Category: Press Releases

June 16, 2019
Community leaders to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the J. Douglas Williams YMCA Family Center on June 19   ORLANDO, Fla. – (June 16, 2019) – The YMCA of Central Florida will showcase its newly renovated J. Douglas Williams YMCA Family Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour on June 19 at 11:30 a.m. Wayne M. Densch Charities and the Leonard Williams Sr. Family donated $1 million to make… [...]
March 28, 2019
Media Contact: Morgan Shepard, APR On Behalf of YMCA of Central Florida +1 (407) 210-1510 [email protected] YMCA of Central Florida Debuts Newly-Renovated Family Center in Pine Hills Community leaders to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Wayne Densch ORLANDO, Fla. – March 27, 2019 – The YMCA of Central Florida will showcase its newly-renovated Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tour on March 27 at 11:30 a.m. … [...]
March 19, 2019
Media Contact: Morgan Shepard, APR On Behalf of YMCA of Central Florida +1 (407) 210-1510 [email protected] YMCA of Central Florida Announces Development Team for Newest Family Center Location in The Packing District Brasfield & Gorrie, GAI Consultants, RLF, and Foundry Commercial will join the design team for new YMCA Family Center near College Park ORLANDO, Fla. – March 19, 2019 – Today, the YMCA of Central Florida announced the development team… [...]
March 29, 2018
The 27th annual event, which will be held April 21, is open to the public and will include family-friendly activities ORLANDO, FLA. (April X, 2018) – The YMCA of Central Florida is welcoming all families from across the region to swing by their neighborhood Y on Saturday, April 21 for a day of fun activities at its 27th annual Healthy Kids Day®. Healthy Kids Day is the Y-USA’s national initiative… [...]
March 28, 2018
The nonprofit is inviting all children aged 5 to 12 years to attend its annual five-day introductory swim program from April 23 to 27  ORLANDO, FLA. (April X, 2018) – The YMCA of Central Florida is continuing its pursuit to end childhood drowning in Florida. The nonprofit is inviting all local families with children aged 5 to 12 years to sign up and attend its five-day introductory swim program. The complimentary… [...]
February 05, 2018
Orlando, Fla., to Host 2018 UANA Pan American Masters Championship The swimming championship will be held at the YMCA Aquatic Center on International Drive ORLANDO, FLA. (Sept. 8, 2016) -- The Central Florida YMCA is pleased to announce that Union Americana de Natacion (UANA) has selected Orlando and the Central Florida YMCA to host the 2018 Pan American Masters Championship. The Championship will be held at the YMCA Aquatic Center… [...]
June 06, 2017
The program aims to fill the gap in health care delivery from clinic to community ORLANDO, FLA. (June 6, 2017) – The YMCA of Central Florida is continuing its mission to improve the lives of all in Central Florida.  Starting today, members who are at-risk for chronic disease or who are struggling with a health condition will be able to enroll in a special, eight-week program called HealthierLifeRX. The innovative… [...]
March 13, 2017
The campaign, called ‘Let’s Move For A Better World’, will award resources to be donated to communities in need ORLANDO, FLA. (Mar. 13, 2017) – The YMCA of Central Florida is rallying members of the community to exercise for a good cause. From March 13 to 31, the nonprofit will open up the doors of several YMCA Family Center locations to members and non-members alike for as many free workouts… [...]
March 03, 2017
Gift Supports College and Career Readiness Among At-Risk Teens Orlando, Fla.  – (March 3, 2017) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that it has received a $75,000 grant through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a McCormick Foundation Fund, in support of YMCA Teen Achievers. The grant will be used to improve college and career readiness among teens living in Orlando’s Holden Heights area and attending Jones High School or Memorial Middle School. Since… [...]
December 09, 2016
Through the generosity of Dr. Phillips Charities, the YMCA is expanding its mission to improve the lives of all in Central Florida. Orlando, FL, December 9, 2016  – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced the unveiling of the newly transformed Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, which is providing a new model for how other Ys, locally and nationally, will empower people to lead healthier, more balanced lives. Funded through the generosity… [...]
