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News: Initiative in Detroit to encourage kids to get outdoors

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As part of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s leadership of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside initiative to engage the next generation of outdoor stewards and inspire millions of young adults to play, learn, serve and work in the great outdoors, Shawn Blanchard from Mayor Duggan’s Office joined Kristen Sarri, Principal Deputy Assistant […]

A real hero

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By Lori Mabee, Senior Program Director, South Oakland Family YMCA I’m the sweeper for our Girls on the Run & STRIDE 5K, which means I’m the last person to finish the race, making sure everyone finishes safely. The program is about building character and confidence in young boys and girls over a period of 10 […]

More kids will go to summer camp thanks to the Birmingham Rotary!

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On June 29, the Birmingham Rotary Club gave the Birmingham Family YMCA a gift of $2,500 toward the Annual Campaign, which will help send more kids to summer day camp this year. Our summer day camp program brings kids from all walks of life together so they can experience adventure, accomplishment and belonging while learning new skills and […]

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

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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

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Featured on Hometownlife.com 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

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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

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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

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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 […]