May 2016

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati - President's Template

News from YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
President and CEO

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Dear YMCA Friends,

It has been a wet and rainy month.  Like so much in life, what can be negative can be turned into positive.  In the Y’s world, swimming lessons and water safety training are two powerful ways the Y gives individuals the skills they need to be safe around water, and the ability to enjoy water activities for a lifetime.  As you may know, drowning is a leading cause of death for children. 

The YMCA is America’s swim instructor, teaching more than a million children water safety and swim skills each year.  The YMCA actually introduced group swim lessons to the country more than 100 years ago.  Today, the Y is here to partner with you and others to help everyone be safe and comfortable around water.  We have swim lessons for all ages and abilities.  Once a person can safely propel themselves in the water, the additional benefits multiply: increased self-confidence, comfort in sharing swimming with children, a sport that is a great exercise for all ages and easier on joints throughout a lifetime. Swim instruction and water safety address all three of the Y’s focus areas – developing youth, living healthy and being socially responsible by preventing the tragedy of drowning.

May is National Water Safety Month. Please consider your own swim level and that of those you love.  We will be testing all kids before they swim at the Y to be sure they are clearly identified for their swim ability.  We have hundreds of well-trained lifeguard staff and swim instructors ready to keep everyone safe.  With 12 outdoor pools and eight wading pools opening this month, the Y is ready for you.   Let’s be partners in keeping your family and all the children we know, safe and happy this summer.

See you at the Y!


Sandy Walker President

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Safest Summer Ever


As the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati prepares for another amazing outdoor swim season, we want you to know that pool safety is something we take very seriously. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children, ages four and under; it is the second leading cause of death for those between five and 14.  Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills we can help them learn.

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Still Setting Records


As the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati prepares for another amazing outdoor swim season, we want you to know that pool safety is something we take very seriously. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children, ages four and under; it is the second leading cause of death for those between five and 14.  Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills we can help them learn.

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Ready For Change


Following a 100-pound weight gain, due to a medical issue, James Evans knew he was ready for a change and joined the Highland County YMCA in February 2015.  The Y staff was there to support and encourage James throughout his fitness journey.  “The YMCA has helped me get fit,” said James, who has lost 81 pounds, so far. “Now my goal is to continue working out for life while helping others along the way.”


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