Rye YMCA Blog

Fall Program Guide

Click here to view the fall program guide.
Registration starts:
Members: August 11
Non-Members: August 18
Session dates: September 11- November 12

Community Fundraiser & Celebration – details

Remember the days when people could come together in person – for a good cause? Well, we are making it happen again this fall!

On Friday, September 17, the Rye YMCA will hold a community celebration and fundraiser to support our Y Cares Financial Assistance Program.

Please join us for an evening of Dessert, Drinks and Live Music Under the Stars!

Friday, September 17, 2021
8 PM – 11 PM
21 Locust Ave, Rye

Featuring music by The Ray Greiche Band

Gold Spirit Awardees
Sue Kelly & Doug Donohue

Community Service Awardee
Sara Goddard

Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Casual Attire!
Price Increases August 31.

Our most important fundraiser of the year, Better Together at the Rye YMCA, raises funds for our Y Cares Financial Assistance Program which allows us to keep a powerful promise to the communities we serve: no one will ever be turned away from a Y program or activity because he or she can’t pay. Your support will send kids to camp, subsidize senior memberships, support cancer survivors and so much more.

2021-22 Teen Nights

Grades 6-8

The 2nd Saturday of each month, the Y is open just to middle schoolers from 7-10pm for an evening of fun, food, competitions and games. Second Saturdays are supervised by our professional Rye Y staff.

Questions: hcamacho@ryeymca.org

Registration required.

October 9: Welcome back to the Y! Open Gym
November 13: Nerf Night Special
December 11: Holiday Party
January 15: Open Mic Night
February 12: Capture the Flag
March 12: March Madness Basketball Special
April 9: Dodgeball
May 14: Nerf Night Special

Family Members: Free
Youth Members: $5
Non-Members: $10

Family: $5
Youth: $5
Non-Members: $10

Community celebration & fundraiser

Friday, September 17 – 8-11pm

Community celebration and fundraiser to support our Rye Cares Financial Assistance Program
Join us for an evening of dessert, drinks and live music under the stars!
Click here for details and ticket info. 

Togetherhood Community Service Project

Join us!
Tending the Giving Garden at Port Chester Middle School
Tuesday, August 3, 9 am-11 am
For ages 4+. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Registration required. For more information and to sign up, click here.

May is National Water Safety Month

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old? As a leading provider in swimming lessons and community outreach for over 100 years, here at the Y we know the urgency around teaching children and families how to be safe around water. As we approach the hot summer season, we want  to help our families and community stay safe this summer.

In recognition of May being National Water Safety Month, we want all of our members to learn the hard facts about drowning, how we can all commit to drowning prevention, and how we can work together in our community to spread the word around the importance of water safety at all times. Please follow us on Facebook or Instagram to receive information on Water Safety Wednesdays through May and additional information throughout the month to help your family stay safe around water this summer!

Drowning is 100% preventable and we need your help to ensure that our kids stay safe this summer!

Rye Y Aquatics Staff

Statement from Y-USA President

April 21, 2021

I am relieved.

After getting my hopes up so many times before that our nation’s justice system would do right by a Black person, only to be punched in the gut, I am relieved that the jurors in Minneapolis held Derek Chauvin accountable for murdering George Floyd. They believed what they saw: Chauvin callously kneeling on George’s neck for more than nine minutes as his breath and his life were drained from him. I am relieved that this is grounds for a murder conviction in our country.

As I watched news coverage of people crying, screaming, hugging and dancing, I experienced all those emotions. It was a release of anxiety, fear and the heavy burden Black people in America have carried throughout this trial – and it felt good.

I also am grateful.

For 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, who had the presence of mind to take out her phone and record what she witnessed on a Minneapolis street on the evening of May 25, 2020, because there may not have been a trial if she hadn’t. For Chauvin’s police chief and fellow officers who took the stand and said his show of force was unnecessary and in violation of department policy. And for the prosecutors, who skillfully countered racist stereotypes about the dangerous, drug-addicted Black man.

But I am clear-eyed.

This verdict does not bring back George Floyd, who should be alive today and who is lost to his kids and family for the rest of their lives. It does not deliver peace to countless other Black and Brown families who still seek accountability for the murder of a loved one. And it does not solve our country’s many problems rooted in systemic racism.

What I hope this verdict does do is move us closer to meaningful policy change and a more equitable and just future for all people. We have a long way to go, but this verdict can be a significant step in the right direction – if our country has the collective courage and will to make it one.

The Y is working toward a more equitable and just future in communities across the nation – and around the world – every day. Our commitment to becoming an anti-racist, multicultural organization calls us to stand against racism in all forms and lift up those who are oppressed. It also calls us to promote peace and understanding by bringing together people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives to help them find common ground, consistent with our inclusive mission. The Y is ready to help all people and communities go forward from this pivotal moment.

In a statement following George Floyd’s murder, I said I was sad, frustrated, angry and scared, but hopeful – primarily because the activism I saw across the country was led by young people of all races and ethnicities, locked arm-in-arm with their Black brothers and sisters. It warmed my heart to see them so visible in their communities again yesterday, because I believe they deserve credit for the verdict. The awareness they raised and the pressure they applied made a difference.

Most of the responsibility for reversing 400 years of racial inequity and injustice in this country will fall to young people. It’s a daunting task, but I know they are up to it. As I have said before, I am a firm believer in the power and promise of young people. Nothing is beyond their reach.

So, I remain hopeful. Because one verdict can be the start of something bigger, and because I’m convinced young people will make sure that it is.

President and CEO
YMCA OF THE USA 101 N Wacker Drive, Chicago IL 60606
312.419.8674 | kwashington@ymca.net | ymca.net

Summer Programs

This summer we will offer youth swim, karate, soccer and music as well as a teen fitness clinic and adult fitness classes.
Registration starts June 14 for members and June 16 for non-members.
Programs run June 26-August 20

Click here to view the guide

2021 Summer Camps

Limited availability.  Click here to view the 2021 camp brochure.
Click here to register

Pre-School Enrichment Program

Registration has started for Fall 2021.  Click here for details