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Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, Valley YMCA, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Jason Dixon

My Y Story – Jason Dixon

At the Y, we strengthen com unity through youth development, healthy living, and social    responsibility because we believe in nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving  our community’s health and well being, giving back, and providing support for our neighbors That’s what Jason Dixon, a proud father of four and track and field coach at Gonzaga Prep,    found out when he joined the Y in June of 2016. Jason grew up in Spokane and started  education at SCC, throwing in Track and Field events. He later transferred to the University of  Alabama. Since 5th grade, Jason has had a passion for sports, particularly throwing. He has competed  in  shot-put and discus, and set a Freshman GSL record for discus in 2009. He even won a  state  championship in shot-put! In 2012, Jason went to the Olympic Trials and took 21st place for discus. Since he was a kid, he  has always wanted to make it to the Olympics someday, and at the Y, we are...

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Aquatics, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, Sports and Recreation, Uncategorized |

Y Swimmer Wins Gold in Rio

Y Swimmer Wins Gold in Rio

Springfield, Illinois- Springfield is cheering on one of its very own in the Rio Olympics. 21-year old Ryan Held was overcome with emotion when he took home the Gold medal on Sunday alongside teammate Michael Phelps. Held got his competitive start with the YMCA in Springfield, Illinois. Ryan competed in Sunday’s men’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay and his  family and friends all came together to watch. Held supporters gathered at the Kerasotes YMCA to cheer on the Springfield native. Held’s friends say watching his swimming career blossom from high school competitions to a world-wide event is exciting to share with the community. “Go Ryan. Go USA. It’s exciting. Eight days of racing and we’re watching every night. It’s a lot of fun and even more fun having Springfield’s own doing it,” said Alex Totura, competitive aquatics director. His family and friends say they expect him to accomplish much more in his swimming career. Story by WICS News Team – News Channel 20, Springfield – Decateur – Champaign Full...

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Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Cardio, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Strength, Uncategorized, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

The Y – so much more than a gym

The Y – so much more than a gym

The YMCA has a unique view of health. We strive to develop holistic health, focusing on the improvement of mind, body, and spirit; each is just as important as the other. We believe that the development of this kind of health is best fostered when within a community that shares the same values. It is because of members like Cheryl McHenry, a Y member for the past 16 years, a proud grandmother, and a consistent donor to the Y’s Annual Campaign, that the YMCA community is unlike any other of it’s kind. A regular at the Valley YMCA, she enjoys exercising with members that have the same genuine desire to be healthy and fit. But the value she places on physical fitness is only a part of what motivates her to exercise. Diabetes and Cardiac disease are present in her family, and she hopes to set an example for her granddaughters to live a healthy lifestyle. Cheryl’s greatest motivator is her orientation toward improving the future of our youth....

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, LIVESTRONG, My Y Story, Uncategorized, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories |

My Y Story – Ashley Hughes

My Y Story – Ashley Hughes

Some Fights Shouldn’t Be Fought Alone There will always be points in our lives in which we find ourselves too weak to carry on and without the strength to reach our full potential. It is in these moments that we can rely on our community to give us the strength and support needed to make our dreams a reality. For Ashley Hughes, the source of her weakness was two years of intense cancer treatment, followed by nearly a decade of side affects, and eventually a shoulder replacement in 2012. The treatment that saved her life had also unfortunately deteriorated her joints. It was at this point that Ashley turned to the LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA program for the support she so desperately needed. Here, she got her ‘strong’ back. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA is a free rehabilitation program aimed at improving the quality of life for cancer survivors following the completion of their treatment. Through the work of certified instructors and trainers equipped with specialized training, participants are provided with customized...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Central YMCA, Impact In Action, Slider, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, Volunteer, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Phil Clapin

My Y Story – Phil Clapin

Every generation of my family has chosen to swear an oath to defend the country of their homeland. After hearing the heroic stories of my grandfather, a World War II Royal Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down over France only to triumphantly return months later to England to be knighted by the Queen of England herself, I knew I wanted to follow in the family’s footsteps. If there was ever a role model to follow, he was it. Shortly after receiving my degree at Eastern Washington University, I made the decision to join the Air Force as an Air National Guardsman. The subsequent year after this decision was perhaps the most challenging yet greatest in my life; helping shape who I am today. Finding strength, undiscovered motivation and a greater appreciation for life, the military also instilled into me a pride I had not known that only comes with serving my country and state. Because of this, a day does not pass where I would not drop...

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