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Youth sports at YMCA are something special

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The YMCA is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they'll carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical health. Whether it's gaining the confidence that comes from learning a new skill, or building the positive relationships that lead to good sportsmanship and teamwork, participating in sports at the Y is about building the whole child, from the inside out.

Y Youth Sports programs are values-based. Coaches build their instruction on a foundation of the Y's core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Programs are inclusive -- the Y believes every child deserves a chance to learn, grow and thrive through youth sports participation.

"YMCA youth sports programs helps kids not only become better players, but better people. It's a progressive program, with multiple age-specific levels. Every child gets to play and the games are safe, exciting and fun. We encourage fair play, positive competition, and family involvement. One of our core beliefs at the YMCA is that active and connected families make for active and connected communities. Come out, participate, get connected, and make a difference," said Andrew Zimmer, Y Sports Director.

Registration is open now for a variety of sports opportunities for Duneland's youth.

*  Youth Soccer for children ages 3 years through 5th grade. The playing season is Sept. 10 - Oct. 27. Keep your children active and engaged as they dribble, pass and shot their way to fun and excitement as a member of the youth soccer team. Caring volunteer coaches make sure players learn important character values including teamwork and fair play. Register now - Sept. 2. Cost is $40 for Y members.

*  Cross Country for youth ages 4 to 12. Program season is Sept. 10 - Oct. 20. This program is being run in partnership with Valparaiso YMCA and Valparaiso Parks Dept. It's a great way for kids to learn about running and it's wonderful benefits. Cost is $40 for Y members. Register now - Sept. 10.

*  Gymnastics for ages 18 months through 12. Children learn gymnastic and tumbling skills while having fun. Benefits include strength development, better balance and flexibility, improved self-confidence and more. Pre-K cost is $30; School Age cost is $45 for Y members. Registration open now - Sept. 10.

*  Music In Motion for ages 0 to 5 years is geared towards children and their caregiver to encourage learning through music. Class teaches early learning concepts in a fast-paced environment. Register now through Sept. 14. Cost is $40 for Y members.

Register online at or at the Y Welcome Center, 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Youth Sports Director Andrew Zimmer, at or (219) 926-4204.

The Duneland Y has been serving the Duneland communities for more than 50 years focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.



Posted 8/15/2018




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