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Y at the Athenaeum Recognized as One of the Best Local Gyms in Indy

Nuvo Magazine, 7/23/2014

Congratulations to the YMCA at the Athenaeum for being recognized as one of the “Best Local Gyms/Fitness Joints” in Nuvo’s Best of Indy Contest.

YMCAs Offer a Course for a Diabetic Nation

New York Times, 7/3/2014

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program was featured in the New York Times for helping thousands of people combat diabetes at local YMCAs across the country. The article credited the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis for starting the program, here in Indy. 

Witham Family Y Offers Childcare Assistance to Lebanon Community

Lebanon Reporter, 7/19/2014

After the Lebanon Area Boys and Girls Club announced they would have to cut their childcare programs due to a budget shortfall, the Witham Family YMCA and the Youth Development YMCA have offered to help families who may be in need of childcare services for the upcoming school year. 

Fight Violence by Helping Neighbors

Indy Star, 7/14/2014

YMCA board member, Joy Mason, submitted an opinion article to the Indy Star about the escalating violence in our city. Mason urged residents to volunteer and support local organizations like the Avondale Meadows YMCA that provide programs and help mentor young people.

Groundbreaking for CityWay YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will break ground on its new 87,000 square foot CityWay YMCA at 9:30 a.m. on July 16. The new CityWay YMCA will be located downtown at 430 S. Alabama Street on the southeast corner of Delaware and South Streets. The $22 million facility will be the second of three new centers to be built as a result of the Y’s Strengthening the Heart of the City Capital Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to enable the Y to build full-service centers in Indianapolis neighborhoods that have not had access to the Y’s life and community changing resources that the Y has to offer.

Joining two of the most eclectic downtown Y’s in the country, the Indy Bike Hub YMCA and the historic YMCA at the Athenaeum, the new CityWay YMCA will be a three-story facility offering the following amenities:

  • Two indoor swimming pools

  • Three full-sized gyms

  • Green roof space for outdoor classes

  • Elevated indoor running track

  • State-of-the-art Wellness Center with cardiovascular and strength equipment

  • Instructional kitchen/culinary studio to help teach individuals and families how to prepare nutritious meals

  • Headquarter office for Top 10 Coalition

  • Medical offices

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Fishers YMCA Host Workout Wednesdays

Indy Star, 6/16/2014

Julie Voris, Exercise Instructor at the Fishers YMCA, was interviewed by the Indy Star to help promote the center’s new Workout Wednesdays, which will take place all summer at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater.

Gov. Pence at Hendricks Regional Health YMCA

Hendricks County Flyer, 6/11/2014

The staff at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA played host to Gov. Mike Pence on June 9 as he updated the public about the Healthy Indiana Plan.

Groundbreaking for CityWay YMCA Set for July 16

Press Release, 6/12/2014

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will break ground on the YMCA at CityWay on July 16.

It is the second of three new centers in the YMCA’s effort to provide full-service YMCAs to Indianapolis neighborhoods that have not had access to the life- and community-changing resources the Y offers.

Trustees of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis have voted to start construction with $17 million of the $22 million project cost has been raised. The Y will continue fundraising for the remaining $5 million.

Located on the southeast corner of Delaware and South streets, south of the Alexander Hotel, the YMCA at CityWay will be a three-story, 87,000-square-foot building with retail space on the ground level and an adjoining two-story medical office building. It will include two indoor swimming indoor pools, three full-size gyms, and a green roof with space for outdoor classes.

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Benjamin Harrison Hosts Free Teen Night


Press Release, 6/11/2014

WHAT:  Local police will come to the YMCA to participate in an open discussion about safety, give a K-9 drug dog demonstration and also to interact with teens.

WHEN:  June 14, 2014, 8-10 pm (7-8 pm for open chat and demonstrations, 8-10 pm for teen interaction and basketball)

WHERE:   Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Rd., Indpls.


For this week’s Teen Night at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, police will come from Cumberland, City of Lawrence, and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Departments to have an open chat session as well as give a K-9 drug dog demonstrations with local teens. After the discussion,  teens will be able to participate in their regular Teen Night activities, such as ping pong, video games, swimming, basketball and other fun activities.

The staff at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA hopes to use this event to start a healing process and to build trusting relationships between the youth and law enforcement. Those involved are excited about the potential positive impact that the event could have on the community.

This event is free and open to all teens. Please bring a picture I.D. to participate in Teen Night.  Light refreshments will be served.  

For more information about Teen Night at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA, call 317-547-9622.

YMCA Celebrates 160th Anniversary

Press Release, 6/4/2014

The Y Kicks-off its Anniversary with “Throwback Thursday Contest” on Facebook & Twitter

From summer camp or basketball after school to learning a new sport and meeting lifelong friends, the YMCA has been a place for local Hoosiers in every stage of life. During the entire month of June the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will celebrate its 160th anniversary. Founded in 1854, the first YMCA began downtown and as the city continued to grow, additional locations were built to serve our diverse and active community.

The Y had several famous board members who helped lead the organization in the early years, such as a promising young attorney named Benjamin Harrison, who eventually became the 23rd President of the United States along with Eli Lilly, founder of Eli Lilly and Company. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis was also the home of the Senate Avenue YMCA, which was known as one of the most significant African American YMCAs in the country. The Senate Avenue Y became famous for its “Monster Meetings,” which allowed African Americans to hear from prominent leaders such as Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis serves more than 215,000 people through 13 centers, more than 200 churches, schools and other community groups and organizations. The Y is in the process of expanding its service by raising funds to build two more facilities in Pike Township and downtown at the CityWay development through its Strengthening the Heart of the City capital campaign. Funds raised for the campaign also helped build the new Avondale Meadows YMCA last year. The new facility is part of a larger community revitalization project and is the first success resulting from the Strengthening the Heart of the City campaign. 

The Y is celebrating the past by giving their members (past and present) an opportunity to participate in a variety of commemorative activities, which are listed below:

Share your Y Story in 160 Words or Less- share your favorite memory about the Y now until June 30 at this email address: Each Y story submission will be entered into a drawing to win a $160 Simon Giftcard® from Simon Malls.

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