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First Coast YMCA and Tampa YMCA to Compete in 2017 Treadmill Tuesday Challenge for Second Consecutive Year

– Annual event aims to raise awareness for healthy living and drowning prevention – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 8, 2017 – Building upon last year’s success, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA are pleased to announce their partnership for the 2017 Treadmill Tuesday Challenge. For the second consecutive year, the two associations will engage in a friendly competition to challenge Northeast Florida and Tampa Bay communities for the greatest distance traveled on a treadmill. This free event, open to Y members and non-members, takes place March 21 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and encourages physical activity and healthy living among community members. In addition, the First Coast YMCA will incorporate a drowning prevention initiative into this year’s Treadmill Tuesday Challenge, because teaching children how to swim is a critical necessity—especially in Florida. The Make Your Miles Matter initiative will raise awareness for the Y’s Safety Around Water program, which…

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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Recognizes Atlantic Beach Urban Farms as Community Partner of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 1, 2017 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce Atlantic Beach Urban Farms as the 2017 recipient of the E. William Nash, Jr. Legend Award for Community Partner of the Year. Presented at the 7th Annual Y-Bash held at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28, the award acknowledges Atlantic Beach Urban Farms, and its founder and chair Tracey Westbrook, for the vision and support of the SEEDifferently initiative that teaches children, families and adults about nutrition, environmental sustainability, diversity and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The partnership between Atlantic Beach Urban Farms and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast has led to the development and success of SEEDifferently. Since its inception in 2015, SEEDifferently has harvested more than 3,000 plants and provided more than 900 meals to local residents. “We are proud to recognize the outstanding achievements Atlantic Beach Urban…

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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Names Jim Overton Volunteer of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 1, 2017 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast honored volunteer Jim Overton for his service and contribution to the continuous growth of the Y by naming him Volunteer of the Year. Overton received the award at the 7th Annual Y-Bash held at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Overton served nine years on the YMCA Metropolitan Board of Directors, including five years as the chairman. He also sat on the board of the Yates Family YMCA, now known as the Winston Family YMCA, from 1999 to 2006. “From his days in Hi-Y to the time he volunteered as a member of the Metropolitan Board of Directors, Jim has played an active role in advancing the mission of the Y,” said YMCA of Florida’s First Coast President and CEO Eric Mann. “Jim’s leadership on the facility committee has been instrumental in helping the Y improve…

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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Names Norman Beverley Employee of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 1, 2017 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast proudly names Norman Beverley the 2017 recipient of the Carl & Rita Cannon Employee of the Year Award, acknowledging his passion for youth development and his commitment to the Y’s mission. Beverley received the award at the 7th Annual Y-Bash held at the University of North Florida Fine Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Beverley serves as the before-and-after-school program director at the Y’s Tiger Academy and previously served as a YMCA Summer Day Camp site director in Mandarin. Day after day, Beverley delivers his work with enthusiasm, passion and excitement. “Norman’s accomplishment is a true testament to what we can achieve together as we continue to improve the lives in our community and discover our children’s full potential,” said YMCA of Florida’s First Coast President and CEO Eric Mann. “Norman goes above and beyond in every aspect of his work—from dedicating…

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An innovative, new destination for medical care and wellness on Jacksonville’s Northside

A new YMCA facility is integrated within the Baptist North Medical Campus,  part of a full spectrum of healthy living resources JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Feb. 27, 2017 – The second phase of Baptist North Medical Campus is now open, featuring a three-story building encircled by a walking trail and housing a new YMCA, Y Healthy Living Center, and physician offices. This new building is the second to be built on the new Baptist North Medical Campus, situated on 40 acres of land at the intersection of I-295 and Dunn Avenue in a fast-growing area of Jacksonville’s Northside. Unlike most medical office buildings, the new “medical wellness building” now open at Baptist North promotes health and integrates wellness concepts as part of the building design. For example, guests entering the building may choose to take the stairs rather than the elevator when they see the stairs are encased in glass and feature a ceiling-to-floor photo mural…

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YMCA of Florida’s First Coast Named the 2016 “Best Of” Winner in After-School Program, Swimming Instruction and General Activity Camp

