Karate: More Than a Sport

Karate benefits the mind and body

If you’re looking to develop both physical and mental discipline in yourself or your child, karate may be just the right sport.Karate instills self-confidence, self-discipline, respect and responsibility. At the Y, students in t... Read More

We Wear Black on February 28

Wear black to celebrate Black History Month with the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has a rich African America history. African-American leaders formed the Young Men’s Prayer Band in 1900. It became a branch of the city YMCA by 1910. Black and white leaders helped raise funds for a new building he... 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

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

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

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

Eric J. Ellsworth YMCA Christian Mission Fund Established in His Honor

Funds will ensure Christian Mission continues

The Eric. J. Ellsworth YMCA Christian Mission Fund has been established in honor of the retiring president & CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. Eric Ellsworth will retire on Feb. 1 after 13 years in the position and a total of 42 years with... Read More

Mom Loses Weight With Personal Training

Personal training helps mom lose 150 lbs., gain confidence in raising son with autism

Confidence and freedom are two of the benefits Witham Family Y member Kala Newell has found since joining. Kala is a busy mom and a student who is making her health a priority. “I am a mom to a 5-year-old little human who has autism and keeps me o... Read More

Retired Nurse Drops 130 Lbs

Kathleen proves that dedication pays off

In September of 2017, Kathleen Dinsmore, a retired nurse, joined the Witham Family YMCA and made a commitment to her health and wellbeing. Over the course of 13 months of dedication and hard work, Kathleen lost a total of 130 lbs. Kathleen ... 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

Here’s Why Your Kid Needs Camp This Summer!

Camp is something every child should experience

We know it's crazy. It's January. It's cold. We are about as far away from summer as you can get. And we want to talk about CAMP!It's time to start talking about camp, because it will be here before you know it. And we want to make sure you are p... Read More

From Nose to Toes and Ear to Ear

Dive into the new year and a new you

A guest blog from Tim Arvin on behalf of YMCA Member Services Representatives, who are here to serve you! You might have heard me say, “I hope and pray that something I say…will get you to the Y.” As 2019 begins, I want to encourage you, from ... 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

Dive into Water Aerobics With Margaret

At 95, Margaret makes a splash in water aerobics

Would you do anything it takes to get to the Y? Margaret does.While her eyesight isn’t as great as it used to be, nothing stops this 95-year-old from coming to water aerobics an average of twice a week. “It does so much for the whole body. I... Read More

Karyn Uses YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program to Better Her Well Being

Karyn chose to battle her increased A1C head on - and is winning

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program helped Karyn. She says, "a disappointing MD appointment in March prompted me to join the YMCA. What prompted me was the fact that I had, once again, gained weight. In addition, my doctor scolded me on my Hgb A1C, ... Read More

Play and Learn Has a New Face

Welcome Sam Irvin to Play & Learn!

Sam Irvin lives for child enrichment and development, which made accepting the position of Early Childhood Coordinator at the Ransburg YMCA an easy decision. “Kids have so much knowledge and want to teach us,” Sam said. Loving children’s pass... 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

Design a T-Shirt for the Ransburg Y

Submit your T-shirt design, and you just might win!

The Ransburg YMCA is hosting a T-Shirt Design Contest in anticipation of its 60th anniversary in 2019. The design is open for interpretation and should showcase what the Ransburg YMCA means to the community and its members.Submit designs by Dec. ... Read More

Youth Programs Build Leaders, Transform Lives

YMCA has been more than a blessing to Neiko's family

A heartfelt letter from a thankful parentMy family has been connected with the YMCA for nearly 10 years. My daughter Kennedi participated in several teen programs, like From Day One, Turning Points, Y-Achievers, and the Senior Summer Institute, s... Read More