After School, The Y Helps Kids Reach Their Potential
For Immediate Release - July 18, 2018
A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 children kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness organization. As families are transitioning from summer to fall, the YMCA of Central Virginia is offering programs to school-aged children throughout Lynchburg City, Amherst County, Appomattox County, and Nelson County to keep youth active, busy and engaged during out-of-school time. Through a well-rounded approach to youth development, the Y’s pro-gram offers activities in a caring and safe environment during the critical hours after school. Whether through mentorship, or academic support, the Y nurtures the potential of youth throughout the school year.
“Over 11 million children are unsupervised between 3 and 6 pm, an essential time to help increase children’s success in school,” said Teena Williams, Child Care Director, YMCA of Central Virginia. “Afterschool at the Y is an opportunity for families to ensure their kids are receiving additional support, continued learning and a chance to participate in meaningful activities that can inspire children’s motivations and help them reach their potential.”
In addition to before school and after-school care, the Y offers vacation camp, and school days out care. In the event of a snow day, or teacher works day, the YMCA may offer full day care to before and after school participants at no additional cost to the family. Kids that participate in the program will receive healthy snacks, art and craft time, outdoor games and play, inside gym time, opportunities for homework time, and the chance to build lasting friendships while making memories. Vacation and snow days can include swimming at the Y and fun field trips throughout the community.
Through a unique partnership with Lynchburg City Schools, the YMCA can offer dinner to kids at Lynchburg City School sites this year. Each afternoon children participating in the program at Lynchburg City Schools will receive a meal at no additional cost to the families.
The YMCA of Central Virginia accepts DSS and donor supported financial assistance is available to ensure every child and teen has the opportunity to learn and grow at the Y. The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, supporting their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development from birth to career.
For more information about the YMCA of Central Virginia afterschool program, please contact the YMCA’s Child Care Administrative Office at 434.847.8750 or visit www.ymcacva.org.
Local YMCA Member and CrossFit Enthusiast Betsy Vanderburgh Makes Her Mark in the CrossFit World
YMCA of Central Virginia Member Competes in 2nd Round of Worldwide CrossFit Competition
What started as a dare between an athletic husband and wife team has led to the experience of a lifetime for Lynchburg resident Betsy Vanderburgh, who took her shot at the title of “Fittest Masters Female on Earth” after advancing to the second round of the 2018 Reebok CrossFit Games.
When CrossFit was introduced at the Jamerson Family YMCA, Vanderburgh’s husband, Joe, gave the high-intensity workout program a try. He struggled but perservered, then dared his wife to join him. As an Air Force Academy alumna and military veteran, Vanderburgh’s life has revolved around fitness and mental fortitude. Not one for backing down from a challenge, Vanderburgh accepted and now finds herself on the international CrossFit stage.
“The CrossFit workouts were so ridiculously difficult that it wasn’t long before I realized that was the beauty and genius of the whole thing,” said Vanderburgh. “Even the best athletes must struggle through and push themselves to complete a workout. Everyone is laughing afterward and it’s a lot of childish fun to swing up on a bar, climb a rope, jump up on things, and skip rope.”
Vanderburgh’s journey began with the CrossFit Open, an opportunity for members from every affiliate globally to complete specified workouts over a five-week period with the strongest proceeding to Regionals. Older athletes and teenagers skip the Regionals and instead compete in an Online Qualifier against their top peers. Vanderburgh made the first cut, placing 45th, worldwide in her age group (55-59) and advancing to the Online Qualifier, which was held the weekend of April 20-23.
Vanderburgh placed 29th out of 200 participants during the online qualifier which challenges athletes’ mental and physical game with max lifts, high-skill movements and tests of general physical preparedness. Now in its fifth year, the Online Qualifier is a stepping stone for both masters and teenagers on their journeys to the CrossFit Games. Vanderburgh has completed the four assigned workouts for this stage of the competition, which were videotaped and validated by a licensed CrossFit affiliate.
“I’m not a professional athlete, trainer or coach,” said Vanderburgh. “I’m not in it for the trophy. I love the peer pressure, the camaraderie and the loud music. The coaches are so good at helping everyone take what they have and build on it to become stronger, faster and fitter. I hope my experience will help more people see CrossFit as less intimidating and more health and strength building.”
