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SML Tennis Gets Kids Moving at Smith Mountain Lake

Charlottesville, Virginia (5/7/2018) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report that SML Tennis has started its outreach program to elementary schools around Smith Mountain Lake in Bedford and Franklin counties. Chesley Wilkerson, founder of SML Tennis, recently spent all day at Moneta Elementary School teaching tennis during PE classes to kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Chesley says, “I taught gym class all day April 30th to grades k-5. Each class ranged from 17 to 24 students! Kids learned footwork, ball control and hand-eye coordination through different drills and games, using red foam balls. By the end of each 40-minute class, most kids were able to rally back and forth with each other. Tons of fun! We hope to attract these kids to the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA for some out-of-school programming. SML Tennis is offering red, orange and green ball clinics there four days a week.”


Lynda Harrill, QuickStart Tennis Coordinator, adds, “We love finding people like Chesley in the counties we serve. She has the passion and drive to help us grow tennis. It is so awesome to have a tennis instructor work with PE teachers to get tennis going in a community. Many thanks to Caitlyn Moore, PE teacher at Moneta Elementary, for welcoming Chesley to her classes. Building a tennis pathway for kids starts in PE. Building a tennis tradition in a community takes partnerships like that.” 

QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia is an all-volunteer, grassroots Community Tennis Association established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to promote, develop and grow QuickStart Tennis in the heart of Virginia for all beginners, especially underserved youth, using the kid-sized QuickStart Tennis format. QCV’s service area includes Albemarle, Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Culpeper, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Franklin, Greene, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Louisa, Lunenburg, Madison, Mecklenburg, Nelson, Nottoway, Orange, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Powhatan and Rappahannock counties and the

cities of Charlottesville, Danville and Martinsville. We currently serve 207 schools with more than 95,000 kids, 15 parks & recreation departments, three Boys & Girls Clubs and three YMCAs in our service area of 27 counties and three independent cities. We have also gotten tennis into PE classes in 36 additional schools with 15,000 students in communities outside our service area.

Visit QCV at: www.quickstartcentral.org and on Facebook.
For additional information, contact quickstartcentral@comcast.net

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Charlottesville, Virginia (4/4/2018) – QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia, Inc. (QCV) is pleased to report QCV has made an equipment grant to the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA in Franklin County. Funding for this grant was made possible by the Richard & Caroline Gwathmey Memorial Trust. The equipment will be used for classes at the YMCA and for the Y’s community outreach to nearby schools in both Franklin and Bedford counties. Chesley Wilkerson is the tennis instructor for the YMCA, which is located in Moneta, VA and has two indoor tennis courts.

YMCA Branch Director Lauren Acker says, “Making the QuickStart Tennis program available to youth in our area is incredibly exciting. With support from QuickStart Tennis of Central Virginia and enthusiasm from Chesley Wilkerson, USPTA certified coach, I know this program will thrive in the community.”

QCV QuickStart Coordinator Lynda Harrill adds, “It is a pleasure to work with individuals who understand how beneficial learning to play tennis is for kids. It also helps when stars align as they did in this case. We were looking to get afterschool and out-of-school tennis programming going in Franklin County and the Y had just started a new youth tennis program and wanted to add community outreach. Through community partnerships with people like Lauren and Chesley, we can get a racquet in every hand and put a smile on every face. That is what QuickStart Tennis is all about.”

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Rocky Mount, Va. (March 5, 2018) – The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team competed in the Piedmont YMCA Swimming Association Championship swim meet this past weekend held at the Bedford YMCA. There were 11 YMCA swim teams there and over 300 swimmers in attendance. The Riptide swim team placed 5th overall in combined team scores. Riptide swimmers earned 3 out of 12 possible high point awards. High point awards are given to the swimmer who scores the most points in their respective age groups. Riptide swimmers that were awarded high point were Benjamin Furrow for 6 and under boys, Grayson Altice for 7-8 year boys and Allison Teer for 13-14 girls. The Riptide swim team made major time improvements in individual swims over the course of the championship swim meet and several meet records broken.

