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… [...]
July 21, 2014
At the Y, we often talk about “mission.” And as with any worthwhile mission, the goal is to impact as many people in a positive way as possible. At the Dr. Phillips Y, we strive to do this every day, and now we are about to expand our mission by adding more programs and services that will improve the lives of even more individuals and families in the community. I’m… [...]
July 18, 2014
This week, during the World Cup Challenge, try a new healthy breakfast recipe! You’ve probably heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you skip it, your body will have gone too long without fuel. “Break-the-fast” by jump starting your morning with a healthy breakfast to get your body running at its peak. You’ll be mentally alert while keeping those mid-morning hunger pains at bay. Each meal… [...]
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 09, 2014
If you are looking to mix up your workout this summer, we have the perfect challenge for you! Just as you’ve watched national teams progress through competitive brackets to earn the World Cup Soccer Trophy, the Y is challenging our members to do the same. Regardless of your age or ability, the YMCA World Cup Challenge will help you explore new exercise activities, improve your health and learn more about… [...]
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 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 09, 2014
With summer officially underway, the Y is at our busiest and best as thousands of kids families walking through the doors of our 27 family centers serving nearly 100 neighborhoods. From swim lessons and reading classes to team sports and summer camp, it’s a season for learning, growing and developing new skills and values that last a lifetime. Here’s a quick look at what’s happened so far – and we’re… [...]
June 09, 2014
In response to changing health care trends, the Y of Central Florida is expanding its hospital partnerships and facilities to deliver community-based health and wellness services in innovative new ways. In recent months, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Munroe Regional Medical Center and the West Orange Healthcare District have forged new or deeper partnerships with the Y – all rooted in a common commitment to prevention and combating chronic disease. “With… [...]
June 06, 2014
TIPS, TOOLS AND ACTIVITY Have fun with the family and 'Roll with It' this month. To play this game, you will need dice, a pencil and a piece of paper. Number the paper from 1-6. Next to each number, write down a physical activity and the number of times the activity should be performed (i.e. twenty jumping jacks). Your list could look something like this: 1.            Twenty jumping jacks 2.           … [...]
June 06, 2014
As part of the Y’s century-long commitment to keeping kids safe, confident and secure around water, more than 350 Fern Creek Elementary students recently participated in free swim lessons at Cady Way Pool in Winter Park. Provided through a partnership between the Downtown and Winter Park YMCA Family Centers, Fern Creek Elementary School and Fern Creek Boosters, the lessons are part of a combined effort to reduce childhood drowning. “In… [...]
June 05, 2014
There’s a new expansion on the horizon, and one that will make the Dr. Phillips YMCA a one-of-a-kind facility. In the coming months, different phases of construction will take place that will transform our facility into the “Y of the future,” replete with racquetball courts, an enlarged spin room, a new and improved wellness floor, state-of-the-art lobby, healthy living cafe (with all healthy food options and a demonstration kitchen to… [...]
June 04, 2014
Join the Winter Park YMCA wellness team for an afternoon of fun and healthy living demonstrations at Whole Foods Market (1989 Aloma Ave.) on Thursday, June 5th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. This "Natural Fit" block party themed experience will feature Zumba classes, fitness demonstrations, FREE food, music and prizes. Event attendees will also have a chance to win a free YMCA membership! For more information, please call the Winter Park… [...]
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.… [...]
June 03, 2014
Everyone likes to think of summer as an idyllic, carefree time when kids enjoy enriching family trips to museums, read great books and get plenty of active, outdoor play. But for far too many kids, summer has become a time of learning loss, weight gain and endless hours of unsupervised TV or computer time. According to the National Summer Learning Association, it’s a problem we as a community and nation… [...]
June 02, 2014
Charlie Egerton, founding shareholder at the law firm of Dean Mead Egerton Bloodworth Capuano & Bozarth PA, was recently elected 2014-2015 chair of the YMCA Metropolitan Board. Egerton has been involved with the YMCA for more than 30 years, most recently in leading its $3.2 million annual support campaign. A YMCA member since 1981, he previously served as Board Chair and Scholarship Chair of the Downtown YMCA and led the… [...]