Vanderburgh is among the rapidly growing community of CrossFit enthusiasts – more than 1,500 affiliates launched in the past year alone to accommodate the increased interest, bringing the total number of locations to 14,500 worldwide. The all-inclusive CrossFit Open has become one of the largest participatory fitness events in the world, with 385,000 people competing in 2017.
The YMCA of Central Virginia offers two CrossFit programs; Jamerson Crossfit which is held at the Jamerson Family YMCA, and CrossFit Seven Hills at the Downtown YMCA. Both programs are led by enthusiastic trained professionals committed to seeing athletes grow and reach their goals in a safe environment. In addition to CrossFit for adults, the Jamerson Family YMCA offers CrossFit Kids during the summer for youth ages 8 - 13 years old.
Additional information about the CrossFit program offered through the YMCA of Central Virginia is available online, at https://www.ymcacva.org/crossfit.html.
YMCA of Central Virginia Opens 2018 Summer Camp Registration
YMCA of Central Virginia Opens 2018 Summer Camp Registration
– Field Trips, KidzGym Fun and Swim Lessons to Highlight Camp Experience –
LYNCHBURG, Va., April 20, 2018 – The YMCA of Central Virginia is looking ahead to summer for Lynchburg, Appomattox and Nelson County youth ages 5-12, with Summer Camp registration now open for the weekly program beginning June 4. The Day Camp program offers a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, learning and community exploration for kids, while fostering their social, educational and physical development.
“The YMCA of Central Virginia Summer Camp program is an incredible opportunity for local youth to build self-confidence, learn independence and create lasting memories,” Teena Williams, YMCA of Central Virginia Child Care Director. “It’s a fun and fulfilling experience for children, while offering parents peace of mind that their children are spending their summer break in a productive and safe environment.”
Opportunities to discover new talents, develop new skill sets and interact with diverse peers has been the central focus of the YMCA Summer Camp for more than 150 years. Purposeful play and hands-on experience helps support teamwork and problem solving skills that are essential to youth development and their lifelong success. Among the many activities planned are community field trips to local parks and other attractions; KidzGym indoor play including rock climbing, interactive games and indoor sports; free swim lessons, and much more.
Swim lessons with CPR-certified lifeguards is among the highlights of the Summer Camp experience, with kids both enjoying and learning in the water. Swim time will offer supervised play and instruction, while campers gain confidence in the water and learn essential water safety skills.
The Summer Camp registration form is available for download, at https://www.ymcacva.org/summer-camp.html. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, and required at least one week prior to the week attending. Becoming a member of the YMCA of Central Virginia provides a savings of up to $100 on Summer Camp tuition. To support children needing financial assistance to attend, please consider donating at http://www.ymcacva.org/give.html.
About the YMCA of Central Virginia
Based in Lynchburg, Va., the YMCA of Central Virginia is committed to nurturing the potential of all children and teens by promoting healthy living and encouraging social responsibility within the community. For more then 160 years, the YMCA of Central Virginia has served as an advocate for all youth, while providing a safe and supportive environment for them.
Time to “Waterproof” Lynchburg Area Kids
Time to “Waterproof” Lynchburg Area Kids through YMCA of Central Virginia Swim Programs
Programs offer a mix of fun, physical activity and safety to create a lifelong love of swimming
Lynchburg VA – As the season turns from winter to spring, the YMCA of Central Virginia encourages children and parents in the central Virginia region to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In Y swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.
“It’s never too early to get children involved in swimming—it’s an important for safety reasons, but also a great way to keep active and healthy,” said Josh Gravette, Association Aquatics Director, YMCA of Central Virginia. “There are so many options for parents, but the best place to start is by learning basic water safety skills that helps get kids familiar with the water that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs and can even lead to a career.”
As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the local YMCA encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming—beginning with water safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:
- Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
- Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
- Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
- Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.
In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, swimming is a great way to increase physical activity. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 100 years. The YMCA of Central Virginia continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including group swim lessons, private swim lessons, infant and toddler swim lessons, family swim, and competitive swim team. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, donor supported financial assistance is available.
To learn more about the YMCA of Central Virginia’s swim programs, please contact on of the Y’s three convenient locations or you can visit them online at www.ymcacva.org.