July 22, 2015

With summer winding down, the Y is here this fall to help every member of the family – starting with kids – to get back to a healthier, more active routine.

Flag football, soccer and other YMCA youth sports are a great way to engage the entire family – as players, volunteer coaches, sideline cheerleaders, or as part of a larger focus on family fitness.  We’re also here to provide quality out-of-school time programs that keep kids, safe, active and learning when parents can’t be there.

At the Y, we pride ourselves in helping kids develop not just strong athletic and academic skills – but also character-building qualities, including caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. Lessons learned on the playing field can influence a child’s entire future, helping them excel in personal relationships, the classroom and life. Above all, kids learn that things don’t always go their way, and respecting themselves and others is more important than any game day win.

While youth sports – and more importantly, Youth Development – may be disappearing from schools, it’s flourishing at the Y. And with nearly 4,000 kids per year receiving YMCA scholarship assistance, we make sure every child who wants to play, has the opportunity to do so.

So come on, let’s get going. It’s time to sign up, suit up and head to the Y. We’re ready to help every member of the family get moving and living better. To register or learn more about YMCA youth sports and after-school programs, visit ymca.centralflorida.com or stop by your local YMCA family center.

Dan Wilcox
YMCA of Central Florida
President/CEO