June 02, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida partnered with NBA FIT, Florida Hospital for Children and the American College of Sports Medicine to host a basketball fitness and nutrition clinic at the South Orlando YMCA on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. During the event, NBA FIT instructors led more than 150 Central Florida children through basketball fitness drills, and obstacle courses by NBA FIT staff. Florida Hospital for Children’s Healthy 100 Kids program… [...]
May 30, 2014
  Activities for the Kids Teen Strength and Conditioning Parents and Kids RUNNING CLUB Teen RUNNING CLUB Summer Camp. Different theme each week Dance Camp Summer Soccer Camp Mommy & Me Art Class Science Lab AM & PM Kid Fit classes Come on in and register or call 407-359-3606 for more information. [...]
May 29, 2014
Our Downtown YMCA celebrated Healthy Senior Day on Wednesday May 28th.  Seniors took advantage of free blood pressure screenings, specialized group exercise classes, diabetes and cancer information, and even a hat contest.  Hundreds of seniors frequent the Downtown YMCA on a daily basis to stay connected to the community, meet friends, and stay active and healthy.  From water fitness classes to card-playing groups and volunteering to conversation over coffee, seniors… [...]
May 28, 2014
The YMCA of Central Florida kicked off the summer season on Saturday, May 17, with a Splash Bash Celebration, where more than 160 minority youth received free swim lessons. The celebration, promoting water safety and water survival techniques, was held at four YMCA locations, which included the Wayne Densch YMCA, South Orlando YMCA, Blanchard Park YMCA and the Osceola YMCA. According to the USA Swimming Foundation, about 70 percent of African-American… [...]
May 14, 2014
More than 400 guests and community leaders attended the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized the leading 2013 partners, volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of our community. The event was held at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden, FL on May 7, 2014. During the program, four Y volunteers received a special recognition. Lou Carrion received the annual John W. Sterchi… [...]
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,… [...]
April 23, 2014
More than 1,000 local leaders were present at the 20th Annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast held at First Baptist Church of Orlando on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Major Dan Rooney (USAF Ret.), a patriot, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation and man of faith delivered a message on volition. According to Rooney, “Volition is the power of choice. Every day you wake up, you have a choice. You can… [...]
March 10, 2014
The Y of Central Florida’s Annual Support Campaign has officially kicked off with a $3.2 million goal to make the Y available and accessible to more than 31,500 neighbors in need. Leading the effort is longtime Y champion, Charlie Egerton, founding shareholder of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capuano & Bozarth P.A. “Not everyone knows it, but the Y never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay,” Egerton said.… [...]
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… [...]


January 20, 2014
The Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby YMCA Wellness Center launched LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA in October 2013. LIVESTRONG is 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. On January 30, 2014, the Crosby Y and Winter Park Memorial Hospital will host the inaugural LIVESTRONG graduation ceremony. It's a special occasion, a survivor's… [...]
January 20, 2014
In keeping the “C” alive and well at the Y and across our community, the Y of Central Florida united more than 1,200 people of all faiths and backgrounds for the 23rd Annual Arthur “Pappy” Kennedy Prayer Breakfast, honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Held Jan. 20 at First Baptist Church of Orlando, the event was attended by local pastors, elected officials and everyday citizens who joined together in… [...]
January 13, 2014
At the Downtown Orlando YMCA, we have programs and activities for everyone, regardless of their health and wellness needs. As part of our commitment to provide something for everyone, we have developed  Fit For All Groups, coach-led small groups focused around common interests. These groups will meet once per week for 12 weeks beginning the week of January 20. You will receive coach guidance, support from other members, and maybe even… [...]
January 07, 2014
Central Florida is fortunate to have many great youth organizations, but it’s only at the Y – as the crossroads of our community – that at-risk youth get to experience the other side of life.   Not long ago, one of these youth, Jason Towne, dropped out of school and was lost on the streets, until he found his way to the YMCA of Central Florida.   Thanks to a… [...]

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 [...]
January 02, 2014
In October, we honored Barbara Roper and her late husband Bert for their incredible generosity in establishing the Roper YMCA Family Center in Winter Garden. It was also a chance to recognize Barbara’s groundbreaking leadership with the Y.   In addition to serving on our YMCA Metro Board for several decades, Barbara made history in 1990 when she was elected as the first female chair of the Y-USA board. She continues… [...]
