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Circuit Connecting You to the Y August-September-October 2009 | Volume 4 Issue 4

Life changes at the Y


Eat Right. Exercise Right.

Do It Right. A partnership for good health. Exclusively for members of the Birmingham YMCA. Ages 18 years and older. When done right …

… sustained weight loss and a healthy lifestyle are processes. The Birmingham YMCA and UAB have come together to help members lose weight through healthy eating and physical activity: Do It Right. REGISTER TODAY - SPACE IS LIMITED!

Fall Classes Begin Week of September 14 at these branches • Downtown • Shelby County

• Mountain Brook • Trussville

• Greystone

DETAILS • 12 weekly group sessions • Program Fee, $295 includes: • Eat Right group sessions taught by a Registered Dietitian • Materials include Fast Food Guide, Food Diaries and EatRight Manual • Exercise Right group sessions led by a certified personal trainer CONTACT Caroline Bundy 447.9457 | cbundy@ymcabham.org. REGISTER ONLINE Go to www.ymcabham.org then click your neighborhood branch in the Branches drop down menu.


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The YMCA: here to help Aug Sept•Oct you change for the better To do List 10 action steps to take in this issue

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Do It Right! Sign up for this fitness and nutrition program. (p 2)

Go shopping! Support YMCA Afterschool programs by shopping at J.C. Penney. (p 4)

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Learn how to put the funk in your Crunk! (p 5) Safety First! Learn how the YMCA keeps you safe. (p 6)

Get moving! American on the Move week returns in September. (p 7)

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Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Register for Afterschool at your branch. (p 17)

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Meet ‘Coach Ike’ and register for a new instructional soccer league. (p 18)

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Zumba! Learn about this fun new group exercise and how you can be an instructor. (p 19)

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Swim YMCA Birmingham kicks off inaugural season. Learn more about this new league. (p 20)

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Serve up a little tennis. Register for a fall clinic or tennis team. (p 23)

I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed. ~George Carlin

His point is this: if you want to see something change, you can’t just sit back and wait for it to happen on its own. In order to make a change you have to be proactive and deliberate in your actions. Not only do you have to decide you want change, you have to work to make it happen. ‘Being proactive in

Life Notes

Being proactive in making change – positive change – often means stepping out of your comfort zone, getting your hands a little dirty, doing something that, at first, you don’t really want to do, but know you should. Sometimes though, positive change is achieved by doing something you both want and need to do. Whatever the reasons, helping our members take the steps necessary to make positive change for themselves, for their families and for the greater community is what the Birmingham YMCA is all about.

making change – positive change – often means stepping out of your comfort zone, getting your hands a little dirty, doing something that, at first, you don’t really want to do, but know you should.’

In this issue you’ll read about change; lots of change. You’ll learn about Mary Gray Hunter (p 10), a local photographer and educator who is just beginning making changes to improve her personal health and wellness. You’ll also learn about Marina Angus (p 13) a teenager who can now look back on changes she has made and the positive new direction and attitude those changes have created. You’ll also learn how the Birmingham YMCA changes to ensure your safety (p 6), and how the Y is working toward making a change in our community’s health, happiness and vitality (p 7). All of this in a magazine that doesn’t require you to make change for a dollar, but that just might help you begin to change your life, too!

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Aug | Sept | Oct 2009 Volume 4 | Number 4

Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA Officers J. Stephen Smith, Chairman Phyllis Hall, Vice Chairman Michael Temple, Treasurer Joseph Mays, Secretary Board Members Charles Ball Tim Blair Joseph Bluestein Cecil Bostany Milton Bresler William N. Clark Denise Dauphin Charles DeBardeleben Jason Dill Ann Haas Roderick Hawkins Robert L. Holman Robert Holmes, Jr. Wayne Houston Ann Huckstep Mallie Ireland Joseph Jackson Frank James, III Anthony A. Joseph Tom L. Larkin John Lauriello Ken Maluff Harrison Manning Yvonne McBeth Ann D. McMillan Judge John Ott Henry Ray, Jr. Allen Rushton Lloyd Shelton James W. Shepherd J.T. Smallwood Reeves Sims, Jr. Walker Sorrell Andra Sparks Cedric Sparks Edd Spencer Michael Suco Teresa Vick Scott Vowell Jami Wadkins David Woodruff Phyllis Wyne President and CEO James N. Lombard YLife birmingham Staff Loyd McIntosh, Marketing Manager David G. Hill, Marketing Director YLife birmingham is published four times a year by the Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA. Copyright 2006 by the Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission of the Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA. YLife birmingham welcomes letters and story ideas. Please send them to: YLife Birmingham 2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203 or by e-mail to ylife@ymcabham.org.

Mission: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Vision: We will lead our community to become the healthiest in America.

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Checking In News from around the Birmingham YMCA

“Round up” at JCPenney; benefit three YMCA afterschool programs August and October initiatives support Alabaster, Shades Valley, and Trussville branches

On August 5-16 and October 16-25, “round up” your JCPenney purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference to the Alabaster, Shades Valley, and Trussville branch afterschool programs. JCPenney stores that are “rounding up” for Afterschool are located in Alabaster’s Colonial Promenade, Trussville’s Colonial Tutwiler Farm Promenade, and the Riverchase Galleria. The JCPenney Afterschool Fund is a public charity that provides at-risk children access to life-enriching after school programs that inspire children to be smart, strong and socially responsible. To date, more than $70 million has been given to local Afterschool programs in every JCPenney community through partnerships that include YMCA of the USA. “The generous support of the JCPenney Afterschool Fund enhances our efforts to serve as many children as possible with meaningful, high-quality after school programming,” said Gwen Hatcher, Birmingham YMCA

Childcare Compliance Specialist. “They know, as we do, that children are our most valuable resources.” This month, and in mid-October, shop at these three JCPenney locations and “round up” for Birmingham YMCA afterschool programs.

