Sports and athletics are an important part of a Bronxville education - encouraging fitness, leadership, grit, and lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork. The Foundation has invested more than $1.3 million to bring specialized equipment, coach and teacher training, new facilities and technology to enhance recess, Phys Ed classes and Bronxville’s sports teams.
Physical fitness starts in the earliest grades and recess and Phys Ed classes provide daily, much-needed energy breaks for Elementary students. Foundation grants have provided for some popular recess activities. In 2014, a group of fifth-grade students recognized the need for a safe, physical activity that many children could play at once. With help from a parent volunteer, they wrote a grant to build a Gaga Pit. Gaga is a fast-paced, high-energy, kinder version of dodge ball played in an octagonal pit and the more players the better. It’s a perennial favorite at recess. Equally popular are the Imagination Playground blocks purchased with a Foundation grant in 2015. These larger-than-life-size blocks include cubes, cogs, rods and more and allow children to exercise their bodies and their minds as they create and build. Along those lines, Elementary Phys Ed teachers collaborated with Elementary Science teachers to request a grant for "STEM in the Gym" – a kit containing pulleys, levers, wedges, gears, wheels and axles that students manipulate in the gym getting a physical and a Physics workout at the same time.
Middle and High School
Bronxville’s Phys Ed teachers and coaches realize that athletics is first and foremost about fitness and healthy competition, which is why they’ve requested grants for the Winning Mindset program by Gene Zanetti and training in Stanford University’s Positive Coaching Alliance model. Other significant athletics grants include introducing the "Baseline Impact Testing" protocol, to protect Bronxville athletes from the effects of concussions as well as athletic training and rehabilitation equipment like that used in professional physical therapy facilities to help injured athletes heal faster.
Phys Ed also recognizes that exposing students to a diverse range of athletic endeavors is important. In 2012, a $24,000 Foundation grant installed a 24-foot wide, 16-foot high climbing wall with four climbing stations. The wall was an incremental Foundation grant to Project Adventure that also includes a high-ropes component.
Athletic teams can’t be at their best without adequate, safe equipment and sometimes they need specialized resources to excel in today’s competitive arena. When the Athletic Department budget is exhausted, Foundation grants can help. Over the years, grants have funded bike trailers and medical equipment for the Mountain Biking team, football helmets and sleds, baseball radar guns to measure pitch speed and more.
Technology isn’t just for the classroom, but part of athletics too. iPads for coaches were furnished with Foundation resources. Teams used the iPads in training session for real time visual feedback to athletes and for quickly compiling and sending out stats and results to the press and to Max Preps. HUDL software was another Foundation grant for a high-tech athletic scouting system that allows our coaches and athletes to get full-team access to video analysis tools and help with college athletic recruiting.