January 02, 2014
Not everyone knows it, but the Y never turns anyone away due to an inability to pay. In fact, one-third of our members receive some sort of financial assistance for membership, after school care, youth sports, swim lessons and more. The majority of these dollars are generated through our Annual Support Campaign, which reflects the tradition of “servant-style leadership” that the Y has been teaching for nearly 130 years.  Last… [...]
January 02, 2014
Through our focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the Y provides the complete “wrap-around” support today’s kids need to reach their full potential. And we do it through academically based programs focused on values, reading, wellness and reducing family stress.     From infancy through college, we are helping children enter school ready to learn, close the achievement gap and graduate on time. To prevent bullying and school violence, we’re instilling values. And… [...]
January 02, 2014
Few things feel better than helping kids in need. Just ask the thousands of Y members, staff and volunteers who joined together to support Operation Christmas Child, an international mission project of Samaritan’s Purse.   For the 17th year in a row, the Y sent more than 25,000 gift-filled shoe boxes to kids around the world. In addition to treats, toys and hygiene items, many of the boxes also contained… [...]
January 02, 2014
When we talk about Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, nothing highlights the heart of the Y’s mission better than our 11 Outreach Ys. The fact is, not all Ys are created equal. Nearly half serve financially challenged communities such as Pine Hills, South Orlando, Kissimmee and Titusville where families are under tremendous stress. Enter the Y of Central Florida. With the support of Dr. Phillips Charities, Winter Park… [...]
December 11, 2013
With the Y of Central Florida’s 2013-14 Annual Support Campaign gearing up, we’ve set a goal to raise $3.2 million to help improve the lives of more than 90,000 children, families and seniors who need us the most. People like Y scholarship recipients Stacy-Ann Nembhard and her young sons Tristan and Jarid, who visit the Wayne Densch YMCA in Pine Hills several times per week. As a single mom, Stacy-Ann… [...]
December 10, 2013
Each day, more than 30,000 people walk through the doors of YMCA facilities serving more than 100 neighborhoods across Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Brevard and Marion counties.   They’re visiting 27 Y family centers that anchor communities; 57 after school locations; dozens of summer camps sites that teach values, reading and wellness to kids; senior centers where elders gather for health and connection; innovative child development centers; and so much… [...]
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… [...]
December 09, 2013
  Over 1,000 major donors to the YMCA of Central Florida lit up the Orlando Museum of Art for our 12th annual Donor Celebration at the “Festival of Trees” on Sunday evening, November 17.   The Chain of Lakes Middle School Orchestra, carolers from the Conway Music Factory at Conway Middle School (both part of the Y’s After School Zone Program), and a jazz trio entertained our guests as they… [...]
November 18, 2013
The YMCA of Central Florida was front and center during this week’s National Conference on Summer Learning attended by 680 education leaders and experts from around the U.S.   [caption id="attachment_27815" align="alignright" width="199"] Daniel Wu, YMCA Summer Camp Kid[/caption] Wowing the crowd were 33 students from Conway Middle, 14 robotic students from Avalon Middle, and numerous students from 14 other schools who proudly presented some of the robotic, rocketry, science,… [...]
November 07, 2013
During November the Y is honoring the sacrifice of local veterans and their families by saying thank you and supporting their health and wellness. Starting Veterans Day, Nov. 11, through Nov. 30, 220,000-plus local military families will have complimentary access to all Y family centers, as well as programs that improve physical, emotional and family health. And through a partnership between Y-USA and the Department of Defense, active military families… [...]
November 05, 2013
It took teamwork, planning and partnerships, but the results of our two YMCA summer learning pilots are in and the outcomes are incredible. At McCoy Elementary, where we co-sponsored the YMCA/BELL summer learning pilot, 111 young “scholars” collectively improved their math achievement by 6.6 months and boosted reading scores by 5.8 months.  That’s half a year of learning in just six weeks! Our local pilot was one of three that… [...]
