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News: Detroit dad learns to swim for the love of his daughter


Featured on WDIV video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Keith Godley used to sit on the sidelines as his daughter learned to swim at the Boll Family YMCA. He was afraid of the water because he had never learned to swim. Now, the 50-year-old father is swimming three times per week, at least. He credits his love […]

News: YMCAs across metro Detroit hoping to set world record Thursday


Featured on On Thursday, June 18, YMCAs across Metropolitan Detroit will help set the Guinness World Record™ for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson™ in 24 Hours. Organized by a coalition of the nation’s water safety experts and training organizations called Team World’s Largest Swim Lesson™ (WLSL), the event aims to expose the importance of […]

News: Free swim classes on Belle Isle for Detroit youth


Featured on WDIV video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Channel 4 visits the Y to learn about free swim lessons on Belle Isle for Detroit kids ages 8-13, as part of the Detroit Swims program. Lessons will kick off on June 20, 2015. The Y provides swim suits, caps, and goggles. Parents or guardians may register […]

Plymouth Father’s Day Run Essay Contest Winners


Father’s Day is right around the corner! The very first Father’s Day celebration took place at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington, in 2010 when Sonora Smart Dodd, whose mother died when she was 16 years old, wanted a day to celebrate her special dad. Mother’s Day was already a day dedicated to moms, but Dodd […]

Farmington Family YMCA celebrates 50 years


The Farmington Family YMCA celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, May 12. Sponsored by Botsford Hospital, the event brought together key individuals in the community to reminisce about the Y’s past half century of service, as well as announce current and future initiatives. Laura Perlowski, the current Executive Director of the Farmington Y, explained that […]

News: #Seizethedays makes a splash as writer learns to swim


Cassandra Spratling, a writer with the Detroit Free Press, tells readers how her swim lessons at the Boll Family YMCA in Downtown Detroit are guiding her down the path to becoming a proficient swimmer. Swim lessons at the Y are for individuals of all stages of lives, from babies to young adults to seniors! It’s never too early […]

Detroit on the Rise

Boll Family YMCA among the Detroit skyline. Photo courtesy of John D'Angelo.

Detroit faces its fair share of challenges. However, with great obstacles come opportunities to make a difference. The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit has served our great city for 165 years, never wavering in our support and always working to strengthen the community. We are encouraged by two recent articles that shared views of the Motor City on the rise. In this New […]

Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes event set for July 11


Tuxedo & Tennis Shoes: Detroit Achievers Awards July 11, 2015 | 5:30 pm at the Boll Family YMCA theatre 1401 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226 Y Detroit Achievers are professionals who volunteer as role models for Detroit youth. Throughout the service year, Achievers demonstrate the benefits of hard work, service, professionalism, integrity, educational achievement and community […]