September 03, 2013

From September 1 through 15, the Downtown Orlando YMCA Family Center will be honoring the region’s first responders by offering no barriers to join the Y Family. For all police department, sheriff’s department, fire department, prison and EMT employees, the standard joiner’s fee will be waived, and first responders will be able to sign up their families for the individual membership rate.


The Downtown Y will also host a Service Member Challenge from September 11 through October 9. During this competition, different precincts, departments and facilities can register as a team and compete against other first responder teams by completing various physical activities, including basketball, cycling, lap swim, body pump, jump rope and more. The team with the most stickers on its board at the end of the challenge will earn bragging rights for the region. Also, on September 11, the Downtown Y will host a First Responders Heroes Salute as we gather together under the American flag in front of our Family Center at 8:30 a.m. At exactly 8:46 a.m., we will observe a moment of silence immediately followed by a moment of prayer.


“So much falls on the shoulders of our region’s first responders,” says Mariana Gonzalez, the Downtown Orlando YMCA’s associate executive director. “Those who stress over our safety every day need … and deserve … the stress relief we have to offer. Here at the Y we understand that good mental, physical and family health makes our heroes even stronger.”


For more information on how you can get involved to help support our local heroes, contact Charis Vasallo at [email protected]