October 02, 2013
Y of Central Florida :: Healthy Living Initiative     YMCA CONVENES LOCAL HEALTH EXPERTS TO COMBAT CHRONIC DISEASE With chronic disease threatening the health, wellness and future of our community, more than 50 top medical experts, health care executives and public health officials joined with the Y this week to determine how they, as key stakeholders, can work together to focus on prevention. During his welcome, YMCA President/CEO Jim… [...]
October 02, 2013
Y of Central Florida :: Youth Development     YMCA BRINGS LOCAL LEADERS TOGETHER TO IMPROVE COLLABORATION AND STUDENT OUTCOMES With our children’s future at stake, more than 70 local education leaders recently attended a YMCA Youth Development event to discuss how we could work together to improve student success. During a luncheon held at Leu Gardens, Dr. Jesus Jara, Deputy Superintendent, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) discussed the district’s… [...]
October 01, 2013
Coinciding with the 12th anniversary of 9/11, the Y of Central Florida was pleased to recently launch a new initiative to improve the health and well-being of more than 16,000 area first responders and their families. Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Phillips Charities, the program has enabled us to invite area first responders – police, firefighters and EMTs – and their families to become part of the Y family… [...]
October 01, 2013
With one-third of Florida’s kids obese or overweight, the Y of Central Florida is tackling the issue by including at least one hour of physical activity in all of our Youth Development programs.   This summer alone, 23,000 kids who attended our summer camp programs took part in 9.6 million minutes of exercise.   And to keep their brains active, they enjoyed 8 million minutes of reading activities. That’s in… [...]
October 01, 2013
As a cause-driven organization focused on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, an important part of the Y’s mission is to serve those who need us the most.   That’s why 11 of our 20 YMCA family centers are Outreach Ys ─ centers of pride, purpose and social connection in  communities like Pine Hills, Tangelo Park, Kissimmee, South Orlando and Titusville.   As with every other Y, these are… [...]

Volunteer at the Y

October 01, 2013
The importance of volunteerism can't be overstated. At the Y, we could never accomplish our program goals without the help of our volunteers, and we are so appreciative of the support they provide. Our Day of Sharing is an opportunity for us to convey our cause and mission to members, stress our focus on social responsibility and get our members excited about volunteer opportunities. And it is also an opportunity… [...]
October 01, 2013
When it comes to good health, what we eat is just as important as how often we exercise. That’s why the Y is in the diet and nutrition business. And we’re “digging” deeper every day. Many of our Ys feature onsite Farmers Markets that make it easy for members to enjoy freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables. At the Oviedo YMCA Wellness Center, where diet and nutrition are a… [...]
October 01, 2013
The Y is fortunate to have the support of many like-minded partners who share our passion for health, wellness and strengthening communities. Together, we are taking action and improving Central Florida’s health and wellness – one person, one family, one neighborhood at a time.   WINTER PARK HEALTH FOUNDATION  As the community’s greatest advocate for Healthy Living research and collaboration, the Winter Park Health Foundation is one of the Y’s… [...]
September 25, 2013
  Over Labor Day weekend, hundreds of Winter Park area residents turned out to celebrate the opening of the Y’s third – and newest ─ easy access pool.   With the local senior population growing every day, pools are no longer a luxury, but a necessity for people who want to maintain their mobility and independence.   Swimming also helps prevent obesity and gives today’s busy families a great way to connect,… [...]
September 25, 2013
At the Y, we’re doing more than just talking about health and wellness. We’re also investing millions of dollars to modernize and expand our facilities.   Our goal: Create beautiful, inviting Healthy Living Centers that anchor communities and improve lives.   With Phase 2 of our New Frontier Campaign derway, we’re raising $33 to $41 million to renovate or expand more than half of our 20 family centers. We’re starting… [...]

Operation Christmas Child

September 25, 2013
Few things make us feel as good about ourselves as when we take the time to help someone else. At the Y, we see the sense of satisfaction in our volunteers every day. One way that everyone can give back is with Operation Christmas Child.   The Y of Central Florida has participated in Operation Christmas Child before, and this year we are challenging our communities and partners to help us… [...]
September 11, 2013
Why the Downtown Orlando YMCA's Heroes Salute and First Responders Program is Important in So Many Ways   Today, as we remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, it’s important that the Central Florida region comes together to not only honor the victims of that fateful day, but to forge new relationships and enhance existing ones with friends and neighbors in an effort to make our local communities better places… [...]
