The YMCA staff is dedicated to meeting the diverse abilities of those persons with mental or physical disabilities. The YMCA offers opportunities to participate in programs, membership, branch rentals, and collaborations. Financial assistance is available. Please call 544-9846 for information.

SNAP (Special Needs Aquatics Program)

SNAP is a specialized swim lesson program designed for individuals with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other special needs. Participation must be approved by the aquatic director. SNAP lessons run in conjunction with the YMCA program calendar. This program is supported through grants and the YMCA’s Strong Kids scholarship fund, making it affordable to all participants. Participants are encouraged to progress to group lessons, SNAP competitive, and Special Olympics! Questions about SNAP? Contact Arthur Steiner a or 217-280-5144.

SNAP Competitive

This class has a conditioning team atmosphere with training for Special Olympics. Lessons are for ages 6 and up on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Downtown Y.

Member - $70 Public - $140

Saturday Strikers Bowling Team

Social, recreational, or competitive, this program can fulfill all those expectations. Bowling is held on Saturdays. Participants bowl at no charge. Ramps and guides are provided. Special Olympics competition is an option. Transportation is available through SMTD access bus program for those eligible. For more information, or to get on our contact list call our bowling coordinator, at 217-280-5095 or email at 

Saturday Strikers Bowling Team

Diverse abilities bowling league at Strike 'N' Spare Lanes for ages 6 and up.

Member - FREE Public - FREE