Preventing Drownings in Greenwood, One Child at a Time

Greenwood Family YMCA Utilizing Special Grant


As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the Greenwood YMCA has provided additional scholarships for swim lessons to children from underserved communities in Greenwood and Abbeville County. A special grant has been awarded to the local YMCA to help fund those scholarships. Kristine Meyerson, Aquatic Specialist at the YMCA of the USA, stated “This initiative will impact 10,000 youth from underserved communities across the country. It’s all about reducing youth drownings.” Through the first two sessions of summer swim lessons, over 25 youth have taken advantage of the grant  here locally.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old. In ethnically diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is two to three times higher than the national average, according to a USA Swimming study. Additionally nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts.


“Ensuring that children learn to swim and gain important water safety skills is part of the Y’s commitment to improving the nation’s health and well-being,” said Gray Stallworth, YMCA Executive Director. “These are also critical life saving skills that every child should benefit from, regardless of where they live or level of income.”


The Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 24 years. The Y has a collaboration with all three local school districts to provide basic water safety skills training at one grade level. Plus, the Greenwood YMCA continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including youth and pre-school lessons, parent-child (for youth under 3 years old), as well as teen/adult lessons, water exercise, and swim team.


It’s not too late to be able to participate in swim lessons with a special rate. If you know of someone who might qualify, they should contact Kim Tomlinson at the YMCA (223-9622). The next session of lessons begins July 28.

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Upcoming Programs

Tune Up for Fall Soccer

Soccer Camp – July 28-Aug 1

Brush up on your skills at our camp. Through our ‘skill of the day’ campers will learn a variety of skills on both sides of the ball including the core components of passing, trapping, and goal keeping – all presented in a fun & positive environment.

TIMES: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Campers may be dropped off at the YMCA anytime between 7:00 – 9:00am and pick up will be at 1:00. If you chose to register for all day camp, pick up is from 4pm to 6pm each day. Both drop off and pick up will be at the side entrance under the childcare awning.

AGE RANGE: 7 – 12 years old

PRICES: Member = $70.00 Non-Member = $90.00

You can register online  HERE

Soccer Fever

YMCA Fall Youth Soccer

Soccer is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. Your child will learn new soccer skills or improve his/her current level in this fast paced league while having great fun! Great staff and volunteer coaches will make this a positive sports experience for your child. Our league allows players to enjoy soccer in a positive, safe and fun environment. Jersey, shorts and socks are provided for all players. Players must provide shin guards and soccer ball appropriate for age level.

AGE AS OF: August 1, 2014
DATES: August 11th—October 9th
DAYS: Mon, Tue, Thur
TIME: 6:15 pm & 7:15 pm

EARLY REGISTRATION: June 30th—July 13th

Get more information and links for “Online Registration” HERE

Summer Day Camp

YMCA Camp Greenwood

Ages: 5 – 16 years old


YMCA Day Camp – a hallmark program – is one of the most effective and powerful ways that children learn lessons that will serve them throughout their live – and this summer, we invite your child to join us and become part of something very special.

At Camp Greenwood, your child will gain skills, try new things and grow in confidence and self-assurance, while practicing the YMCA core values of caring, respect, honesty, and responsibility as part of daily camp life. By participating in a larger community, your child will practice team-work, social skills and many new friends. Camp Greenwood also offers your child role models who are committed to excellence. Our team of counselors brings enthusiasm, responsibility, knowledge and a genuine love for children to their jobs.

Campers will experience daily morning devotions, end of the week campfires, arts & crafts, archery, sports, outdoor living skills, swimming, climbing wall, alpine tower and team development.

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