“The Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swimmers have been working hard all season and it really showed this weekend. I am honored to be part of such a great program. The Riptide swim team is more than just a sport team we are a family. I was so proud of the swimmers who not only swam great but showed great character and team spirit this weekend. I look forward to the coming years as the Riptide swim team grows and gets better year after year.” Said head coach JT Boyd.

“Congrats to all the swimmers this weekend! Everyone did an awesome job. Also a huge thank you to all of you parents and families for all you do. This was a great way to close out the season!,” said Aquatic Director Kameron Kitts.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (February 28, 2018) – The Fresh coalition hosted a middle school dance at the Franklin County Family YMCA that had over 150 kids participating. The event had a DJ, dancing, an inflatable obstacle course, photo booth and other interactive activities provided by the Rocky Mount Police Department, the Family Resource, Piedmont Community Services, Henry Fork Center and other area agencies. Entry was free to all area middle school students and ran from 8pm to 10pm.

The intent of the evening was to discourage substance abuse by offering fun alternatives and education about the perils of drug use. A group of high school students, as a part of an organization called “CHILL” setup an interactive presentation that emphasized how important it is to be careful when accepting drinks from strangers and acquaintances in social settings.

“The event was a lot of fun for the kids but they really learned a lot about the dangers that are associated with substance abuse,” says Tony Wright a representative from FRESH and leader of CHILL.

The Fresh coalition and the Y plan on offering several more events throughout the rest of the school year including an After Prom event for Juniors and Seniors on April 28th.

“It’s really important for kids at this age to learn that they can have a great time without drugs and alcohol and to begin to develop lasting friendships,” says Jamie Stump Childcare Coordinator with the YMCA.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (December 29, 2017) – The Franklin County Family YMCA is combating hunger this holiday season through unique food drive programs.

This year at its 8 before and after school sites the Y held food drives for the “backpack” food program. The backpack program sends home food with students who may not have food security in their home during weekends and holidays.  Each of the Y’s sites competed against the other to see who could bring in the most food. The site which brought in the most food won an ice cream party for the students at that site. This is the second year the Y has held the competition between sites, overall the program brought in enough food to stuff around 250 bags. This year’s winner Dudley Elementary school brought in 1,400 individual food items for the drive.

“It’s a part of the Y’s mission work to do as much as we can for the community. It also gives our after school kids a chance to learn about helping others and giving back,” says Jamie Stump who is coordinating the effort at the YMCA.

The Y will also be raising food donations in the new year through a unique membership promotion. The Y will waive the joining fee on all memberships with the minimum of one canned good donation that goes to a local food pantry. The “can your joining fee” special is set to run through the end of January across all three YMCA locations in Rocky Mount, Ferrum and Smith Mountain. This will be the Franklin County Y’s first time offering the special and they hope to raise at least a 1,000 cans of food during the drive.

“Most wellness places offer some incentive to join this time of year but I think by directly helping others it shows how the Y is a little different. You can make a new year’s resolution anywhere but the Y’s mission is not only creating healthier members but a stronger community!” says Jessica Thomason Membership Director at the Y. 

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (November 3, 2017) – The Smith Mountain Lake YMCA announced today that it now offers the Y’s ScriptFit, a doctor referred exercise program. ScriptFit is a comprehensive approach to wellness built on accurate health assessments, one-on-one sessions with a certified trainer along with motivation and support. It is now available at the Y’s SML location in the Lakewatch Plantation.

