The YMCA of Springfield is proud to present FITNESS JAM!BOREE! Some of your favorite instructors are teaming up to provide a unique and fun way to help fundraise for the YMCA Strong Kids fund. Instructors Alicia, Ali, Bettianne, Bruce, Dana, Haley, James, Jeff, Ron & Tony are coming together to offer cycling class and Strong Nation on three separate Sundays at the brand-new downtown YMCA (the facility will be closed to the public during this event) Fitness JAM!BOREE will take place on April 25, May 2 & May 16 from 1-3. Donations will be taken at the door and the event is open to Y members and non-members. What a great opportunity to get your heart pumping, have some fun and contribute to a great cause. The YMCA Strong Kids fund ensures all who want to participate in YMCA membership or programs can regardless of their financial situation. The fund also helps subsidize the following YMCA programs:
Matthew Project Summer Camp
For the last few years, we have partnered with The Matthew Project. They provide clothing, food, tutoring, mentoring and life skills classes to Springfield School District 186 children in transitional housing. The YMCA provides Matthew Project kids with a summer experience which includes transportation to and from camp, breakfast, lunch, tutoring and swimming lessons. We are inspired by their ability to tackle so many hurdles in their lives with so much determination, courage, and grace.
Saturday Striker Bowling Program
The Saturday Strikers bowling program is designed for persons with disabilities. It provides physical exercise, team building, self-confidence, and a path out of isolation. Each year we send individuals to compete in Special Olympics bowling. You see the true impact of this program when adults, youth, parents, YMCA staff, and volunteers are cheering and supporting each other.
Special Needs Aquatic Program
The YMCA Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) has been in existence for several years. The primary focus is to provide swimming lessons to individuals with mental or physical disabilities. The goal is to give people with special needs the opportunity to learn how to swim at their own pace. We also have a competitive swim team, the Snapping Turtles, to help prepare the athletes to compete in Special Olympics. It provides an environment for the athletes to work as a team and to make lasting friendships.