HAMILTON, NJ --  The Hamilton Area YMCA wants youth athletes to "Start Here, Stay Here" through an expansion of their sports programs. In a recently announced partnership between the Central Jersey Rebels, Mercer United FC, and the Hamilton YMCA, expanded youth sports opportunities will be available to members of the Y.  

Well known for its role in youth sports, the YMCA has long been the jumping off point for many children to learn a love of sports like baseball and soccer. Participating in sports at the Y is about building a healthy, active and contributing member of the community from the inside out and now, the organization said, they have like-minded partners to help in player development, all the way through high school.  

The Central Jersey Rebels and Mercer United similarly recognize that the benefits sports are far greater than just physical health. The trio believes that sports help kids gain the confidence that comes from learning a new skill, they gain a sense of belonging, and build the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork.  

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“We could not be more thrilled to launch the Start Here, Stay Here program with the Rebels and Mercer  United, they have proven to be stellar partners and we’re excited about the future. This opportunity to provide kids with the ability to start here and learn the basics and hone their skills by staying through high  school is really exciting.” said VP of branch operations Ryan Young. 

The Central Jersey Rebels is a travel baseball organization located in Mercer County that prides themselves on work ethic.  Mercer United FC is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that has been providing Hamilton area boys and girls with a quality soccer experience for more than 40 years. Founded by soccer players and designed for soccer players willing to work hard to become students of the game and lifelong players. Mercer United FC has created a competitive travel soccer program that prepares players for high school, college, and most importantly life, within a reasonable budget.

Programs like T-ball (ages three through six co-ed) and Soccer (ages three through nine co-ed) will be led by a YMCA trainer with the support of the Central Jersey Rebels and Mercer United FC Teams, Coaches and Players. As kids grow older, our partners Central Jersey Rebels and Mercer United FC will help kids further develop their game and play at a competitive level through high school by trying out for their teams.  

Since 1951, the Hamilton Area YMCA has promoted youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Our two branches play host to a variety of programs designed to nurture the potential of young people, improve our health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back to the community and support our neighbors. 

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