Previously the program had been available at the Y’s Rocky Mount location and saw exceptional results among its participants. The program works with doctors and their patients to build a personalized exercise program to improve the overall health of the participant and address specific concerns including chronic conditions, stability, balance, muscle density and weight loss. Members who have participated have seen weight and fat loss, including significant reductions in visceral fat. One participant saw a 20 point reduction in her blood pressure from 200/140 and is now 160/90. The Y has recruited Sallie Cappellari to be lead trainer for the program. Sallie is IFTA and ACE certified and has previously taught bootcamp classes, cardio kickboxing and Yoga Classes. She is a familiar face at the SML Y and longtime member.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of an innovative program like ScriptFit. This is just one example of how the YMCA positively impacts, not just its members, but the community as a whole. By partnering with our local doctors we are in a unique position to provide individualized care to meet the special needs of our participants,” says ScriptFit lead trainer Sallie Cappellari.

In the coming month the Y will also be bringing a Parkinson relief program to its Smith Mountain Lake location. The program is a part of ScriptFit and uses non-contact boxing drills and footwork to increase coordination and get Parkinson patient’s moving and elevating their heart rate.

“We know that our members are going to love being able to work with a trainer, at a reduced rate, to address specific needs they may have to improve their health. Sallie is a great trainer and can really motivate her clients,” says Lauren Acker the SML YMCA’s Branch Director.

The Y will also be demoing the InBody machine during the month of November and offering free body composition scans to the community. The Inbody is a high tech body scanner that measures body fat percentages, muscle density, an accurate body weight, hydration level and calculates metabolic rate all in about a minute.

“We have ScriptFit, the Inbody, Y Weight our health and wellness challenge, Indoor Pickleball and lots of classes every week. Stop in and see us. The Y has a lot going on to keep our members active and healthy and we’d love to see you there,” says Acker. 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (November 7, 2017) – This past weekend the Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team won its first home meet of the season. The Franklin County Y swam against teams from Danville, South Boston, Bedford and Altavista. Winning by a more than 80 point lead over the second place team from Danville.

“We’re off to a great start this year and are really excited about the season,” says J.T. Boyd the Y’s Head Swim Coach. 

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (October 25, 2017) – This past weekendthe Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team participated in the Lynchburg YMCA’s invitation and “virtual swim meet.” This first meet of the season had 11 Y team members who swam against not only multiple local teams but were entered into a national database with all Y teams in the country swimming over the same weekend. Out of the swimmers at the meet 28 personal records were set and the team overall cut over 200 seconds off their previous times. In addition, one swimmer made regional cut off times from this meet.

 

The Y team this year has over 50 registered participants which is an all-time high in participation in more than a decade at the YMCA.

 

 

“The growth of our swim team has been great to watch and be a part of. We have some terrific swimmers this year and some dedicated volunteer coaches and parents. It’s going to be a great season,” says Kameron Kitts Aquatics Director with the YMCA.

 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (October 24, 2017)The Franklin County Family YMCA is poised to expand its Parkinson’s Program, which offers those with the disease a way to manage their symptoms with exercise. The program builds on ScriptFit, a unique YMCA program which gives physician-referred clients access to personal training at a special rate. The Y’s Parkinson’s program is the only one of its kind in Franklin County, and has been steadily growing since its inception last year.

“What makes our program work- the trainers not only know what they’re doing with the equipment, exercises and drills, but they have a personal passion for this type of training, and they know how to translate that to the needs of their clients,” said Kevin McAlexander the YMCA’s Branch Director.

Non-contact boxing training has become a popular and effective approach to managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The Y’s program began in 2016 after several ScriptFit clients with Parkinson’s enrolled, seeking therapeutic exercise options for the condition.

“Progress is different for each client, but you can see the improvements in their movement and posture happening before your eyes.” said Simpson. 

Simpson draws upon his knowledge and skills as a martial artist and personal trainer to design and conduct training sessions. A typical session combines targeted balance, flexibility, cardio and resistance training with boxing drills.

