Category: At The Y

August 21, 2017
On June 10th, the YMCA of Central Florida gathered past and present Teen Achievers to celebrate the program’s 27th anniversary. Launched in 1980, Teen Achievers is a free program which was designed to support the academic and professional success of middle school and high school students in the Central Florida community. Teen Achievers relies on a network of volunteers who donate their time and energy into mentoring and serving as… [...]
January 31, 2017
With February as American Heart Month, the YMCA of Central Florida is encouraging local families, seniors and individuals to get up, get moving and take charge of their health and wellness. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the nation’s number one killer, accounting for 1-in-3 deaths each year. Additionally, 80 million adults have high blood pressure, yet less than half have it under control. Due to inactivity,… [...]
September 30, 2016
Now that school is back in session and schedules have been set, we would like to provide a few back-to-school tips to help your child be successful this school year. It's been proven that children are more likely to succeed academically when parents take an active role in their education. And here are some simple tips to help you achieve that:  Make sure your child gets proper rest in order… [...]
May 19, 2016
At the Y of Central Florida's annual meeting on May 13, Mike Manuel was re-elected to chair the 2016-2017 Metropolitan Board of Directors. As the Y’s top volunteer officer, Manuel will work with 61 other volunteer board members and staff to expand the Y’s impact in Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. Manuel, a former finance executive with EXP US Services and Wachovia Bank, has been an active YMCA… [...]
March 04, 2016
by Gary Appelsies, YMCA Director of Healthy Eating  It’s March and it’s national nutrition month. Most of us are still reeling from that January let down of the all American resolutiona to “diet and get healthy!” Yes, we jumped on the band wagon with all good intention only to find that the “diet” we chose is limiting and disappointing. Now it’s March and we are thinking of the spring and… [...]
December 15, 2015
Please join us for the 26th Annual YMCA Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The keynote speaker for this YMCA signature event will be will be Dr. Richard Lapchick, an internationally recognized human rights activist and pioneer for racial equality. Monday, January 16, 2017 7:45 a.m. First Baptist Church of Orlando, Faith Hall 3000 S. John Young Parkway Orlando, FL 32805 Often described as… [...]
December 09, 2015
75,453 KIDS SMARTER, STRONGER AND HEALTHIER IN 2015!  THE Y'S CRADLE TO COLLEGE FOCUS: Learning is a lifelong continuum that starts at birth and never ends. At the Y, we’ve developed evidence-based programs and curriculums that support children’s learning at every stage of development. From our Disney early learning centers and After School Zone Program to summer reading pilots and teen leadership activities, the Y partners with parents, teachers and… [...]
July 22, 2015
As part of a mission-driven commitment to youth and Christian values, the Y of Central Florida recently sent 80 promising teens to the YMCA’s Christian Values Conference in North Carolina. Set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the week-long conference gives kids a chance to deepen their faith, develop positive values, and network with peers to create a better world. During the conference, we also proudly honored Tracy… [...]
July 22, 2015
With summer winding down, the Y is here this fall to help every member of the family – starting with kids – to get back to a healthier, more active routine. Flag football, soccer and other YMCA youth sports are a great way to engage the entire family – as players, volunteer coaches, sideline cheerleaders, or as part of a larger focus on family fitness.  We’re also here to provide quality… [...]
July 21, 2015
It continues to be a big, busy summer of fun, discovery and learning for more than 24,000 kids who are taking part in YMCA Summer Camp, Summer Learning and Teen Leadership programs. By blending learning with fun -- along with a curriculum focused on values, reading, wellness and strengthening families -- YMCA campers are on track to enjoy 8 million minutes of reading time this summer. Sound like homework? Not at the… [...]
June 01, 2015
On May 29, 2015, the YMCA of Central Florida officially launched the YMCA's HealthierLifeRX,  a three-year pilot program funded through a $1.7 million grant from United Health Foundation.  It is part of the Foundation’s “Helping Build Healthier Communities” program that is providing critical resources to nonprofits and community-based organizations to improve people’s health. HealthierLifeRX aligns with the Y’s strategic focus to empower the community through healthy living.  In partnership with the medical… [...]
May 04, 2015
