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summer_swim_lessons [RYE, May 29, 2013] Summer Camp is not the only way for kids to experience a fun, active summer at the Rye Y! In addition to its popular swim program, this summer, the Rye Y will offer both Rock your World Music with Armelle and Super Soccer Stars. The summer session runs from June 22 to August 16 and registration begins for members on June 5 and for non members on June 7. Online registration is available at www.ryeymca.org for non-aquatics classes.
A fun filled class introducing music and musical instruments from all over the world. It is offered on Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30 for ages 9-24 months and 10:30 for ages 2-4 years. All classes are located at the Rye Arts Center.
Youth Member: $140
A great way to keep your children active and engaged on the weekend. Positive reinforcement is used to teach children soccer skills and build confidence in a fun, educational environment.
Classes are offered on Sundays as follows:
Age 2: 10:30 – 11:10
Age 3-4: 11:35 – 12:20
Ages 4-5: 10:30 – 11:20
Grades: K-2 – 11:35 – 12:35
Family Member: $230
Youth Member: $265
These classes build confidence while introducing and reinforce skills. Classes are offered for all ages and skill levels including parent/baby, pre-school, youth and teens. Several adult classes are also offered. View our swim class schedule online. Online registration is not available for swim classes. Members may mail or drop off their registration form by June 5. Non Members must register in person starting at 7:30 am June 7. Evaluations are required for most classes.
Our Kinder Camp is ideal for those looking for a first camp experience. The camp, for ages 3-5, is located in the air conditioned Rye Y facility and features daily swim lessons and lots of fun in a nurturing environment. We also have limited openings in our Discovery, Sports, LEGO and Arts camp. Our Teen Fitness Camp is a fun way for teens ages 12-15 to get fit while enjoying swimming, sports, games, strength training, group exercise classes and more! To learn more about camp options and register online, please visit ryeycamp.org.
Vickie Kourtelis, Rye Y Aquatics Director
The Y Aquatics Department is dedicated to making sure that all children learn to swim and learn water safety skills that prevent any injury or drowning in the water. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old.
With the summer season right around the corner, we would like to share some helpful tips to make sure that you and your families enjoy the summer and practice safe summer fun!
No matter what age or swim ability, children need continuous supervision around the water. Young children especially can drown in less than two inches of water so it is very important that caregivers keep a close eye on them while they are swimming! The smallest distraction is all it takes for a child to become part of a horrible statistic, all too many times we hear stories beginning with, “I was only gone for a minute…”or, “I received a quick phone call and a few seconds later…”
Please take water safety seriously this summer and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or any additional support we may be able to provide you with, Vickie@ryeymca.org or call (914)967-6363 ext. 108. Below are some tips that may help you and your family this summer.
These are just a few tips to help create a safe environment for you and your families this summer. Again, we urge you to remain focused on water safety this summer. Keeping an eye on your children or making sure they are properly supervised is extremely important to providing a safe and fun environment for all.
ENJOY, STAY COOL, AND BE SAFE!
By Hillary Southard
Rye Y Camp, Teen and Family Director
At one time in my life I had purple Keds with large white polka dots on them. I wore them every day and everywhere. They were my favorite shoes. They were also my only shoes, but of course to a five year-old, that automatically makes them favorite. Growing up in California, we had the Sierra Nevada mountain range within a few hours of our home. One summer we packed our bags, I put my polka dots shoes on, and we drove a few hours to a place my parents referred to as “camp”. I had been told about camp before. They said it was a fun place…I could go swimming…make new friends…play games.
As we drove nearly a mile into the sky, wrapping around what seemed like endless mountains and drop-offs surrounded by the tallest trees I have ever seen, I could feel my ears popping, and I began to become hesitant about this thing they called camp. The closer we got, the more excited my parents got, the more nervous I became. What if I didn’t make any friends or all-of-a-sudden forgot how to swim?!
I remember looking at my shoes as my feet dangled off the end of the car seat and began to count the number of white polka dots on them. I already knew how many were there, but I felt like I needed to count them again. We rounded the last corner, pulled up to the entrance, rolled down our windows and a group of teenagers I had never seen before, all wearing the same bright orange shirt, came running over to my window and they were so happy to see me! They started singing a song with MY name in it and clapping and dancing. Immediately I felt like a star and that this was MY camp and that my shoes and I are going to be just fine.