Find Y Friends on Facebook, Twitter

Social networking is the communications medium of the moment, and Facebook is the place where everyone meets. If you are a member of Facebook, search for Birmingham YMCA and join the newly-formed group for members, program participants, volunteers, donors, staff and supporters! Plus, join the newest conversation about the Birmingham YMCA on Twitter. key words: BirminghamYMCA


Life Skills

downtown 2009 Race to the Courthouse a great summer-time success

3 REASONS to put the funk in your crunk No pain, no gain NO MORE!

Crunk isn’t like an old-fashioned stepbased aerobics class that can be hard on the joints. The movements involve more flowing motions, allowing for a great full-body workout, with plenty of cardio, that is also easy on the knees and other joints.

Have it your way!

The movement of your routine doesn’t have to be exactly what I’m doing. It’s your workout and you can put your own rhythm into it if you like. Everyone dances a little different from each other, which is great.

We're a rhythm nation

A lot of people say ‘I can’t go to that class because I can’t dance.’ Let me tell you, anybody can do this class. If you don’t have any rhythm when you come in, you will have some when you leave. It’s very easy for kids also. It doesn’t matter how old you are, anyone can do it.

Stephanie Bothwell is the Crunk Fitness instructor at the Mountain Brook Branch.

Over 240 running enthusiasts braved the scorching temperatures on June 20, to compete in the 2009 Ronnie Noojin Race to the Courthouse through the streets of downtown Birmingham. Sponsored by Hare Wynn, Newell & Newton and the Birmingham Young Lawyers Association, the Downtown Branch raised over $5,600 for Strong Kids & Communities programs. Volunteers from the Young Lawyers Association, Hare Wynn, Y Acheivers teen program, and the UAB Medical School, gave their time to help the 2009 Race to the Courthouse be the most successful to date.

mountain brook Drop and give me 20!

Mountain Brook Branch Fitness Director Mickal Thomas oversees a summer training session with the Homewood High School girl's volleyball team in photo above. Mickal and his staff worked with the Lady Patriots twice a week helping them increase their quickness, strength, and agility in preparation for the 2009 season. If you have a team or an individual athlete who could benefit from some additional sport-specific training, contact Mickal Thomas at 870.0144. Aug•Sept•Oct 2009 | Y Life 5


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e joined the Y to improve our fitness, but we had no idea that it would save my husband's life. Tuesday, March 3, he had a cardiac arrest during tennis clinic. Thanks to the unbelievable response by both staff and members my husband is alive and well today. “He spent (a) week in CCU at UAB Hospital. He has 7 stents and an implanted defibulator, but we (were able to come) home. “We are so grateful it is hard to put into words. Every step of this potentially dreadful situation (from the ability to recognize, identify and take the appropriate actions) were handled in the most professional and caring manner. We are so proud to be members of such an outstanding organization.” — Mac and Deborah Hornsby The power of a mission statement plays out every day at the Birmingham YMCA. That mission is more than a tagline in print. It is the way the association, and its staff, conducts business. And to the character values that we teach and that we hope to instill through those programs, we strive to bring caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility to life. To those, add safety. Each year, the Birmingham YMCA invests in training, risk management practices, and insurances, to protect the lives and health of our members, program participants, volunteers, and guests. You may notice some of these in your daily interactions. We welcome you to ask about them all.

Safety First!

HOW THE BIRMINGHAM YMCA HELPS KEEP YOU SAFE

Each year, the Birmingham YMCA invests in training, risk management practices, and insurances, to protect the lives and health of our members, program participants, volunteers, and guests.

• Background checks for staff and volunteers • Certifications for staff in most program areas • Systems for safe and secure childcare check in/check out and care • Fully trained and certified lifeguards at every pool • CPR and first aid for all branch staff • Automated external defibrillators are available in every Birmingham YMCA facility. • Swim testing and banding, daily, for all pools. • Bus driver training, plus inspections and repairs by state-certified bus mechanics. • Preventive maintenance on equipment Overseeing all of these activities is a staff of quality control leaders who regularly monitor everything at the YMCA, including health and wellness, childcare, and aquatics, in addition to all facilities.

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Body Wellness

Get Moving Jefferson and Shelby Counties!

America on the Move Week: September 20-27

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hen people learn about the obesity issue, they usually want to do something about it. They want to do something tangible and local to “raise awareness” or “inspire” someone to change their lifestyle. We have a chance to join our efforts with millions of others across America through the America on the Move Challenge. >>>


Wellness Community Go online and sign up for the steps challenge at: www.americaonthemove.org/ymca # YMCA Name 0012 Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA 0032 Birmingham YMCA Youth Center 0024 Downtown Family Branch 0013 Greystone Branch YMCA 0011 Mountain Brook YMCA 0036 Northeast Family Branch 0040 Shades Valley Family Branch 0009 Trussville Branch YMCA 0015 Vestavia Branch YMCA 0028 Western Area Family Branch

The sharp rise in obesity has accounted for 20-30 percent of the rise in healthcare costs since 1979. Here are some of the leading reasons we are fatter:

>>> The Trust for America’s Health recently released the 2009 edition of “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing America” and to no one’s surprise Alabama ranked 49th, It’s not a matter of vanity or pride that should concern us about this fact – it’s the economics of the situation that should sound like a fire alarm in our heads collectively. In a state that can barely afford to fund education – our healthcare costs are being accelerated in a way that pushes us toward insolvency. Small changes can have a big impact on your health. During September the Birmingham YMCA will be spreading the word about the 2000/100 ratio; just 2000 additional steps of activity; and 100 fewer calories per day can make a difference. We will have a variety of activities in your branch like: fitness challenges to make your steps count, educational information on healthy lifestyles, nutrition and exercise and how to incorporate healthier alternatives in your lifestyle each day.

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• Americans consume 300 more calories per day than they did 25 years ago; and they eat less nutritious foods; • Nutritious foods are significantly more expensive than calorie-dense, less nutritious food; • Americans walk less and drive more even for trips of less than one mile; • Parks and recreation spaces are not considered safe, or well-maintained in many communities; • Many school lunches don’t meet nutrition standards and children engage in less physical activity in school; • Increased screen time (TV, computers, video games) contributes to decreased activity, particularly for children; and • Adults work longer hours and commute farther. PLUS: Help your friends and neighbors lead a healthier lifestyle. Guests visit FREE the whole week; so you can encourage others in your community to get active at the Y.


