Akron Area YMCA


The Akron Area YMCA is here to serve you and your family! Who we are: The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net Our Cause: At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn grow and thrive. Our Impact: The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The Akron Area YMCA will be closed today in observance of Independence Day. We wish you a fun and safe 4th of July with your loved ones! 🇺🇸

The counselors at Akron Rotary Camp make camp incredibly magical! Not only will the campers make an impact on the campers' lives, they will learn more about themselves than they ever thought possible. There is still time to apply for this amazing opportunity. ☀️Apply here: https://bit.ly/2DYTyEr

Whoa Nellie ... A Birthday Party for Horses?! Yes, indeed. What else would you expect on a sizzlin' summer day at Camp Y-Noah's Equestrian Center? Camp Y-Noah

There's no denying it - Diabetes is a serious, debilitating condition. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% and 71% in adults over the age of 60. Find out more at one of our no-obligation info sessions. https://bit.ly/3065VXD

Summer Stretch

Members can win prizes this summer by coming into their local branch and getting a punch… well, a Summer Stretch punch card, that is. Get 30 punches in your card and be entered to win an Apple Watch, wireless headphones, and a 1-month paid membership! https://bit.ly/2uXM39p

Akron Area YMCA Endowment Social hosted Kim and Denny Liddle at their home in Barberton. It is a gathering of long time, committed Y supporters who are ensuring the long term success of our Y impact with gifts to Endowment or legacy gifts. Bid and Jill shared information about our success with Step Up to Quality, SAW, Camp and East updates.

Grace Berry is really jumpy

Grace Berry of the WYDACA early care center in Akron, shows off her jump-roping skills to students. Grace and her sister, Autumn (in the background) were part of traveling jump-rope team, performing in parades, on TV and even in the movies.

For men, muscle is harder to build and maintain as they age. But muscle loss doesn't have to be inevitable! Here are four keys to strength building and muscle mass: https://bit.ly/2FZpkUm #MensHealthMonth

The NEO YMCA Marketing crew held this month's meeting at the Lake County YMCA Dream House. This FABULOUS home -- complete with all the fixings :) -- is up for grabs. If you're interested in moving to WILLOUGHBY HILLS or maybe just winning a 2019 Camaro, check out this incredible fundraiser from our friends up North. https://www.lakecountyymca.org/dream-house/dream-house-main/

Wow! We are totally SOLD OUT of our foursome spots for the 14th Annual FORE THE KIDS golf outing at Fairlawn CC on Monday, August 5th. However, we are still "driving" for sponsorships. https://give.akronymca.org/event/2019-fore-the-kids-golf-outing/e234817

Kids love the water and we want to make sure they stay safe. 💦 Contact your local Y about swim lessons that will teach them fundamental water safety skills and concepts like “jump, push, turn, grab,” which they can use if they find themselves in water unexpectedly. #SafetyAroundWater

Akron Area YMCA lifeguards from all over the association gathered to test their skills in a friendly competition at the Wadsworth YMCA. Guards were tested in several scenarios both in and out of the pool. Judged on time and skill, teams were awarded points with the victors being the team with the highest points. All the guards were thanked with a cookout and some free time in the Grizzly outdoor pool afterwards. 💦 Great job to all!


Toddler Swim Safety 101: Here's What You Need to Know for Summer

There is nothing better than heading to the pool on a hot, summer day! However, there are a lot of dangers around the water. Start your children in swimming lessons at a young age because the earlier they are in the water, the more quickly they become comfortable! Learn more : #FirstDayofSummer 💦 https://bit.ly/2LtKtcP

goodhousekeeping.com Read these swimming safety recommendations before hitting the beach or pool with your family.

"When kids are creating, they are also boosting self-confidence, practicing decision-making skills and improving fine motor skills." Here are three simple outdoor art activities that your children will love this summer! 🖌https://bit.ly/2WmLBTW

United Way Day of Action 2019

United Way Day of Action 2019

Volunteers from area companies including Huntington Bank, Omnova, Fifth-Third Bank, Signet Jewelers, Allstate, and BWT -- saved our backs and our budgets by putting in hours of time with painting, landscaping, digging, drilling and doing a whole lot of hard work at several of our Association's locations including Lake Anna YMCA, Riverfront YMCA, Green Family YMCA and Kohl Family YMCA. THANKS so much.