NUTRITION CORNER WITH GARY APPLESIES, DIRECTOR OF HEALTHY EATING I love seeds. Do you? As I was preparing my breakfast this morning, I sprinkled a teaspoon of hemp and chia seeds to my Greek yogurt and strawberries. Yum! Not only did the seeds add a nice, nutty flavor and texture, but they are little powerhouses in the nutrition department. That made me started thinking about how many varieties there are… [...]
April 08, 2015
Can your food choices really improve your mood? Many experts and studies say the answer is yes, the foods you choose can improve your mood. If you think about it, it’s not rocket science. When you feel down or tired do you generally reach for a plate of fresh steamed veggies or a big beautiful bowl of sliced up strawberries with yogurt honey and fresh mint? Probably not, you go… [...]
March 27, 2015
Do you believe that a Healthy lifestyle begins at home? I do indeed. In the United States there are over 150 million people including millions of children who suffer from obesity, diabetes, and a myriad of chronic illness. The problem is growing and in a majority of cases can be cured and limited by taking on your kitchen. Yes, I know that when you have a family it at times… [...]
March 02, 2015
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Florida among children ages 1-14. At the Y, we know that learning to swim is a lesson of a lifetime and in Florida, all people need to live safely around water. For more than 100 years, we have been empowering youth with the water safety skills they need to be safe in and around water – and most importantly, we have fun too!… [...]
March 02, 2015
NUTRITION CORNER WITH GARY APPELSIES Can you really be healthy at any age?  When does good health start? I get asked questions about good health and nutrition all the time.  I hear people of all ages say things like, “I’m still young I can eat whatever I want.” Or “My doctor says I need to lose weight but, I’m too old to start eating healthy.” The list goes on and… [...]
February 09, 2015
 At the Y, we know how much you love your family, so let us help you live a happier, healthier life with the ones you love. We believe that families that play together – grow stronger together. Your neighborhood Y offers countless ways to get your heart pumping including Unlimited Group Exercise Classes of all types from beginners to athletes; medical support programs to help you curb diabetes, thrive after cancer, and… [...]
January 26, 2015
More than 130 teens, Camp Wewa alumni, Y volunteers and adult leaders participated in the 25th Silver Anniversary Wewa Winter Retreat, January 16-18, 2015 at Camp Wewa in Apopka, FL. Youth from all over Florida and as far away as Alabama traveled to Camp Wewa for a fun-filled weekend of events that included events that included team building games, low and high ropes course, and spiritual and personal development. The theme… [...]
October 08, 2014
For the 18th year in a row, the YMCA of Central Florida has joined forces with the Samaritan's Purse in support of Operation Christmas Child, an annual gift-filled shoe box drive for children in need. Operation Christmas Child is the world's largest Christmas project of its kind, collecting and delivering more than 113 million gift-filled shoe boxes to children in more than 130 countries. Last year alone, the Y facilitated the collection… [...]
September 30, 2014
MAKE AN IMPACT. VOLUNTEER. Join us on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, as members and staff from our Family Centers celebrate our annual Day of Sharing. Staff and members are invited to "Share their Y story" or an experience at the Y that has impacted their lives. Members are also given opportunities to volunteer at the Y. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, Y volunteers give men,… [...]
September 24, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida is a proud sponsor of the 7th Annual Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival on October 18, 2014 at the Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. Dragon Boat racing is the world's fastest growing water sport. A team consists of 20 paddlers sitting two abreast, plus a Cox who steers the dragon boat from the rear and a drummer who sits at the front. The team… [...]
September 04, 2014
Singing sensation and NBC's "The Voice" finalist Sisaundra Lewis will be headlining this year's Jazz on a Green. Jazz on a Green, presented by CFE Federal Credit Union, is Lake Nona’s premiere jazz and social community event in support of the UCF College of Medicine and the Lake Nona YMCA Scholarship Campaign providing higher education, health and spiritual wellness to the youth and families of Lake Nona. The concert will… [...]
July 24, 2014
Instead of hitting the drive-through for lunch, plan ahead and prepare your own lunch. When you make it yourself, you control what goes your meal. Eating out often means getting a lot of hidden calories - something most of us don’t really need. Instead of regular soda or sweet tea, choose water or a sugar-free beverage to go with your meal. Each meal below is easy to prepare and contains… [...]
