Community Organization Spotlight: YMCA of Greenville
We all have different interests. Some of us enjoy reading, others movies. But regardless of how you prefer to spend your time, there is one thing we should all make an effort to prioritize: maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The old adage “use it or lose it” is unfortunately true, but there are so many fun opportunities in Greenville to get and stay in shape through the YMCA, it won’t even feel like “work”!
There are a variety of fitness centers in the Upstate—from Planet Fitness to Anytime Fitness to several cross-fit gyms—but in this blog post we’re taking a look at the YMCA of Greenville.
The YMCA was first formed in Greenville, South Carolina in 1876. Today it has four main locations across the Upstate:
- Caine Halter YMCA in Greenville
- Eastside Family YMCA in Taylors
- George I. Theisen YMCA in Travelers Rest
- GHS Family YMCA in Simpsonville
The Y offers a variety of workout options—from free weights to machines, tennis courts to swimming pools. Each location also operates a schedule of group exercise classes, which range from cardio options (like Zumba and cycling), to strength building (like kettlebells and weightlifting), to mind and body classes (like Tai Chi).
Older adults enjoy classes and programs designed just for them, such as Silver Sneakers, an award-winning fitness program that enables older adults to take charge of their health and maintain an active, independent lifestyle.
Because the Y understands that sports are a great way for children to learn teamwork and problem-solving skills, each of its family branches specialize in a variety of youth sports, including baseball, t-ball, softball, soccer, basketball, cheerleading and flag football; some branches also have lacrosse and tennis.
Families can also utilize the YMCA for after school child care. In this program, children are picked up from local schools and transported to their specific location, where they have opportunities for health and wellness, tutoring, leadership development, arts education, service learning and career exploration.
Another reason I love the Y is because of its commitment to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. It’s not just about physical health but mental and spiritual health as well. For example, the YMCA is part of LiveWell Greenville, a partnership of dozens of public and private organizations that aims to make Greenville County a healthier place to live, work, and play.
There is no doubt that Greenville, SC, is a strong, growing community, and we’re grateful for the role the YMCA plays in that. If you would like more information about the Y or other community organizations that make the Upstate such a great place to live, please contact me.