Andre Drummond donates $15,000 to Support Youth Programming at the Y

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT, February 26, 2019 –The Northern Middlesex County YMCA is pleased to announce that we have received a $15,000 grant from the Drummond Foundation. Funds received from Drummond support teen programs including, Andre’s Allstars, a program open to youth over the age of 12 which currently provides support to over 30 participants. “Giving back to the city of Middletown is something I take pride in,” said Andre Drummond. “Growing up as a kid, I didn’t have an athlete who came into town and help to start programs for my peers and me. The YMCA gave us somewhere to go and work on all of our skills both on and off the court. I give back because I want the kids of future generati

Meet Kevin Washington, President and CEO of the Y of the USA

President and CEO of the Y of the USA A 40 year YMCA professional, Kevin Washington is the 14th person and first African American to lead the Y in the United States. He came to YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) in February 2015 from the YMCA of Greater Boston, where as President and CEO from 2010 to 2014 he expanded membership and access by reducing rates, increased diversity and engagement among the Board of Directors to better reflect the community and implemented a childhood-education quality initiative that benefits thousands of children and families throughout eastern Massachusetts. Prior to Boston, Washington served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford from 2000 to 2010. Under hi

BLACK HISTORY MONTH has roots associated with the YMCA

Black History Month has roots associated with the YMCA. In 1915, Carter G. Woodson, a University of Chicago alumnus, arrived in Chicago for to attend a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of emancipation sponsored by the state of Illinois. Inspired by this three-week celebration where thousands of African Americans had traveled from across the country to see exhibits that highlighted the progress of their people since the end of slavery, Woodson met at the Wabash YMCA in Chicago with a small group and formed the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH). This began the foundation that would create Negro History and Literature Week, renamed Negro Achievement Wee

Former slave Anthony Bowen founded a black YMCA in 1853.

During Black History Month and throughout the year, at the Y we are proud of the African Americans that have been apart of the rich YMCA history. One of the first YMCAs was also one of the earliest African-American organizations in the United States. Former slave Anthony Bowen founded a black YMCA in Washington D.C. in 1853. It was the first nonchurch black institution in America at that time. In 1896, there were 60 active Ys for Black Americans, and by 1924, membership grew to 28,000 members across 160 Ys for Black Americans. (Pictured above) In 1911, African American educator and author Booker T. Washington was the main speaker at the YMCA’s 53rd anniversary dinner in which he praised the

Kids Korner Celebrates Black History Month

Bielefield Kids' Korner spent time working on a fact scavenger hunt to find out more about Historic African American Icons. The kids had to figure out who was who based on four facts on the person's poster. The featured icons were Rosa Parks, Barrack Obama, Colin Powell, Althea Gibson, and George Washington Carver. What an amazing activity to teach our children about cultural awareness!

Celebrating Black History Month

During Black History Month and throughout the year, at the Y we are proud of the African Americans that have been apart of the rich YMCA history. One of the first YMCAs was also one of the earliest African-American organizations in the United States. Former slave Anthony Bowen founded a black YMCA in Washington D.C. in 1853. It was the first nonchurch black institution in America at that time. In 1896, there were 60 active Ys for Black Americans, and by 1924, membership grew to 28,000 members across 160 Ys for Black Americans. (Pictured above) In 1911, African American educator and author Booker T. Washington was the main speaker at the YMCA’s 53rd anniversary dinner in which he praised the

February is Healthy Heart Month

Confucius once said, “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” But if your heart isn’t healthy enough, the “wherever you go” part may be limited. Your heart is such an important part that often gets overlooked or taken for granted. According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular (heart) disease is the leading cause of death in the world, accounting for 17.3 million deaths a year—a number only expected to rise in the coming years. Make the goal today to treat your heart better through nutrition and exercise. Here at the YMCA, we want you to be as healthy and happy as possible, so here are some great heart-healthy foods and exercises to get you started: Food for Your Heart Oatmeal

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