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 DYEReplace... 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

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin Soon

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Classes Begin Soon at 7 Locations

Months of coaching, classroom training help at-risk adults 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-ba... Read More

Cycle-A-Thon at Downtown Indy Ys Focuses on Fitness and Philanthropy

Local businesses and residents donate to help the Downtown Ys "raise donations through rotations" in 3rd Annual Cycle-A-Thon

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is hosting our 3rd Annual Cycle-A-Thon fundraiser and the Downtown Indy Ys want you to join our ride as we help raise donations through rotations. YMCA at the Athenaeum The YMCA at the Athenaeum is nestled in the cl... Read More

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Names Derrick J. Stewart as New CEO

41-year-old Stewart has been CEO of the YMCA of Southwestern IN for 10 years

Derrick J. Stewart has been named the new president and CEO for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis effective Feb. 4, 2019. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors following a five-month national search, Stewart will succeed Eric Ellsworth who will st... Read More

8 Awards, Countless Acts of Heroism

YMCA staff superheroes go above and beyond

The theme for this year’s Staff Assembly was superheroes. And why not? The YMCA staff are happy to go above and beyond to serve others. Staff from across Central Indiana enjoyed fellowship and reveled in the ways we’ve achieved the Y mission of h... Read More

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

Join the staff, volunteers and sponsors for Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA at the Athenaeum on December 8!

In its 22nd year, the YMCA at the Athenaeum’s Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 8 will provide a memorable experience for guests from area homeless and domestic violence shelters, as well as underserved neighborhoods thanks to hard work from nearly 150... Read More

YMCA Honors Veterans with Food, Fitness, Pageantry

8-foot “Salute!” Sculpture to be unveiled at OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA Nov. 10

A series of YMCA events to honor veterans will culminate with the unveiling of a remarkable 8-foot Salute! sculpture on Nov. 10 at the OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, scheduled to open Dec. 3.Commissioned by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis and the In... Read More

Special Olympic Athlete Is Boston Marathon Bound

Running helped Andrew cope, control behavior as a child

Andrew Peterson wasn’t always a runner.The Special Olympics athlete was born with fetal alcohol syndrome, which affects those exposed to alcohol in utero. At just three weeks old, Andrew was found alone in a Madison County home, nearly paralyze... Read More

Eli Lilly Gives Back to YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

Over 100 volunteers gave 13 hours of service to brighten Indy and YMCA camp

Eli Lilly gives back to the Indianapolis community during Global Day of Service Every day, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis engages hundreds and thousands of people, from all walks of life. Whether it be helping a cancer survivor find their physical... Read More

Have a Smashing Good Time at these Halloween Events

Have a spooky, healthy Halloween with your family

Nowhere else will you find a floating pumpkin patch, “haunted” 5K, Yoga in Catacombs and s’mores! There's no better place to celebrate Halloween than at the Y. We've got hayrides and s'mores, costume contests and candy, and all that spooky stu... Read More

The Y Welcomes All!

Friendly openness makes YMCA a great place for immigrants, newcomers

As we roll out the red carpet for National Welcoming Week, Sept. 14 – 23, 2018, and host Community Day on Sept. 19, we’ve gathered a few stories from staff who love working at the Irsay Family YMCA, and who are also immigrants or temporarily he... Read More

Free Family Fun in September

Doggie Dips, Scavenger Hunt, Nerf Night, Tea Party & more!

What to do? What to do? We’re all super busy, and yet sometimes it’s hard to find affordable family fun nearby. That’s where the YMCA comes in. With 12 locations, there’s always something for kids and families to do within a short drive. And ... Read More

Worldwide Contestants Vie to Win Fantasy Weapon Combat Championship

First ever International Lightsaber Tournament in Indy

August 24-26, the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay will host a unique new sporting event: The first ever Indy International Lightsaber Tournament. The Indy Lightsaber Academy will bring teams from the US, Canada, France, and the UK together to compete ... Read More

New Franciscan ExpressCare Center Opens This Fall

Irsay Family YMCA gets a new nearby neighbor

A new Franciscan ExpressCare urgent care center will open this fall just a half block from the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay offering a convenient walk-in clinic for minor healthcare needs. Our partners and neighbors at Franciscan Health are expandin... Read More

Don’t Let Summer Fly by Without Doing These Things

Pool parties, slip-n-slides, boat races!

Try something new and make lasting memories at these out-of-the-ordinary summer events and games. To start, the first day of the 2nd Summer Session of Y sports, classes and leagues and the last day to register on July 16. These are open to everyone w... Read More

YMCA Swim Club Chalks Up Win at First-Ever Home Meet

Swimmers from 5 area teams competed for a win against 9-time state champs

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis (YOGI) recently hosted its first official home swim meet against the Niles Mariners of Michigan and the Michiana Stingrays at the Ransburg YMCA outdoor 50-meter Long Course pool. Swimmers of the YOGI Swim Club come from f... Read More

Healthy Habits are Hard, the Y is Here to Help!

Easy Tips Each Month for a Healthier You

At the Y, we’re all about healthy living – healthy people and healthy communities. But habits can be hard to form, especially the healthy ones. Our new #HealthyHabits program will make healthy living easier.Each month, we‘ll help you build ... Read More

FREE Water Safety Classes for Kids-Just Before Summer

300 sessions available May 29 – July 5

Summer is almost here. Soon, pools will open and boating season will begin. To help keep kids safe, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is offering dozens of free “Safety Around Water” classes from May 29 – July 5 at five YMCAs. Partially funded b... Read More

Back-to-Back Job Fairs at the YMCA May 2 and 3

Citywide Job Fair May 2, Summer Aquatics Hiring Fair May 3

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis will host a Citywide Job Fair to fill more than 600 positions from 4 – 6 p.m. at all 12 YMCA locations in Central Indiana on May 2. The Y will also host a Summer Aquatics Hiring Fair to fill 250 lifeguard and 65 swi... Read More