Something for everyone

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Community members who attended the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce's latest quarterly luncheon were treated to an educational program about the local YMCA. Dove Haney, facility manager, and Bob Crouthamel, youth and sports director, provided an assortment of information on the organization, which offers recreational programs and a variety of youth, adult and family activities. During the program, Haney reminded attendees that the local YMCA is currently conducting its Strong Kids Campaign. Donations collected through the campaign provide financial assistance that gives children from low-income families the opportunity to take part in Y programs and activities.

The YMCA began serving residents of southern Barry County less than eight years ago. Today, the local Y's membership is nearing 1,500, and the organization continuously adds new recreational and fitness opportunities for local residents. Some of those new programs include an adult flag football league, zumba classes, a summer day camp program and after school transportation services. This summer, the YMCA will add water aerobics classes to the assortment of swimming lessons and classes administered at the Cassville Aquatic Park.

In addition to offering many successful new programs, the Cassville YMCA's ongoing youth soccer and flag football leagues, tumbling and cheer program and Family Fun Nights continue to attract more and more participants. This year, the Friday night family events often provided entertainment for nearly 100 individuals.

On Saturday, the YMCA will host its 2012 Healthy Kids Day celebration at the facility on Highway 248 in Cassville from 9 to 11 a.m. This would be a great time to learn more about what is offered at the local Y or to make a donation to the Strong Kids Campaign. Last year, the Cassville YMCA provided over $31,000 in assistance to more than 200 local families. Around one-third of that funding was provided by donations made during the local Strong Kids Campaign.

According to the YMCA, "a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors." I appreciate that the YMCA has made the choice to invest in our community by offering programs and activities to make both local children and adults healthier. Whether you are interested in organized sports, individualized exercise programs, skill-building classes, swimming opportunities or a family-oriented atmosphere that is just fun to hang out in, check out the Cassville YMCA. It offers something for everyone.

~ Lindsay Reed