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May Newsletter

by YMCA YMCA Marketing | Apr 28, 2017

Swimsuit Drive
Got suits? The YMCA of the Capital Area will be hosting its 10th annual swimsuit drive during the month of May. Donate any new or gently used swimsuit to the Y to be given to children and adults in need. Donations will be accepted from May 1- May 31 at all Y locations.

New Swim Lessons Program
The Y is excited to announce our new swim lesson progression curriculum, which accommodates students of varying ability and ages with eight different stages of skill development. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace.For more information click here.

-Ages 6 months and older
-Group and private swim lessons
-Swim Team
-Family Swim Lessons
-Terrific Turtles


Summer Sports Registration
Don’t forget to register for summer sports! Registration ends May 23 for baseball, soccer and cheer-leading. The cost is $50 for members and $100 for program participants.For more information, visit ymcabr.org/sports.

Louisiana alliance has an impactful
“Y Day” at Capitol
Y Advocates in the Louisiana alliance had multiple successes at what both Louisiana State House and Senate formally proclaimed as "Y-Day in Louisiana" on April 12th. The two legislative bodies read the proclamations aloud, commending YMCA volunteers, members and staff for their dedication to families throughout the state. The Louisiana alliance awarded their 2017 YMCA Legislative Champion Awards to State Senator Beth Mizell and State Representative Chris Leopold. Both lawmakers are champions of their local Ys and support statewide policies affecting YMCAs.

Become a Tiger Kid
The Pennington Biomedical Research Center needs your help in their quest to improve the health of children in our area.They are looking for participants ages 10-16 to become a Tiger Kid and help researchers discover how to help kids move more, sit less and eat healthier. Tiger Kids will receive two "wearables" to track their physical activity and up to $100 for completing the study. For more information click here.

Enjoy Your Retirement
The Y staff hosted a retirement party on April 21 to celebrate Bob Jacobs’ retirement after 20 years of service and dedication to the YMCA of the Capital Area. On April 25 the board of directors unveiled the new name of the board room, the Robert E. Jacobs Conference Room. Congrats Bob, well deserved, have a happy retirement!

Summer Camp
Don’t forget to sign your child up for the best summer ever!The registration deadline for summer camp is May 12. After this date a late fee will be applied. For more information visit ymcabr.org/camp.

May History


  • On May 21, 1962 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the A.C. Lewis YMCA.
  • On May 9, 1980 the C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA hosted a Hawaiian Luau to celebrate the opening of the new outdoor pool.
  • On May 2, 1987 the Y hosted the first statewide Model United Nations program in Louisiana.
  • On May 26, 1987 the A.C. Lewis YMCA held its dedication for the new youth center.
  • On May 30, 1988 the Y held its first ever splash sessions at four of the YMCA of the Capital Area branches.
  • On May 4, 1990 the YMCA held a dedication for the new Daniel B. Heard Highland Club at the Paula G. Manship YMCA.
                    May is Older Americans Month! Click here for tips on healthy aging.
Upcoming Events
May 1-31:Swimsuit drive
May 12:Registration deadline for summer
camp savings.
May 14:Happy Mother’s Day!
May 17:C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA ribbon cutting
May 20:Premiere Health's Water Safety event
May 21:C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA grand re-opening celebration
May 23:Summer sports registration deadline
May 26: Friend Friday
May 31: Member Appreciation Day

Support the Y

From safe spaces to academic achievement to family well-being and more, when you donate to the Y, you're giving those in need the opportunity to thrive. Give for a better us! All donations are tax deductible and 100% of dollars raised goes towards the scholarship fund. Click Here for more information.