Rye YMCA Blog


Locker Rooms Re-opening & October Email newsletter

Below are recent emails we have sent to our membership.  If you have not received these, you may have inadvertently unsubscribed from our email communications.   Click here to re-subscribe.

Adult Locker Room Renovations are Complete – sent 10/6
News from Rye YMCA – October email newsletter – sent 10/2


Halloween Carnival and Open House

Sunday, October 29, 2-4pm
Join us for a fun afternoon for the whole family! Live music, carnival games, bounce house, maze, pumpkin patch, spooky swim (bring swim suits and caps), crafts and more! FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY! Registration required. Click here to register.  We will be waiving our $100 joiner’s fee on Oct. 29 for new members.

 


Rye Y Marks Falls Prevention Day with Activities for Seniors

The Rye YMCA celebrated the first day of autumn—Friday, September 22—by offering free resources and classes on preventing falls to seniors. The activities tied into a nation-wide Falls Prevention Day, which was launched ten years ago by the National Council on Aging and a coalition of organizations.

In addition to distributing fruit, water and informational handouts, Rye Y staff led older adults in gentle exercises that emphasized balance and flexibility. Three classes were held throughout the day, including “Standing Strong/Better Balance”, Tai Chi and Enhance Fitness. Tai Chi and Enhance Fitness are offered on a regular basis to Rye Y members.

Rye resident George Worthington said that he attended Standing Strong out of “curiosity.” “Balance is pretty important in our lives,” he remarked after the class. “Especially if you want to get through life safely. It’s a challenge for seniors every day.”

Fitness instructor Angela Hultberg who led the balance class and also teaches Enhance Fitness, observed that Tai Chi and other gentle physical activity can provide “an enriching experience that helps you get in touch with your movements.”

For more information on falls prevention and other programs for seniors, contact Penny Cozza, Active Older Adult Coordinator at 914-967-6363 or penny@ryeymca.org.

   

 


Youth Basketball League Registration

Our Youth Basketball Leagues takes the YMCA Super Sports philosophy and puts it to work.  participants receive a half hour instruction, followed by a half hour game. This is a progressive league that will allow participants to learn as they play. 

The below registration links are not active until specified dates and times.

YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE – CO-ED
November 4 – February 10, Saturdays
For boys and girls ages 5-9, @ Midland School.

Registration starts: Members: 10/4 at 6 am online. Non-Members: 10/11 at 6 am online. Continues until full. Don’t Delay – Limited Space!
No games on 11/25, 12/23, 12/30
Rookies – Beginner Level: 9-11am (tentative) –Age 5-6 (age 5 by 11/1/17)
Click here to register   
Winners – Intermediate Level: 11am-4pm (tentative) – Ages 6-7 (age 6 by 11/1)
Click here to register   
Champions – Advanced Level: 4-6pm (tentative) – Ages 8-9 (age 8 by 11/1/17)
Click here to register   

New this year: Team records/stats will be recorded and each division will have playoffs and championships. NO SPECIAL REQUESTS FOR TEAMMATES AND/OR COACHES CAN BE HONORED.
Family: $210; Youth: $220; Non-Member: $284
Schedule: Games will be played on Saturdays between 9 am and 6 pm. Teams will play one game per week.


GIRLS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
November 5– February 11, Sundays
For girls ages 5-8 @ the RYE YMCA

Registration starts – Members: 10/3 at 6 am online. Non-Members: 10/10 at 6 am online Limited Space Available.
Rookies – Beginner Level – Age 5 -6 (age 5 by 11/1/17)
Click here to register  
Winners – Intermediate Level – Ages 6-8 (age 6 by 11/1/17)
Click here to register  

NO SPECIAL REQUESTS FOR TEAMMATES AND/OR COACHES CAN BE HONORED.
Family: $210; Youth: $220; Non-Member: $284
Schedule: Games will be played on Sundays between 3-5 pm. Teams will play one game per week on a rotating schedule.


Rye Y Tribe Goes the Distance

[September 12, 2017] It takes more than age, bad knees, illness and 60-degree water to slow the Rye YMCA’s Tribe. Twenty-eight members of this women’s triathlon training group traveled to Farmington, CT on Saturday, September 9 for the Wearsafe Women’s Triathlon. Ranging in age from 27 to 73, the women were part of a larger group of “Tribees” who trained for months for this difficult race, which included a half-mile swim in open water, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Seven of the participants in Saturday’s event were first time triathletes.

There were several challenges that day, noted Tribe coach Denise Cypher. After six years at the IronGirl competition in Sandy Hook, NJ, the group was facing a new race course in Farmington. The air was cool and the lake water even colder. Cyclists shared the road with traffic, rather than the closed course they were used to. And the run took place on hilly, rough terrain.

And then there were the personal challenges. Two of the women are going through cancer treatment. Another had recently undergone surgery. Others had trouble with their knees or had little experience with swimming. “So many people have challenges but they just don’t voice them,” Cypher observed. Yet every Tribee who showed up early on Saturday morning embraced the race with enthusiasm and grit.

Cypher and her fellow coach Sally Braid are inspired by the determination of the women. She also enjoys seeing the relationships that develop. “There’s so much camaraderie during the training process,” Cypher remarked. “I really like that they enjoy that part. You see people in their 70s planning to get together with people in their 20s for open water swims, bike rides or runs.”

Tribe members are also effusive in their praise for Cypher, Braid and swim coach Cathy Meeker. In a note sent to the Y after the triathlon, Emily Greer wrote “I never thought I would be able to do this type of event, but coaches Denise, Sally and Cathy helped me gain the skills I needed for the event and inspired me to pursue the challenge.”

