This Year's Project:
The YMCA is one of those organizations everyone has heard of but not fully understand everything the YMCA has to offer.
For starters, we offer activities for the young and old and everyone in between. Of course, there are fitness classes and exercise equipment to keep our members healthy and physically fit. But more importantly, the YMCA provides a fun, social atmosphere, where you will be missed if you skip a swim class or a weight-lifting session.
The YMCA is the major provider of youth and adult recreational activities, as well as the leader in providing health enhancement programs and opportunities for the citizens of Southwest Nebraska and Northwest Kansas. The YMCA also provides a safe facility where area youth can hang out while being supervised or participate in organized activities.
The YMCA offers a variety of youth sports such as basketball and soccer, adult sports such as pickle ball and volleyball and wellness programs for all ages including indoor cycling and Zumba. The YMCA continues to be the leaders in the aquatic field offering progressive swim and lifeguard lessons, as well as providing time for high school swim team and competitive youth swim teams.
The YMCA is also a co-sponsor with Community Hospital of the Republican River Fitness Series, 11 run/walk events which encourage people to get out and be active and stay active throughout the year.
And the YMCA continues to support an old-age practice that welcomes all persons to the YMCA, regardless of their ability to pay. So in 1989, the YMCA began the Partners with Youth Campgain which provides financial assistance to kids, adults and families so they can experience the benefits of the YMCA.
The YMCA is always looking for new and fun activities for our youth. With a donation to the YMCA at McCooks Big Give Day, improvements may include the Kids Zone area in cardio equipment area on the main level of the YMCA. The area currently has a Lightfloor, two XBox games and TVs, a kick-box machine and step machine. The other area used frequently by our area youth is the game room in the lobby, which currently includes two pool tables, a ping-pong table, foosball game and air-hockey machine.
But as anyone with kids knows, they are always looking for something different to be entertained and engaged. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun atmosphere for our youth, while keeping them moving and healthy.