June 11, 2014
As we prepare to celebrate dads this Sunday, let's take a look back to how it all got started. Did you know Father's Day began at the YMCA? It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Jackson Smart, had raised six children on his own. After hearing a sermon about Mother's Day, Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have… [...]
June 03, 2014
The YCF Loreleis, a competitive and developmental synchronized swim team at the YMCA Aquatic Center, has been qualified to compete at the 2014 USA National Synchronized Swimming competition in Seattle, Washington June 27 - July 5. The YCF Loreleis was founded in 1975 by Mary Rose, an award-winning synchronized swimmer. This is the first time in the past 24 year that this team has qualified to compete at the national level.… [...]
March 10, 2014
Major Dan Rooney, a great American patriot, author and man of faith will headline the YMCA’s 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer on Thursday, April 17. Tickets and corporate tables are now available for this community-wide breakfast, which features inspirational speakers, music and prayer. You won't want to miss Major Dan Rooney (USAF Ret.), who will share his inspiring life history as an F-16 pilot, philanthropist, PGA professional and author of A Patriot’s Calling: Living Life Between Fear… [...]
March 10, 2014
After five years of big dreams, hard work and incredible fundraising, construction has begun on the new Frank DeLuca YMCA Family Center in Ocala. More than 325 people turned out for the Feb. 21 groundbreaking, which reflected the pride of an entire community. Helping lead the celebration was Ocala businessman Frank DeLuca whose major gift anchored the project’s $5 million capital campaign. Also participating were officials from Munroe Regional Medical… [...]
November 21, 2012
Evans Hubbard is our Champion of Youth. Each year, he supports a wide range of charitable programs and organizations like the YMCA dedicated to education, youth, community service, health and the arts. He has consistently supported the YMCA in our efforts to create a safe place for kids and families in undeserved communities at our Tangelo Park YCMA where his support provides kids a chance to build life skills in… [...]
October 08, 2012
Staying focused on healthy living can be hard to do around October, especially for kids. With alarming childhood obesity rates on the rise, the Y is encouraging families to choose healthy and non-food treats as an alternative to sugary and unhealthy candy this season.   There are many healthy, yet fun, choices on the market to entice trick-or-treaters, and choosing to be healthy isn’t as hard as you think. We've… [...]
August 13, 2012
At the Y, we are determined to provide a place where the community can come to be healthy, active, connected and secure. Increasing unemployment rates and foreclosures brought a lot of negative attention to Osceola County, driving business to divest in this area. Yet, when other businesses backed out of the community, the Y stepped in and was determined to be the spark that ignited change and hope in the… [...]
July 17, 2012
The Y sees the potential where others might not. This year's Annual Report was WE SEE. We are proud to share with you the outstanding accomplishments the Y is making in Central Florida. Our Annual Report allows you to see our mission in action. Our history has been marked by undeniable accomplishments in face of the challenges of changing times, but more than anything, what marks our history is our… [...]
July 09, 2012
The Y family and the entire community lost a champion, philanthropist, scientist, mentor, teacher and wonderful friend on Wednesday, July 4.  Bert Roper, who started his career tending citrus trees for 10 cents an hour and became a citrus giant and inventor died after a short battle with lymphoma.  He left a legacy that will continue to impact the Central Florida community and remind us of his generosity and mission.  … [...]
June 20, 2012
At the YMCA of Central Florida, we depend on our volunteers and donors to move our cause forward daily. On June 14, we brought over 300 volunteers, donors, and members together at our Tangelo Park YMCA to honor the men and women who have made possible for us to impact the lives of many throughout Central Florida.   Our Annual Gathering is held every year and we present three awards… [...]
April 10, 2012
More than 10,000 children – some as young as six months old – have learned life-saving techniques in the water over the past 10 years as part of Safe Start, the innovative water safety program launched by the YMCA of Central Florida with support from the Dr. Phillips Charities in 2002.   We invite you to celebrate the lives that have been changed. Join us at the 10th Anniversary of Safe… [...]

