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Let’s work together today, tomorrow, and always for those in need by contributing to the YMCA of Springfield’s Strong Kids fund. Your support makes an invaluable impact on our community by offering membership and programming to underprivileged youth.

Learn more on how the YMCA gave back to the Springfield Community in the 2021 Community Benefit Report.

2021 Community Benefit Report

Did You Know?


gives two children with special needs the opportunity to swim?


gives a child the opportunity to play a youth sport?


provides a child with a one-year membership to the YMCA?

What is Strong Kids?

Strong Kids is a fund that helps subsidize memberships for those in our community who cannot afford to participate in YMCA membership and programs.  We do not turn anyone away due to their inability to pay.  Our mission is one of inclusiveness and we make individuals and families feel welcome regardless of financial limitations.

In addition to the scholarship memberships, the Strong Kids Fund subsidizes the following important programs:

Matthew Kids 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 Strikers 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 (SNAP)

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.

YMCA Strong Kids Stories

Strong Kids Stories 2022
April 7, 2022

Bright, Sweet, Funny. Saturday Strikers Team Member.

Saturday Strikers Bowling program is a league for individuals who are mentally or physically disadvantaged. The program is offered about forty weeks out of the year, has about 160 individuals…
Strong Kids Stories 2022
April 7, 2022

Snapping Turtles, Doing What Makes His Soul Happy

Learning to swim is particularly beneficial for individuals with special needs. Swimming helps balance, coordination, and the development of motor skills. The YMCA Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) began 19…
Strong Kids Stories 2022
April 7, 2022

YMCA Summer Camp Provides Confidence, Stability, & Fun

For most children, summer is a milestone season that is full of ice cream, swimming pools and lazy days of leisure. This is not the case for many children in…
Strong Kids Stories 2022
April 7, 2022

Focusing on the Goal for the Love of Gymnastics

The minute Ryelynn Nolan stepped on the floor in the YMCA gymnastics center five years ago, she fell in love with the sport. It didn’t take her long to realize…

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