The YMCA's mission is centered on balance. The Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests. How has the YMCA helped you find balance in your everyday life? https://bit.ly/2WwXvX4

Have you started our Summer Stretch series yet? It is not too late! Grab your punch card from the front desk at your local Y and get ready to stay motivated! If you have started, how many punches do you have on your card so far? #SummerStretch https://bit.ly/2LIWc2g

"A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow." - Unknown. Happy Father's Day to the wonderful dads in our community! 💙

Attention men! The next Summa Health Speaker Series is all about YOU. Join us at the Wadsworth YMCA for a Men's Health learning event on June 21 at 10:30 AM. We hope to see you there! #MensHealthMonth https://bit.ly/2LIWc2g

The first Father's Day celebration was at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910! Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives. On Sunday, June 16, the nation will recognize the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children's lives.

Feel like a pro at the Akron Area YMCA Golf Outing! Fore the Kids is August 5, 2019 with lunch and registration beginning at noon! 100% of the proceeds stay local to help more children experience the Y's mission to build healthy spirits, minds, and bodies. Get your tickets now: https://bit.ly/2JSruqL

It's always a little kick to see happy little signs, like this one at the Green Family YMCA. Great progress on our Annual Campaign, in support of scholarship programs that give everyone the opportunity of enjoying what the Y has to offer. If you'd like to donate to the cause, please visit: https://bit.ly/2IzZpS5


Simone Manuel's I Promise School Partnership Comes to Life with First Swim Camp

swimswam.com After announcing the program back in March, Simone Manuel's partnership with LeBron James' school in Akron began last week.


LeBron James' I Promise School launches swim camp with Olympian Simone Manuel's help

"This is extremely important because swimming is a lifesaving skill," Simone Manuel says. "No other sport can really say that. It's awesome that the sport that I do can save their life." 💦Read more about how the children at LeBron James' I Promise School learned a life-saving skill! https://es.pn/2MCC47x #MakeASplash

espn.com Gold medalist Simone Manuel partnered with the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron Area YMCA to promote swimming and water safety for third and fourth-grade students at the I Promise school.

Mindfulness is not just a buzz word, it's a new offering, this summer at the Wadsworth YMCA. The June session is already booked, but there's a few openings in the July classes (starting July 22) with facilitator Jenny Manos. Don't miss out. https://www.akronymca.org/Membership/Register/

Ohio Edison will require a shutdown of the YMCA's network this evening, June 7, through noon on Saturday, June 8. Branches will be open, but phone lines and internet access will be down. Our website, www.akronymca.org, will be operational for those needing to register for programs off-site. We are sorry for the inconvenience and we appreciate your patience! 📞

We've given a lot of space to our Safety Around Water program -- but we are so excited to have these great kids (and adults) from the I Promise School and LeBron James Family Foundation at our Kohl Family YMCA at University Park this week. Don't you wish your job could be this rewarding and fun?

Junior Police Officers were awarded today at our Hope Early Care & Education Center. This is the third year of a school-long program with the Summa Health Police Department. Each week, officers visit with the preschool and Pre-K students to present safety lessons and goodwill. We are so grateful to these officers who truly make a lasting impression on our students. 🌟

Transform unites yoga and sport in a refreshing and unique journey. Engage your mind and BODY using sun salutations, plyometric hops and lunges, balance and strength poses, twisting and lengthening positions, and more. Transform yourself and register for the class today at Lake Anna or Wadsworth! https://bit.ly/2lf9kPG

In celebration of Global Running Day, we invite you to take $5 off your registration for the August 24th "Nordonia kNight 5K," which will benefit Longwood Branch YMCA and Nordonia Schools. Visit the link and use code: GLOBAL5! https://bit.ly/2IjtzsH

