Kentucky & West Virginia YMCA Alliance News

Steve Tarver, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Louisville, said construction of the $28 million, 77,000 square-foot building is on schedule and on budget. The building will be located at the site of the former Philip Morris U.S.A. plant. Tarver said the new YMCA would help fill the void left by Philip Morris’ closing, bringing $500,000 in annual payroll to the area and providing health services to residents.

The secret is out on designs for a new state-of-the-art gym for the YMCA of Southern West Virginia. 

CEO Jay Rist unveiled the details of the project Monday, which will be located next to the Paul Cline Youth Sports Memorial Complex in Beckley. 

"When you look at the conceptual design, it looks like wings. And when you look at it back from the complex, it looks like an eagle ready to take off."

On the left side of 30 million project is an aquatics center, which includes a couple water slides, lazy river, competition pool, play pool, diving pool, and a rock climbing wall that lands in the water. 

Over 40 YMCA professionals and leaders came together on May 16, 2019 in Madisonville, Kentucky for the state’s first Alliance Day.  YMCA staff attended an all-day event to network and learn from some of the YMCA movement’s best experts.

YMCA leaders represented the communities of Mayfield, Morganfield, Henderson, Owensboro, Hopkinsville, Glasgow, Louisville, Frankfort, Richmond, Paris and Madisonville. All of the Western Kentucky YMCA CEOs were in attendance.

The State Alliance is very appreciative of the Hopkins County YMCA and CEO, Chad Hart for their leadership in hosting the event.

Presenters included:

The first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) officially started in London, England in 1844. The first YMCA in the United States opened in 1851 in Boston, MA. But do you know when the first YMCA opened in Parkersburg, WV?

Just four years after West Virginia became a state and two years after the end of the Civil War, the Parkersburg YMCA opened in 1867 to perform works of charity and was the only relief for the poor in our community. Unfortunately, later in 1867 the YMCA disbanded due to financial conditions.

With summer just around the corner, children are looking forward to no school, family vacations and more outside play.

During these times it is great to teach children how to remain safe while still enjoying normal activities.

On Saturday, April 28, the annual Kids Safety Day at the Parkersburg YMCA focused on promoting the everyday safety of kids. There were representatives from many local organizations speaking about their programs and how they interact with the community to keep everyone healthy and safe throughout the year.

The YMCA of Southern West Virginia has multiple Youth Sports Camps, and they've just announced a brand new camp to their existing line-up.  In addition to Basketball and Soccer camps, they now are offering a Wrestling camp.

Plan your child's summertime activities now! YMCA Youth Sports Camps are a great way for children to get active, develop skills and interact with others. 

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