Category: News and Events

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 01, 2015
It is with great sadness that the YMCA of Central Florida announces the passing of one of our strongest advocates for youth, Tracey Sullivan. As a 43-year volunteer leader with the YMCA Christian Values Conference and other pivotal Y programs, Tracey nurtured the faith, values and potential of thousands of teens, all of whom she considered “her kids.” In doing what she loved most, Tracey led groups of high-school students… [...]
September 25, 2015
The YMCA of Central Florida wishes to honor the memory of Jim Hinson, Former President, CEO and Chairman of Dr. Phillips Charities, who recently passed away. Hinson transformed Dr. Phillips Charities into one of the most generous local charitable organizations with the YMCA of Central Florida as its primary support agency. The YMCA of Central Florida has benefited greatly from this generosity, as have countless other local arts, cultural, educational,… [...]
February 27, 2015
  [caption id="attachment_36661" align="alignright" width="300"] Lucas Boyce, Featured Guest Speaker[/caption] Celebration of Prayer, held each year during Holy Week, is a unique opportunity to celebrate the YMCA’s Christian heritage and mission that has guided our organization for over 150 years. This year’s guest speaker is Lucas Boyce, a former foster child and “Y Kid” who overcame incredible obstacles to graduate from college, to serve in the White House Office of Public… [...]
December 19, 2014
JANUARY 19,2015 @ 7:45AM The YMCA of Central Florida and the SW Orlando Jaycees present the 24th ANNUAL ARTHUR "PAPPY" KENNEDY MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, on January 19, 2015 at 7:45 a.m. This year's guest speaker will be Chaplain Black,  the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. Black served for over 27 years as a chaplain in the United States Navy, rising to the rank of rear… [...]
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.… [...]
April 24, 2014
Join us on Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at your neighborhood Y Family Center for Healthy Kids Day!  This FREE community event is a great way for families to get up, get active and start developing healthier routines at home. To learn more, click here: VIDEO: Healthy Kids Day April 26, 2014 Healthy Kids Day Activities will include games, contests, health screenings, family Zumba and yoga classes,… [...]
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 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. The… [...]
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 to… [...]
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 a.m.… [...]
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 together… [...]
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 Kennedy… [...]
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 real… [...]

Y Golf & Learning Center

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 the… [...]

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
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,… [...]

Our 2010 Successes

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… [...]

News & Events

January 04, 2011
Join the Cause The Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast honors the lives of civil rights leaders, Martin Luther King and Orlando’s own Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy, Orlando’s first African-American elected official. Learn More [...]

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… [...]