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Isaiah Austin to Speak at 47th Annual Good Friday Breakfast

Press Release, 3/26/2015

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is inviting the community to its 47th Annual Good Friday Breakfast, which is being held at 7 a.m., April 3 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. Doors will open at 6:30 a.m. for a community prayer. The event is free to the community, but donations will be accepted through a free will offering which will be collected at the conclusion of the program. Attendees must register in advance at www.OurCauseIsYou.org by March 27.

Each year this event brings more than 800 local community leaders, churches and residents together for an inspirational morning of praise and fellowship. This year’s featured guest speaker is Isaiah Austin, who was an extremely successful college basketball career with Baylor University in 2014. He had been considered a first-round prospect until he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a disease which ended his potential playing career just days prior to the NBA Draft. Isaiah, who eventually became a ceremonial NBA draft pick, will share details about his journey and how his faith is helping him to dream again.

For the past five years, the Y has been able to offer this event at no cost to the community. This was only made possible due to the generous donations from our sponsors whose contributions help offset event costs. Additional sponsorships are still needed to help underwrite the costs of the breakfast.

For more information or to help support this event, call 317-266-9622 or visit www.OurCauseIsYou.org. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Affordable parking is available in the Circle Center Mall garages.

YMCA Recognizes Diabetes Alert Day by Offering Risk Assessments

Press Release, 3/18/2015

Tuesday, March 24, is American Diabetes Association Alert Day, and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis wants residents to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps they can take today to reduce the chances of developing the disease. As a leading voice on improving the nation’s health and well-being, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis encourages all adults to learn their risk for type 2 diabetes by taking a risk test at www.indymca.org/are-you-at-risk/. Several factors that could put a person at risk for type 2 diabetes include family history, age, weight, and activity level, among others.

The Y knows that the best way to reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes is to prevent them and awareness is the first step to prevention. With only 10 percent of the 86 million Americans aware of their condition, the Y understands that it will take everyone working together to increase this number. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is joining Ys across the country, and other national organizations committed to addressing the diabetes epidemic, in an effort to help one million more Americans learn their risk for type 2 diabetes.

Rickey Pieper, member at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, completed the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program and it completely changed his lifestyle. He has changed his diet, exercises on a regular basis and has lost nearly 80 pounds.

Read more…

YMCA’s Schools Out Camps Make Top 10 List

Indy Star, 2/19/2015

Spring break is just around the corner and the Indy Star listed our “Schools Out” camps in the #1 spot for its Top 10 list of fun things to do with the kids over break!

Quinn Buckner Inducted into 2015 National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Indy Star, 2/15/2015

Congrats to YMCA volunteer, Quinn Buckner, for being inducted into the 2015 Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame!

YMCA to Host Family Valentine Dances

WHAT: Local YMCA’s host Valentine Dances for Families

WHEN: February 13-21

WHERE: Jordan, Pike, Ransburg and Witham YMCAs

DETAILS:

Dads and daughters, moms and sons, grandparents and grandchildren or anyone who wants to have an evening of fun are invited to the YMCA’s Valentine Dances. Enjoy refreshments, dancing, photos and fun with the children in your life. Dress is semi-formal (men and boys in ties, women and girls in dresses or similar attire). Prices vary at each location. Registration is required.

The Active Older Adult (AOA) group at the Pike YMCA will also be preparing Valentine gift bags for Veterans on February 9. The Valentine bags will be taken to the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) for distribution later in the week.

For more information about the YMCA’s Valentine Dances, contact your local YMCA or call 317-266-9622.

February 13

JORDAN YMCA – Sweetheart’s Dance

8400 Westfield Blvd., Indpls.

6-7:30 p.m.

Y Members: $8/couple; Guests: $12/couple; $3/each addt’l person

Make your sweetheart feel special this Valentine’s Day by taking him or her on a date to the YMCA! The event is open to the community and is sure to be an evening to remember with refreshments, dancing, games, and more!

Call 317-253-3206 to register.

RANSBURG YMCA – Winter Wonderland Family Valentine’s Dance

501 N. Shortridge Rd., Indpls.

7-9 p.m.

Free to YMCA members!

Light refreshments, music, fun and dancing.

Call 317-357-8441 to register.

WITHAM FAMILY YMCA – Sweet Heart Dance

2791 N. Lebanon Street, Lebanon

6-7:30 p.m.

Y Members: $15/family; Guests: $20/family; Seniors: $5/person

Join us for a night of dancing and Sock-hop inspired music along with light refreshments. A photographer will be there to capture all of the special moments. Dress is semi-formal!

Call 765-483-9622 to register.

February 21

PIKE YMCA – Sweetheart Dance
7114 Lakeview Parkway West Dr., Indpls.