September 04, 2013
From September 1 through 15, the Winter Park 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 Winter Park Y will also host… [...]
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… [...]
September 02, 2013
More than 400 families are enjoying the new Aquatics Complex at the Winter Park YMCA today. The Family Center is hosting a Labor Day grill and chill pool party to open the new amenity, which includes a ramp with rails for easy access, a dedicated space for water aerobics and senior fitness classes, climbing ropes and giant water-pouring bucket for kids, and a dedicated hoops area where teens can improve… [...]
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… [...]
August 15, 2013
On August 13, the first Olympic Challenge LIVE Google+ Hangout took off running! Members watched live at the Downtown Orlando YMCA or tuned into Facebook and Google+ as Mariana Gonzalez, Downtown Orlando Director of Health and Wellness, and Justin Higa, Roper YMCA Wellness Director, answered a variety of questions regarding the best cardio workouts, dealing with injuries and good training exercises for high school athletes. The live event was designed… [...]
August 07, 2013
To ensure that all kids have opportunities to progress – not regress – with learning over the summer, the Y has teamed up with two national partners to provide innovative summer reading pilots at two local Title 1 schools. Through a partnership with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for LIFE) 117 students at McCoy Elementary have received 6.5 hours per day of reading, math and science and enrichment activities. Designed to… [...]
August 07, 2013
by Jim Ferber Most people know the Y as a safe, nurturing place where kids learn to swim, shoot hoops and become better athletes. But at today’s Y, kids are just as likely to have a reading coach as a soccer coach. And when we celebrate home runs, we know the biggest victories are often taking place in the classroom.   That’s because the Y of Central Florida has adopted… [...]
August 07, 2013
YMCA Early Childhood Development Centers Operated at Walt Disney World Resort, these two centers give children, birth to age three, the consistent, nurturing care they need for the best possible social and cognitive development.Y teachers guide children through important early developmental stages. They also provide the consistent, positive relationships which children need to develop trust in themselves and others.   YMCA Elementary and Middle Afterschool Programs In partnership with Orange… [...]
August 07, 2013
Eighteen months ago, the Y of Central Florida set out to revamp our summer camp program and make it even more effective in addressing the challenges facing today’s kids and families. In doing so, we talked to parents, teachers and educational leaders whose insight helped shape our new curriculum – one based on values, reading, wellness and strengthening families.   When we launched the program in June, we knew we… [...]
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… [...]
July 16, 2013
YMCA SUMMER CHALLENGE - ROAD TO THE OLYMPICS July 15 - August 30, 2013   Continue your journey to a healthier lifestyle by particpating in our six-week YMCA Summer Challenge. Enjoy fun and exciting activities in wellness, group excercise, sports and aquatics that will keep you on track and hep you meet your fitness goals while experiencing different welness activities.   OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS & THEIR FRIENDS   Achieve Your Goal  … [...]
July 16, 2013
 At the Y, we believe summer should be a time of active play, learning and exploration for kids. But for too many children, opportunities to keep their minds and bodies active end with the school year.   In fact, research shows that kids gain weight three times faster and fall significantly behind in their studies over the summer.   To prevent this, the Y’s summer camp program ensures that kids, ages… [...]
June 06, 2013
Proving once again that our Y family is the most caring, generous group in Central Florida, we want to thank the 7,500 donors who have put our 2013 Annual Support Campaign on track to reach its $2.5 million goal.   “Thanks to an incredible outpouring of generosity, this year’s campaign reached new heights,” said 2013 Campaign and Metro Board Chair Glen Davis. “But the true measure of our success will be… [...]
June 03, 2013
With more than 79 million Americans estimated to be pre-diabetic, chances are you or someone you know are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes – as well as the related, life-threatening problems of heart disease, blindness, kidney disease and stroke.   To help you take charge of your health, classes are now forming for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.   Based on cutting edge research from the National Institutes… [...]