Cover Story

Life changes at the Y

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ives really are changed at the Y. How those lives are changed is what’s really interesting. People of all ages and from many walks of life are connecting with friends old and new, discovering strengths and capabilities they never knew they had facing life’s challenges head-on, and reaching personal best goals. Keep reading to live four stories that are inspirational, motivational and, that will move you in spirit, mind, and body.

Friendraising p 14 | Chaplain’s Corner p 18

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Cover Story Mary Gray Hunter Mountain Brook

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wanted to get back in shape, back in life. I wanted to garden, ride a bike, walk, look good in my clothes.

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There’s a worn out joke about getting healthy that goes something like this: “I had to lose weight before I could join.” Only thing; it’s no joke. Plenty of people who want, and need, to improve their health and well-being, join the YMCA, but are then unable to overcome that very stigma. They simply stay home. Enter teacher and photographer Mary Gray Hunter. With every good intention and goal, she rejoined the Mountain Brook Branch last year. “I wanted to get back in shape, back in life,” she said. But her first efforts were thwarted. “When I went in for the first time, I got on the first piece of equipment I saw, a treadmill.” She was fumbling through getting started when a member walked up and asked if she had signed up for the machine. “You should have,” she was told. Hunter wandered out of the branch, did not return, and on the very day that she was planning to cancel her membership, she received a call from PressPlay coordinator Caroline Bundy. “I believe in synchronicity,” Hunter said, so when she heard the description of a program to help remove obstacles from new members, she decided that she was “open to giving it a try.” Under the tutelage of Bundy and Carol Kutik, Hunter and the group gained the confidence that they could “get back in shape again. “I wanted to garden, ride a bike, walk, look good in my clothes,” Hunter said of her goals. Reflecting on her results following the six-week program: “I lost ten pounds. I feel better. My clothes feel better. I have a new passion for life. I believe in myself again,” she smiled.

Want to join PressPlay?

Turn to page 19 for details how. The Birmingham YMCA is one of three associations nationwide helping develop a program that will position the YMCA as “an attractive gateway to health and well-being” for people not currently engaged — like Mary Gray Hunter. Through Project: Big Shoulders, a process being spearheaded by YMCA of the USA Strategic Innovation, Ashley Bear-Snow and Michelle Oliver from the Mountain Brook Branch have worked alongside colleagues from the Pittsburgh and Los Angeles associations to develop the prototype program, PressPlay. Ultimately, the group’s work will become a national program that can be easily shared with and adopted by local YMCAs across the country.


Victor and Christian Jackson Youth Center

Raising a child with a special need, like autism, is challenging. Multiply those challenges by two, and you might begin to understand the issues facing YMCA member Victoria Jackson. The mother of a pair of boys with autism, Victor and Christian, Jackson has trusted the staff at the Birmingham YMCA Youth Center to not only care for her boys, but to also play a major role in their overall development. Victor and Christian Jackson arrived at the old Five Points South Family Branch when they were 3 and 5 years old respectively. Now 9 and 11 and attending Afterschool and summer programming at the Youth Center, Jackson said she found a place that was open to accepting her sons and was also up to the challenges of caring for two children with autism. “We came to the Y because no one else wanted to take them on,” Victoria said. “They understand the subtleties about the condition and have always been willing to make accommodations for them.” For instance, the Youth Center staff takes special care to make sure the boys’ special dietary needs are met, and Jackson says she greatly appreciates the positive male role models on staff, a real concern of Jackson’s since her husband is away from home occasionally on military service. In addition, Jackson says the Youth Center has made a huge difference in one seemingly small matter: tying shoes. After three years of working with her sons, even seeking out additional occupational therapy, Victor finally jumped that hurdle with the help of one of the Youth Center’s young counselors. “Shatanna Holley taught Victor to tie his shoes. We’re still teaching Christian, but Victor has it,” Jackson said. “She told me and I began crying. She didn’t understand how important this was.”

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hatanna Holley taught Victor to tie his shoes. She told me and I began crying. She didn’t understand how important this was.’

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Isabel Palmer shades valley

Isabel Palmer, left, with YMCA friend Freda Welch.

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Being a member of the YMCA isn’t just about being physically fit - in large part it’s about belonging. For Isabel Palmer, coming to the Shades Valley Family Branch is about connecting with friends - old and new- while sharing the experience of water aerobics three days a week. “It’s about friendship. I know people who have said ‘why don’t you go to such-and-such a pool.’ But, by that time I had made a lot of friends here and I don’t want to leave,” Palmer said. “I have met wonderful people here. It’s a friendship thing and I really do enjoy it.” After moving to Birmingham from New York in the early 1950s, the Illinois native began coming to the Shades Valley Branch in the 1960s. Now 91, Palmer has been a vital part of the branch’s family for over four decades. Palmer understands better than anyone how important it is to be part of a close-knit group of people. Over the years, She and her group of like-minded peers have welcomed newcomers with open arms to their class and have kept in touch with those who no longer make it on a regular basis. Additionally, Palmer and her friends, such as Freda Welch, have celebrated birthdays with their fellow class mates, complete with lunch on the town and homemade birthday cakes. Palmer says taking care of each other emotionally and spiritually is just as important as taking care of yourself physically. It all goes hand-in-hand. “It’s more than exercise. I think you don’t exercise as much if you don’t have a reason to come and be part of a class,” Palmer said. “We all know if we don’t do much, we’ll end up stuck in a chair watching television. It’s very good for a person to be able to feel like somebody cares about you.”