November 07, 2016
In expanding its mission to serve, the newly transformed Y offers  everything people need to lead healthier, more balanced lives within and beyond the four walls of the Y.   Orlando, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida has announced the opening of the Axum Market Café at the new Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, which has undergone a $9.5 million transformation, funded through Dr. Phillips Charities, to strengthen our community. Operated… [...]
November 01, 2016
As the prediabetes rate continues to rise, few Central Florida residents know they are at risk. Central Florida - (November 1, 2016) – November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a good time for people to gauge their risk for prediabetes and diabetes and to talk to their doctors. Of the 86 million people with prediabetes, only 10 percent know their condition. In addition to the high risk of developing type… [...]
June 28, 2016
ORLANDO, FL – June 28, 2016 – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that it has received a $30,000 grant from Bank of America in support of YMCA Teen Achievers. The grant will help improve college and career readiness among more than 500 at-risk teens who attend nine Central Florida high schools. For 26 years, YMCA Teen Achievers has provided additional mentoring, academic support, college and career preparation, and opportunities… [...]
May 13, 2016
ORLANDO, FL – (May 13, 2016) – At its annual meeting on May 13, the YMCA of Central Florida re-elected Mike Manuel as Chair of its 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… [...]
April 01, 2016
McDonald’s of Central Florida Teams Up With Y to Sponsor Safety Around Water, April 25-28 ORLANDO, FL – With water all around us, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among Florida children ages 1-14. To help kids stay safe in and around the water this summer, the YMCA of Central Florida is offering complimentary swim instruction to children ages 4 to 11 during SAFETY AROUND WATER, April 25-28,… [...]
April 01, 2016
Free, family-friendly event aims to improve the well-being of local kids and families.   ORLANDO, FL– While summer brings a welcomed break from the busy school year, it also poses a challenge for many families who worry about their kids’ safety, health and well-being when the school year ends. In offering quality solutions, the YMCA of Central Florida is joining with Ys across the nation to host Healthy Kids Day… [...]
March 29, 2016
The YMCA of Central Florida launches three-year pilot program to combat preventable chronic illnesses in lower-income workers with evidence-based programs and services. ORLANDO – March 29, 2016 – The YMCA of Central Florida today shared details of a three-year pilot program surrounding employee wellness and chronic disease prevention that was designed in partnership with the 19th largest employer in the world, Sodexo.  A $700,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation will… [...]
March 17, 2016
YMCA of Central Florida encourages the Central Florida community to learn the risks and factors for developing prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Orlando, FL, March 17, 2016 ‒ March 22 is American Diabetes Association Alert Day and with millions of Americans at risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, the YMCA of Central Florida urges residents of the Central Florida community to learn their risk and take action to prevent… [...]
February 10, 2016
Orlando, Fla.  –  (Feb. 10, 2016) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that it has received a $45,000 grant through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF), a McCormick Foundation Fund, to support YMCA Teen Achievers. The grant will be used to improve college and career readiness among teens living in Orlando’s Holden Heights community and attending Jones High School and Memorial Middle School. Over the past 25 years, YMCA… [...]
February 05, 2016
Community Invited to Special Celebration, Feb. 10, at the Orlando Museum of Art Since its founding in 1999, the After School Zone Program, funded by Orange County and operated by the YMCA of Central Florida and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, has kept more than 200,000 youth safe, active and learning during after-school hours. In tracking outcomes, data shows that the vast majority of participating students have… [...]
November 19, 2015
Orlando, FL ─ (Nov. 19, 2015): The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that Walter E. Larisey, former CEO of the YMCA of Tuscaloosa County (Alabama) has been named the new executive director of the Oviedo YMCA Family Center. An Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Larisey first joined the Tuscaloosa YMCA in 2011, following a distinguished career with the U.S. Marine Corps. While serving as CEO of the… [...]