June 03, 2013
by Jim Ferber   As the school year ends, many local families are again facing the daunting challenge of keeping their children safe, active and learning over the summer.   With dual-working or single-parent households now the norm – and quality, affordable summer programs difficult to find -- it’s always my nightmare that thousands of local kids will be left home alone.   This, despite that fact that research shows… [...]
June 03, 2013
When 102-year-old Don Napier walks into the YMCA’s Peggy and Phillip B. Crosby Wellness Center, it’s like the mayor has just arrived. From the warm welcome he receives at the front desk to the good friends he chats with on the wellness floor, everyone knows and loves Don and his lovely wife, Carolyne. Together, the two are an inspirational team who represent what it means to live life to the… [...]
June 03, 2013
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 in need. Long active… [...]
June 03, 2013
Based on the Y’s longstanding success in helping kids thrive - both in and out of school - we recently received two prestigious grants to launch summer reading programs for at-risk students at McCoy Elementary and Union Park Middle School.   Created in partnership with YUSA and BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), the McCoy Elementary program will provide 6.5 hours per day of academic support in reading, math and… [...]
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 23, 2013
More than 400 guests and community leaders recently gathered for the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized leading 2012 local and global partners, volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of our community.   Held Thursday, May 16 at the Lake Nona YMCA/Northlake Park Community School, the meeting also included the election of the Y’s new Metro board chair, Glen Davis,… [...]
May 22, 2013
At the heart of every Y family center, there are a select volunteers who give incredible amounts of time and energy to advance the Y’s cause. During the Y of Central Florida's annual meeting, we recently honored Rhoda Fisher, of the Titusville Y, and Tim Haberkamp, of the Wayne Densch Y, with the 2012 Ronnie Walker Unsung Hero Award. It recognizes volunteers of 10 years or more who truly exemplify the spirit of Y servant leadership. The award was named for Ronnie… [...]
May 21, 2013
As part of the Y of Central Florida’s local focus and global impact, we’re excited to be sending 14 promising high school students and five young YMCA professionals to the 2013 YMCA Global Teen Leadership Conference in Prague, Czech Republic. During the week-long August event, the students will join with 10,000 peers worldwide to share their faith, exchange ideas and learn how they CAN make a difference through the YMCA… [...]
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 30, 2013
As a wellness coach and personal trainer at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA Family Center, Jessica Freeman loves helping people transform their lives, but it wasn’t until the day she actually saved a life that she truly understood the commitment to serve. Thanks to extensive CPR and life-saving training, Jessica knew exactly what to do when a Y member recently suffered a near-fatal heart attack while working out at the… [...]
April 19, 2013
Even for an organization that’s continually innovating and moving forward, the first quarter of 2013 has been an incredibly busy, productive time for the Y of Central Florida. From raising $16 million to help neighbors in need and expand our facilities − to hosting two hugely successfully prayer breakfasts that united thousands of local leaders, the Y is truly an organization that pushes the envelope and gets things done.  … [...]
April 18, 2013
Did you know that employees who exercise regularly have lower rates of absenteeism and higher levels of productivity, energy and focus?  Or that many doctors now believe that sedentary lifestyles are more harmful than smoking?   As part of the Y’s focus on Healthy Living, we are now offering a Corporate Partnership Program that helps companies improve employee health, while controlling skyrocketing healthcare costs. In addition to a healthier workforce… [...]
April 18, 2013
As the Y strives to be the most relevant, forward-thinking nonprofit in Central Florida, we’re always seeking the best and brightest minds to help guide our organization. That’s why we’re pleased to announce the addition of two new two staff members who are recognized leaders in fields.   Dr. Brenda Fettrow, former Cocoa City Manager and longtime friend of the Y, recently joined the Y as District Vice President of… [...]
April 18, 2013
The Y’s Teen Achievers and Middle School Achievers groups recently completed their spring college bus tours, with nearly 150 kids participating. It was the first year for the middle-school group, which enjoyed a one-day visit to UCF, Valencia Community College and Rollins College. Over the course of their four-day excursion, the high-school Achievers toured Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, Fisk, Meharry Medical College and other leading Southeastern universities. Many also… [...]
April 18, 2013
When it comes to kids, there’s school time, there’s family time and then there’s Y time – those “out-of-school” hours when parents are working and kids need a safe, nurturing place to learn, grow and thrive.   That’s especially true over summer vacation, which is why our 22 Family Centers are gearing up to offer a variety of great “Y Time” programs and adventures for kids of all ages.  … [...]