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Marina Angus alabaster

In early July, 15-year old Marina Angus returned home from several weeks working as a volunteer Counselor In Training at a summer day camp in Manatee County, Florida. Having shown considerable leadership skills during her time as a CIT, Marina was asked to come back next year as a paid counselor, a fact she’s very proud of. For Marina, the path to respect and grown-up responsibility was a little rocky at times. The oldest child, Marina began acting out following the divorce of her parents, occasionally getting into fights with other kids and arguing with her mother. By the sixth grade, Marina was attending programs at the Alabaster Community Branch. With the help of executive director Gwen Hatcher and her staff as well as her involvement in the Leaders Club teen development program, Marina has developed into one of the shining stars of a group of already impressive young men and women at the Alabaster facility. “I used to get into a lot of trouble,” Marina admits. “I think I’ve grown up a lot. Gwen and Emily (McClain) were so nice to me. They really helped me grow and become more mature since I started coming to the Y.” Through Leaders Club, Marina learned to exemplify the character values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, through a variety of community service projects, including volunteering at a homeless shelter last summer. Marina said this and other experiences in Leaders Club helped prepare her for her role as a volunteer camp counselor. “I’ve learned how to work with other people and how to approach working with these kids,” Marina said. “These kids showed me so much and I hope to continue to grow from what I’ve learned.”

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My life was changed – again – today.

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hat’s the way it is when you’re associated with the YMCA, no matter if you’re a donor, volunteer, member, program participant, or staff member – it doesn’t matter. When your life’s journey intersects with the Y, your life will be changed. For the better.

Today, I read a letter from a woman who is serving time at Julia Tutwiler Prison. She has four children “on the outside” and wrote to ask if the YMCA could help take care of just one of them this summer. Her son had participated in YMCA Youth Sports in the past and this mom knew that if her son could remain a member of the YMCA family during her absence, he might bear the pain of her being gone just a little more easily. Thanks to contributions received this year for our Strong Kids & Communities Campaign, the YMCA will provide the financial assistance and the safe, nurturing environment this little boy will need to weather the storm of his family’s crisis. He’ll be a “Y Kid” all summer long.

Honor someone in a very special way.

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We are grateful for the following gifts, providing financial assistance to open YMCA doors to others: In Honor Of Caitie Ziemak by Sharon Ziemak Coach Marc Tyson by The 2nd Grade National Metro Team Coach Michael Littleton by The Marlins Danny Haralson by Dollars for Scholars 5K Running Group Coach Jamey McMahon by The Red Sox

‘When you consciously include the YMCA in your journey, you’re making the decision to change your life, and the lives of others, for the better.’

No matter what you do today or whose paths you cross, your life will be changed because of what you choose to do or whom you encounter. When you consciously include the YMCA in your journey, whether through contributing to Vice President for the Strong Kids & Communities Financial Development Campaign, through working out at the YMCA, through coaching a child’s basketball team, you’re making the decision to change your life – and the lives of others – for the better.

Leigh Collins

I can’t wait to see how my life will be changed for the better – again tomorrow courtesy of the YMCA!

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Friendraising

Connecting you to the Birmingham YMCA branch by branch.

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Sharon Bridgette Field by Vulcan Materials Company, Southern + Gulf Coast Division In Memory Of Bill Lovall by Cindy Kennedy, Mary Alsip, US Nails, Timothy Pittman, Tony Criss Gloria Thompson by Denise & Bruce Foote, Christy & Mike Tapper, Amy & David Hess Jim Simpson by Debardeleben Foundation, Phyllis Hall Steve & Chris Sullivan by Robert Robinson

To honor or remember someone in a special way, send your contribution to: YMCA Office of Financial Development 2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 or visit www.ymcabham.org and click “Donate.”


Up To Date | 08/01-09/16 08/010 | Shelby County Homeschool P.E. Registration Begins Classes: Monday and Wednesday | 1-2:30 p.m. Homeschool P.E. classes are designed to teach not only physical fitness and sports, but also teamwork and confidence. Each class is tailored to match the level and age of students. Classes are held in eight sessions. Classes begin September 2. Cost $20 YMCA Members | $35 Non-Members Limited space available. Register online at www.ymcabham.org. Contact Rhonda Williams at 685.6510. 08/10-12 | Alabaster Holiday Camp Children will enjoy games, crafts, sports and swimming. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Cost $69 YMCA Members $105 Non-Members Contact Gwen Hatcher at 663.6504. 08/10, 11, 12 & 10/12 | SHELBY COUNTY Fun Club 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Children will participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, sports, games, archery, crafts and more! Space is limited. Register online at www.ymcabham.org Cost $22 YMCA Members $36 Non-Members Contact Rhonda Williams at 685.6510.

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08/15 | MOUNTAIN BROOK PressPlay Pacers Kick-off Meeting The new PressPlay Pacer walking group will meet on Saturday, August 15 and then participate in scheduled group walks three to four times a week. The goal for this group is to walk the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on October 10. All levels of walkers are welcome. Cost $75 YMCA Members $100 Non-Members Entry fee for the Race for the Cure included. Contact Caroline Bundy at 447.9457. 08/31 | Downtown Adult Co-Ed Volleyball League Games Mondays beginning at 6:45 p.m. Cost Per Team $250 Individuals $50 YMCA Members $60 Non-Members Contact Adam West at 801.7235. 09/01 | Downtown Adult Men’s Basketball League Games Tuesdays beginning at 6:45 p.m. Season includes eight regular games plus playoffs. Awards will be given for league season champion, playoff champion and runner. Individual awards will be given to league scoring, rebound and steals leader. Cost Per Team $350 (plus ref fees) Individuals $50 YMCA Members | $60 Non-Members Contact Adam West at 801.7235.

Y One Healthier Weigh 09/15-11/17 | Tuesdays 6-7:45 p.m. Ten-week program designed to help youth ages 12-18 make healthy choices for a lifetime. Family access to the YMCA is included for the duration of the sessions for non-members. Weekly meetings include behavioral and nutritional components led by a Pediatric Psychologist or a Registered Dietitian from Children’s Health System. A certified Personal Trainer from the YMCA will add fun, weekly exercise. Cost $399 YMCA Member | $450 Non-Members

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Alabaster Community Branch 11th Avenue and 7th SW Alabaster, AL 35007 205.663.6504 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: Noon - 6 p.m. September - April 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. May - August Executive Director Gwen Hatcher

YMCA Camp Cosby

2290 Paul Bear Bryant Road Alpine, AL 35014 256.268.2007 Director of Camping Services Kevin Casey

Downtown Branch

2101 4th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.4563 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sunday: Closed Executive Director Andrew Freeman Membership Director Shelly Mitchell

Greystone Family Branch

5414 Highway 280 Birmingham, AL 35242 205.981.0144 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 5 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday: 2 - 6 p.m. Executive Director Pat Tate Membership Director Kristin Harris

Hargis Retreat

928 Hargis Drive Chelsea, AL 35043 205.678.6512 Branch Hours Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Director of Camping Services Kevin Casey

Includes the adolescent participant and a caregiver. Financial assistance is available.

