Building a Bridge to a STRONGER COMMUNITY!
YMCA Capital Campaign will expand resources to further mission service throughout Eastern Iowa
Volunteer leaders like John Deere CEO Sam Allen and Von Maur President Jim von Maur have brought our community together behind the YMCA cause since 1858
From the Quad-City Times article by Thomas Geyer
Scott County Family Y CEO Brad Martell said Tuesday that he could not be more excited about the future as he opened the public portion of the organization's five-year, $4 million capital campaign.
Martell was one of several speakers who addressed an audience of about 100 people at the Y’s 156th anniversary celebration at the Davenport RiverCenter.
“We’ve already raised about $2.6 million,” he said. “What we’re doing is renovating our North, West and Davenport branch locations, modernizing them, making them a better experience by updating equipment as well as putting in new carpeting and painting.”
Of the $2.6 million in contributions and pledges, about $100,000 has come from Y staff members and $650,000 from the corporate board. The other $1.85 million is from other donors.
Martell said a big part of the capital program is renovating the Bettendorf branch. The Y has taken over 14,000 square-feet of space on the west side of the building at 3800 Tanglefoot Lane that previously was occupied by Genesis Health System.
“We’re going to expand that and renovate that space into the Fitness Center and Kid Zone area and make that facility a 58,000 square-foot YMCA,” he said.
The Y had owned the note to the entire structure and has taken over the entire payment of the note. “We really need that space because we’re bursting at the seams,” said Y spokesman Frank Klipsch IV.
There also will be renovations at Camp Abe Lincoln that will include the addition of new programs and other attractions such as a zip line, Martell said.
Frank Klipsch, president of the Scott County Y Foundation, said the capital campaign, “Teach Values and Touching Lives,” means better services for all Y members.
Members of the Y are not just people “who have all the resources to provide for their own memberships, but through our income-based membership, we’re recruiting more and more people who need some financial assistance,” Klipsch said. “That’s what’s unique about the Y. The Y is inclusive.
“Just because someone is financially challenged doesn’t mean they don’t deserve good quality facilities,” he said. “Everyone will have top facilities available to them.”
The Y is serving a record number of members, he said. There usually are 30,000 members at any one time, but facilities serve upwards of 43,000 members throughout the year.
Quad-City Times Publisher Greg Veon told the audience that supporting the Y not only makes the community better, “but it also increases our audience. Young people will be encouraged to read more, and become better educated. Families will be more connected and engaged and older folks will live longer, healthier lives.
“All of this will culminate in more active citizens engaged in our news,” he said.
Tuesday's event was sponsored by the Times.
Don Doucette, chancellor of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, compared the history of the YMCA to that of the community college. They both are about identifying the needs of the community, “and delivering great programs that are affordable to all.”
Of the many success stories that come out of the Y, a special one is that of Dozmen Lee. Now 17, he began going to the Y as a third-grader in the Davenport schools and eventually was in the Solutions Program when it was under the direction of the late Reece Morgan.
Dozmen, who is a junior at North and is preparing for basic training to enter the Iowa National Guard, works at the Y.
“The Y is an amazing place to work,” he said. “It’s fun to go to work every day at a place where people are doing amazing things. If the rest of the world would heed the Y’s four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, there would be no war or famine and there would be a lot less heartache in the world.”
On a separate note, the Y will break ground this summer on an early learning center located on a 13-acre site formerly owned by W.G. Block on East 4th Street between River Drive and Iowa Street, Martell said.
That project has been made possible by the Women’s Leadership Council, an arm of the United Way of the Quad-Cities.
Martell added that a new downtown Davenport Y is about eight years away.
For more information about the campaign, to make a gift or a multi-year plege, please contact Amy Marriott at 563 322 7171 or click here to email.
Forecast calls for a... Sunny Summer at the YMCA!
Spring has finally sprung, and a wonderful summer is on the horizon! The pictures above feature all the great, family-centered YMCA community partners from our recent Healthy Kids Day.
The Legend of Camp Abe Lincoln's BEAVER-SHARK
discussed on WQAD's "Family Focus Friday"
>>> Click here to visit YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln and
let's plan the Adventure of a Lifetime today!
"Keep The Whole World Singing"
Since the 1950s, the longest-running program partnership
at the Y grows and continues to entertain
We are proud of all the great partnerships that have carried the YMCA mission since we were chartered in Davenport way back in 1858. The longest running, or should we say, "singing" partnership is still meeting on Thursday nights at the Downtown Y.
