Swimmers on the BSAC Blue Wave team recently traveled to Greensboro, NC to compete in the AAU Jr. Olympics. It is a multisport event with thousands of participants from across the United States. The Amateur Athletic Union was established in 1888 with the philosophy of “Sports for All, Forever”. The AAU Jr. Olympics took place over five days at the end of July. Blue Wave Coach, Rich Rogers, especially likes this event because it helps swimmers get out of their comfort zone and come together as a team. At most meets, swimmers are focused on their personal best times and achievements, but events like this help them learn what it’s like to win as a team. It’s one of the few meets where competitors from 8 – 18 years old can be at the same meet cheering each other on. “As a former collegiate coach, it’s a lot easier for me when it comes time for Blue Wave swimmers to apply for college and try to make a team,” said Rich. “I can call the coach and let them know that these are genuine team players.” Everyone was working on a specific goal, whether that be to make the qualifying time standard or to improve a personal best time. Most Blue Wave swimmers made it on the winning podium at least once during the competition. They’re learning to raise their standards and have a champion mindset after seeing what’s possible. BSAC is looking to work with the AAU in the future and establish a yearly championship based on our participation and partnership with the amateur athletic union. We are uniquely qualified to host a winter meet in East Hillsborough County due to our beautiful large pools and Florida sunshine. We’d like to congratulate all Blue Wave swimmers on their performances at AAU, and wish them the best of luck for the rest of the season. Published by: Carli Walko - BSAC Director of Marketing
This fall, BSAC will debut a behind the scenes project that has been many years in the making. Children and families at our main campus will soon be able to enjoy a brand new playground, complete with a shade structure. The playground will be located to the left of the basketball courts and will be visible from the parking lot. It will have two slides, monkey bars, ladders, and other fun climbing apparatuses. Soft green turf will cover the ground and make a pathway to the gated area entrance. While structured activities and organized games are essential for growth and development, we also understand the importance of free play. Children need the opportunity to socialize with friends, exercise, and spend time outdoors. We look forward to the installation of our brand new playground, and will keep our families updated with news and announcements!
The BSAC After-School Experience (BASE), is bringing back its most popular after-school clubs in addition to exciting new options! After a long day, students can look forward to spending time with their friends while developing personal interests and hobbies in Culinary, Arts & Crafts, Robotics, LEGO’S (intro to Robotics), Community Service, Gardening, Odyssey of the Mind, and Trade. Students have the opportunity to register for two clubs in the fall, and two clubs in spring. “As a local Non-Profit, BSAC is excited to serve our community by providing exceptional after school experiences for children,” said Brandi, Director of BASE. “Our curriculum-based programming offers homework time, computer lab time, organized outdoor games, and enriching clubs. All of our activities are focused on immersing your child in leadership experiences, community connections, the importance of service, and understanding how they can impact the lives of those around them.” In an effort to drive the BSAC mission of impacting lives daily, students will explore educational topics they are passionate about while building life skills that will carry on well into middle and high school. The highly anticipated new curriculum has also brought in community business partners, which connects students not only to our community but to current leaders in the Brandon area as well. Students will have the unique opportunity to engage with professionals across a wide range of industries through field trips and guest speakers, interacting with chefs, dental hygienists, law enforcement, nutritionists, and more! BASE continues to raise the standard for after-school programming by tying activity curriculum to the Sunshine State Standards. Educational enrichment has never been more fun, innovative, or engaging! In the 2019-2020 school year, BASE will be available at BSAC in addition to the following six Hillsborough County Elementary Schools: Brooker, Fishhawk Creek, Bevis, Stowers, Lithia Springs, and Kingswood. BSAC also picks up students from various elementary schools in the Brandon area for programming at its 12.5-acre main campus, which has two swimming pools, diving boards, a media center, gym, and art room. For more information, visit: https://www.mybsac.org/afterschool/.
BSAC is looking to fill a wide variety of positions in preparation for fall! All candidates are required to pass a drug test and background screening. Available Positions Include: After School Counselors After School Drivers Lifeguards Marketing Intern Member Services Director Member Services Team Swim Instructor T.R.I.D.E.N.T Special Needs Aide Water Aerobics Instructor To Apply for Available Positions: https://mybsac.isolvedhire.com/
Camp BSAC hosted a public open house to give potential summer camp guests and parents an inside look at all of the fun activities we offer! Students played minute to win it games, had access to the pool, and played life-size hungry hungry hippo. While parents were able to play, sign their kids up for summer camp and learn more about everything Camp BSAC offers!
Using toothpicks and marshmallows, students were challenged to make tall 3-dimensional towers. Each group had to work together to create a strong base that would be able to hold the weight of a tall tower.