$5 Kickball – Celebrating with NYC Social Sports Club

If you’ve walked past P.S. 142 on Attorney Street in the early evening hours, you might have noticed something doesn’t look quite right on the blacktop. There’s a spirited game of kickball going on. Nothing unusual there. But the kids look awfully big. There is, of course, an explanation. For the past five years, the NYC Social Sports Club (NYCSSC) has been helping adults blow off a little steam, connect with new and old friends and reconnect with the games that defined their childhood.

Every week, thousands of New Yorkers come out to play friendly games of kickball, dodgeball, broomball, ultimate frisbee and inner tube water polo. This summer, to celebrate its five year anniversary, the organization is offering all sorts of special deals, including a $5 – five week- kickball league.

Recently, I met NYC Social Sports marketing guy Matt Archambault on a playground in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, where an intense game of kickball was being played. Actually, it wasn’t all that intsense — and that’s sort of the point. The club is not for hyper-competitive jocks out for blood. As Amy Short, the company’s founder told the New York Times recently, the emphasis is on the “social,” not the “sports.”   As she put it, “the higher purpose of this league is to help build community in New York City,”

Build community — make some new friends — and maybe even make a “love connection.” On the playground and in the local bars after the casual rivalries have been set aside, more than a few romances have taken root. The night I spoke with Matt he was on his way to celebrate an anniversary with his girlfriend, who he met playing broomball a few months earlier.

If you’d like to know more about that $5 kickball league or their big birthday bash at the Astoria Beer Garden on August 8th, visit NYC’s Social Sports Club’s new web site here.

And if you’d like to relive your childhood dodgeball triumphs or humiliations, check out this video: