A Why The Y Story

November 30, 2020

Week of Gratitude 2020 Day 5: Did you know that 189 children participate in early childhood education, child care and virtual learning support programs at our Kirby Center and Family Center? In our new expansion, we will be able to provide more opportunities for Kirby students to take swim ...

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Week of Gratitude 2020 Day 4: In our new expansion which will include a new full-size basketball gymnasium, there will be more room and flexibility for more diverse health and sports programming for youth, teens, adults and seniors. Thank you! #Ygratitudeisgreat #YOUareWHY

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Week of Gratitude 2020 Day 3: Happy Thanksgiving! The Madison Area YMCA has been around for 147 years. As we celebrate this season with hearts full of gratitude, we give thanks for YOU. We are grateful that you are part of our Madison Area YMCA community. The Y touches hundreds of people ...

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Week of Gratitude 2020 Day 2: Thank you for helping us build for the future! #Ygratitudeisgreat #YOUareWHY

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Week of Gratitude 2020 Day 1: In our new expansion, which will include a new 8-lane pool, we will be able to give the Mariners and more children the opportunity to gain confidence, create friendships and the chance to grow and thrive through our competitive and recreational aquatics programming.

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Friday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. are a blast for 13 boys enrolled in Y Ninja Fit for Teens at the Madison Area YMCA. The Gymnastics Center is abuzz with the boys running, climbing and jumping over and under obstacles. (Where are you, girls? This is open to you too!) Teens experience the best of ...

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“The best thing that comes out of the Y’s Youth & Government and Mock Trial programs is that kids learn to think critically, practice their research and presentation skills and get used to speaking in front of other people. They overcome being shy,” says Kiana Cunningham, the Madison Area ...

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Reith Gordon, a very funny lady, who turned 95 this month has been exercising at the Madison Area YMCA for 18 years where she has met many good friends at her Monday and Wednesday senior classes. “For a long time, I had been hiding my age,” Reith says, chatting after her chair yoga class ...

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A group of dance students dressed in pink leotards eagerly await entrance into the room where they will tap, flap and dig their tap shoes and walk delicately on the tips of their ballerina-slipper toes.  It’s 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Madison Area YMCA’s School of Performing Arts. When ...

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When Tirian Chang was a baby he would float around in his mother’s arms at the Madison Area YMCA pool when he took “Mommy and Me” swim classes with his mother, Paige. Imagine the thrill when the Mariners swim team member, now 8, butterflied his way to 1st place at the N.J.Y.M.C.A. 8 & Under ...

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The Kirby bus, as it is affectionately called, pulls up to the Madison Area YMCA’s Family Center. The kids on the bus have just taken a short ride from the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center on East Street to do their sports, swimming, gymnastics, performing arts or enrichment classes. Five-year-old John ...

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Michael Harris comes from a big family—he has six siblings. Incredibly, his heart has room for more. “The Madison Area YMCA staff and members are part of my family,” says the soft-spoken 23-year-old who works as a member services representative at the Madison Area YMCA.  “Michael has a heart of ...

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“My mom works here at the Y,” says 9-year-old Leah Rajnarain, looking out from under her cat face-shaped sleeping mask that’s pushed up above her big brown eyes. It’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon and she’s in Kids Central, the Madison Area YMCA’s indoor playground, snuggled up in comfy pajamas ...

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Joy is infectious. If you meet the Fabyanski family of Madison, you’re likely to have a conversation with them and forget that you met them only 10 minutes ago. “I can’t imagine Christmas without selling Christmas trees at the Y,” says Ryan Fabyanski, 19, standing in the middle of the Madison ...

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