The Davenport Chordbusters are a group of men who love to sing and harmonize in the barbershop style while entertaining our audiences and putting smiles on the faces of their fans.
The Chordbuster Chorus and its Chapter quartets regularly entertain a wide variety of audiences. Perhaps you have heard them singing the National Anthem at local baseball games, caroling at our annual Christmas show and local nursing/retirement homes, delivering singing valentines to lovers of all ages, or in concert at our annual Spring show called "Holiday in Harmony." They have also had the honor of performing for the Governor of Iowa, President Ronald Reagan and have shared the stage with the Quad City Symphony.
The Chordbusters proudly support the Scott County Family Y's Partner with Youth & Kids to Camp Annual Campaign, in addition to other local charities such as Toys for Tots, local school vocal music programs, and Quad City food pantries.
Like to Sing and Have Fun?! Join the Chordbusters!
You are invited to come sing with the Chordbusters as they are always looking for enthusiastic male voices to join us in a chord or two on Thursday evenings at the Davenport Family Y, 606 W 2nd, from 6:45 - 9:30 PM. Even if you know nothing about barbershop, you can sing on your very first night visiting us.
Look: It's A Chicken... An Airplane..
It's... Swimming Lessons at the Y!
Member Registration Opens Feb. 4
For Great Programs at your Y!
Our goal is to make kids - and adults - in our programs feel like superheroes every day! In the picture below, Y Swim Instructor Kelly Komadino teaches the Guppy swim lesson class at the Bettendorf Family YMCA. In addition to swim skills and confidence, our programs are intentionlly packed with our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
>> Click here to view our current Program Guide, and sign up at your branch to experience an energetic jolt to the spirit, mind and body!
Simplicity Can Keep Resolutions Alive
Short Video From Bettendorf Family YMCA
A recent feature by QC Family Focus magazine featuring former Scott County Family Y Community Collaboration Award Winner Diane Baker encourages small lifestyle changes to keep resolutions going. "Look for real simple ways to stay active," she said, recommending just parking your car further away to get additional steps. The Bettendorf branch is seen in this profile of active duty troops David Brown and Austin Guyton.
Inspiration Turns Good Workouts GREAT!
Group Exercise Instructor Extrordinaire
Jenn Seifert in QC Times
Members of Jenn Seifert's spinning class appear to be enjoying themselves while working out at the Scott County Family Y in Davenport. Seifert tries to bring some fun themes and variety to the classes she teaches. (Photo by John Schultz/QUAD-CITY TIMES)
Click here to read Deirdre Baker's great story in the Quad-Times
PERSPECTIVE REDUCES HOLIDAY STRESS
Wellness Coordinator Joan Rusk
Shares Tips With QC Times
It's kind of ironic that the holidays, which are supposed to be the happiest, most family-centric time of year, can also be a tremendous source of stress. Bettendorf Family YMCA Wellness Coordinator Joan Rusk discusses keeping spirit, mind and body healthy over the holidays in an article by Deirdre Cox-Baker in the QC Times.
Click here to read the story.
Congratulations Turkey Trotters!!!
Thanks to our sponsors, EVERY registration funded
a child, adult or family in Youth Development
and Healthy Living Programs!
26th Annual Mc-Carthy Bush
Scott County Family Y Turkey Trot
We had a record-breaking turnout BEFORE the beautiful forecast, and the result is more scholarship assistance generated than ever before! Thanks to everyone who ran, walked, strolled, cheered and volunteered! Together, we made the community even stronger today... now let's get home and eat!!!
Click here for race results, which are compiled at www.theracershub.com and will be up as soon as possible.
Thanks again to McCarthy-Bush and our great team of sponsors for making the 26th annual Turkey Trot the best ever!
Community Call To Action For Camp Helps
To Close Achievement Gap
A great article in a recent QCTimes discussed some of the incredible impact made through support of YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln. We are truly blessed to be a part of this INCREDIBLE COMMUNITY! Together, we are working to close the achievement gap by offering quality, character-driven programs to young people at critical times outside of the traditional school day. We are honored to serve you, and we are grateful to help students like Omunic.
Click here to read the full story from the Quad City Times.
A Strong Community Encourages Us To LIVE UNITED!
We are honored to live in such a strong, caring community where so many great people truly LIVE UNITED! As a United Way partner agency, our mission would not be successful without the gifts of time, talent and treasure that bless us with financial assistance that allows everyone - regardless of their ability to pay - equal access to our life-changing programs and services. And by volunteering to paint, clean, mulch, landscape, build and assist with programs, community volunteers are cleaning and sharpening the tools that allow us to deliver a mission that affects thousands of our neighbors every single day!
