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Workout Wednesdays are a Big Hit

Fox 59 News, 4/13/2014

Fox 59 News reporter, Scott Jones, came out and joined the fun  with nearly 50 others for Workout Wednesday on Georgia Street last week. Chris Hampton, Assoc. Wellness Director for the Downtown Y’s said this idea came about during a meeting with Downtown Inc. a few months ago and he’s excited to see the program begin. Fox 59 News also spoke to Andre Davis, Sports Coordinator, Avondale Meadows YMCA, who has been hired to lead some of the classes on Wednesdays. Everyone is invited to come out and join the fun all summer long!

The Y Offers Healthy Snacks

Our Youth Enrichment YMCA was 1 of 3 Y’s to be featured in this YUSA video  to help encourage other Ys to nourish youth through USDA reimbursement programs that provide meals and snacks to kids ages 18 and younger. Our program was selected because our Association was awarded the YUSA Wal-Mart grant to help fund the program and because of our strong community partnerships. A special thanks to Cara Scott, Sr. Program Director, Youth Enrichment YMCA, for sharing details about our food program on the video in addition to the kids in our Before and Afterschool program at Paramount School of Excellence, who were also featured during the video.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Press Release, 4/9/2014

YMCA Healthy Kids Day® on April 26 Aims to Help Kids Exercise Minds and Bodies

On Saturday, April 26, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and well-being, features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.    

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at nearly 1,600 Ys across the country, aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health. Research shows that without access to out-of-school physical and learning activities, kids fall behind academically. Kids also gain weight twice as fast during summer than the school year.

“One in three U.S. children is obese. This statistic, coupled with the fact that once summer hits, children will be more idle, demonstrates why it’s important to help families develop healthy habits now,” said Lisa Hunt, Wellness Director, Hendricks Regional Health YMCA. “As part of the Y’s commitment to healthy living, through YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day our goal is to improve the health and well-being of kids and inspire habits they can continue into adulthood.”

In celebration of YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, the Y offers the following tips to help families develop healthy habits: Read more…

Training for the Mini-Marathon

Indy Style, 3/25/2014

The Y is the official training partner for the 2014 Mini-Marathon! David Smith, Wellness Director for the Baxter YMCA, provided training tips for individuals who are gearing up for the Mini-Marathon during a recent interview with Indy Style. 

Y Strives to Lead Healthier Community

WISH TV Channel 8, 3/26/2014

The Robert J. Woodson Foundation release a study last Wed. about the health rankings of Indiana counties. Anne Graves, Director of Health Initiatives and Partnerships at the Association Office, spoke to WISH TV Ch. 8 News about how the Y is leading the Top 10 by 2025 initiative to help reverse the trend of obesity in our community.

46th Annual Good Friday Breakfast

Press Release, 3/24/14

Shine FM and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is inviting the community to its 46th Annual Good Friday Breakfast, which is being held at 7 a.m., April 18 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 by April 11.

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 Sujo John, who was on the 81st floor of the World Trade Center Tower I when the first airliner exploded into flames above his office. He will recount details of the incredible events he witnessed and how God radically changed his life through this experience.

For the past four 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 Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Parking is available in the Circle Center Sun Garage, 48 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis. 

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YMCA Receives 4Star Rating from Charity Navigator

Press Release, 3/17/2014

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis’ sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fifth consecutive time that the Y has earned this top distinction that has been given to only four percent of the charities rated on Charity Navigator’s site.  

Since 2002, using data driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added a second dimension of Accountability and Transparency (A&T) to its rating methodology, and now reviews 17 governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, providing information on its web site for each of the charities it evaluates. Read more…

YMCA Youth Basketball Tournament

Press Release, 3/11/2014

Johnson County Daily Journal, 3/14/2014

WHAT: The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is hosting its youth basketball tournament for its traveling basketball league. A total of 37 teams from eight YMCA locations will be competing in the tournament game.

 WHEN:   March 15, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Park Tudor School, 7200 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis


The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host its youth basketball tournament for kids ages 6 to 18 who participated in the organization’s travel basketball league. Games will begin at 9 a.m. for the 37 teams who are expected to play.

Kids who participate in youth basketball at the Y are able to develop a variety of skills, from catching and dribbling to teamwork and sportsmanship. Just as important, they learn firsthand the benefits of being healthy and active—and that virtual games just can’t compare to the real thing.

Although the kids have learned a lot of different skills, the tournament is the last game of the season and all of them are expecting to win.

“Last year the Ransburg YMCA walked away with three trophies and the Jordan and Hendricks Regional Health YMCA’s both received one trophy for their various age groups,” said Matt Morwick, Senior Program Director, Jordan YMCA. “It’s a fun day for everyone and we would love to have members of the community to come out and support the youth by watching a couple of games and wearing their local YMCA colors,” added Morwick.

Below are the team colors and times of each game for participating YMCAs: Read more…

Registration Underway for Spring Break Camps

Press Release, 3/10/2014

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is now registering families for its Spring Break Camps for children ages 3-15. The Y offers a variety of camp options and has 18 convenient camp locations across the city. YMCA Spring Break Camps will begin as early as March 17 and run through April 4.

The Y’s specially trained staff is prepared to give your child a fun staycation by offering a variety of crafts, games, swimming and more. Each child should bring a lunch, two snacks a water bottle or drink and swim clothing for each day of camp.

Spring Break Camps will be offered each day from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

CENTRAL: Call 317-266-9622 to register.

1. Ransburg YMCA, 501 N. Shortridge Rd., Indianapolis 46219

2. Indianapolis Public School #27, 545 E. 19th St., Indianapolis 46202

3. Challenge Foundation Academy, 3980 Meadows Drive, Indianapolis 46205

EAST: Call 317-577-2070 to register.

4. Benjamin Harrison YMCA, 5736 Lee Road, Indianapolis 46216

5. McCordsville Elementary, 7177 N. 600 West, McCordsville 46055

6. New Palestine Elementary, 4801 S. 500 West, Palestine 46136

7. Weston Elementary, 140 Polk St., Greenfield 46410

NORTH: Call 317-577-2070 to register.

8. Sand Creek Intermediate School, 11550 E. 131st St., Fishers 46038

9. Jordan YMCA, 8400 Westfield Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46240

SOUTH: Call 317-887-8788 to register.

10. Baxter YMCA, 7900 S. Shelby Street, Indianapolis, IN 46259

11. Kitley Elementary, 8735 Indian Creek Road, Indianapolis 46107

12. Hornet Park Elementary, 5249 Hornet Avenue, Beech Grove 46107

13. Pleasant Crossing Elementary, 3030 N. 125 West, Whiteland 46184

WEST: Call 317-484-9622 to register.

14. Maple Elementary, 7237 E. US Hwy 36, Avon, IN 46123

15. Avon Intermediate School West, 176 S. State Road 267, Avon 46123

16. Bridgeport Elementary School, 9035 W. Morris St., Indianapolis 46231

17. Clarks Creek Elementary, 401 Elm Dr., Plainfield, IN 46168

18. Witham Family YMCA, 2791 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon 46052 (BOONE COUNTY)

Parents can register their children by stopping by any YMCA location, online at or by calling 317-266-9622. Financial assistance is available and CCDF vouchers are available at most locations.

YMCA Volunteer-Ed Thomas

Indianapolis Business Journal, 2/3/2014

Avondale Meadows YMCA board member, Ed Thomas, was recently featured in the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 publication. Ed shared that he was proud of his work in helping to get the Avondale Meadows YMCA built.

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