October 16, 2015
ORLANDO, FL - The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that Dr. Kinyata McGee-Swope, a Chicago-based child development and educational expert, has been named Executive Director of the YMCA’s Early Childhood Development Centers at Walt Disney World Resort, Sherberth location. In this role, McGee-Swope will oversee the curriculum, learning programs and operations of the YMCA Sherberth Family Center. This facility, along with the YMCA Lake Buena Vista Family Center, provides… [...]
October 08, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – On Thursday, Oct. 8, the YMCA of Central Florida Teen Achievers, a program focused on inspiring teens from low-income communities to pursue post-secondary degrees and certifications, will celebrate the 25 years of providing enrichment opportunities to more than 11,000 of Central Florida’s youth. Since the program’s inception in 1990, the Teen Achievers program has helped more than 11,800 students to successfully graduate high school. Nearly 90 percent… [...]
September 21, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – (Sept. 21, 2015) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced the appointment of David Rider as Executive Director of the Winter Park YMCA Family Center. In this role, Rider will lead operations, community development and financial development initiatives at the Winter Park Y. A lifelong resident of the Maitland/Winter Park area, Rider’s business experience and deep roots in the community make him a natural fit for… [...]
September 09, 2015
Healthy Weight and Your Child pilot program aims to get kids and families to develop healthy eating and physical activity habits. Orlando, FL, Sept. 9, 2015 – Announced today, the YMCA of Central Florida will begin offering Healthy Weight and Your Child, a pilot program designed to empower children between the ages of 7-13, with support from their families, to reach a healthy weight and live a healthier lifestyle. According to… [...]
July 02, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – (June 30, 2015) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced the appointment of Gilbert Garcia as Executive Director at Osceola County YMCA Family Center in Kissimmee, FL. In this role, Garcia will lead the operations, community development and financial development initiatives at the Osceola Y. “Gilbert Garcia has directed successful outcomes with proven YMCA leadership experience,” said Jake Steger, District Vice President, YMCA of Central Florida.… [...]
June 30, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – (June 30, 2015) – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced the appointment of Gilbert Garcia as Executive Director at Osceola County YMCA Family Center in Kissimmee, FL. In this role, Garcia will lead the operations, community development and financial development initiatives at the Osceola Y. “Gilbert Garcia has directed successful outcomes with proven YMCA leadership experience,” said Jake Steger, District Vice President, YMCA of Central Florida.… [...]
June 30, 2015
Dominique Wilkins partners with the YMCA for a health education event focused on diabetes prevention and disease management The YMCA of Central Florida today welcomed more than 100 community members to the Dr. Phillips YMCA Family Center for a free diabetes-focused educational forum, in partnership with NBA Hall of Famer and former Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins. Established as a part of the Y’s Healthy Living initiatives, the organization’s Diabetes Academy event series… [...]
June 25, 2015
More than 300 guests and community leaders attended the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized the leading partners, volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause in 2014. The event was held at the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center on June 16. During the program, three Y volunteers received a special recognition. Leonard Williams Sr., CEO of Wayne Densch Inc. and Wayne Densch Charities, received the… [...]
June 22, 2015
[caption id="attachment_37240" align="alignleft" width="300"] Mike Manuel, 2015 - 2016 Metropolitan Board of Directors Chair[/caption] ORLANDO, FL – (June 22, 2015) – At its annual meeting June 16, the YMCA of Central Florida elected Mike Manuel as 2015 - 2016 Chair of its Metropolitan Board of Directors.  As the Y’s top volunteer officer, Manuel will work with 61 other volunteer board members plus staff to guide the organization serving 235,000 residents in… [...]