“We start with drills that warm up the brain’s ability to communicate across hemispheres and respond to changes in balance and stability, then move into strength exercises that target weakened muscles and movement patterns. After that we start working rounds on the double end bag, heavy bag and focus mitts. Throughout all of this, we work in modified jump rope rounds to elevate the heart rate, gradually adding in increasingly challenging footwork and crossovers,” says Simpson.

All of the participants exercise between sessions, using the Y’s indoor track and cardio equipment to log additional time at sustained heart rates.

The program can be modified to meet the needs of the Parkinson’s population, whose symptoms and age-related conditions can vary. Although the clients report improvements in Parkinson’s related symptoms, the program has also helped them to improve in other areas too.  

“Everything is scaled to the individual; if certain symptoms are worse that day, we might change plans and emphasize one area more than others. One client had a significant fall a few weeks ago, but came through it with no injuries, which he and his doctor credit to his involvement in the program. Another started out unable to control his descent onto a chair, now he can bob and weave like he’s been doing it his whole life,” said Simpson.

The brain-health benefits of exercise come from maintaining a moderately elevated heart rate for 20-45 minutes 3-5 days per week, but the best results come from incorporating activities that challenge timing and reaction time, coordination, spatial awareness and problem solving. Boxing training methods are uniquely suited to offer these conditions. There is a significant body of research that shows that moderately intense exercise maintains existing brain cells, supports growth of new ones and encourages circulation and connections between them, improves memory, alertness, mood, cognition, and coordination. These improvements can happen at any age. You can be 17 or 70 and the potential is still there.

 

ScriptFit is available at all three Franklin County YMCA locations, and the boxing program is available at the Rocky Mount and Smith Mountain Lake branches. For more information on the Y’s Parkinson’s program, ScriptFit, and other programs, contact Randy Simpson at 489-9622. 

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Rocky Mount, Va. (September 28, 2017)The Franklin County YMCA is happy to announce that Victoria Brown is the new Branch Director of the Ferrum College YMCA. Brown has been a familiar face to many at the Rocky Mount Y, where she developed a reputation as a knowledgeable and friendly fitness professional. In two yearsas a personal trainer, Fitness Coordinator and program instructor, she developed innovative programs such as Moving with Mommy, an exercise class for new mothers, and Ladies Who Lift, a women’s powerlifting class.  Brown will apply her innovation and initiative to bring similar programs to the Ferrum branch.

"I'm excited to become a part of Ferrum College and look forward to creating a great environment for wellness and community on this beautiful campus," says Brown. “Starting this fall, we will be offering new programs for the campus as well as for the community.”

 

Brown also brings her experience as a collegiate athlete and area youth soccer coach to the Ferrum Y, which works closely with Ferrum College Athletic teams. Ferrum’s Academic programs also use the Y as an extension of classroom learning, and for the past year, Brown has worked in partnership with Ferrum College staff to develop wellness programs for the campus community.Her colleagues at the Rocky Mount are also excited about the changes coming to the Ferrum location.

 

“Victoria has a personal passion for fitness and an excellent track record of successful program development and delivery,” said YMCA Membership Director Kevin McAlexander. “We are excited for the fresh ideas and enthusiasm that she brings to this role! We've already had a lot of positivefeedback from the campus community.”

 

For more information about the Ferrum YMCA's schedule and programs, call 489-9622, or visit the Ferrum YMCA Facebook page. 

 

 

"Great things are on the way! Stop in and see us!" said Brown.

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Rocky Mount, Va. (August 22, 2017) – The Franklin County Family YMCA announced today that a long time member and class participant Jessica Mitchell has become the Y’s new Group Exercise Coordinator taking over for Christy Ploch.

I am honored and thrilled to be the YMCA's new Group Exercise Coordinator. I have big shoes to fill with Christy Ploch stepping back from this role. She has been a huge impact on fitness in Franklin County. I have a huge passion for fitness and am elated to share it with our members,” says Jessica Mitchell.