All hands on deck! Students from the Ipromise School are in the pool this week at the Kohl Family YMCA at University Park! They are immersed in the Safety Around Water curriculum thanks to the support of USA Swimming Foundation, LeBron James Family Foundation, and our dedicated YMCA aquatics team. 🏊‍♂️

All of these new swimmers love working with Olympic Champion, Simone Manuel, and getting out of their comfort zone to learn this extremely valuable, life-saving skill! #SafetyAroundWater #MakeASplash 💦

It's time to be active, get points, and earn prizes. We're starting our Summer Stretch! Visit any one of the Akron YMCA locations 30 times between June 1 - August 31 and get the chance to win an Apple Watch! Make sure to ask your local Y for a punch card! ☀️ https://bit.ly/2LIWc2g


Swimming May Slow Down Aging By Decades

This is encouraging news! Join us and get in the swim this summer!

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Every summer, the Akron YMCA takes time to do some scheduled maintenance and major improvements to the indoor pools. We apologize for the inconvenience! Check out the following dates that your local Y's indoor pool may be closed: https://is.gd/g4KeXe

Be active, get points, and earn prizes! We're starting our Summer Stretch! Visit any one of the Akron YMCA locations 30 times between June 1 - August 31 and get the chance to win an Apple Watch! Make sure to ask your local Y for a punch card! ☀️

Laura Culp, past Board Chair and current Honorary Trustee of Akron Area YMCA, received the Hunsicker Family Service to Youth Award, our YMCA’s highest honor to an individual. Laura, employee of Sikich LLP, was presented this award for being an outstanding volunteer and dedicating herself to the YMCA's rich history of community service!

She is pictured with Nick Capotosto, current Board Chair. Congratulations, Laura! 🎉

The Akron Area YMCA will be closed on Memorial Day to honor service members who sacrificed their lives. We hope you have a great weekend honoring the brave with your family. 🇺🇸

Memorial Day weekend is approaching and that means pools are opening, as well! Is it safe for your child to jump in? Teaching your son or daughter to swim is not a luxury, it is a necessity. 💦 The YMCA's Safety Around Water program can help you make sure your child is ready for the summer ahead. #SafetyAroundWater https://bit.ly/2i1WQtL

The YMCA is gearing up for many of our fun, exciting, and safe summer camps that are happening this summer! Which camp is your child signed up for this summer? ☀️ https://bit.ly/2i1WQtL

It's Red Nose Day! 🔴 We are bringing awareness to childhood poverty.
Pictured are Tom Waltermire, Jill Kolesar, Craig Hassinger, Helena Peters and Kristene Grayem - good sports at our Board of Trustees meeting earlier today. Over the past four years, the campaign, spirited by Walgreens, has raised nearly $150 million, with half of the funds distributed across the U.S. and the other half toward some of the poorest communities in Latin America, Asia and Africa. #NosesOn

High blood pressure affects one in every three people in the United States. The good news is that there are a number of ways you can lower your blood pressure naturally! Walking regularly and decreasing sodium in your diet are just two of the fifteen ways provided by Medical News Today. Read more: https://bit.ly/2BTQacI

SWEET! The team led by Jennifer James at our Family Enrichment Center earned their 5-Star Rating from the State of Ohio's Step Up to Quality program. Enjoy your just desserts!

Brian Bidlingmyer, our Senior VP of Development, always takes a sip before a dip.

The Akron Area YMCA is showing our support for the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative and the Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66. #GogglesOn 💦


9 Things to Do Sunday To Set Yourself up for a Healthy Week

"For many, the work week is pure chaos. As a result, it's common for healthy habits to take a back seat." Don't let this happen to you! Instead, review the 9 things you can do on Sunday to set yourself up for a better week. https://bit.ly/2ZmnRhc

sparkpeople.com With the work week on the horizon, how will you set yourself up for success?

The YMCA is fortunate to continue our Summa Health Speaker Series to better educate the community on a wide range of health topics. A Stroke Awareness presentation will take place on May 22 at 10:30 AM at the Kohl Family YMCA. Please sign up at the Kohl desk or call 330-434-9622. We hope you will join us for this informative event! https://bit.ly/2i1WQtL

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