4 to 18. The travel soccer program for youth ages 6 to 15 starts in the Winter after the Recreational season and does not include the Fall season. The CSP United program is for players ages 8 to 15 who are passionate about soccer and are considered to be performing at the elite or A level within their organization. The RUGRATS program is a developmental program designed to introduce children between the ages of 2.5 and 3 years of age to soccer. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment.

Age: 2 - 19 years old

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East Side Sports: Soccer

East Side Sports offers fun, recreational/instructional soccer programs for boys and girls living in the greater Providence (and surrounding) area. It utilizes parent volunteer coaches and emphasizes core values that include the importance of sportsmanship, team membership skills, and instruction of developmental skills in a fun, moderately competitive environment. The soccer program, which offers recreational activities for children ages 3 through Grade 8, runs during the fall.

Age: 3 - 14 years old

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MACH 1 Futbol Club

MACH 1 Premier Teams are open to all youth players U9-U19 and are not dependent on residency of any town or state. MACH 1 FC Premier Teams have the opportunity to play in various leagues with most currently in the Northeast Premier Soccer League. Hypersonic Teams are the highest-level premier teams within MACH 1 FC. These teams are dual-age group teams for the U12, U14, U16, U17, and U19 divisions. The Coaching Director and Head Coaches select players based upon player attitude, development, ability, and exemplify the qualities of the MACH 1 “Complete Player.” Supersonic Teams are typically single-age group teams from U9-U14. These teams will represent the highest-level single-age group MACH 1 FC teams for the U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14, U15, U16, U17, U18 and U19 divisions.

Age: 8 - 19 years old

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TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer is a free program designed for special needs children between the ages of 5 through 19. It is a non-competitive, co-ed program which allows participants to be introduced to the basic skills of the game and work on fundamentals in a safe environment while having fun throughout the process. All children must have a parent or guardian with them at the field at all times. Parents are welcome to assist but are not required. This program is designed to bring an opportunity to learn and play soccer to any boy or girl, who has a cognitive or physical disability. The program is carried out by volunteers, with financial support from US Soccer and a handful of youth soccer organizations such as Pawtucket Youth Soccer and CYSA.

Age: 5 - 19 years old

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Project G.O.A.L.

A 100% free, coeducational, academic responsibility, tutoring and mentoring initiative inspiring academic success through the reward of soccer. Meeting after school, twice a week students spend 90 minutes of targeted academic enrichment with accredited teachers and earn an equal amount of time in soccer training with their licensed coaches. During the fall, the program is run out of Calcutt Middle School in Central Falls. During the spring, the program is run at the Moses Brown School in Providence.

Phone: 401-258-2300

Age: 6th - 8th grade

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Providence Pumas

The Providence Pumas provide a safe, fun environment for girls from Providence and surrounding towns, interested in playing high competition soccer.

Age: 8 - 14 years old

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Providence United Soccer

Providence United soccer offers competitive programs for both boys and girls in Providence and the surrounding areas

Age: 7 - 16 years old

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RI Strikers FC

Rhode Island Strikers is SYSA's sister Premier club based out of Smithfield. They are one of the most affordable programs in the Northeast, as they believe no child who wants to play at the high school level should be denied because of cost. This is for the player that has excelled in the recreational environment, then has gone on to excel in the competitive environment looking to take their game to the highest level within our programs. Tryouts typically happen in the late spring/early summer and the season runs with a fall and spring outdoor program and winter futsal.

Age: 8 - 17 years old

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Soccer in the Catholic Athletic League

The Catholic Athletic League (CAL) offers a number of sports where youth can play for their Catholic school or parish, but there are some opportunities for non-Catholics or Catholics whose parishes don’t have a program. Contact your local Catholic parish or school to find out about their teams. CAL offers soccer for boys and girls in the spring.

Phone: 401-942-6571

Age: 4th - 8th grade

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence Aquatics

Under the watchful eye of trained and certified lifeguards, parents have the comfort of knowing their children are safe and learning to swim at their own pace. Recreational swim is incorporated into Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence summer camps, after-school, and teen programs, and members at sites without pool facilities are offered free transportation to South Side, Wanskuck, and Fox Point.

Locations: Fox Point, Wanskuck, and South Side Boys & Girls Clubhouse

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Swim Team at Fox Point Boys & Girls Clubhouse

Description: All BGCs will consolidate their practices and have them at the Fox Point Clubhouse.

Age: 7 - 18 years old

Swim Empowerment

Black Youth in Rhode Island drown at five times the rate of White Youth. Swim Empowerment works to reverse this alarming trend. They believe that in order to reintroduce swimming into African American community, it is important to begin with children. Every year, Stages of Freedom provides the funds for an increasing number of Rhode Island youth of color to take swimming lessons through seven partnering YMCAs. The first step is calling your local YMCA to confirm there is still an opening for non-swimmers in your child’s age bracket and for the period of time you wish them to attend. Partnering YMCAs: Cranston, East Side/Mt. Hope, Pawtucket Family Branch.

Age: 5 - 19 years old

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Swim Team at East Side / Mt. Hope YMCA

Our competitive swim teams strive to provide an opportunity for young people to participate in competitive swimming under conditions that will foster aquatic ability, team spirit, and sportsmanship. We encourage personal goal setting, self-discipline, achievement, commitment, and parental involvement.