Thanks to the John Deere volunteers at the Bettendorf YMCA, including: FADI WAKIM, JAGTAR RIAT, ADRIANE GALLE, ALAN MCGEE, BRIAN GORGE, COREY MECAGNI, KATHY FINLEY, MARK JORGENSEN, MATTHEW LIEFERMAN, MYRA FAH, ROBERT HUBER, ROBERT SULLIVAN, RONALD HAHM, TAKSHEUNG HAHM, RYAN DIETZ, MICHAEL VINCENT, CHARLES ANDERSON SEQUOYA ROBINSON & MARK SANDON!
Quad-City Times Raises Awareness
Of Kids Left Out At This Year's Camp
Funds Generated For Additional Need
Thanks to a great article by Kay Luna in the July 17 edition of the Quad-City Times, we have generated awareness of an additionalamount of area children that are being left out at Camp Abe Lincoln. Because of the incredible impact Camp has on our area kids, and because the scholarship fund for this summer has already been fully utilized, we are in need of additional donors to help make this experience a reality for area kids.
Click here to read the full article from the Quad-City Times.
Click here to make a tax-deductible gift that will be used directly for an area child to participate at YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln.
Military Kids Camp Continues
Camp Abe Lincoln's Cause-Driven Program
Kids with Deployed Parents Attend At No-Cost
The sacrifices made by the men and women of the U.S. Military have made America the great country that it is. Often times, these men and women have families that are making sacrifices just as essential as the soldiers. YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln's Military Kids Camp provides an all-expenses paid week of resident camp to these kids. Although the entire week focuses on bringing families together and teaching and celebrating the military experience, the most important part is having kids. "We program for an incredible amount of mission-based programming," said Camp Executive Director Zach Klipsch. "But we really want kids to get the chance to be kids!" The picture above was taken by Larry Fisher and can be seen at the QCTimes.com by clicking here. For more information about YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln's awesome programs, including horse, resident and day camp, as well as Camp Genesis for families affected by cancer, please click here.
LEARNING YOGA AT THE SOURCE
YMCA Instructor Phyllis Viner travels to India &
increases her knowledge of yoga practice and teaching
Phyllis Viner has been studying and teaching yoga for several years. Recently, she made a personal pilgrimage to India where she took part in an intensive program and added another level to her understanding.
Click here to read the full account of Phyllis' awesome trip!
"Everyone's A Star" at the YMCA Annual Celebration
Event Features YMCA Mission On The Adler Theatre Stage
Click here for an overview of our awesome evening! Please check back later as we will premier the video of our "Night Of The Stars" with clips, speeches and great moments from our event!
YMCA Staff Team Member Does
Community Proud at Special Olympics!
Two 1st Place Medals Show Spirit,
Mind & Body Strength
Jason Halkias joined the North YMCA staff team in November 2011. Jason works diligently each day in our cardio training room to make the North YMCA the best it can be for our members. He is an avid participant in Special Olympics Iowa, and recently was a competitor in the Special Olympics Iowa Midwinter Games in Iowa City on March 9-10. Over 1140 athletes participated, and Jason proudly reported when he returned that he won 1st place medals in both bench press and dead lift events. Jason has been a great addition, and the Scott County Family Y staff are proud of Jason too—congratulations and way to go!
Make Something Great Happen!
YMCA Annual Campaign Unites A Tremendous Team
Of Strong Community Advocates For Kick Off
Scott County Family Y CEO Frank Klipsch summed it up as effectively as ever. "We don't make programs for poor kids. We don't make programs for families with money," he said at the conclusion of this year's kick off event at the North Family YMCA on February 2. "We make great programs for everyone and we ensure that no one is denied access due to an inability to pay."
The pictures above are a great example of the Y's community-strengthening mission-in-action. At left is Coach Mark Bigler is pictured with Darren Stringfellow and Joe Scott. Together, as a partnership between the Y, the Davenport Community Schools and the West High Basketball program, they have elevated every facet of our collaboration. In addition, Darren and Joe have become leaders - both on and off the court - and are headed to college in the fall. By working together and focusing on core values, Coach Bigler and the YMCA have truly strengthened our community. At right is Child Care & Family Services Executive Deb Gustafson with Jennifer Jackson, a mother of a child in the Palmer Learning Center. Ms. Jackson had the room nearly in tears as she talked about the difficulty of finding the right place for her wonderful, high-energy son.
