A Why The Y Story

April 26, 2021

Extended through May 31! As a thank you for helping the community be as healthy as possible, the Madison Area YMCA is waiving initiation fees and offering 3 FREE guest passes for all fully COVID-19 vaccinated individuals. The Y, part of a worldwide values-driven association, is inclusive of all ...

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Received your COVID-19 Vaccine? Great! When you join the Madison Area YMCA now - April 30, the initiation fee will be waived upon proof that you are fully vaccinated. (Per CDC guidelines, "Fully Vaccinated" means 2 weeks after second Pfizer/Moderna dose or 2 weeks after single Johnson & ...

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It's not too late to share the Y with a friend! Join us during the month of April and receive 3 FREE Guest Passes! (Must have not held an active Madison Area YMCA membership since 1/1/2020)

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If you have not had a membership at the Madison Area YMCA since January 1, 2020 and you join between NOW through March 31, you receive three FREE guest passes. Share the Y with a friend today! (Guest passes are valid for 60 days after issuing date)

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February is American Heart Month! The following are a few tips on how to stay heart healthy: GET MOVING! Staying physically active keeps the heart and blood vessels healthy. Join a Group Exercise class at the Family Center or catch a LIVE class on our Virtual Platform. HEART-HEALTHY ...

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Fitness goes all-virtual tomorrow, February 1. Here's the schedule for tomorrow, with the addition of CXWORX and BODYPUMP that are in-studio classes but are going virtual for the snow day. Head to madisonareaymca.org/virtual-YMCA for the full schedule and class descriptions.

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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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Who doesn’t love Professor? Anyone involved with the Madison Area YMCA Rosettes gymnastics team in the last 25 years knows Vladimir Peleksic, affectionately known as Professor. He has coached, supported and celebrated hundreds of gymnasts during his tenure at the Madison Area YMCA. Now, the ...

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Silvia now swims with her family. That might not sound like big news—but it is. The wife and mother of two didn’t know how to swim and was afraid of the water. One thing Silvia was determined to make sure of as a result? Her daughters Lupe and Luci would learn how to swim. And they did. From the ...

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Fifteen-year-old Madison resident Jake De Guzman is a Y Ninja Gym assistant instructor at the Madison Area YMCA. The Y is pretty lucky to have him—he’s an accomplished, award-winning student of Taekwondo. A USA National Taekwondo Poomsae Team Member, Jake specializes in the discipline of ...

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Fifteen-year-old Madison resident Jake De Guzman is a Y Ninja Gym assistant instructor at the Madison Area YMCA. The Y is pretty lucky to have him—he’s an accomplished, award-winning student of Taekwondo. A USA National Taekwondo Poomsae Team Member, Jake specializes in the discipline of ...

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The Cocco family of Florham Park found a great partner in the Madison Area YMCA’s Project Community Pride counseling service at a time when they needed the support that the program was able to provide. As a guest speaker at the Y’s summertime annual Celebration of Impact barbecue, Beth Cocco ...

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Fourteen years ago when Kara Dugan and her husband Mark Detgen joined the Madison Area YMCA, Kara said it was for one reason: “To get buff for our wedding.”  Shortly after, they started their family and “didn’t see the inside of that gym for a long time,” said Kara—but they did take advantage of ...

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Jill Corea, a preschool teacher at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA, has won the Helene Marks Award, which bestows on her the distinction of National Child Care Teacher of the Year. One of 50 national winners of a Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care ...

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Jon Siegel was born with a condition known as hyaline membrane, a serious infant respiratory ailment that required the assistance of a hyperbaric chamber to help him breathe. Thankfully, the hospital had the equipment to save him--making him part of the first generation of survivors of the ...

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Edward Duffy, who attends the Parkinson’s disease class at the Madison Area YCMA, was diagnosed five months ago. “I’m working with Parkinson’s as best as I can,” says Edward who has tremors in his left hand and lip. “The Parkinson’s class here is very good,” says the retired marketing ...

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Jill Corea’s pre-K 3 classroom at the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA is a wonderland of colorful rainbows, bright sunshines and showers of happiness. Winner of a Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL® National Child Care Teacher Award, Jill’s classroom reflects her winning ...

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Aaron Goodwin is celebrating his two-year anniversary as the Madison Area YMCA’s Associate Sports Director. He has lots to celebrate—the first being that he loves his job. Coaching the Lady Gators travel basketball teams U12 and U14 is a true highlight. This spring, he is welcoming the Y’s first ...

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More than 50 people of all ages recently met at the Madison Area YMCA’s TOGETHERHOOD® event to sort through tons of soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste and mouthwash to fill more than 400 toiletry kits for the homeless.  An amazing part about the event was the level of community ...

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“I came to the Y because I didn’t know anybody when we moved here 7 years ago from Colorado,” says Erin Holt, whose children were 5, 2 and 1 at the time. “I wanted to meet people and have a place to work that could offer a work/family balance. The Madison Area YMCA gave me both.” Through the years, ...

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“I’m coming up on 88 years old and few people believe that,” says Bill Williams. Why don’t they? Because I have belonged to a Y somewhere since I was 12 years old.” Bill joined his first YMCA in 1943 in Hamilton, Ontario, where he grew up and went to college. “There was little ...

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Chelsea Sacher forms a special bond with clients she works with at the Madison Area YMCA. Most of them live with conditions that are life-changing. Chelsea pours her heart and soul into helping them overcome a negative life-change to make it as positive an experience as possible. As the health ...

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Being out on the bocce court at the Madison Area YMCA’s annual charity bocce tournament this fall had a special significance for Jim Patterson. The tournament, which raises funds for the Y’s paths to wellness programming, includes LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. Jim knows LIVESTRONG well. “Beautiful Beth” ...

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