YMCA of Greenwich announces milestones

The YMCA Childcare Program says “thank you” after a recent presentation.

The YMCA Childcare Program says “thank you” after a recent presentation.

At their annual meeting on May 13, 2014, the YMCA of Greenwich covered the milestones that occurred over the past twelve months, the most significant being the retirement of the outstanding construction debt.

Through the generosity of many friends of the YMCA, the debt was eliminated and the Y is now able to focus on its core mission areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

The aquatics programs had a particularly strong year. The Marlins Swim team earned first, second and third place at the Connecticut Age group Championship and had 12 swimmers qualify for the Nationals. The Marlins Diving Club earned two East National Champions, three YMCA National Champions and was ranked 11th at the USA Diving National Meet.

Greenwich Water Polo also continues to play very competitively. They are ranked Top Club in the Northeast in all age-groups. 40 Players were selected to the Northeast Zone Team, with 12 players selected for the USA National Training Camps and two players were selected for the USA National Training Teams.

One Water Polo player was selected for the Men’s Senior National Team — sixteen year old Thomas Dunston, who is the youngest player to ever make the Senior Team. If all goes according to plan, he might one day be playing for the Olympic Team in 2016.

During the meeting, the YMCA also announced the election of six new members to their Board of Directors: Scott Elwell, Al Brodbeck, Robert Sterling, Jeanie Wahl, Jon Ross-Wiley and Christine Lavin.

“This has been a terrific 12 months, we are now debt free. The potential of what the YMCA will become is attracting incredible talent to the board,” said Jim Cabrera, Chairman of the Board of the YMCA. “Tonight we are thanking five board members for their service as they pursue other opportunities within our community. And we are welcoming six new members who will bring an incredible amount of expertise and leadership.”

In addition to the new board members, a group of young professionals have come together to form a Junior Board to help raise awareness in the community and support the YMCA’s scholarship programs.

“We ended 2013 having distributed over $200,000 in scholarship assistance for our childcare program at St. Roch’s, summer camp, membership and programs. We are committed to making sure our entire community has access to the programs we offer,” said Ed Philipp, CEO of the YMCA.

2014 is expected to be an even busier year for the YMCA. They will host their 20th annual golf outing in June as well as offer a full complement of summer aquatic programs, camps, day care and opportunities for the community.

Plans are also underway to celebrate the YMCA centennial anniversary of serving the Greenwich community in 2016.

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