Now in its seventh year, the Rye Y’s Tribe is open to women of all ages. For information about the next group, which will start in the spring of 2018, contact Diana Vita at diana@ryeymca.org or 967-6363.

Click below to watch the Rye Y Tribe 2017 Slideshow.


Rye Y Story Project – Oct. 16-20, 2017

Our 6th Annual Rye Y Story Project is Monday, October 16 – Friday, October 20.   Please stop by our booth in the lobby and share your story or email Lisa Tidball for an appointment.  Thank you for making the Rye Y part of your story!   Learn more about the Rye Y Story Project and read stories from the last 5 years.

Click here to share your story online.


Mamaroneck Health Fair Provides Screenings, Exhibits and Fun

 (August 28, 2017) Nearly 300 residents of Mamaroneck and other Sound Shore communities participated in a day of health awareness at the 4th Annual Access to Care Health Fair, held Saturday, August 12 in Mamaroneck. Adults took advantage of free health screenings and informational exhibits while children and their families enjoyed Zumba demonstrations, music by D.J. Theo Philip, a bounce castle, and healthy snacks.

The fair was organized by the Healthier Mamaroneck committee, a community coalition that brings together local leaders, health and social service providers, and residents to respond to the needs to low-income families and individuals living in Mamaroneck. For the first time, the event took place outside, on Sheldrake Place, which was closed for the day. Several health screenings were also offered at Open Door Family Medical Centers’ new facility, located at 689 Mamaroneck Avenue.

Residents who stopped by the fair found representatives of more than 20 health and social service agencies, many with bilingual staff ready to conduct screenings and answer questions. By mid-afternoon when the fair ended, over 300 screenings and exams were conducted; the most popular were blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, and dental assessments. In addition to services offered on the street and in Open Door’s facility, participants visited Open Door’s dental van and Planned Parenthood’s medical van for rapid HIV testing. New York Life provided child identification cards for all children. People who were found to have health concerns or risks were referred for follow-up care.

Major sponsors of the Health Fair included: the Rye YMCA, Community Resource Center, Open Door Family Medical Centers, Montefiore/New Rochelle, Affinity Health Plan, and Greenwich Hospital.

Nearly 300 residents of Mamaroneck and other Sound Shore communities participated in a day of health awareness at the 4th Annual Access to Care Health Fair, held Saturday, August 12 in Mamaroneck. Adults took advantage of free health screenings and informational exhibits while children and their families enjoyed Zumba demonstrations, music by D.J. Theo Philip, a bounce castle, and healthy snacks.

The fair was organized by the Healthier Mamaroneck committee, a community coalition that brings together local leaders, health and social service providers, and residents to respond to the needs to low-income families and individuals living in Mamaroneck. For the first time, the event took place outside, on Sheldrake Place, which was closed for the day. Several health screenings were also offered at Open Door Family Medical Centers’ new facility, located at 689 Mamaroneck Avenue.

Residents who stopped by the fair found representatives of more than 20 health and social service agencies, many with bilingual staff ready to conduct screenings and answer questions. By mid-afternoon when the fair ended, over 300 screenings and exams were conducted; the most popular were blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, and dental assessments. In addition to services offered on the street and in Open Door’s facility, participants visited Open Door’s dental van and Planned Parenthood’s medical van for rapid HIV testing. New York Life provided child identification cards for all children. People who were found to have health concerns or risks were referred for follow-up care.

Major sponsors of the Health Fair included: the Rye YMCA, Community Resource Center, Open Door Family Medical Centers, Montefiore/New Rochelle, Affinity Health Plan, and Greenwich Hospital.


Rye Y Leadership Clubs for Middle School and High School students

The Rye Y Leaders Club is an amazing opportunity for high school and middle school students who wish to make a positive impact in their community as well as develop leadership skills.

Meetings are held weekly.  A Rye YMCA membership is not necessary to join.

2017/18 school year meetings will start in October.

Grades 9-12
One of the best ways to get those volunteer hours some schools require for high school graduation! Our Leaders  Clubs meet once a week and are run by a group of elected teens with supervision from a Y Teen Advisor. This small group of teens serves as ambassadors of the Rye Y while promoting ideals of social responsibility, leadership and service to others. Leaders participate in weekly meetings, community events, regional teen rallies, and fundraising efforts. This club is free with two different options to chose from (see below).
Rye Leaders Club @ the Rye Y
If interested, please email: Kathy@ryeymca.org

Grades 6 – 8
This leadership group is designed for middle school students who want to make a positive impact in the Rye community, meet new friends and participate in a variety of service projects. The Junior Leaders meet weekly to plan and participate in meaningful and fulfilling activities, while introducing students to the ideals of social  responsibility, leadership and community service. If interested, email: Kathy@ryeymca.org

 

 

 


Summer Maintenance Schedule

We will be performing annual maintenance from Friday, August 18-September 8. During this time, various areas of the building will be closed for repairs, painting and cleaning.  Please click here to view. 


Swim Evaluation Times: July 17-Aug. 17

Swim Evaluation Times: July 17-August 17, 2017

No appointment necessary.

Monday-Thursday: 3:20-3:45pm

And:

Tuesdays: 1:20-2:00pm
Wednesdays: 12:00-12:40pm
Thursdays: 12:00-12:40pm

Saturday, August 5 only: 10:00-10:30am and 1:00-1:30pm