The position consists of managing around 50 classes a week, multiple instructors and certifications as well as coordinating special events and programs for YMCA members.  The Y’s group exercise classes are offered weekly at no additional charge to all YMCA members. The classes include Yoga, Zumba, kettlebell classes, bootcamp style classes, low impact classes, even a Moving with Mommy class for new moms and their child.

We have an amazing group of instructors that all have something different to offer our members. We have classes for all levels and all ages. I hope to bring new programs, new classes and put my personal touch on our program. We have a loyal group of members that come to all our classes and it just makes it more fun to work out together. We laugh and push each other while getting healthy! I look forward to new faces that haven't given us a try. You will get hooked, I promise!” says Mitchell.

 

For more information on the Y’s group exercise schedule call 540-489-9622. 

 

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YMCA PRESCHOOL INSPIRES YOUTH INVOLVEMENT

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Rocky Mount, Va. (March 20, 2017) - The Rocky Mount Baptist Church worked on a youth project over the summer where 18 youth (at VBS) painted crates and tires for the Y Land of Wonder Preschool. The colorful crates are being used in each classroom to hold the children's blocks, puzzles, books, etc. The tires will be used to extend the preschool's vegetable garden outside. 

This is the second year that Land of Wonder Preschoolers helped plant and maintains a garden outside of their playground. They've been learning all about "farm to table" and the importance of farmers, gardening, & healthy eating. 

 

“We'd like to thank the Rocky Mount Baptist Church Youth Group for reaching out to our preschool and providing us with some beautiful additions for our school! Thanks to the Sweeney Family for delivering these to the Y and to Erin Lynch for coordinating it all!” says Hope Vaccaro Preschool Director with the Y.

 

 

The Y Land of Wonder Preschool runs year-round and is open Mon - Fri, 6AM - 6PM. For more information about our preschool (rated as a VA Quality Center) please call 540-489-9622

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YMCA OFFERS FREE KNITTING CLUB FOR CHARITY

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Rocky Mount, Va. (August 29, 2017) The Franklin County Family YMCA announced today that its Knitting Club will return this fall and continue through the spring. The group is free to everyone in the community and meets the second and fourth Tuesday every month from 2pm to 5pm at the Y in Rocky Mount. The group is led by master knitter, YMCA member and volunteer Shelia Pierce.

 

I really enjoy teaching and passing on my knowledge of knitting.  I have been knitting and crocheting from my childhood, and have taught here in Franklin County for over 20 years,” says Pierce.

 

The items knitted during the program are donated to a local charity called Adele’s Legacy which gives the clothing items to children in the area. The group will learn to knit scarves, hats and even sweaters. No experience is necessary for someone to join the group and advanced knitters are also welcome.

 

“We are so happy to be able to offer this program to the community at no charge. Shelia is an excellent instructor and I think people will really enjoy themselves,” says Randy Simpson Fitness Director at the YMCA.

 

 

This will be the seventh year the program has been offered at the Y and is set to begin on September 26th. For more information call 540-489-9622.

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LONG TIME YMCA MEMBER BECOMES GROUP EXERCISE COORDINATOR

 Rocky Mount, Va. (August 22, 2017) – The Franklin County Family YMCA announced today that a long time member and class participant Jessica Mitchell has become the Y’s new Group Exercise Coordinator taking over for Christy Ploch.

“I am honored and thrilled to be the YMCA's new Group Fitness Director. I have big shoes to fill with Christy Plough stepping back from this role. She has been a huge impact on fitness in Franklin County. I have a huge passion for fitness and am elated to share it with our members,” says Jessica Mitchell.

The position consists of managing around 50 classes a week, multiple instructors and certifications as well as coordinating special events and programs for YMCA members. The Y’s group exercise classes are offered weekly at no additional charge to all YMCA members. The classes include Yoga, Zumba, kettlebell classes, bootcamp style classes, low impact classes, even a Moving with Mommy class for new moms and their child.

