Drew Credits YMCA for His Life as World Triathlete

Family of athletes found friends and a place to train at the YMCA

Since he was four years old Drew Shellenberger has been competing in Triathlons. He began his training at the Baxter YMCA saying, “[the YMCA] has been a pretty big place in my life since I was young. I came here for basketball, soccer, and flag foo... Read More

Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin at 9 YMCA Locations in June

Months of coaching, classroom training help make lifesaving changes

Prediabetes threatens over 1/3 of American adults and most don’t even know they’re at risk. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program provides proven, community-based classes to help prevent or delay the onset of Diabetes by over half! ENROLL... Read More

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Classes Begin in June

Adult cancer patients gain confidence, camaraderie and strength in 12-week program

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA Offered in Indianapolis since 2008, the program meets twice a week for 90 minutes and uses basic physical activity to ease cancer patients back into exercise and helps them maintain a healthy weight in a safe, supportive envi... Read More

Myzone App Gives Realtime Fitness Feedback to Up Your Game

Now available at the Baxter YMCA and YMCA at the City Market

Members at the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will soon have a new tool to assist them in their quest to achieve their health and fitness goals. Myzone Exercise Tracking System will be available to use in Small Group Training at the Baxter Y on June 1.... Read More

20 New Programs, Classes and Events to Try

20 new ways to improve your health and wellness

We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill the Y mission, and 2018 was no exception. Here are just a few new ways Central Indiana residents can now get stronger and healthier at the YMCA. New Programs [caption id="attachm... Read More

72-Year-Old Susie Sets Goal, Learns to Swim

Susie first learned Spanish, crochet and knitting and then how to swim

Susie Alloway is a 72-year-old woman with a zest for learning! When Susie was growing up her mom did not drive. As a result much of her time was spent near her home. This meant by the time she was an adult, Susie never learned how to swim. They just ... Read More

Paula Stays Active and Ageless with Exercise

Paula improved health and met friends with AOA fitness

Before retiring at age 67, Paula was sedentary, sitting at a desk and in a car 10-11 hours daily. Lack of exercise and hardly any physical activity led her to develop chronic asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure and morbid obesity. ... Read More

Adult Sports Are Now on the Meetup App

Volleyball, pickle ball, basketball and more

You don't have to be on a league to play sports. The YMCA is offering a new way to find adult sports pickup games. They're on the Meetup app! Open games include basketball, volleyball, pickleball, ultimate Frisbee and many more and are free for Y mem... Read More

Open Heart Surgery Led Linda to Volunteering

YMCA Volunteers Impact Lives -- Including Their Own

Heart Surgery to Health Linda Williams has been a regular, active member of our Active Older Adult group exercise classes since undergoing open heart surgery. But after years of enjoying her Y membership, she decided she wanted to do more and give b... Read More

Y Helps Place Child with Special Needs, Mother is Able to Keep Job

YMCA Before & After School Program provides a safe environment

For many parents, after school programs are a great way to keep children stimulated and busy with activity after the school day ends. But this isn’t always an option for parents of children who have special needs. Care programs for these children c... Read More

Lizzie and Dylan Are Excellent Lifeguards. We Need More.

Lifeguarding is a hard, yet rewarding job

“Lifeguarding has to be one of the best summer jobs for students,” says Lizzie Giller. The 21-year-old college student is looking forward to returning for her second summer as a lifeguard at the Ransburg YMCA. “It taught me leadership and tea... Read More

Is Your Child Overweight? We’ve Got a Program for That

A healthy lifestyle with help from others is fun!

We're all about healthy living, so we're very excited to introduce Healthy Weight and Your Child! This free, evidence-based program empowers children and families through education, healthy eating and physical activity. Families learn skills and beha... Read More

How to Survive Summer Camp Deprivation

5 tips for surviving during the camp off-season

We survived the polar vortex and snow storms, but we still have three months until camp starts. Summer camp deprivation is real, but have no fear! We’re sharing some helpful tips to survive the rest of the winter. TRY OUT YOUR TIE DYE Replace... Read More

Top Volunteers Honored for Strong Spirit of Service

We thank these volunteers for a lifetime of achievement, diversity & inclusion

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has been celebrating its volunteers for as long as the association has existed—164 years! They inspire us with  selfless service and dedication to community. Each year we recognize the best of over 2,000 volunteers... Read More

Influencing Teens, Man to Man

Life is hard for teenagers, Man to Man helps them get through it together

“Guns, gangs and drugs: Number of teens charged with murder doubles since 2016...” — Nov 16, 2017 “Loved ones still searching for shooters who killed two Warren Central students...”  — May 8, 2018 “As murders rise among Indianap... Read More

Banish Boredom, Boost Motivation: Join a Y Running or Walking Club

Even in the cold winter months!

Running or walking for fitness is often thought of as a solo sport, but you're missing out if you always hit the road or treadmill by yourself. Ask someone to join you for a run or walk, or better yet consider joining a YMCA running or walking club. ... Read More

It’s Time to Register for Summer Camp

Now is the perfect time to make summer plans, dream of outdoor fun

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a way to fend off the winter blues—browse and register for summer camp. Registration is now open for over 150 Summer Day Camps at more than 30 locations across Central Indiana. Enrollment is also open for overn... Read More

Legacy Wall Highlights Impact of YMCA on West Side of Indianapolis

A hub for African American community for over 100 years

During the past century many personal stories have been shared about the contributions made by individuals who attended, worked or volunteered at the Senate Avenue, Fall Creek, Pike and most recently the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA. These contributions... Read More

Teri Perseveres Through Pain

Teri fights Multiple Sclerosis with exercise and positive attitude

Teri has been an on and off again member of the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA since we opened in 2011. She has always enjoyed our water aerobics classes, but shortly after joining, Teri began to feel unwell. Her symptoms continued to progress and be... Read More

Bob Lee and the Team that Saved His Life

When his heart stopped, lifeguards jumped into action

A heartfelt sense of gratitude When Bob Lee started swimming laps on that day last June, he didn’t think that he was putting his life in the hands of a couple of teenagers. [caption id="attachment_12574" align="alignright" width="300"] Bob and ... Read More