Please consider a gift to support the campaign today, and together, let's MAKE SOMETHING GREAT HAPPEN! Please click here to contact our Development Office today!
Cummins Family Wins YMCA-HyVee
Steve Cummins picked up a flier for the Family Makeover Challenge at the Bettendorf YMCA and said, "We can do this!" Well, he was right! With great nutritional and wellness support from the YMCA and HyVee, the Cummins family made incredible strides toward living healthier lives everyday! "Their dedication level was very high," said YMCA trainer Wyatt Knapper. "I'm glad we were able to give back to them!" Click here to read the entire article in the Quad-City Times.
Holidays A Great Time To Talk To
Relatives About Health History
A Great Story In The QCTimes
By Deirdre Cox Baker
When North Family YMCA member Liane Eastland realized her two youngest children might "inherit" a chronic disease or health condition, she didn't just sit on her hands and worry.
Eastland took action in the cases of both Eric, 8, and Erica, 13. Her teenage daughter has been diagnosed with high cholesterol while her youngest son fights childhood obesity and is at risk of developing diabetes.
Knowledge of her family's health history has given Eastland the ability to plan in advance how to provide preventative health care for her offspring. Their father, she explained, has high cholesterol in his family background and their maternal grandmother was diagnosed recently with type 2 diabetes.
"Knowing our family history gives us the power and choice to do something about it," she said. Click here to read the full story from the Quad-City Times.
25th Annual Turkey Trot Breaks Record
For Runners & Walkers
Nearly 2,300 Get Holiday Started On A Healthy Foot!
With great weather and a flock of great runners, walkers, cheerleaders and volunteers, this year's Trot was certainly special. "Thanks to everyone for making this year's McCarthy-Bush/Scott County Family Y Turkey Trot such a wonderful event!" said race director Jason Thieme. "Can't wait until next year!"
Because the proceeds of this event will provide scholarships to area kids and families, the good will generated from this morning's action will work to strengthen our community throughout the next year!
Click here to see the race results.
Click here to read an awesome story in the QC Times by Mary Louise Spear.
Click here to view all Turkey Trot photos, including finish line. (A smaller, highlight reel of photos is available by clicking on the slide show above.)
A Walking, Talking Miracle:
Genie Meyer and Husband Charlie To Lead Stroke Awareness Group
at 25th Annual Turkey Trot
Genie Meyer will have a lot to be thankful for when she hands out medals to stroke survivors on Thanksgiving Day at the annual Scott County Family Y Turkey Trot.
She’s alive. She’s out of the wheelchair. She talks. She walks long distances. She can hold a fork and feed herself turkey.
Five Thanksgivings have passed since she nearly died from a ruptured brain aneurysm in early 2006. At first, doctors offered little hope -- a mere 25 percent chance of surviving. Genie Meyer spent 23 days in an Iowa City intensive care unit. Over the next year, she would live at inpatient rehabilitation units at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport and in Omaha and at a local nursing home before finally returning to her Davenport home. Still to come: round-the-clock care and months of outpatient rehabilitation.
At first she couldn’t speak, only communicating with a smile or unexplained crying. The prospect of standing and walking again was a distant hope.
She had been an avid runner, completing nine full marathons before suffering the ruptured aneurysm, also called a hemorrhagic stroke, on Jan. 17, 2006.
A year later and after intense rehabilitation and eye surgery to remedy blood clots affecting her sight, she had progressed to walking 30 feet with her walker.
Recovering from brain injury would be her longest race yet.
"Today, Genie is a walking, talking miracle,” says her husband, Charlie Meyer. "She has gone from almost dying to finishing this year’s Quad Cities Half Marathon (13.1 miles) in 4 hours, 16 minutes.”
Partners In Healing The Whole Person:
LiveSTRONG at the YMCA Spreads Cancer Support
Cancer is a life-changing disease that takes a tremendous physical and emotional toll on those affected. The Y and LIVESTRONG have joined together to create LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a research-based physical activity and well-being program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their total health.
Participants work with Y staff trained in supportive cancer care to safely achieve their goals such as building muscle mass and strength; increasing flexibility and endurance; and improving confidence and self-esteem. By focusing on the whole person and not the disease, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is helping people move beyond cancer in spirit, mind and body.
