HANOVER AREA YMCA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH LITTLESTOWN AREA PARK AND COMMUNITY POOL

HANOVER, PA; Tuesday, February 13, 2018— The Hanover Area YMCA is pleased to announce the recent partnership with Littlestown Park and Littlestown Community Pool on January 25, 2018. The property boasts 15 acres in the Adams County area, nestled in the heart of Littlestown, PA.

The acquisition will allow the Hanover Area YMCA to provide more opportunities for the greater Littlestown area families and youth. In addition to the community pool, the property currently holds soccer and baseball fields, walking trails, rentable gazebos, and tennis courts.  The Y is planning to add more sports fields for youth and adult leagues to provide more fitness and wellness opportunities. As of now, the Y will not be making any additional significant changes to the parks or pool and plans to keep the current set up as is. 

“We couldn’t ask for a better community to be a part of.” Says Ryan Fitzgibbons, President and COO for the Hanover Area YMCA. “The Littlestown community has really helped us grow to where we are today and we are beyond grateful to be able to extend this opportunity to give back.”

Since 1989, the Littlestown YMCA location has served as the community center for youth and adult sports, group fitness classes, camps, and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA — a 12 week program for cancer survivors, which includes strength training, mentorship, and support resources, as well as integrating fitness and wellness programs into the school system.

“Ryan and I have been working on this partnership over the last few months to bring this opportunity to the Littlestown community.  We are looking forward to continuing this relationship between Littlestown Borough and the Hanover YMCA.” States Charles Keller, Borough Manager/ Chief of Police.

“The Y is more than just a place to work out — we’re a place of community. If community members also choose to join the Y, they will have access to all three locations with the Y All Access Membership, to enjoy all the amenities the Y has to offer, in addition to, specially discounted pool rates.” Fitzgibbons continued.

Discounted preseason pool passes are on sale now through the Littlestown YMCA.  Current members of the Hanover Area YMCA will also have the option to purchase a season pool pass, at a special discounted rate.  The Y is already in the planning stages for the upcoming summer season to include pool party rentals, teen dance nights, moonlight swims, cookouts, family nights, and more. The pool will open Saturday, May 26- Monday, May 28, 2018 from 11 AM- 7 PM, then officially open for the summer, Saturday, June 2.  The pool will then remain open daily, Monday thru Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM until school starts, then weekends only.  The pool season will end, Labor Day, Monday, September 3, 2018.

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About the Hanover Area YMCA

The Hanover Area YMCA was established in October 1968 and for almost 50 years has been the area’s leading nonprofit in strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y offers a variety of programs including youth and adult sports, personal training, world-class gymnastics, exclusive YMCA Aquatics Programs, Accredited Early Learning Programs and School Age Programs and is home to the well-known Camp Hickory. The Hanover Area YMCA currently operates three locations in North Hanover, Littlestown, and South Hanover, PA.

Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children — regardless of age, income or background — to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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Hanover YMCA: New Vision, Same Mission

Posted By HM on Jul 6, 2017

Lindsay Armell doing squats in the free weight section.

Lindsay Armell doing squats in the free weight section.

 

by Jennifer Noel, photography by Bill Ryan

Potential. A single word can sum up the new South Hanover YMCA. With a brand new, state of the art facility, members can continue to take advantage of all the programs that the YMCA has to offer as the organization fulfills its mission “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”

It did not take long after its grand opening in mid-May for members to flood the new facility. Just days after the ribbon cutting ceremony, classes were filling-up fast, teams were practicing, and exercise enthusiasts were testing the new equipment.

“The biggest benefit for the Y and our community is being able to give the south side of Hanover and Carroll County areas a place that they can utilize for different areas of their lives,” explained Melissa Foreman, Marketing Director. “We offer so many exclusive programs that other local gyms do not customize for an individual’s needs.”

Foreman, along with Chief Operating Officer, Ryan Fitzgibbons, have both worked at the Hanover YMCA for just over a year. While Foreman has been a long-time resident of the area, Fitzgibbons is a newcomer. Both Foreman and Fitzgibbons have a corporate background, so they offer a fresh take on the member experience.

“Never Stop Getting Better”

The new South Hanover facility touts an impressive resume of offerings. Aside from the facility providing 24/7 access, cycling classes are working out on equipment similar to those seen in classes held in New York City.