June 04, 2015
Communities for Health, a Healthier Workforce Initiative for Working Families Begins as Pilot in Orlando and aims to combat preventable chronic illnesses ORLANDO - June 4, 2015 – Today, Sodexo, Inc. and the YMCA of Central Florida announced a healthier workforce initiative designed in partnership by the two organizations to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. Communities for Health, a 3-year pilot program with the YMCA… [...]
June 04, 2015
Communities for Health, a Healthier Workforce Initiative for Working Families Begins as Pilot in Orlando and aims to combat preventable chronic illnesses ORLANDO - June 4, 2015 – Today, Sodexo, Inc. and the YMCA of Central Florida announced a healthier workforce initiative designed in partnership by the two organizations to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities. Communities for Health, a 3-year pilot program with the YMCA… [...]
May 28, 2015
Disease Prevention and Decreasing Health Care Costs at Core of New Model ORLANDO, Fla. (May 28, 2015) – The YMCA of Central Florida today unveiled its HealthierLifeRx initiative funded through a $1.7 million grant from United Health Foundation. HealthierLifeRx includes a groundbreaking new health care delivery model – the first of its kind in Florida – focused on disease prevention, improving wellness and decreasing health care costs. Local, state and… [...]
May 21, 2015
Expansion of the Y youth program will expose more at-risk youth to future career opportunities through mentorship, site visits and other collaborations with national corporations and local businesses ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida Teen Achievers, a program focused on inspiring teens from low-income communities to pursue post-secondary degrees and certifications, has received a $25,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to help prepare youth for… [...]
May 08, 2015
Y goal is to provide residents with tools to set, track, aspire and celebrate good health habits Orlando, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced a partnership with Technogym ™ , a world leading company supplying products, services and solutions in wellness and fitness. The new Technogym ™ equipment and the mywellness cloud, the first and only open platform that allows fitness enthusiasts and operators to see all… [...]
April 23, 2015
Local YMCA Kicks off a National Awareness Campaign to reduce summer learning and health gaps that could hold kids back with a community event at 27 Y locations. Healthy Kids Day® is the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being. The event, which is open to the public, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more activities to motivate and teach families how to develop a… [...]
April 15, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Dori Madison April 14, 2014 (407) 474-7885 [email protected] YMCA of Central Florida to Host the 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer with Keynote Speaker Major Dan Rooney, People Magazine’s Hero of the Year ORLANDO, FL – (April 14, 2014) the YMCA of Central Florida will welcome nearly 1,000 people to its 20th Y Annual Celebration of Prayer breakfast, the largest event of its kind during Holy Week,… [...]
March 30, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida will welcome nearly 1,000 people to its 21st Annual Celebration of Prayer breakfast, the largest event of its kind during Holy Week, on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Orlando. “For more than twenty years, the Y has united people of all faiths together at the annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast, to give thanks and pray for all… [...]
March 25, 2015
ORLANDO, FL – Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Florida among children ages 1-14. To help ensure Central Florida children are safe this summer in and around the water, the YMCA is offering free introductory swim lessons to children ages 4-12 during SPLASH WEEK, which will be held Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. With water everywhere in Florida,… [...]
March 02, 2015
Florida health insurer offers free preventative care to its policy holders Orlando, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced a collaboration with Florida Blue, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, to provide free preventative diabetes care to policy holders who have pre-diabetes or are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The coverage will be provided through enrollment in the 12-month YMCA Diabetes… [...]
January 15, 2015
U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black, the 1st African-American elected to the position, will be delivering the keynote speech commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. ORLANDO, Fla. – The YMCA of Central Florida and the Southwest Orlando Jaycees will honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., during the 24th Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast in commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015 at… [...]
August 25, 2014
Orlando, Fla., Aug. 25, 2014 – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that it has received a $4.2 million gift from Dr. Phillips Charities to help expand its mission and create lasting community change. The gift is Dr. Phillips Charities’ latest investment in the YMCA of Central Florida association, which has received a total of $38,447,923 from the foundation. “Dr. Phillips Charities’ impact over the past 30 years has… [...]