To learn more about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, click here to email our project coordinator Rennee Schwartz, or give her a call at 563.359.9622
YMCA-HyVee Family Makeover Challenge Finds Success
The second annual YMCA-HyVee Family Makeover Challenge is hitting its stride, as several local families have taken advantage and are developing new healthy living routines and habits that will - hopefully - remain with them for a long time. The idea is for families to be immersed in healthy living options, from exercise to eating habits. The families compete by earning points in a variety of ways. Winners of the challenge will be announced soon! Click here to check out the menus being utilized by our families. Click here to read the entire story from the Dispatch/Argus.
PV Student Uses Dance To Build Upon
The Y's Charitable Cause
Julianne DeLessio embodies the spirit of the YMCA. When a friend of her family had to stop taking dance classes because her family could no longer afford them, she thought it was unfair and decided to something about it. She started her own nonprofit, called "Dance For Me" and has been offering dance seminars throughout the Scott County Family Y. "We love having her be a part of our mission here at the Y," said YMCA Youth Program Director Sami Behr. Click here to read a great story about "Dance For Me' in the Bettendorf News by Steven Martens. Click here for more information about upcoming dance seminars.
Y Kids Go "Out Of Their Gourds"
at Pride Of The Wapsi Pumpkin Patch
The Y is connected to community groups and great places throughout the QC area and beyond. Therefore, our kids get the opportunity to experience fun activity and memorable adventure through entertaining trips and service learning all the time! This October, our Afterschool Adventures kids visited the "Pride of the Wapsi" Pumpkin Patch in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Davenport and North Scott. "We love the chance to take our kids out into the community, and working with such great partners gives us the chance to do this often," said Youth Program Director Laura Cox. Click here to view all of our Pumpkin Patch photos.
YMCA Continues Steps To Build Healthiest State
The Y has been working together with HyVee, local schools, the QC Health Initiative, the City Of Davenport and our Quad City Parks & Rec departments for a few years now to create a wellness culture throughout our community. We are excited to be a part of Iowa's "Healthiest State Initiative", which began with community walks on Friday, Oct. 7. Pictured above is a fun and friendly group from the West Family YMCA. We encourage everyone to take the "Healthy Living Pledge" by clicking here, which demonstrates our area's support for this initiative. For more info about the Healthy State initiative, including a quote from our downtown branch Center Director Jason Thieme, please read the article on the Quad City Times by Deirdre Baker by clicking here.
YMCA-HyVee Healthy Family
Make Over Challenge Gets Moving
We are excited to partner with HyVee to present another Healthy Family Make Over Challenge. Moreso, we are honored to work with the Conklin, Shannon, Townsely, Cummins and Reinheimer families, this year's participants! They are working to make healthy lifestyle changes in this 8-week competition. Get great ideas on how your family can create its own healthier lifestyle. Continue following the Healthy Family Challenge at your YMCA branch! In addition, click here to follow along with some weekly menus and updates!
The Y Gives, Receives Support at United Way "Day Of Caring"
The United Way's annual "Day Of Caring" sent hundreds of engaged, community-minded volunteers into our community to make a difference in the lives of kids and families. The YMCA was a beneficiary to some great efforts. The top two pictures above show groups from John Deere and McGladrey working at the Davenport and Bettendorf Family YMCAs. Their efforts will give kids a safe place to learn, grow and thrive, while also enhancing facilities that provide a place for families to develop healthy, life-long bonds. In the bottom two pictures, a YMCA team worked at Hand-In-Hand in Bettendorf working - and having fun - with area kids. Click here to read the article by Brian Wellner in the Quad City Times.
Inaugural "Ribs For Kids" Event A Success
The Quad City Rotary Club presented their first ever "QC Ribs For Kids" event on August 12. Lots of fun was had by all, including eating delicious food from Kelly's Irish Pub and dancing to Wicked Liz and the Bellyswirls. Most importantly, 250 tickets were sold and proceeds will benefit area Youth Development programs like Military Kids Camp at YMCA Camp Abe Lincoln and Fairmount Pines. Click here to see some great event photos!
Spirits & Muscles Expanded At
"Amp-up August" Weight Lifting Event
AMP UP AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS
The Scott County Family Y's third Barbell Meet was a huge success. Moving the venue up to the North YMCA gym proved to be a great way of raising awareness. "I am confident that anyone who witnessed the event would agree that the scene was electric and wildly fun for everyone involved," said YMCA trainer Wyatt Knapper. "I would like to thank all of our participants, spectators, staff, vendors, and volunteers for their involvement in this awesome event. All of our lifters did an exceptional job and should be proud of their accomplishments."