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Members: $15/family; Guests: $20/family; $7 per person (2 adults max in a family)

Wear your fanciest outfit. Professional D.J. Light refreshments. Photo by a professional photographer.

Register by calling 317-297-9622.


Community Invited to 11th Annual World Fair

The Youth Development YMCA Center is hosting its 11th Annual World Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., January 31 at Hamilton Southeastern High School, 13910 E. 126th St., Fishers. The event is free to the public and allows kids and adults to travel the globe and learn about more than 19 different countries.

Families will be able to celebrate the Festival of Lights in Sri Lanka, make a dragon in China, sit in a bob sled in Jamaica and enjoy a South Korea K Pop performance. In addition, attendees will be able to sample foods, make crafts, play games and enjoy a variety of performances.

 “It makes us feel good to know that so many parents want their children to have an understanding and respect for our diverse world; which is evident by number of families that come out each year,” said Heather Perkins, Executive Director, Youth Development YMCA Center. “We strive to present new offerings each year and I think our families will be pleased with their experience this year,” added Perkins.

Each year, the event draws nearly 1,400 attendees and kids from four local school districts (Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, Hamilton Southeastern, Sheridan, and the Geist Montessori School) host the fair.

For more information about the YMCA’s World Fair, contact Brian Shelley at 317-558-3218.

MLK Day of Service

Press Release, 1/15/2015

On Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is encouraging residents to honor Dr. King’s legacy by not only giving back and supporting our neighbors, but by reflecting on how each act of community service is a small part of a larger movement to make things better.

Last year, thousands of YMCA volunteers, provided crucial support that strengthens our communities. From serving on our board of directors to tutoring students in an afterschool program (and everything in between), the Y depends on the service of others to make an impact in our neighborhoods. 

“We are grateful for the support of students from IUPUI who will be volunteering their time at the Baxter YMCA on this day of service along with thousands of other volunteers who help advance the mission of the Y all year long,” said Jan Clark, Sr. Vice President, Leadership Development and Human Resources, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “Not only are volunteers important to the Y, but they are important to improving the community as a whole,” added Clark.

Regardless of whether you give your time to the Y, your local place of worship or another charity, or organize an activity with your friends and neighbors, getting and staying involved in community service is what is important. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is the perfect time to get into a community service frame of mind.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Y, please contact your local center or visit www.OurCauseIsYou.org.


YMCA Hosts School’s Out Camps for Working Parents

Press Release, 1/8/2015

Several local school districts have been forced to close this week due to the extreme weather conditions. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is trying to help working parents who are need in childcare by offering School’s Out Camps at a variety of locations across the city. The camps are available for children ages 5-12.

School’s Out Camps are being held from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby Street, Indianapolis

Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, Indianapolis

Harris Elementary School, 200 W. Park Ave., Greenfield

Ransburg YMCA, 501 N. Shortridge Road, Indianapolis

Fishers YMCA, 9012 E. 126th Street, Fishers

Hendricks Regional Health YMCA, 301 Satori Parkway, Avon

Jordan YMCA, 8400 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis

The daily rate is $41 for guests and $36 for YMCA members. Registrations are being taken on-site. Participants need to bring a lunch, water, bottle and two snacks. For more information please call 317-266-9622 or visit the YMCA Youth Development Facebook page.

Tennis Shoes Required at 2nd Annual Revolution Ball

Press Release, 1/6/2015

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is hosting its 2nd Annual Revolution Ball fundraiser on January 24, 2015, from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at Crane Bay Event Center, 551 W. Merrill Street, Indianapolis. Proceeds from the evening will support the Y in its effort to help make Indianapolis one of the top 10 healthiest cities in the country.

Chairs for this year’s event are Byron and Peg Myers. Byron is a Partner at Ice Miller and Peg is a local Civic Leader who sits on various nonprofit boards throughout the city. Both Byron and Peg are long-time volunteers and supporters of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, with Byron even serving as Chair for the Board of Directors a couple of years ago. Read more…

The Y and Marine Corps to Distribute Toys for Holiday Season

Press Release, 12/16/2014

WHAT:

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Avondale Meadows YMCA will distribute toys to more than 4,300 deserving children for the 2014 Toys for Tots drive. More than 100 volunteers will be helping with the toy distribution and planning activities for the kids.

Toys are still being collected at local YMCAs until Thursday, December 17. Monetary donations are also needed and can be made by calling 317.549.9622.

This year’s toy drive is being sponsored by: Blue Marble ECO, Inc., Brighthouse Networks, Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA), Indiana State Fairgrounds, The H.O.P.E. Team (Helping Others Prosper Economically), Maaco and Channel 16.

WHEN:

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Indiana State Fairgrounds Champion Pavilion, 1202 E. 38th Street, Indianapolis

For more information, please contact Tangela Floyd at 317.919.6062 or tfloyd@indymca.org.

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