February is American Heart Month and a great time to highlight ways to keep the littlest hearts in our family healthy. The Findlay Family YMCA has seemingly endless options to keep our kids moving and active throughout the year.
According to Brent Finlay, president and CEO of our local YMCA, group activities provide more than just physical benefits. “We also want to build confidence. Kids come from all different backgrounds, so our focus becomes how we can lift up a kid so they have more hope for tomorrow,” explains Finlay.
Year-round swimming and sports
In July 2017, the national YMCA launched an all-new learn-to-swim program with new curriculum to improve effectiveness of their lessons. Lessons are offered year-round for babies ages 6 months up to adults. Other sports lessons offered year-round include gymnastics, basketball, ballet, judo, tennis and more.
Children’s sports leagues vary by season and include flag football, volleyball, T-ball, basketball and soccer. The YMCA also offers the new FROG competitive swim team, which runs throughout the winter and is currently finishing up its second season. Sports leagues operate by the motto, “Everybody plays, everybody wins,” and provide a great way to introduce competitive sports to students in grades Pre-K on up.
Summer day camps
The YMCA has many opportunities for keeping kids’ minds and bodies active while school is out. “We have our full-day traditional summer camp which works great for working families. We also plan to add more half-day camps that are topic specific to let kids explore robotics, sports and more,” says Finlay.
The YMCA offers a Youth Physical Activity Center (YPAC) that was revamped in June 2017. It’s a great way to get kids moving in a way that’s fun and exciting. It offers games that encourage healthy competition and can exercise not only their bodies, but their minds as well. The YPAC makes fitness fun for kids and provides an opportunity to make new friends as well.
For more information and a schedule of programs go to findlayymca.org or call 419-422-4424.