Athletics & Health

Athletics & Health Programs

  • Anatomy Teaching Program

    Yale medical students and faculty teach an anatomy class to Hill Regional Career High School students. Juniors and seniors enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology courses visit the Yale Medical School twice per month to access the lab facilities. Lab activities range from observing a cadaver dissection to using slides and microscopes in the histology laboratories.

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters

    The Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program establishes relationships between Yale student-athletes and youth in the New Haven community. Pairs meet on a weekly basis for homework help, games, and field trips. Planned gatherings at Yale athletic events offer additional opportunities for mentors and students to come together. 

  • Bulldog Buddies

    This mentor program matches Yale student athletes with middle school students. Mentors work with students weekly to play games, help with homework, and read books. In February, as one of many special events, students and mentors are invited to attend a Yale Men’s Basketball game in Payne Whitney Gym.

  • Community Health Educators (CHE)

    To empower teenagers with the skills, self-respect, and knowledge needed to make healthy decisions about their bodies and their futures, Yale undergraduates teach alongside classroom teachers in 24 New Haven public schools each academic year. CHE works with school administrators, teachers, and students to develop and teach discussion-based workshops that span the topics of communication, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, nutrition, drug use, relationships, and abuse.

    For more information, visit the CHE website

  • Have Bones, Will Travel

    Have Bones, Will Travel is a program offered to elementary, middle, and high schools in New Haven. The program aims to foster science enthusiasm and interest in the nursing profession. Volunteers from the Yale School of Nursing teach students about the marvels of human anatomy through engaging, hands-on activities while also emphasizing the importance of decisions that can affect their long-term health.

    For more information, visit the Have Bones, Will Travel website

  • Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

    HPREP is a pipeline program under the auspices of the Student National Medical Association and Latino Medical Student Association at Yale. HPREP aims to provide students with the skills and necessary resources to succeed in the college-application process by providing instructional classroom sessions, workshops, and one-on-one meetings. By the end of the program, each student will have drafted and edited their first college essay and successfully completed a health-related research project and oral presentation. 

    More information here

  • Healthy Neighbors Program

    Healthy Neighbors is a community partnership between the Yale health professions schools and the Church Street South housing development focused on teaching health promotion and prevention, that is fostering a healthy environment, and empowering the youth at Church Street South. Volunteers provide daily after-school tutoring, weekly health education and wellness-focused activities, and seasonal health fairs.

    For more information, visit the Healthy Neighbors Program website

  • New Haven Tennis Outreach (NHTO)

    NHTO is a non-profit youth development program for students in grades 3–12. The program is directed towards children from low-income families that otherwise would not have access to high-quality academic guidance or athletic instruction. Undergraduates from the Yale Varsity Tennis Teams will mentor the program’s students year-round, providing consistent tennis lessons and one-on-one academic support.

  • Squash Haven

    Squash Haven provides individually directed academic enrichment, squash instruction, and high school and college placement to 95 New Haven public school students in fifth grade through high school. Through intensive tuition-free academic and squash sessions at Yale University, Squash Haven supports team members to achieve school success, physical fitness, athletic excellence, and access to compelling summer and academic opportunities.

    For more information, visit the Squash Haven website

  • Yale Athletics Youth Days

    The Yale Athletics Department hosts four annual Youth Day events: Fall Youth Day at the Yale Bowl, Winter Youth Day, Yale Hockey Youth Day, and Spring Yale Olympic Youth Day. Students engage in free sports clinics, gain free admission to varsity events and earn special prizes for participation. Youth Days are free and open to the public and draw hundreds of New Haven students to Yale’s campus.
  • Yale Community Rowing

    Established in 1999, the Yale Community Rowing program now brings over 800 students between the ages of ten and seventeen to Yale’s rowing facilities each summer for one-week sessions ranging from the basic “Learn to Row” to more advanced programs for upper-middle and high school students. Programs are offered free of charge. 

    For more information, visit the Yale Community Athletics website

  • Yale Swim New Haven

    Every spring, volunteers from the Yale men’s and women’s varsity swim teams lead weekly community swim lessons for New Haven youth. Students engage in healthy after-school programming while learning an important safety skill and building individual campus-community relationships

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