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YMCA Partners on Rocky Mountain 5K Race, Participates in Downtown Summer Fest - 04/17/24

Colorado Springs, CO – April 17, 2024 — The YMCA proudly announces its continuation as a Rocky Mountain 5K Race partner along with The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. The race, which will be held on July 27th, 2024, is part of the Rocky Mountain State Games and leads into the festivities of Downtown Summer Fest. Held at America the Beautiful Park, the 5K starts at 9:00 AM and includes the 1K Sasquatch Shuffle for the kids. 

Today marks the 100-day milestone until the Paris Games. Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is thrilled to announce the Downtown Summer Fest in partnership with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum (USOPM).  Downtown Summer Fest in Olympic City, USA, is set to be a highlight of the summer, featuring an array of exciting activities and entertainment for the whole family, including the YMCA Family Zone, complete with sports demos, crafts, and more. 

Here are some of the highlights you won't want to miss:

  • The Official Torch Relay presented by Olympic City USA: To kick off the event, Olympians, Paralympians, and community dignitaries will carry a torch across the Park Union Bridge and light the cauldron, starting at 11:00 AM
  • Special Appearance: Team USA athlete meet and greets with autograph signings, and the opportunity to meet Olympic champion Dominique Dawes, member of the 1996 Magnificent Seven Gymnastics team.
  • Live Music: Get ready to groove to the beats of talented local musicians as they take the stage throughout the day.
  • Vendors: Explore a variety of vendors offering everything from delicious food and refreshing beverages to unique arts and crafts.
  • National Governing Bodies: Witness the fast-paced action of Team Handball with a thrilling demonstration on the plaza and experience the grace and precision of fencing with an exciting demonstration by USA Fencing athletes, along with other informational booths.
  • USA Basketball Clinic: Basketball enthusiasts (ages 6-17) can improve their skills and learn from the best at the USA Basketball Clinic. Register HERE.
  • Aerial Aura Performance: Prepare to be mesmerized by breathtaking aerial performances that will leave you in awe.
  • On the Break Dance Academy Performance: Enjoy the dynamic moves and impressive choreography of the On the Break Dance Academy performers.

Admission to all these incredible activities is completely FREE! The USOPM is open to the public 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and admission is required. 

Don't miss out on this unforgettable celebration of sports, culture, and community in Olympic City USA.

For more information, visit downtownsummerfest.org.

 

About the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors. That is why the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is partnering with two other great organizations to impact our community with a focus on health and wellness. The Rocky Mountain Run 5K allows the Y to help bring another great 5K race to the Pikes Peak Region in a fun and safe environment. At the Y, we are a cause-driven organization for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, and we look forward to serving our community at another great event! For more information, visit ppymca.org.

About the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation 

Colorado Springs Sports Corporation (CSSC) exists to inspire and advance Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA, and the Pikes Peak Region through sport and community events. Through event promotion and community development activities, CSSC plays a critical role in bringing civic leaders together with some of the nation's premier sporting organizations to promote tourism and create positive economic impact.

CSSC hosts annual signature and partnership events including The Broadmoor Cycle to the Summit, Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off, Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame, Pikes Peak APEX, Pikes Peak Regional Airshow, Rocky Mountain State Games, Star-Spangled Symphony & Fourth of July Fireworks, Downtown Summer Fest, and various sport centric celebrations. In addition, supporting the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, National and International Governing Bodies of Sport, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum remains a staple component of the overall mission.

For more information on the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation visit our website: SportsCorp.org.

About the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum offers an immersive and universally accessible look into the journey of Team USA’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Through interactive exhibits, innovative displays and a comprehensive artifact collection, the Museum instills the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, as well as the Paralympic values of determination, equality, inspiration and courage in every visitor. It honors yesterday's legends with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame while inspiring tomorrow’s legends through entertaining activities and events. The USOPM is more than a museum but a life-changing experience that will continue to educate and inspire the public to take part for generations to come.


 

YMCA at First & Main to Host Spring Book Bash May 4th - 04/15/24

Colorado Springs, CO. - The YMCA at First & Main is proud to announce that it will host the second-ever Book Bash event on Saturday, May 4th, from 12 noon to 4:30 pm at 3035 N. New Center Pt, Colorado Springs. This free, family-friendly event will feature over 50 authors showcasing their books for sale and many book-related vendors. The first Book Bash, held in December, was a huge success.

Organizer C.H. Lyn said, “We will have a kid's room with books for toddlers to teens, a romance room with everything from sweet to spicy, and a general space with more books of every age range and genre. Come prepared to relax among fellow book lovers as we’ll have free goodies from a local baker, drinks from Dyanmo Coffee, and food trucks outside. There will be music, giveaways, and many titles to find your next great read.”

Lyn chose the YMCA as the host venue due to her close ties as a longtime Y member. In one of her own books, Lyn dedicated it to the Y, writing: “To my friends at the Y, without the amazing childcare you all provide, this book would have taken much longer to finish. Likely years longer. Having my girls in a safe place, with people I trust, gives me the emotional security to focus on the writing and getting the story on the page. That, plus the support and encouragement I get from you all, means the world. Thank you.” 

The Spring Book Bash is a nonprofit event, with all profits going to the YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign, the event's charity of choice. The event is still accepting sponsors. For more information, visit the website at chlyn.com or contact C.H. Lyn at chlyn.author@gmail.com.


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Exciting Summer Job Opportunities at the YMCA (Photo) - 04/12/24

The YMCA is a great place to work and thrive! With summer on the way, it’s also the best time to make a difference. The Y is now hiring for full and part-time positions in Summer Day Camp, Lifeguards, Sports, Wellness Attendants, Membership, Personal Trainers, and more. It’s more than just a job; the Y is a place to make a difference in the lives of others.

Whether you are experienced or looking to begin your career, there is a place for you at the Y. With locations from Monument to Fountain and hours ranging from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., we have a position that best fits your schedule.

Don’t miss out on a summer of fun and a great place to work. Apply now at ppymca.org/jobs.

“Our staff members are a valuable part of the Y, so come see if you want to join a great team. We have part-time and full-time positions available to get you started on your YMCA career journey”, said Theresa Johnson, EVP & Chief Operating Officer.  

YMCA benefits include:

  • Free Family Membership 
  • Program discounts
  • Generous retirement benefits - 12% after eligibility is met
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Sick Time
  • 100% discount for Youth Sports & Swim Lessons
  • 50% discount for Before & After School Care, Day Camp, Enrichment, Small Group Training, Personal Training, Private Swim lessons & Resident Camp

Now accepting applications. For more information, visit ppymca.org/jobs.

About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women, and children – regardless of age, income, or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has long-standing relationships and a physical presence not just to promise but to deliver lasting personal and social change.

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day is April 20th! (photo) - 04/10/24

The Y is Helping Kids and Families to Find their Joy and Find their Y at Annual Healthy Kids Day®  

At Healthy Kids Day, children and families will learn about the importance of healthy eating, nutrition and physical activity, mental and emotional well-being, and developing healthy habits.

Join us for Healthy Kids Day at our Briargate and Southeast YMCAs on Saturday, April 20th, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Fun events, games, activities, healthy snacks, over 50 local vendors and community partner booths, and much more are free and open to the community. 

For 30 years, Healthy Kids Day has celebrated kids’ health and continues to teach healthy habits for kids and families, encourage active play, and inspire a lifetime love of physical activity. For more information on this year’s event, visit ppymca.org/hkd.

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About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women, and children – regardless of age, income, or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise but to deliver lasting personal and social change.