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Tiger Shark Swim Club at Dwares JCC

Swimmers with basic skills, from ages 5 through 18, are welcome to join the TigerSharks Swim Club. While focusing on stroke technique and endurance, swimmers have the opportunity to grow and succeed in a fun, hardworking, and competitive environment.

Age: 5 - 18 years old

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Youth Swim Lessons at East Side / Mt. Hope YMCA

Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens, and adults).

Age: 6 months and older

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Providence Tennis Academy

Providence Tennis Academy is the premier tennis training center located at the Providence Tennis Center in Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island and indoors at Tennis Rhode Island East Bay Club. They offer academy and developmental programs to meet different age and skill levels. The Champions Group is a high performance program that focuses on the physical, technical, tactical and mental development. The High School Group is a special program that prepares players for the team season.

Phone: 401-935-4336

Age: 5 - 18 years old

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Tennis in the Catholic Athletic League

The Catholic Athletic League (CAL) offers a number of sports where youth can play for their Catholic school or parish, but there are some opportunities for non-Catholics or Catholics whose parishes don’t have a program. Contact your local Catholic parish or school to find out about their teams. CAL offers competitive tennis for boys and girls in the fall.

Phone: 401-942-6571

Age: 6th - 8th grade

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Blast Volleyball

Blue Fish Bowl Volleyball Club mission is to encourage and educate all people of all ages and skill levels to include volleyball and fitness into their lifestyle. Blast Volleyball (Blue Fish Bowl’s Junior Olympic Division) has both boys and girls teams for players under the age of 18 years old. These teams compete throughout New England and some compete at the National level. Blue Fish Bowl has several RI Volleyball Leagues, including: indoor and outdoor sand volleyball leagues, tournaments, clinics and instruction for boys and girls of all ages.

Age: 6 - 18 years old

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Volleyball in the Catholic Athletic League

The Catholic Athletic League (CAL) offers a number of sports where youth can play for their Catholic school or parish, but there are some opportunities for non-Catholics or Catholics whose parishes don’t have a program. Contact your local Catholic parish or school to find out about their teams. CAL offers co-ed volleyball for boys and girls in the spring.

Phone: 401-942-6571

Age: 6th - 8th grade

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Beat the Streets Providence

Beat the Streets Providence starts after-school wrestling teams that provide both youth development and academic support. We use wrestling instruction and competition as an incentive for the most at-risk students, who otherwise would not choose to participate in after-school programming, to learn the study and life habits they need to succeed. We draw the students in to learn about how to study, persevere in school and in life, and hear the stories and experience of their adult community mentors to expand their own conception of who they can become. All practices are free to registered members.

Age: 6th - 12th grade

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Main Street Martial Arts

The family community center is currently offering martial arts programs in Self Defense, Aikido, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai Kickboxing (MTK), Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Karate, Sword (Bokken), and Spear (Jyo). Main Street Martial Arts offers a free trial class and they are open every day after school and Saturdays all day and Sunday mornings. They are a non-profit and can make a program for you to meet your budget.

Phone: 401-345-9202

Address: 1282 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02904

Age: 5 years old and up

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Pathway Karate Academy

Pathway Karate Academy is a family centered Karate school located in the Smith Hill section of Providence, RI. They are members of the USA National Karate Federation, and students are eligible to participate in regional, national competitions and even the Olympics! The staff are SafeSport Trained and Certified providing you with an environment safe for all students. They offer youth and family karate, self defense, school age care programs, and summer camps.

Phone: 401-714-0340

Address: 1216 Smith Street Providence, RI 02908

Age: 6 years old and up

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Rhode Island Shotokan Kempo Hombu Dojo

RISK is a family oriented dojo that offers serious students rigorous physical and mental training in the art of Karate. The first month of training is a 6 week course to ensure that potential students have an opportunity to experience training in a traditional Dojo. RISK has no contracts because students may change their minds often after several months of training and it is unfair to have them financially committed with an extended term contract. They offer a variety of childrens’ programs based on age and skill level.

Address: The Atlantic Mills Complex, 120 Manton Ave 4th fl. suite 417 Providence, Rhode Island 02909

Age: 3 years old and up

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US Taekwondo Complex

The US Taekwondo Complex strives to provide Traditional and Olympic style Taekwondo training — training that teaches not only the body but more importantly the mind and the spirit to overcome any obstacles. They offer taekwondo classes, summer camps, and an after school program. Their unique martial arts program is specialized in teaching children, teens and adults alike. All ages and levels are welcome to join! The US Taekwondo Complex accepts the Rhode Island Child Care Assistance Program.

Providence Address: 650 Branch Ave. Providence, RI 02904

Providence Phone: 401-331-7900

Cranston Address: 1441 Elmwood Ave. Cranston, RI 02910

Cranston Phone: 401-461-7060

Age: 3 years old and up

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USA Karate & The Team United Martial Arts Academy

Every USA Karate school offers Sullivan's American Kenpo Karate classes for children, teens, and adults. The martial art of Kenpo is a time-tested method of strengthening your body and soothing your mind and soul of stress. The benefits of Kenpo Karate include weight loss, increased flexibility, endurance, and coordination. Gain self confidence and real-world self defense skills. Each USA Karate school offers our students an award-winning martial arts program, a staff of qualified instructors, convenient class schedules, a positive family-oriented environment, affordable tuition with convenient payment plans, and a complete line of martial arts supplies.

Address: 550 Branch Ave Providence, RI 02904

Age: 4 years old and up

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