Annual award presented by Jax4Kids recognizes Northeast Florida’s top youth-friendly activities and programs JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – November 29, 2016 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce its recognition by Jax4Kids—an online publication dedicated to providing resources for Northeast Florida’s youth—as one of the 2016 “Best Of” winners. Voted by local parents, the Y is among the best providers for after-school programs, swimming instruction and general activity camps on the First Coast. This annual list recognizes exceptional activities and programs that businesses and nonprofits offer to help parents discover fun and beneficial opportunities for their children. Competing categories include entertainment, dining, health and education. The full list was released in the Jax4Kids’ December newspaper. “We are honored to be one of Jax4Kids ‘Best Of’ winners, along with other outstanding organizations on the First Coast. We believe it is our responsibility to provide the resources needed for all children to reach their full…

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The Rotary Club of West Jacksonville Raises $33,000 to Support First Coast YMCA’s Safety Around Water Program

Grant to offer free youth swim lessons to more than 250 students  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Rotary Club of West Jacksonville donated $33,000 to the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in support of its drowning prevention effort by providing free swim lessons to more than 250 local students. As a leader in water safety and swim instruction, the Y’s Safety Around Water curriculum is designed to teach children how to reach the water’s surface if submerged, safely reach the edge of a pool, exit any body of water and respond to unexpected water situations. With initial funding of $25,000 from the Rotary Club of West Jacksonville and an $8,000 grant from Rotary International, this donation will bring water safety education to eligible students at Holy Rosary Catholic School, St. Pius Catholic School, Pickett Elementary School and Reynolds Lane Elementary School. All swim lessons will take place at the new Winston Family YMCA, which features a…

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Winston Family YMCA Kicks Off Grand Opening Weekend with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

500 First Coast residents witnessed today’s reveal of new Riverside flagship Y JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – August 26, 2016 – Joined by Mayor Lenny Curry and nearly 500 First Coast residents, the new Winston Family YMCA opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony today at 10 a.m. The new flagship branch replaces the Yates Family YMCA, which served the community for more than six decades. The new Winston Family YMCA will continue to bolster neighborhood connections, create new opportunities, and provide the encouragement and support that will positively change the lives of area residents. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend as the Winston Family YMCA offers free facility tours, fitness classes, biometric screenings and more festivities to all visitors. In addition, the Y’s 10th annual First Coast Games will host its closing ceremony and 5K event at the new facility Saturday morning. “We would not be standing here without the generous contributions from each…

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This is Yours – New Riverside YMCA Invites First Coast Residents to Celebrate August Grand Opening

Flagship branch aims to serve the most diverse community in Jacksonville  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – July 25, 2016 – After serving Jacksonville’s downtown and riverside communities for more than six decades, the Yates Family YMCA will pass its torch to the new Winston Family YMCA, which is named after local civic leader and philanthropist James H. Winston. Located on the same property on Riverside Avenue, the upcoming flagship branch will host a ribbon cutting event on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m., followed by the official grand opening with festivities taking place throughout the weekend. Coinciding with the grand opening, the Y’s 10th annual First Coast Games will also host its closing ceremony and 5K event at the new facility on Saturday morning, Aug. 27. “We are incredibly excited for all First Coast residents to experience the new Winston Family YMCA and witness the unwavering commitment the Y has for our community,” said YMCA of Florida’s…

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Winston Family YMCA’s Community Giving Campaign Approaches Finish Line with Goal to Raise Final Ten Percent

Highly anticipated new Riverside Y remains on schedule to open late summer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – July 14, 2016 – Mirroring the construction progress of the new Winston Family YMCA located on Riverside Avenue, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce that its community fundraising campaign has less than $2 million to raise on a goal of $21 million. As a result of the generosity of community partners, the Y has received $770,000 in donations since May this year and $33,410 from the recently- launched brick paver recognition campaign, combining for a total of $19 million. “Financial gifts to the Winston YMCA will help advance services that support the steady growth of downtown Jacksonville and have a direct impact on residents right here on the First Coast,” said Nekita Nesmith, senior vice president and chief development officer at YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. The following companies and individuals are among those who have…

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