“We have an amazing group of instructors that all have something different to offer our members. We have classes for all levels and all ages. I hope to bring new programs, new classes and put my personal touch on our program. We have a loyal group of members that come to all our classes and it just makes it more fun to work out together. We laugh and push each other while getting healthy! I look forward to new faces that haven't given us a try. You will get hooked, I promise!” says Mitchell.

For more information on the Y’s group exercise schedule call 540-489-9622.

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The FRESH Coalition and the Franklin County Family YMCA partnered to host an After Prom event on April 29th from 11:30pm to 3am. This is the second year the event was offered to Junior and Senior students and their prom dates. The event is designed as a fun, safe and drug/alcohol free alternative for students to attend after they leave prom.

“We were excited to host the event again this year. It’s important for kids to have a safe and fun place to go and enjoy themselves after prom. It’s a special time in the lives of youth and we are so happy to be a part of it,” says Jamie Stump, Child Care Coordinator with the YMCA.

Nationally, statistics show that a third of alcohol related traffic accidents for teens happen during “peak prom season” which is from April to June.  Parents need to be aware of the increased risk of parties with underage drinking and the potential dangers that come with these parties.  Parents should take positive measures to help ensure that these special times are safe and drug free for their teens.   Parents should also be aware that providing alcohol to minors is against the law and allowing underage alcohol consumption on their property is dangerous and illegal, especially for youth.  Binge drinking, consuming 4-5 drinks within two hours, is especially common during times of celebration and is extremely risky for teenagers whose brains are still developing.  In a recent survey of high school students by AAA, 44% said that it was likely they or their friends would consume alcohol or drugs on prom night.  The FRESH Prevention Coalition is hosting this event as a safe opportunity for youth to have fun and celebrate without the need or pressure to include alcohol or other substances.   

“We want teens to feel like they have options for celebrating this exciting time in their life.  It’s great when they realize they can hang out without the need for using alcohol as a crutch to have fun, “ stated Regina Clark, coordinator of the FRESH Coalition. 

FRESH also partnered with the Office of the Sheriff to promote students committing to a safe prom season by signing a “Prom Promise” stating they will commit to being drug and alcohol free during prom.  “A Prom Promise is a great way to promote and commit to a safe prom night for students and it’s a promise they’re making to their friends, family, school, and community.  We care about our kids and want them to be safe,” commented Officer Joe Wooldridge, Student Resource Officer at Franklin County High School.  Students who participated in the prom promise and attended the After Prom Party were entered for a chance a cash prize. 

This year’s event had a live DJ, numerous door prizes including a chance to win a free car, inflatables, donated refreshments from McDonald’s and the Y’s swimming pool will be open. The event is free to all Junior and Senior students and their dates. Doors will be locked at 12:30am so students wishing to attend must arrive before then. 

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This past weekend the Franklin County Family YMCA Riptide swim team participated in the Piedmont YMCA Swimming Association’s annual championship meet.  The team overall placed highly and saw several swimmers set meet records.

 

“We are so proud of the Y’s swimmers. They put a lot of time into training and practicing and it has been great to see them develop and improve over the season,” says J.T. Boyd the Riptide Swim Coach.

 

A total of 13 swim teams competed in the championship meet from March 3rd to the 5th. The Riptide boy's swim team placed 2nd, and the Riptide swim team placed 4th overall, despite having less swimmers than many of the larger teams. Four swimmers were high point winners. High point winners are awarded to the individual who scored the most points in the meet for their respective age group, a total of 12 groups. Allison Teer won high point winner for 13-14 girls, Mallorie Teer won for 11-12 girls, Griffon Lester won high point winner for 6 and under boys and Gabe Lester won for 9-10 boys. Three swimmers also came in second for high point winner, Grayson Altice for 7-8 boys, Levi Wright for 13-14 boys, and Brendan Dow for 15 and older boys. Several swimmers also broke championship swim meet records including Griffon Lester setting a new record for 6 and under boys 100 yard freestyle and Maddox Conley setting a new record for 8 and under 25 yard breaststroke.