Press Releases

April 09, 2012
YMCA of Central Florida Kicks-Off Pool Season with Safe Start Safe Start Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Central Florida The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is helping people in Central Florida stave off developing type 2 diabetes Estilo de Vida / Life Style YMCA's 18th Annual Celebration of Prayer to feature Virginia "Gigi" Graham" Red Tail Pilots Largest Cardio Class Leonard Williams, Sr. Receives YMCA Champion of Youth Award Y Golf After… [...]
March 06, 2012
COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS THROUGH SPIRITUAL GROWTH   Join us as we bring the community together for our 18th annual YMCA Celebration of Prayer on April 5. We will be hearing from our special guest speaker, Gigi Graham. She wants to share a message of faith and inspiration with you and nearly a thousand community and business leaders during Central Florida’s prayer breakfast. The celebration takes place from 7:00 a.m. – 8:15… [...]
February 21, 2012
SHOWCASING CAREERS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE   We gathered our Central Florida community yesterday to introduce new math and science tools that kids need to pursue careers in engineering and aviation. Students were able to learn from the Tuskegee Airmen who were determined to persevere in the midst of adversity.  Just like the pilots were determined, the Y is determined to help kids reach their potential by developing programs and opportunities.… [...]
February 21, 2012
February 25, 10:00 a.m. - The Y of Central Florida is bringing the community together to celebrate American Heart Month by hosting the World’s Largest Cardio Class in Central Florida. All Y Family Centers will simultaneously host a free group fitness class featuring a mash-up of popular cardiovascular exercise programs including Zumba, step aerobics and boot camp.   We invite you to join us as the Y brings the community… [...]
February 15, 2012
Be part of something bigger - Bringing our community together to inspire our youth   Come together as we show Central Florida youth that math and science careers are great options to a building a better future. We’re advancing our cause to strengthen communities by creating new programs that promote youth development. When we are united, we can make a stronger impact on our youth.   The Y and its… [...]
January 03, 2012
Bringing Our Community Together   Each year the Y of Central Florida brings hundreds of community and business leaders together to celebrate the lives and legacies of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American elected official.  The reason is simple: it supports our legacy as a Christian organization and brings our diverse community together in prayer just as Dr. King and Pappy… [...]
December 01, 2011
The statistics tell us that only 3% of Americans enjoy exercise enough to make it a consistent part of their everyday lives. So we’ve decided to focus on the rest of us. Those of us who know what regular exercise is the right thing to do, but just can’t find the motivation.   With the help of Dr. Jim Annesi, we are implementing a new wellness program that works for… [...]
November 22, 2011
We are passionate about nurturing the potential of every child in our community.  That’s why Orange County Government Parks and Recreation invested money in re-doing the golf facility for our Y Golf & Learning Center after school program.   Thanks to Orange County Government Parks and Recreation, our Tangelo Park location’s Y Golf & Learning Center now has a nicer facility that will bring the community together, not only for… [...]

November Member-thon

November 17, 2011
November is a great month to get into the exercise habit. Come learn about our new wellness program that helps you stick with an exercise program, state-of-the-art equipment to support your health goals, terrific classes that fit your level of fitness and warm, welcoming staff ready to help you.    Visit any of our 25 Family Center locations across Central Florida between November 21st and November 30th and get started… [...]