(RYE, May 20, 2013) The Rye YMCA and the Hispanic Resource Center (HRC) have teamed with a group of 18 outstanding high school students to launch a new Teen Leaders Club.
Through their own initiative, the teens drafted a complete charter and bi-laws for the newly formed Mamaroneck Leaders Club. This week, the club voted in the new charter and conducted its first elections. The club president, vice-president and secretary will serve during the 2013/2014 school year and lead the club through its inaugural year.
“The students will set their own year-long goals, the club’s vision for the next several years and their own recruiting strategy,” says Scott Umbel, club advisor. “They will have many challenges ahead of them; however, I’m immensely impressed with their accomplishments so far.”
“Our HRC staff is excited to partner with the Rye Y once again,” remarked HRC’s Executive Director Zoe Colon. “In the past, the Rye Y brought high quality fitness programs to the families we serve. We’re looking forward to this new venture that focuses on developing leadership skills in highly motivated teens.
The Leaders Club is a self-governed group of high school students that will meet weekly with their advisors (Jirandy Martinez, Hispanic Resource Center and Scott Umbel, Rye YMCA). The leaders are united under the common goal of building themselves and each other through teamwork and community service. Volunteer activities might include mentoring and serving as workforce for the Hunger Task Force.
In addition to service hours, the leaders will gain personal skills through weekly “values” workshops that focus primarily on growing as a leader and as a young adult. Jirandy Martinez shared that the values focus will “allow the leaders to address the multi-faceted needs of our community.”
The Leaders Club is one of the oldest and longest running teen programs within the YMCA movement, stemming from the early 1900’s. For more information or to join the Leader’s Club, please contact the Jirandy Martinez at the Hispanic Resource Center or Scott Umbel at the Rye YMCA. The club is open to any high school students and meets Tuesdays at 5:00pm at the Hispanic Resource Center in Mamaroneck.
[Rye, May 16, 2013] The Rye Y Gymnastics team continued to show their strength and balance at the YMCA Northeast Regional Gymnastics Championships in Waterville, Maine, May 3-5. Numerous medals were earned in the competition against more than twenty teams from seven states.
In recent years the gymnastics team has displayed new depth and ability, competing at higher levels and increasing the number of gymnasts qualifying for championships. There are currently forty-three gymnasts representing levels 4-7 as Rye YMCA gymnasts, with an impressive thirty-nine gymnasts who have qualified to compete at the YMCA National Championships to be held the week of June 25- 29 in Savannah, Georgia.
To learn more about Rye YMCA gymnastics programs online or call 967-6363, ext. 250.
(Rye, April 25, 2013) The Rye YMCA will host a Family Camping 101 Workshop for people who want to experience a taste of wilderness but don’t know where or how to start. The interactive event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Rye Y (21 Locust Avenue.)
The workshop will be led by several experienced campers, including staff members from the Rye Y, Rye Nature Center and Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS). It will cover such topics as: finding the right campground, buying or renting gear, cooking outdoors, and staying safe in the woods. Families will be able to try their hand at setting up a tent supplied by EMS for the event. Participating families and individuals will receive helpful handouts and a free raffle ticket for an EMS gift certificate.
The focus of the workshop will be on “car camping”—staying at a public or privately-owned campground with one’s car nearby—as opposed to wilderness camping or backpacking.
“Camping, especially with young children, can be an intimidating prospect if you’ve never been,” observed Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells. “However, the benefits of spending time in nature—sleeping in a tent, swimming in a lake, cooking over a fire—can last a lifetime. We want to take the mystery out of camping and show families how much fun it can be to have quality, unplugged time together.”
The workshop, which is part of the Kids Outdoors initiative, will be held on the lawn behind the Y parking lot. In the event of rain, the workshop will move inside. To RSVP or for additional information, contact Denise Woodin at 967-6363, ext. 101 email@example.com. Children are welcome at this event, but must be accompanied by an adult.
The Rye YMCA is a family oriented community service organization which welcomes all people and promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body. Kids Outdoors is a community collaboration to promote unstructured, physically active outdoor play and exploration for children of all ages.