The YMCA team which competes year round, has had an exceptional season. Swimmers range in age from 5 to 17 and are taught sportsmanship as well as swimming skills.  The team started back in the late 90’s and has been a part of the Franklin County Y for nearly 20 years. The 2017 season is one of the best in the history of the Y with many swimmers breaking team and meet records.

 

“It’s incredibly important for the Y’s aquatics center to be available to all in the community,” says Kameron Kitts Aquatics Director with the YMCA. He goes on to say “That’s why we partner with Franklin County Public Schools for the High School Swim Team and the Y’s second grade swim program, with Carilion for aquatic physical therapy and even the Creek Freaks for kayak clinics. But we are especially proud of our Y team and all they’ve accomplished this season and are so grateful to our coach, swimmers, swim parents, volunteers and meet judges.”

 

 

The YMCA is currently accepting new swimmers for the program’s spring/summer season which runs from May to July. To join stop by the YMCA in Rocky Mount or for more information call the Y at 540-489-9622.

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RETIRED SHERIFF’S DEPUTY MAKES BIG DIFFERENCE FOR YMCA

 

Rocky Mount, Va. (March 3, 2017) –Neil Moses retired from the Roanoke City Sheriff’s office after over 20 years of service to dedicate more time to his growing cleaning business Next Level Building Solutions. Next Level prides itself on being a top notch full service commercial cleaning business that now employees nearly 30 individuals under the leadership of Ashley Rogers the General Manager. After becoming a janitorial services provider for the Franklin County Family YMCA Neil decided to make a donation to the Y to help the overall appearance of the building.

“We originally asked Next Level in to do a one-time cleaning of the locker room facilities but they looked so much better we decided we had to retain their services. It was at that time Mr. Moses said he was interested in donating new carpet to the YMCA facility,” says Jim Currie CEO of the Franklin County YMCA.

The YMCA facility which is nearly twenty years old is in the progress of making improvements to energy efficiency and overall appearance so it was a perfect time to install new carpet. Working with a local flooring provider Mr. Moses donated and installed over 800 square feet of new carpet to the YMCA’s Rocky Mount location. The new carpet is commercial grade and designed to handle the high traffic volume of the busy YMCA location.

“I could have cleaned the older carpet and made it look good but knowing how important the Y is to Franklin County I wanted to do a little bit more. It’s important for Next Level to not only offer our customers the best possible janitorial and floor services but to help our community. In this case we were able to do both,” says Moses.

 

Next level has customers from Harrisonburg, Virginia all the way to Kannapolis, North Carolina and specializes in janitorial services, floor polishing, tile and grout restoration and carpet extractions. The YMCA is a 501 (c)(3) non -profit serving over 7,000 members in the Franklin County area. 

 

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CREEK FREAKS AND YMCA PARTNER TO OFFER KAYAK PROGRAMS

New Kayak program to be offered on Sundays at the YMCA.

 

Rocky Mount, Va. (February 12, 2016) – The Creek Freaks paddling club will be offering Kayak centered “open paddling” at the Franklin County Family YMCA’s aquatic center in Rocky Mount. The program, which will be held on Sundays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm from February until the end of March, will be an open format for participants to practice rolls, strokes and other techniques.

“This is the third year we have hosted the Creek Freak’s open paddle program in our pool. It is a great opportunity for people to practice techniques in “calm” waters before spring and summer season get here,” says Kevin McAlexander Branch Director at the Rocky Mount Facility.

The Creek Freaks are a group of outdoor enthusiasts that love to paddle all over the region and take a special interest in The Franklin County blueways according to their Facebook page.

People interested in participating in the program can attend by bringing their cleaned boat to the YMCA on any scheduled Sunday excluding February 21st and the cost is $5 per participant.  

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