August 17, 2014
Your Weight Matters Healthy Living EXPO scheduled for Sept. 27 Orlando, Fla. – Aug. 17, 2014. The YMCA of Central Florida and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) are proud to announce an important new partnership aimed at educating people about obesity, health and wellness, and much more. As two leading nonprofits dedicated to advocacy and prevention, the partnership allows the YMCA and OAC to leverage shared resources in helping Americans… [...]
July 11, 2014
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The Titusville YMCA Family Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) to support the YMCA’s Annual Scholarship Campaign. “With support from community partners like JPMF, the Y can help youth reach their full potential, keep families engaged in positive programs and provide North Brevard residents with a safe place to stay active and connected with neighbors,” explained Titusville YMCA Executive… [...]
July 03, 2014
Orlando, FL – In its inaugural issue, Legacy Central Florida Magazine named Wayne Humphrey, Vice President of Government and Community Relations at the YMCA of Central Florida, one of the 50 Most Power-Impactful Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2014. As the Y’s Vice-President of Government and Community Relations, Humphrey is responsible for building strategic relationships, while advocating for the YMCA’s cause and mission. For the past 14 years,… [...]
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.… [...]

2014 Press Releases

January 03, 2014
Stay informed about the latest news and developments about the Y of Central Florida’s efforts to strengthen community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.     YMCA of Central Florida Announces Charlie Egerton to Lead 2014 Annual Campaign [...]
December 10, 2013
ORLANDO, FL – (December 11, 2013) -- The YMCA of Central Florida announces Charlie Egerton, a founding shareholder at the law firm of Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capuano & Bozarth PA, as the organization’s 2014 Annual Campaign Chair of the YMCA of Central Florida. He will serve as the lead volunteer among 3800+ volunteers, who in 2013, raised $3.1 for youth and family scholarships. Egerton has been involved with the… [...]
August 29, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla. – August 29, 2013 – On Labor Day, through 9/11, on the anniversary of the day when the term “First Responders” was etched in the minds of all Americans, first responder departments in Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Seminole, Lake and Marion counties will be joining forces with the YMCA of Central Florida to improve their employees’ mental, physical and family health through Helping Heroes initiative. Recognizing the impact of… [...]
July 21, 2013
ORLANDO, JULY 21, 2013 – In an effort to curb learning loss when the school year ends, the YMCA of Central Florida is partnering with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) to pilot BELL Summer Learning with the YMCA. The program is helping 100 kids in grades K-5 in at Orlando’s McCoy Elementary School increase their academic achievement during the summer months so they return to school in the fall… [...]
June 03, 2013
ORLANDO, FL – Glen Davis, an Orlando area business leader and retired President and CEO of Schuff Steel-Atlantic, has been elected chair of the 2013 YMCA of Central Florida Metropolitan Board of Directors. Davis replaces outgoing chair Helena Ryan. In addition to serving on the Y Metro Board and Executive Committee, Davis also chaired the Y’s 2013 Annual Support Campaign, which raised $2.5 million for local children, families and seniors… [...]
May 31, 2013
ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida today announced that it has received a new grant from LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA, a research-based program that provides a safe, supportive environment for people affected by cancer to participate in physical and social activities that strengthen the whole person. With the local pilot due to launch in August, the program will link cancer survivors with specially trained YMCA fitness instructors who… [...]
May 21, 2013
ORLANDO – (May 21, 2013) – At its recent annual meeting, the YMCA of Central Florida honored the organization’s leading 2012 volunteers, donors and staff and voted in five new board members for the coming two-year term. More than 400 guests attended the event, held at the Lake Nona YMCA/Northlake Park Community School, where they helped advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of the community. The annual John… [...]
April 01, 2013
Providing safety, learning support and food assistance to local children and families in need ORLANDO, APRIL 1, 2013 – As part of the YMCA of Central Florida’s commitment to Social Responsibility and Youth Development, the organization this week announced the opening of its second Y Golf Links 2 Learning Center at the South Orlando YMCA. With the launch of the $500,000 facility, hundreds of children living in the Oak Ridge… [...]