On Sunday, April 28, the Rye YMCA will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Rye Derby. To showcase the history of this special event, a commemorative quilt consisting of a collection of Rye Derby t-shirts was created. Volunteers gathered together with instructor Kim Mulcahy to work on the quilt in 5 sessions, first sewing together the t-shirts, then embellishing them with sequins, buttons, yarn and stitching. “The process of creating the quilt also resulted in a small community,” said Penny Cozza, Rye Y Fund Development Associate. “We started off as strangers and ended up as friends.”
The 5K and 5M races start at 10:15 and the 1 mile family fun run/walk starts at 12:15 pm. Runners may register in advance at the Rye Y Member Services desk until noon on Friday and online until 2pm at Saturday. Race day registration starts at 8 am, checks and cash only. Starting at 10:30 am, runners and families are invited to gather at the Rye Y for free activities including active games, jumping castle, live music and a BBQ.
Photo Caption: Rye Derby quilt in Rye Y lobby. Quilters pictured: Ann Edmonds, Amy Katz, Penny Cozza and Kim Mulcahy. Quilters not pictured: Barbara Anderson, Sylvia Chandras, Wendy Galloway, Ann Goldsmith, Karen Klomp, Mariela Leech, Kate Perri and Sheryl Stroud
RYE, NY (April 15, 2013) The Rye YMCA is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its Rye Derby along with Healthy Kids Day on Sunday, April 28.
Eamonn Coghlan, co-founder of the Derby, and a former resident of Rye, will travel from his home in Dublin, Ireland to be the honorary chair. Eamonn is a three time Olympian and has been known as the “Chairman of the Boards” for his successes on the American Indoor Athletics Circuit, breaking the World Record for the indoor mile on three separate occasions. In 1983 he won the 5000m event at the World Championships in Helenski.
Runners can choose between a 5K race and a 5 mile USA Track & Field sanctioned race. Both races start at 10:15 am; a 1 mile family fun run/walk starts at 12:15 pm. Several world class athletes as well as local runners are expected to participate in the race. Medals are given to championship race winners in their age groups and there is a cash purse for the top 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in the 5 mile race. Starting at 10:30 am, runners and families are invited to gather at the Rye Y for free activities including active games, jumping castle, live music and a BBQ.
Participants are encouraged to register for the races in advance online or at the Rye Y’s Member Services Desk. Online registration is available for both races and the family fun run. Registered participants receive a Derby t-shirt. The fee for the 5 mile and 5K race is $25 or $30 the day of the race. The fun run/walk fee is $20. Open registration and bib pickup begins at 8 am on the race day. Proceeds contribute to teen programming, financial aid for families and community outreach.
For more information, contact the Rye YMCA at 914-967-6363.
[Rye. April 3, 2013] The Rye YMCA and the Healthier Port Chester Coalition will sponsor a screening of “ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare” on April 18, 2013, from 7:30 -9:30 p.m., at the Rye Free Reading Room. ESCAPE FIRE is the award-winning Sundance documentary that has been hailed as “An Inconvenient Truth” for the healthcare debate.
ESCAPE FIRE tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? The film examines the powerful forces maintaining the status quo, a medical industry designed for quick fixes rather than prevention and for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. ESCAPE FIRE follows dramatic human stories and leaders fighting to transform healthcare at the highest levels of medicine, industry, government, and even the US military. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out. It’s about saving the health of a nation.
This is not a film about political controversy or partisan posturing. It’s about creating a true healthcare system, not a disease-care system. “I’m personally excited about the film because it addresses the fundamental flaws in the current system and offers ‘escape fires’ –or solutions — that are within our grasp,” remarked Rye Y Executive Director Gregg Howells.
The 90-minute screening, which is appropriate for ages 12+, will be followed by a panel discussion and Q & A with Dr. Daren Wu, Chief Medical Officer of Open Door Family Medical Center and Dr. Henri Roca, Medical Director of Greenwich Hospital’s Integrative Medicine Department.
To RSVP, and for additional information, contact Tanya Stack at 914-967-6363, ext 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rye YMCA is a family oriented community service organization which welcomes all people and promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body.
Healthier Port Chester is a broad-based coalition of community leaders working to make healthy living the easy choice for all.
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