Indoor turf playing field is used for multiple sports, including, lacrosse and soccer.

Indoor turf playing field is used for multiple sports, including, lacrosse and soccer.

The greatest addition, however, is the 37,000 square foot indoor turf field which will serve baseball, soccer, lacrosse, flag football, field hockey, kickball, and sports and agility training. The banners that hang in the field house, which Fitzgibbons personally chose, promote community interaction and inspiration.

Indoor turf fields will also allow tournaments to be held on site, rain or shine. Because no other facility in the area offers this type of access, Fitzgibbons expects a rise in multiple sports programs taking advantage of the accommodations.

“The new South Complex will be the sports and athletics hub, our North will remain our flagship location and is also home to our world class aquatics and gymnastics center and our accredited Early Learning Center,” explained Foreman. “Our Littlestown location serves the Littlestown area in addition to allowing us to integrate our Y Sports programs, Fit and Strong Youth Training Programs, and Healthier You program into the school systems.”

But perhaps the most significant transformation is not visible by simply visiting the new location; it is what’s happening throughout the community that is helping the YMCA to reestablish their position as a leader among nonprofits.

 

Inessa Thompson takes a cycling class with the latest equipment.

Inessa Thompson takes a cycling class with the latest equipment.

Giving Back

The YMCA as an organization has its roots in philanthropy; a foundation that Fitzgibbons hopes becomes more recognizable in the community.

“This facility was built by the community, and we want to reinvest in them,” explained Fitzgibbons. “We can be a premier facility and also help those in need.”

Most recently, the YMCA has partnered with New Hope Ministries and Hoffman Homes for Kids. The new facility will also host family dinner nights with community partners throughout the year.

The Kids Come First Support Campaign helps raise scholarship money and financial aid for children and families who would benefit from the YMCA’s services but may not be financially able to afford them. Through benefits such as silent auctions and golf outings, as well as personal donations from community members, the campaign was able to provide over 1,800 scholarships in 2016.

“We want our programs to be accessible and affordable,” added Fitzgibbons. “It makes me proud that our staff is excited to take on this role in the community.”

Programs Change Lives

With its focus on the community, the YMCA also offers several programs for youth and adults to obtain and maintain healthier lifestyles, most notably the LIVESTRONG program.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a “12 week research based program that supports cancer survivors in regaining their physical, emotional and spiritual strength.”

Dana Alexander, Sports and Personal Training Director, has overseen the program since its implementation at the Hanover Area YMCA in 2014.

“The most beneficial part of the LIVESTRONG program is that participants have a support group that are interested in getting fit and strong,” noted Alexander. “When life throws us the most difficulty set of circumstances, it is awesome to see such an inspirational response to these unfortunate circumstances.”

Kenny Schmidt, with his father Ken, works out with the medicine ball.

Kenny Schmidt, with his father Ken, works out with the medicine ball.

 

Kenny Schmidt, with his father Ken, works out with the medicine ball.

With at least 8 LIVESTRONG trainers on staff, participants have the opportunity to participate in physical rehabilitation as well as time to share personal experiences and reflect on the day’s blessings.

The YMCA will host a LIVESTRONG Half Marathon on October 1, 2017. All proceeds from the race will benefit the program in order to cover lifetime membership fees for those individuals who graduate from the 12 week program.

Alexander shared the story of one participant who was bed-ridden prior to coming to the program because of illness and depression. However, the LIVESTRONG changed all of that.

“She tells me that [the program] gave her her life back,” Alexander explained. “She felt so loved, inspired and welcomed. She met new friends, increased her strength, and began to see the positives again in her life.”

Fit and Strong is a program which targets athletes in the 8-18 age range. Sessions are built on strength, speed and agility, athletic performance, conditioning, and of course fun, as well as character development.

“We also have a mobile Fit and Strong unit that will enable us to reach further into the community with this program and have more of an impact on the lives of kids in this age group,” noted Alexander.

Focusing on the entire individual, mind, body, and soul, no matter the age or background, allows numerous programs to encourage fitness as well as fellowship. The wall inside the front doors of the South Hanover facility says it all: “go after your goals.” For both patrons and staff, the goal seems clear: be part of something great together.

“We are paying attention; people are worthy, our kids are worthy, if we can make an impact, why shouldn’t we?” added Fitzgibbons.

Hanover Magazine, July/ August 2017

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