Infectious… this is how Coach Charles, a YMCA track coach, describes fifth grader Dretavious Foster. “His enthusiasm and energy are infectious! He comes to practice ready to work and does everything with a smile.” Dretavious did not always have this attitude about running. Someone else in his ...

Tagged: track, ymca, running

Athens YMCA to celebrate year of changes on Tuesday


The Athens YMCA will kick off a month-long celebration for its 158th anniversary at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the facility located at 915 Hawthorne Ave. Athens YMCA CEO Shae Wilson admits that 158 years is an odd number to celebrate, but said she felt it was important to publicly celebrate this year’s a...

Fall in Love with Heart Health during American Heart Month


February is American Heart Month and as a leading voice on improving the nation’s health, the Athens YMCA urges everyone to take steps to make sure they are heart healthy so they can lead longer, healthier lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is ...

Athens YMCA Holds Annual Campaign Kickoff


The Athens YMCA held its annual campaign kickoff celebration at Cine’ on October 21. Campaign chairman Marilou Braswell welcomed 50 volunteers and board members along with special guest speaker, UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity. Mr. McGarity spoke about time spent at the local YMCA as a ...

Tagged: youth programs, annual campaign, giving, volunteers, kickoff

The Y. So Much More Annual Campaign


I am honored and blessed to be the Chairman of the 2015 Athens YMCA Fundraising Campaign called The Y. So Much More™! As a college cheerleader at UGA my coach, Mike Castronis, sent me to the YMCA to teach cheerleading and gymnastics in the late ‘70’s. My husband Matt coached football at the Y whi...

Tagged: annual fundraising campaign, youth scholarship program