Squats were the first lift that took place, and Stanton “Stan” Schneider really put on a clinic. Weighing in at 191 pounds for the meet, Stan showed everyone what years of hard training and dedication can accomplish. His polished form and exceptional low end strength led to relatively effortless looking good lifts at 425, 495, and 545 pounds for his three attempts.
We benched for the second lift and 21 year old Carletius Sims came out and put up huge numbers in his first ever power lifting competition, bench press 365 and 405 successfully on his first two lifts. He fell just short of completing his third attempt of 430 pounds, but defiantly not for a lack of trying. His chants of “I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna give up,” while the huge amount of weight sat half way between his chest and the top rack was truly inspirational and very cool to see.
Our third lift was deadlift and Damian Kimmons really stole the show at this point. Requesting so much weight for his attempts that as judges we had to take an extra second to make sure we added the weight up correctly on the bar. Damian calmly strapped into his first two attempts and pulled successful lifts of whooping 600 and 650 pounds. He couldn’t quite lock out his final attempt of 675, but finished the day with a three lift total of 1,675 pounds, which is a new Barbell Club Record!
Susan Andrews really turned some heads as well. If being the only woman in the event phased her, she sure didn’t show it. She came out of the gates strong squatting 180% of her body weight and didn’t let up until the day was over. She encored that with a bench press of 108% of her bodyweight and finished of with a dead lift of 176% her bodyweight. What is most impressive is she kept all her numbers high while using the time since the last power lifting meet to lose 5 pounds of fat.
We introduced a Bench Press your own body weight contest into this Barbell meet as well, and we were met with a goods turnout that led to an exciting show. Kearnice “Nova” Overton, who was unable to compete in this power lifting segment of the barbell meet due to a injury he sustained in a car accident, but decided he would enter the endurance portion to keep his competitive juices flowing. Turns out he had good reason to. Nova weighed in at 165 pounds and was able to show amazing muscular endurance by popping out 35 repetitions; Stan Schneider’s 33 repetitions at 190 pounds fell just short of the Nova’s winning mark.
Again thanks to everyone who helped make this event special and successful. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on our next meet. -Wyatt Knapper
HyVee/IronKids Triathlon Swims, Bikes & Runs To Success
Getting kids into a habit for Healthy Living early is one of the major objectives we have as a community. The recent HyVee/IronKids Triathlon at the Bettendorf YMCA on July 16 was a great way to instill wellness at an early age. Kids and families of all ages, sizes, shapes and backgrounds were involved, and the YMCA was happy to host such a well-run event! Click here to read about the HyVee/IronKids Triathlon from a great article by Jennifer Dewitt in the Quad City Times.
THE Y KNOWS... SUPPORTING
MILITARY HEROES ALSO INCLUDES THE KIDS
We are blessed to live in a country filled with heroic man and women willing to make more than the ultimate sacrifice in service. In addition to the thousands of soldiers who lay it all on the line for the United States, their children and families also make a tremendous sacrifice. Click here to read about Military Kids Camp from a great article in the Quad City Times.
THE WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN 'WOWs' KIDS AND
ADULTS, CELEBRATES YMCA MISSION
He might be a three-time winner of the illustrious "World's Strongest Man" title, a holder of multiple world records including highest total in bench press, squat and deadlift, and the globe-trotting host of strength contests on ESPN; but Bill "Kaz" Kazmaeir is still a down-to-earth guy with a great message for kids. Kaz shared his inspirational message of character development with the Y's Summer Fun Club, Summer Adventures, Fairmount Pines Program and Camp Abe Lincoln, leaving a trail of "oooohs", "ahhhhs", hand-rolled frying pans and excited kids, adults and fans.
Click here to visit our FACEBOOK PAGE and to see "Kaz" and our own Nick "Papa Smurf" Martinez pull not one but TWO busses AND a van!
THANKS FOR HELPING US LiveSTRONG
IN THE QUAD CITIES!
The Scott County Family Y helped lead a region of YMCAs that will now receive funding to spread an inspiring cancer-support program throughout the Quad Cities. Currently, your Y offers a "Living Strong, Living Well" program that is the basis for this updated concept. Because of such an incredible outpouring of support, the program will now be offered throughout the Quad Cities at several additional locations. Our Y will also be the location of a regional training beginning closer to the first of the year. Thanks!
Click here and read more info about the
liveSTRONG at the YMCA program!