March 28, 2013
Strengthening the Spirit of Our Community during Holy Week ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida today hosted U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black who shared an inspirational message of redemption, faith and unity during the Y’s 19th Annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast. Speaking during the event, attended by nearly 1,000 community leaders, Chaplain Black said that Holy Week is a fitting time to reflect upon “crosses we do… [...]
March 26, 2013
$1 Million Gift from Businessman Frank DeLuca and $1 Million Partnership with Munroe Regional Medical Center Ushers in New Era of Health and Prevention ORLANDO – (March 26, 2013) – The YMCA of Central Florida announces a record-breaking gift and partnership that will help transform the way the Y delivers prevention-based health, wellness and family-service programs to the residents of Marion County. In support of a $4.5 million capital campaign… [...]

2013 Press Releases

January 08, 2013
Get the latest news and developments at the Y of Central Florida, one of Central Florida's largest nonprofits committed to strengthening the communities it serves. YMCA of Central Florida Honors Top 2012 Volunteers and Donors at Annual Meeting Glen Davis Elected Chair of YMCA of Central Florida Metro Board 22nd Annual Arthur "Pappy" Kennedy MLK Prayer Breakfast Welcomes speaker Dr. Fitz Hill YMCA’s 19th Annual Celebration of Prayer to Feature… [...]
December 21, 2012
Thousands will unite to remember the man who asked: “What are you doing for others?” ORLANDO, Fla. – Dr. Fitz Hill, President of Arkansas Baptist College and Co-Author of “Crackback!” How College Football Blindsides the Hopes of Black Coaches, headlines the YMCA of Central Florida’s 22nd Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, January 21, 2013 -7:45 A.M. at First Baptist… [...]
November 05, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. – The YMCA of Central Florida will thank over 1,000 donors on Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. at its annual celebration event during the Orlando Museum of Arts’ Festival of Trees holiday display. Over the past year, more than 6,600 donors gave more than $4.2 million to provide 31,500 kids, families and adults access to Y facilities, programs and resources in a safe, secure environment. Of these… [...]
July 24, 2012
TITUSVILLE, Fla. – The Titusville YMCA Family Center has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) to support the Y Youth Scholarship Program. In 2011, approximately 1,120 children, seniors and families in our Titusville community received scholarships totaling more than $200,000 to participate in programs that nurture life lessons in kids and foster health and well-being. These funds, raised through the YMCA Annual Support Campaign,… [...]
June 29, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. – The YMCA of Central Florida will host the 11th Annual MATE International ROV Competition at the YMCA Aquatics Center on June 21-23, 2012. The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center coordinates an international student underwater robotics (remotely operated vehicle or ROV) competition and a network of 21 regional ROV contests that take place across U.S. and in Canada, Hong Kong, Scotland, and Japan. No other YMCA has… [...]

2012 Press Releases

June 05, 2012
Stay informed about the latest news and developments about the Y of Central Florida's efforts to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.   YMCA of Central Florida to Honor Donors at Annual Festival of Trees Celebration Titusville YMCA Receives $10,000 Grant from Jess Parrish Medical Foundation for Youth Scholarships YMCA Aquatics Center hosts International MATE ROV Competition YMCA of Central Florida Kicks-Off Pool Season with Safe… [...]
April 19, 2012
Thousands of Children Prepare for Florida’s Pool Season with Water Safety Program that Teaches Life-Saving Techniques at YMCA of Central Florida Family Centers ORLANDO, Fla. - More than 10,000 children – some as young as six months old – have learned life-saving techniques 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.… [...]