Do It Right 09/16-12/02 | Wednesdays 6-7:45 p.m. Do It Right is a proven, twelve-week program for adults 18 years and older who are interested in learning to make healthy lifestyle changes. Weekly classes include the care and expertise of a Registered Dietitian from UAB and a Certified Personal Trainer from the YMCA. Cost $295 Financial assistance is available. Contact Caroline Bundy for both programs at 447.9457. Aug•Sept•Oct 2009 | Y Life 15


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Swim Lessons

Classes are offered mornings, afternoons, evenings after work and Saturdays for all age groups. Please contact your local YMCA for times and availability. Alabaster Private and Semi-Private Ages 6 months-adults | Offered through the end of August Cost (six 30-minute lessons) Private $87 YMCA Members | $105 Non-Members Semi Private $70 YMCA Members | $90 Non-Members Contact Gwen Hatcher at 663.6504. Downtown Parent/Child Lessons Ages 6 months – 3 years 08/04, 09/08, 10/06 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30 p.m. Group Lessons Pre-School ages 3-6 & Youth ages 6-13) 08/04, 09/08, 10/06 | Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:30, 5:30, & 6:30 p.m. Cost $54 YMCA Members | $87 Non-Members Contact Adam West at 801.7235. Private Lessons Ages 3 & Up | Six 30-minute lessons Cost Private Lessons $90 YMCA Members | $108 Non-Members Semi-Private $70 YMCA Members | $90 Non-Members Contact Adam West at 801.7235. Greystone Group Lessons August classes: Monday-Thursday for two weeks. Morning and evening classes available for all ages. 08/03-13 and 08/17-27 Year-round group lessons | Tuesdays and Thursdays. Eight 40-minute classes each month. Morning and evening classes available for pre-school levels. Evening classes available for youth levels. 09/01-24 | 10/06-29 Private Lessons Taught year round. Scheduled at your convenience. Go online to www.ymcabham.org for details. Contact Susan Becker at 981.0144.

Shelby County Group Swim Lessons 08/03-27, 09/07-10/01, 10/05-29 Cost $54 YMCA Members | $87 Non-Members Private Swimming Lessons Cost Private Lessons $90 YMCA Members | $108 Non-Members Semi Private (per child) $70 YMCA Members | $90 Non-Members 16 www.ymcabham.org

Almost-Three Swim Classes 08/03-27 | 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Children ages 24 to 48 months. Parents attend the class while an instructor works one-on-one with the student. This class is great for children who are ready to move from the Parent/Child class, but not quite ready for the Pike class. Parents must be in the water for the first four classes Cost $54 YMCA Members | $87 Non-Members Contact Jennifer Dick at 685.6512. Trussville Group and Private lessons Both group and private lessons taught on a monthly basis. Cost Group $54 YMCA Members | $87 Non-Members Private $90 YMCA Members | $108 Non-Members Contact Carla Holloway-Watson at 655.2224. SHADES VALLEY Group Swim Lessons 08/3-13 (Monday-Thursday) | 09/07-30 (M/W or T/Th) 10/05-28 (M/W or T/Th) Group and private swim lessons are offered for all ages and skill levels, morning, afternoon, and evening Cost $54 YMCA Members | $87 Non-Members Contact Katie Watkins at 870.9622. SHADES VALLEY Private Swim Lessons 08/05 | 09/07 | 10/05 Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday Cost $54 YMCA Members | $87 Non-Members Contact Katie Watkins at 870.9622. LIFEGUARDING Course includes certifications in Lifeguarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, AED Essentials, and Standard First-Aid Greystone 08/05-09 | 09/16-20 | 10/21-25 Wed –Fri, 5-9 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-5p.m.; Sun, Noon-5 p.m. Cost $220 Contact Susan Becker at 981.0144. SHADES VALLEY 09/23-27 | 10/21-25 Wed-Fri, 5-9 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost $220 New Certification $100 Recertification (must show proof of current certification) Contact Katie Watkins at 870.9622.


10/01 | Shelby County Christmas Camp Registration Begins Registration 10/01-12/18 | Grades K-8 Dates: 10/21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 01/04. Campers will participate in games, sports, crafts, field trips, swimming and more. Cost Entire Camp $135 YMCA Members | $203 Non-Members Per Day $22 YMCA Members | $36 Non-Members Register online at www.ymcabham.org. Contact Rhonda Williams at 664.9622. 10/10 | Shelby County Babysitting Classes 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants will be certified in child and infant CPR and first-aid, and will learn how to change a diaper, and other important skills. Cost $50 Contact Jennifer Dick at 685.6512. 10/12 & 23 | Shades Valley Fun Club 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Children will enjoy a variety of activities throughout the day, including games, crafts, field-trips, and swimming. Cost After School Participants $20 YMCA Members | $25 Non-Members Others $30 YMCA Members | $35 Non-Members Contact Mallory Smith at 870.9622. 10/12 | Shelby County Adult Basketball Registration Begins Ages 16 and up

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Season begins 11/22 | Games on Sundays Five-on-five recreational adult league promoting fun and fitness. Each individual registrant receives printed jerseys from the YMCA; teams can purchase uniforms through the Shelby County Branch at an additional cost per player. Cost Team $250 $65 YMCA Members | $85 Non-Members Register online at www.ymcaham.org. Contact Tamara Ladewig at 685.6505. 10/12 | Alabaster Holiday Camp 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Children will enjoy games, crafts, sports and swimming. Cost $23 YMCA Members $35 Non-Members Contact Gwen Hatcher at 663.6504. 10/30 | Shades Valley Trunk-or-Treat Costume contest and best decorated trunk contest. Open to members and non-members. Free Just bring your trunk, costume, and candy! Contact Mallory Smith at 870.9622. 10/30 | Shelby County Halloween at the Y 6-8 p.m. Open to all YMCA members, activities include carnival games, art projects, hay rides, lots of candy, and more! Free for YMCA Members Contact Rhonda Williams at 664.9622. CHILDCARE