April 18, 2013
In the post-recession age of growing need and shrinking budgets, it’s become more evident than ever that no single organization can move the needle alone. But when nonprofit, business and governmental partners work together, it creates “triumvirate” of stability and effectiveness that’s difficult to beat. At the Y, we’re fortunate to have many incredible partners, including Dr. Phillips Charities which has been the catalyst for the Y’s phenomenal growth and… [...]
April 18, 2013
While many may simply view the Y as a local nonprofit, we’re actually part of a global network – 119 nations strong − that are working to unite and strengthen communities around the world. In fact, based on our efforts to “build bridges” within the Central Florida community, our Y was recently recognized as a Global Center of Excellence by the YMCA of the USA.   Intended, in part, to… [...]
April 18, 2013
One of the things that set the Y apart from many other local nonprofits is our promise to never turn people away due their inability to pay. It’s part of our mission and deep belief that for many local kids and families, the Y is simply their best, most direct connection to a better life.   It’s why we offer Y scholarships to more than 35,000 kids, families and seniors… [...]
April 04, 2013
With a new organizational structure in place for our Y, we’ve aligned the necessary resources and expertise to support all of our upcoming capital expansion projects. In all, we have identified $28 to $32 million in capital projects for 9 of our 22 Y Family Centers, including the Dr. Phillips, Frank DeLuca, Winter Park, Blanchard Park, Crosby, Oviedo, Wayne Densch, Osecola and J. Douglas Ys.   In fact, with design… [...]
April 04, 2013
Bringing the Easter message home to 800-plus local leaders on Good Thursday morning, Barry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate and guest speaker for the 19th Annual YMCA of Central Florida Celebration of Prayer breakfast, asked the audience “How many of us are carrying a cross we did not choose to carry?” In asking the thought-provoking question, Chaplain Black challenged guests not to respond to life with indifference, but… [...]
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… [...]
March 25, 2013
Here in Florida, kids are never far from a swimming pool, lake or beach, which makes water safety a key concern for parents, caregivers and others.   That’s why the Y offers Safe Start, a one-of-a-kind drowning prevention program, which teaches infants and young children the skills they need to be safe and have fun around water.   Geared to children ages 6 months to 6-years-old, classes are taught by… [...]
February 26, 2013
[caption id="attachment_24861" align="alignright" width="150" caption="U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black"][/caption] The YMCA of Central Florida is bringing U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black to Orlando on Thursday, March 28 to share an inspirational message of faith and unity during the Y’s 19th Annual Celebration of Prayer Breakfast.   Attended each year by more than 1,000 community leaders, the event is the largest of its kind held locally during Holy Week.… [...]
February 20, 2013
Nearly every day around 3 p.m., staff at the South Orlando Y receieve a clear reminder of why their work is so important.   “As soon as school lets out at Oak Ridge High, kids start climbing over the back fence and trying to sneak into the Y,” said Liz Diaz, South Orlando Y membership coordinator. “They want to be here because it’s a safe place to play basketball and be… [...]
February 20, 2013
Last month I had the pleasure of meeting a bright, beautiful young lady who has overcome more tragedy and challenge than many of us will face in a lifetime. Only 15, Rabecca’s family life has always been difficult, but when her father suddenly died last year it touched off a storm of emotions that left her frightened, hopeless and alone.   Finding little support at home, Rabecca began acting out… [...]
February 20, 2013
As part of the Y’s commitment to social responsibility, more than 35,000 people − or one-third of our members − receive some sort of financial assistance. And with Central Florida’s poverty rate rising, the need for Y quality programs and services continues to grow. With an estimated 25% of Central Floridians now living in poverty, many parents are working several jobs just to survive. In addition to the enormous financial… [...]
February 20, 2013
We’ve all heard the saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And while the idea is hardly new, it’s certainly gaining new attention as America looks to reform its healthcare, education and criminal justice systems.   Here at the Y, we’ve been at the forefront of prevention for decades. In fact, our organization is leading the way in preventing – and reversing – many complex… [...]