April 18, 2012
Water Safety Program that Teaches Kids Life-Savings Techniques Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Central Florida WHAT: Thousands of children, teens and adults – many of whom would not have access to a pool without the YMCA of Central Florida – enjoy summer aquatics activities at local Family Centers. The Y will celebrate the official opening of pool season by paying special recognition to Safe Start its innovative prevention program that aims… [...]
March 30, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. – The YMCA of Central Florida wants residents to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes and take action to prevent it. Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and a staggering 79 million people have prediabetes, a condition in which individuals have blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are at high risk of developing… [...]
March 23, 2012
YMCA of Central Florida celebrates good health in Kissimmee Kissimmee, FL - True to its purpose of celebrating health and improving the quality of life for all residents in Central Florida, the YMCA of Osceola invites the public to participate in the events during the month of March. These events will take place at the newly renovated facility of the Y, located at #2117 Mabbette St. in Kissimmee. On Saturday… [...]
March 13, 2012
YMCA Prayer Breakfast Brings Together Residents and Leaders to Strengthen the Spirit of the Community during Holy Week ORLANDO, FL – The YMCA of Central Florida brings Virginia “Gigi” Graham to Orlando on Thursday, April 5, to share her inspirational message of faith and unite nearly a thousand community residents and leaders at one of the largest prayer breakfasts held in Central Florida during Holy Week. The YMCA’s 18th Annual… [...]
February 25, 2012
Free Community Event Promotes Cardiovascular Fitness During American Heart Month WHAT: The YMCA of Central Florida is bringing the community together to celebrate American Heart Month by hosting the 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. Participants will experience a variety of cardiovascular exercises… [...]
February 21, 2012
New “Vision of Flight” Aviation Technology Program for Students to be Announced with Appearance from Tuskegee Airmen ORLANDO, FL … The YMCA of Central Florida and its community partners, like Lockheed Martin Corporation, are enhancing their commitment to provide innovative opportunities that encourage math and science interests among students with its new “Vision of Flight” Aviation Technology Program at the South Orlando YMCA Family Center. Designed to complement the proposed… [...]
December 01, 2011
WHAT: The YMCA of Central Florida will launch its new Y Golf and Learning Center after school program at the Tangelo Park YMCA Family Center on Thursday, December 1 from noon – 3 p.m. The program will be on display at a presentation luncheon and ribbon cutting ceremony that will also include a demonstration. Orange County has invested $1.3 million over a four year period to renovate the Pocket Park… [...]
November 30, 2011
YMCA of Central Florida Honors Donors at Annual Festival of Trees Celebration ORLANDO, FL … The YMCA of Central Florida honored Leonard Williams, Sr. as the 2011 Dr. P. Phillips Champion of Youth Award recipient for his commitment to kids, families and our community at its annual Festival of Trees Celebration. The event, which took place on November 13, provided an opportunity for the Y to thank more than 800… [...]
November 16, 2011
YMCA of Central Florida Family Centers to serve as collection sites for OCC shoe boxes ORLANDO, FL … The YMCA of Central Florida supports Operation Christmas Child, Samaritan’s Purse annual gift-filled shoe box drive intended to improve the lives of many suffering children overseas. From November 14-21 the YMCA of Central Florida Family Centers will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes. In cooperation with Samaritan's Purse,… [...]
November 03, 2011
- Join the Y for a Groundbreaking Ceremony with Elected Officials - WHAT: Join us in transforming not just the Osceola Y, but the entire Osceola community with the generous support of Dr. Phillips Charities and Mary Jane Arrington at the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony. Be a part of the celebration that is building a better Y and making an impact on kids, families, seniors and individuals in the Osceola County… [...]
August 31, 2011
Celebrates the Grand Re-Opening of the Winter Park Y with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ORLANDO, FL … The Y has invested $2.9 million to make Winter Park a stronger, healthier and more connected community through the renovation of the Winter Park Y (1201 N. Lakemont Avenue) where the community will come together on Thursday, September 15, for a grand re-opening celebration from 4-7:30 p.m. The event offers a chance to see… [...]