After School Registration Monday-Friday The Birmingham YMCA Afterschool Program will keep your child busy and active through a wide variety of activities, including swimming, sports, games, crafts, and homework assistance. Available Branches Alabaster Northeast Shelby County Western AREA

Greystone Shades Valley Trussville Youth Center

directory

Mountain Brook Branch

2401 20th Place South Birmingham, AL 35223 205.870.0144 Branch Hours Monday-Thursday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Mon – Thursday: 8:15 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday: 8:15 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday: 8:15 a.m.-Noon Sunday: 2-6 p.m.. Executive Director Michelle Oliver Membership Director Kristi Nix

Northeast Family Branch

628 Red Lane Road Birmingham, AL 35216 205.833.7616 Branch Hours Monday & Tuesday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday-Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday 7 a.m. - Noon Executive Director Terri A. Nevett

Shades Valley Family Branch 3551 Montgomery Highway Birmingham, AL 35209 205.870.9622 Branch Hours Monday -Friday: 5 .a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 6 p.m. Executive Director Cham Norman Membership Director Dawn Pilliteri

Shelby County Branch

2610 Pelham Parkway Pelham, AL 35124 205.664.9622 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 1 - 6 p.m. Child Watch Hours (School Year) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 3:30-7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. -12 p.m. (Summer) Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Executive Director Lane Vines Membership Director Beth Wilson-Finch

Register online at www.ymcabham.org. Aug•Sept•Oct 2009 | Y Life 17


spirit

sports

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International Experience What Does It Take New soccer program offers expert coaching Northeast & Youth Center

Instructional Soccer League

Registration deadline: 08/16 New soccer league directed by Coach Ike Udeh, former professional soccer player with the Kansas City Wizards and member of the Nigerian National Team. “Coack Ike” has served as an assistant coach at Alabama A&M and the Alabama Olympic Development Program, and currently coaches youth throughout the area, including Jess Lanier High School. This is a great opportunity for your child to learn the sport from a coach with world-class experience and participate in a league where everyone plays and everyone wins. Cost $75 YMCA Members | $100 Non-Members Contact Joe Brown at 324.1643 or 833.7616. ALABASTER, GREYSTONE & SHELBY COUNTY Soccer, Volleyball and Flag Football Registration Registration deadline: 08/15 Practices begin the last week of August and games begin in September. Each team practices once a week with games once a week. Soccer & Flag Football Games: Saturdays Volleyball Games: Thursdays Ages Greystone and Shelby County Soccer: 3-14 | Girls Volleyball: 9-14 | Flag Football: 7-14 Alabaster Soccer: 3-10 | Girls Volleyball: 9-12 | Flag Football: 7-11 Cost $75 YMCA Members | $ 115 Non-Members (ages 3-6) $85 YMCA Members | $125 Non-Members (ages 7 & up) Contact Alabaster: Gwen Hatcher at 663.6504 Greystone: George Becker at 981.0144 Shelby County: Tamara Ladewig at 664.9622. Register online at www.ymcabham.org. Basketball Basketball Registration 10/12-11/06 Ages: Alabaster 3-8 | Greystone & Shelby County 3-15 All teams will be co-ed with one practice and one game each week. Season starts November 16 Cost $75 YMCA Members | $ 115 Non-Members (ages 3-6) $85 YMCA Members | $125 Non-Members (ages 7 & up) Contact Alabaster: Gwen Hatcher at 663.6504 Greystone: George Becker at 981.0144 Shelby County: Tamara Ladewig at 664.9622.

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to Change a Life?

Many things drift across a Chaplain’s desk, not the least of which are numerous solicitations for magazines. Often these advertisements contain excerpts from the pages of past issues. Recently, one included an interview with a fellow named David Edwards. The magazine is The Sun from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the title of the interview is “Nothing To Lose But Our Illusions.” It goes like this: David Edwards: It’s not enough to just sit there and have compassionate thoughts. Your compassionate thoughts need to be reflected in what you do. … You need to help other people. Derrick Jensen (interviewer): What do you say to people who feel they are busy struggling to get by and don’t have time to help others? Edwards: Once you start to see through the myth of status, possessions, and unlimited consumption as a path to happiness, you’ll find that you have all kinds of freedom and time. It’s like a deal you can make with the universe: I’ll give up greed for freedom. Then you can start putting your time to good use. Jensen: And if someone says, “But the problems are so big, what can one person do?” Edwards: Once you realize that helping others is also helping yourself, the size of the overall problems becomes irrelevant. You’re not a one-man or onewoman army out to save the whole world. You help simply because it does good and feels good. Pretty good conversation! Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the size of the issues that demand our attention. But, as we have noted before, Michelangelo did not carve his magnificent “David” in one day. Nor, did Beethoven compose all nine symphonies in one evening. And, my suspicion is that Harper Lee did not write To Kill a Mockingbird in one relaxing weekend. But each of them started somewhere, with a chip, or a note, or a thought, and most of all with a vision. No life is ever changed without a vision of what it can be. So, if you are so compelled, imagine what could be, what is not good but could be good, what human need stares you in the face. That human need may be only one person, but if you reach out and touch that person with compassion, then a life will be changed. Tom Rains, Chaplain


