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My Y Story – Omid

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Camp Reed, My Y Story, School Age Care, Summer Camp, Teen, Y Stories, Y Stories, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

A few years ago, Omid’s family fled Afghanistan and the Taliban. Initially, they escaped to Iran but were forced to flee again due to lack of work and school. They sought refuge in Turkey, but they were still not allowed the freedom to go to work or school. Eventually, the family was able to immigrate to the United States, settling in Spokane. With the help of the YMCA, Omid has been able to succeed in school while overcoming the hardships of being a refugee. Through a collaboration with World Relief, Camp Reed provided him with a full scholarship which allowed him to attend camp for a week of fun...

My Y Story – Dawn Frey

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

Dawn and her husband always maintained a healthy lifestyle and enjoyed cycling and running together. Neither of them smoked. In 2014, Dawn was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to undergo months of chemot herapy and radiation, and a surgery to remove a part of her lung and some lymph nodes. Once cancer-free and cleared for work, Dawn and her family wondered, “What do we do now?” Six weeks later, she was able to join a LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA class. Class became more than a workout. It became a vehicle for bonding her with other survivors. Her family watched her reclaim her strength, physically and spiritually. She developed strong...

The YMCA Brings Families Closer Together

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, North YMCA, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development |

Our family loves going to the YMCA! Being so far away from a military base, the YMCA has been a great place for us to not only exercise, but to spend time together having fun. From swimming in the amazing kid friendly pools, to challenging each other in air hockey, or even a basketball shoot off, our family always enjoys our time at the Y. My 4-year-old, Ryan, looks forward to his child care time so much that he keeps me on track to go in and exercise three days a week. He even calls it his “school time” because they always have great activities like crafts, coloring and...

My Y Story – Jason Dixon

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 |

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...

Y Swimmer Wins Gold in Rio

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

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....

My Y Story – Anita Coleman

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Active Older Adults, Aquatics, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Valley YMCA, Y Stories |

At the Y, we strengthen community through healthy living because we believe that a community is  stronger when people have opportunities to improve their health and well-being. We work with people  to provide a nurturing environment in which you can develop skills and relationships for support in  meeting your goals. Take, for example, the story of Anita Coleman. A loving mother of four and grandmother of eight, Anita  has a passion for helping others. She has spent 13 years running her own massage business and often  spends time with her children and grandchildren. However, Anita had some struggles with her own  fitness, and spent many years overweight. At one...