Festival of Trees

November 15, 2011
Creating Meaningful Impact   The Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees has a special meaning to the Y of Central Florida. It is the yearly event where we bring our community of donors together to celebrate their unparalleled support for our cause and give thanks for their generous gifts that create meaningful impact in the lives of many neighbors in need across our Central Florida community.   This year’s… [...]
November 14, 2011
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. We are strengthening Central Florida communities and our impact is spreading to nations abroad. We were honored to receive a visit from the National Olympic Committee of Afghanistan on Saturday, November 5th.   The delegation, led by Lt. General Mohammad Z. Aghbar, President of the General Directory of Physical Education and Sport, chose the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA for theirUSvisit at… [...]
September 12, 2011
Osceola needs a great Y and thanks to Dr. Phillips Charities and Mary Jane Arrington, the Y is breaking ground in September to reinvent the Y to better serve the men, women and children of Osceola County. Arrington led our Osceola County Y Capital Campaign and raised $250,000 and Dr. Phillips Charities contributed a matching $1.5 million toward our Osceola Y.. Why do we need to reinvent the Osceola Y?… [...]
August 18, 2011
Read our Program. Find a class near you. Contact Kelly Prather at Kprather@cfymca.orgor 407.644.3606. Are you at Risk? More Information Employer Eligibility Physicians Resources - Diagnosis Codes & Healthcare Provider Intro Letter The Y is proactively preventing disease in our communities by providing every man, woman and child in every Central Florida community with access to the programs they need to stay healthy and connected right in their own neighborhood.… [...]
August 18, 2011
Our Winter Park Y renovations have wrapped up and we want the community to come out to see your new Y. These new renovations will help the Winter Park community by building stronger relationships and healthier lives.   Our renovations, expansions and new Ys are about building program space. At the Winter Park Y, we’ve created a place to bring the entire community together so that they can develop lasting,… [...]
June 27, 2011
We are proud to share with you the outstanding accomplishments the Y is making in Central Florida. Our Annual Report allows you to see our mission in action. Our history has been marked by undeniable accomplishments in face of the challenges of changing times, but more than anything, what marks our history is our commitment to helping people. - 2010 Annual Report [...]
June 27, 2011
We came together to celebrate our milestones and accomplishments in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility at our Annual Meeting.  Last year, we opened our doors to the community more than six million times and more than 230,000 people were affected by our impact. One of our greatest accomplishments was continuing to expand our presence in the community by starting or completing construction of new Family… [...]
June 03, 2011
The Y is a cause for strengthening the community, working tirelessly to nurture the potential of kids, improve the nation's health and well-being, and give back and support our neighbors. One of the ways we are strengthening Central Florida is with our Lake Nona Y/Northlake Park Community School. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend recently wrote an article for The Atlantic about her visit to our Lake Nona YMCA/NorthLake Park Community School. In… [...]
April 22, 2011
The Y brought the Central Florida community together in prayer to strengthen their spirit at the 17th Annual Celebration of Prayer on Thursday, April 21. With the support of Florida Hospital and other community leaders, we prayed to make our community stronger in the areas of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Guest speaker Kathleen Kennedy Townsend reinforced the need for faith and social responsibility in her words. She… [...]
March 21, 2011
Join us for our 17th annual YMCA Celebration of Prayer on April 21. We will be hearing from our special guest speaker, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. She wants to share a message of faith and inspiration with you and nearly a thousand community and business leaders during Central Florida’s official Holy Week prayer breakfast. The celebration takes place from 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Orlando located… [...]

Join the Cause

December 28, 2010
Each year the YMCA brings together people of all ages and backgrounds for a prayer breakfast celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. This year Dr. Benjamin Carson, Johns Hopkins internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon, spoke to a sold-out crowd of nearly a thousand community and business leaders.  Dr. Carson is known for being the first to have successfully separated conjoined twins and for his medical techniques that have pioneered advancements in… [...]
December 28, 2010
The Y is dedicated to solving serious problems that we’re facing in our communities today. Like addressing childhood obesity and offering many proactive and health-minded solutions for our young members. Other strong and popular programs include preventing childhood drownings through a swimming initiative called “Safe Start.” This program is all about getting your kids in the swim of things with the very best instructors who will teach them the basics… [...]