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Trussville Family Branch

fitness & Group ex

directory

Greystone Family Branch welcomes new fitness director Scott Hults, also known as “Old Navy” across the association, has joined the Greystone Family Branch as Fitness Director. Scott, a retired U.S. Navy Captain, has been a personal trainer for five years and has worked with clients at Mountain Brook for nearly two years. He is a certified personal trainer, a master fitness trainer and holds a certification in nutrition. Scott is also a Master Professional Bodybuilder who has competed in more than 30 bodybuilding competitions, including five Pro shows. He has won more than 50 bodybuilding trophies. In his last amateur contest, Scott won the NPC Mr. Alabama Masters title and in his first Pro show, Scott won the FAME North American Masters Pro Championship. (By the way, Scott is 66 years old.) Contact Scott at 981.0144. Pilates Reformer Classes Reformer Pilates strengthens and lengthens your muscles unlike other traditional exercises, with an emphasis on core strength and stability. Cost $20.50 YMCA Members, per group session Contact Renae McCullough at 981.0144. MOUNTAIN BROOK New Programs Launching This Fall Women on Weights is a personalized strength training program for women of all abilities. This small group class is led by a nationally certified personal trainer to strengthen, tone, and give you more energy throughout the day. Seniors on the Move is a movement based class

geared towards strength training for seniors. Participants learn exercise techniques in a small group setting supervised by a nationally certified personal trainer. All exercise programs are designed together by an Exercise Physiologist and certified personal trainer. Contact Josh West at 445.2826. PressPlay FUNdamentals Tuesdays and Thursdays | 6:35 p.m. Press Play FUNdamentals is designed for the beginner who is interested in gaining from the health benefits of regular cardiovascular exercise. Press Play FUNdamentals will appeal to people who find the normal group exercise experience intimidating, haven’t utilized their YMCA membership regularly, or just need a little motivation get started. There is loads of fun to be had while you remember how good it feels like to be active again! Contact Mary Casciaro at 870.0144. Shelby County Youth and Adult Karate Monday and Wednesday | 3:30 and 7:45 p.m. Children and adults learn respect, self-confidence, self-control, and self-defense through proven teaching methods. Children can begin as early as five years old. Cost per month $65 YMCA Members | $85 Non-Members Register online at www.ymcabham.org. Contact Tamara Ladewig at 685.6505.

Zumba, Zumba everywhere! Vestavia The Vestavia Xpress Branch will host a Zumba certification on Saturday, August 8. Anyone interested in teaching Zumba should make plans to attend. Contact Kristen Rowland at 823.0144.

5920 Valley Road Trussville, AL 35173 205.655.2224 Branch Hours Monday - Friday: 5 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday – Friday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday: 1-5 p.m. Interim Executive Director Wendy Newland Membership Director Cecelia Lowe

Vestavia Xpress Branch

2086 Columbiana Road Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 205.823.0144 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 5:15 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: 5:15 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Childwatch Hours Monday & Wednesday 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30 -7:30 p.m. Thursday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3:30-7 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 3:30- 6 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday: 2-5:30 p.m. Executive Director Shon Torgeson Membership Director Cindy Reams

Western Area Family Branch

1195 Bessemer Road Birmingham, AL 35228 205.923.1195 Branch Hours Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday: 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Executive Director Terri A. Nevett

Birmingham YMCA Youth Center 2400 7th Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 205.324.1643 Branch Hours 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. Program Executive Chris Oldenburg

If you haven’t tried Zumba, make plans to take a class soon. Classes are taught every Wednesday at 4 p.m. and alternating Mondays and Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Mountain Brook The Mountain Brook Branch has added Zumba to the group exercise schedule on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Zumba replaces the Step class that was offered at this time. Contact Mary Casciaro at 870.0144.

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aquatics

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All for one, one for all!

New Association wide swim team kicks off this fall

Swim Birmingham YMCA Super Squad Super Squad is a swim team for kids who have progressed through swim lessons programs and are ready for the next challenge. Children learn the strokes for swim team, experience what a typical practice is like, and then participate in a swim meet. Shelby County Requires a four-month commitment. Practices Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4-5 p.m. with a USA certified Swim Coach. Practice begins 08/17 Cost $135 YMCA Members | $150 Non-Members Contact Jennifer Dick at 685.6512. Shades valley Monday and Wednesday 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Bronze Level Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Silver Level Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Contact Katie Watkins at 870.9622. Birthday Splash Parties Multiple Branches Enjoy half of the YMCA pool during regular business hours or after hours and a lifeguard and/or building supervisor will be provided for water games and recreational time. A picnic area or a room will be provided for opening gifts, playing games and enjoying cake and snacks. Partiers get one hour of recreational swimming and one hour at the picnic area or in the room. Please call your local YMCA for more information and to reserve a date. Parties are offered on a first come, first serve basis. 20 www.ymcabham.org

training

Evaluations Begin 08/17 | Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-4:30pm. Swim Birmingham YMCA is a year round swim team offering training for beginners though national level competitive. SBY’s certified coaches will improve your child’s swimming ability, while maintaining the YMCA’s focus on positive character values; caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. To participate, all children must be evaluated by a Swim Birmingham YMCA Coach. Group placements will be administered by a Swim Birmingham YMCA Coach. Practice Times: Home School Group (Greystone) | 7:30-9 a.m. Bronze Group 4-5 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday Silver Group 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday Gold Group (Shelby County, Greystone, Trussville) 4:30-6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday (Shelby County) 4:30-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday Peer Mentoring or Dry Land then in the water from 5-6 p.m. (Shelby County) 4-5:30 p.m. Fridays (Shelby County) Cost $75 Registration fee (includes $50 USA Swimming Registration and a team cap) Home School Group $200 YMCA Members | $260 Non-Members Bronze Group $160 YMCA Members | $208 Non-Members Silver Group $175 YMCA Members | $227 Non-Members Gold Group $250 YMCA Members | $325 Non-Members Prices are based on amount of time child is in water. Financial assistance is available. Contact Jennifer Dick at 685.6512.

CPR & First Aid Downtown CPR & First Aid Training 08/20, 09/17, 10/15 Thursdays 5:30-9:30 p.m. Cost $35 Adult CPR /AED (Child/ Infant CPR Optional) $60 Standard First Aid (Includes Adult CPR/AED/First Aid – Child/ Infant CPR Optional) $50 Professional Rescuer Contact Adam West at 801.7235 Greystone CPR Schedule 08/20 | 5-8 p.m. 10/24 | 5-8 p.m. 10/15 | 5-8 p.m. Cost $35 Contact Susan Becker at 981.0144. Shelby County 10/17 | 6-8 p.m. 10/26 | 9-11 a.m. 10/15 | 6-8 p.m. 10/31 | 9-11 a.m. Cost $60 Full Class $30 Adult CPR only Contact Jennifer Dick at 664.9622.


Kid’s Page 

children Fantastic Four!

Shades Valley Drop & Go Monday - Thursday | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Ages 5 weeks - 5 years Your children will be cared for in a fun, safe, and loving environment while you are on the go. YMCA members only. Cost 1-2 hours - $10 first child | $7 each additional child 2-5 hours - $15 first child |$12 each additional child Contact Mallory Smith at 870.9622.

Dance the day away! GREYSTONE Dancenastics Students learn short routines to fun music like High School Musical and Hannah Montana as well as cheers, jumps and introduction to tumbling. Students will improve coordination, concentration, balance, and rhythm through dance and cheerleading while establishing a solid foundation of technique all while having a blast. Contact Mellissa Goodman at 945-3094.

vestavia xpress

The children in Summer Day Camp at the Vestavia Xpress branch wasted no time putting into action lessons they learned about getting along. During the first week of camp, campers learned about sportsmanship and the importance of working as a team. Campers Abby Hager, Cassidy Geeslin, Karissa White, Maya Ruffin, Kenedi Jones, and Kyra Joyner, decided to put these ideas into practice, creating their own team banner - The Fantastic Four - and hanging it in the branch. Counselors Victoria Quarles & Helen King helped out with the project.

Horsin’ Around

Kid Talk

Jaxon Bast | Shelby County Age | 7 Grade | 2 Who is your favorite superhero? Duke from G.I. Joe What is your favorite sport? Baseball; I like the Tigers because that's my team and they score a lot. What do you do outside the YMCA? I pick up cans and bottles to recycle them, sometimes from the YMCA and at school. But I play with my friends outside a lot. What is the most fun thing to do at the YMCA: Playing all the games like Kickball, and swimming every day.

Earlier in the summer, campers at the Vestavia Xpress Branch were visited by a pair of four-legged friends. Childcare Director Dani Cato arranged forthe horses from a nearby farm. Dozens of kids had the opportunity to ride one of the horses in the upper parking lot at the Vestavia branch, many of whom had never seen a horse in person before. Aug•Sept•Oct 2009 | Y Life 21


My Mission:

A

. . . to become a human fish. Amanda Bradley Trussville

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normal day in the life of 12-year-old Amanda Bradley is nothing like that of the average middle schooler. During the summer, Amanda wakes up between 6-6:30 a.m. then heads to the pool for a two-hour practice session. In the evening, she is back in the water at 6:30, working on her skills for up to two hours. In the fall and winter, Amanda can usually be found in the pool from 6-8 p.m. brushing up on her skills. Since the age of seven, he Trussville Family Branch member has been a standout athlete on the swim team, spending 20 plus hours a week in the pool, setting a standard of dedication for her fellow team members. Somewhat shy and quiet but possessing a clever sense of humor, Amanda enjoys being in the water for a variety of reasons, some of which might be surprising. “I just love being in the pool everyday. It’s one of my favorite things to do, because I just don’t like to sweat,” she said with a laugh. “It’s a really good and safe sport. I mean, I can eat as much as I want and still be skinny. I want to do it for the rest of my life.” Swimming as a sport is a family tradition in the Bradley household. Amanda’s father was a competitive swimmer and her sister, Emily, and brother, Will, are also members of the swim team. For Amanda, the pool is a test of her character and discipline. and is an arena in which she comes alive. “When I get up on the block and feel that tension of going off and in the flip-turn seeing all of these people ahead of me,” she said, “I just want to catch up and hit that wall as hard as I can.” Amanda is currently working to make the cut for Southeasterns in the 50-Meter Freestyle and 50-Meter Fly. She will also be a part of the association-wide Swim Birmingham YMCA swim team, which will begin competition this fall.


We’re waiting to serve you Greystone

Fall Tennis at the Y

Junior Tennis This after school and weekend program is designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced level junior players. Program offers instruction, games, and competition against other players of similar level and ability. Beginners: Monday and Wednesday | 4-5 p.m. Intermediate & Advanced: Tuesday and Thursday | 4-5:30 p.m. Cost $15 Per Session | $115 Per Month (8-10 sessions per month) Quickstart Designed to bring kids into the game, Quickstart Tennis utilizes special equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. Contact Cain Mashego at 981.0144.

Mountain Brook

Junior Clinics Beginning 08/10 | Afternoons Monday-Thursday Clinics continue in September, October and November. Groups are available from mini-tennis (ages 5-6) on up. Men’s Drop-In Clinic Beginning 08/11 | Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. Any player 2.5 or higher is welcome to attend. Advanced Women’s Clinic: Beginning 08/07 | 10:30 a.m.-Noon | Limited to 18 players Players must be 4.5 or higher softcourt or 3.5 or higher USTA in order to attend. Fall Men’s Interclub League Beginning 09/07 | Matches begin at 6 p.m. B team matches Mondays| C team matches Thursday.Fall season matches will run through early November. Fall Women’s Softcourt League Beginning 09/08 | Team matches Monday-Friday beginning at 9 a.m. Play levels are 2.5-5.3. USTA Fall Prep League Begins in September. Start date TBA. | Evening matches starting at 6 p.m. Play leagues are 2.5-4.5. Fall season matches will run through early November Contact Bob Cianchetti at 870.3930.

trussville

Leagues and Clinics Men’s and Women’s adult leagues and clinics forming for all. Register now for Junior leagues and clinics. Contact Pam Wildt at 655.2224.

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Metropolitan Birmingham YMCA 2101 Fourth Avenue North Birmingham, AL 35203 www.ymcabham.org

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage Paid Permit No. 1072 Birmingham, AL

Get Stepping!

America on the Move Week at the YMCA

September 21-28

Walk, run, hop or dance to the YMCA and help get Birmingham moving. Tell your friends to enjoy a FREE week at the YMCA” during America on the Move week. Learn more at www.ymcabham.org.

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