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Families Enjoy Y’s Soccer for Success Spring Event Thanks to Community Partners

The sun was out, the weather was perfect, and the Y’s Soccer for Success® players were ready for a fun day of games, activities, and competition with their friends and family on the football field at Camden High School last Sunday. As the season wraps up for Soccer for Success in Camden, the Y’s Community Youth Programs department held its semi-annual end of season event last weekend for all its players involved in the spring season in Camden.

Players from eight different schools participated in scrimmages, family relay races, and shoot out challenges. They even played games against their own coaches. It was truly a sight to see as these young, determined, newly developed soccer players from all across the city coming together and engaging each other through the game of soccer.

Soccer for Success in the City of Camden is funded by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Campbell Soup Company and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. This year our partners from Campbell’s Healthy CommunitiesFood Bank of South Jersey, The Food Trust and Food Corps, were able to provide extra activities not only for our soccer players but parents and siblings as well. One of the most popular activities offered was making smoothies on The Food Trust’s Smoothie Bike.


YBCC Phoenix Breaststroker Nicolas Montesanti Commits to The College of New Jersey

Multi-Sport Athlete Focuses on Swimming

“There are so many fast kids in my age group and we all worked hard and pushed each other during practice. I am hoping to take that work ethic to college along with everything Coach Chris taught me about how to carry myself.”

Nic first started swimming when he was about 5 years old, at the recommendation of his family doctor who thought swimming would help strengthen his lungs.

Growing up Nic was a multi-sport athlete, participating in baseball, golf, basketball and swimming. He swam for Cherokee High School all four years and accumulated three relay records: the 200 Free, 400 Free and 200 medley. He says he did not know that he really wanted to swim in college until he began to swim for the Y’s Phoenix swim team about a year ago.


Charging Up for a Healthy Summer

Summer is just around the corner and with it children’s break from the routine—mornings spent sleeping in, afternoons spent watching television or playing video games in the cool air conditioning and evenings enjoying a nice ice cream cone before bed. It may sound great, but a summer spent like this can have lasting negative effects.

Kids are less physically active and engaged in learning during the summer months and research shows that children gain weight two to three times faster than during the school year. In addition to that, kids can fall behind academically because they don’t have access to out-of-school learning opportunities.

With this in mind, on Saturday, April 29 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm the Mt. Laurel YMCA is hosting YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, an annual, national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids and families.


Working Mother Trusts her Children to the Y

“As a single mother who works full time, the Y has been such a blessing. They treat my children like their own.” – Porchia

In search of a better life for her family, Porchia, a single working mother of three, moved from Camden to Moorestown six years ago.

But, in order for Porchia to provide for her family, she needed reliable, quality child care while she was at work. Enter the YMCA. Porchia was relieved to learn the Y offered before and afterschool care at her son Moises’ school. She also enrolled her daughter Jaida into full day care at the Mt. Laurel YMCA Child Care.


YMCA Afterschool Care Student Thrives in Science

“I love learning science in afterschool care and helping with the experiments. It’s even helped me in school.” – Emaline, Age 8

Emaline has been a part of Primetime School Age Child Care for 3 years, starting when she was just 6 years old. Her parents needed reliable afterschool care for Emaline while they were at work and were grateful to learn the Y offered it at her school. In addition to the loving and caring environment, another big benefit of the Y’s afterschool care is the dedicated homework time which enables Emaline’s family to spend quality time together in the evenings.

Whether it’s playing kickball or tag, coloring, eating healthy snacks or even participating in science activities,


YMCA Phone-A-Thon raises over $31,000

You may not expect a Phone-A-Thon to be one of the most inspiring and energizing events of the year but this year’s 1st Annual #yFUNraising Phone-A-Thon proved to be just that! With a combination of members, board members, committee members, staff, community volunteers and even youth who benefit from our programs working together, we were able to contact over 1,000 people via phone and hundreds more via live Facebook feed and raised over…


If you were in the Mt. Laurel YMCA or watching on Facebook on February 18 and February 19, you couldn’t miss our Annual Campaign Chair, Mike Regina, who was channeling the spirit of giving with his holiday-inspired suit.  Mike was making the event fun, giving donors the opportunity to spin the ‘Wheel of Giving’, which highlighted some of our programs with various giving amounts ranging from $25 to $750.

Mike Regina, Annual Campaign Chair


Jen Segelken, Mike Regina, Elise Mac-Bello


Mike Regina after 47 hours!


We can’t thank our donors enough for the unbelievable support, helping those who need it most.

When you give, your whole community gets.


Local Residents Meet Weekly for a Cause

I like being a part of the club because I like to see to see the other members and to get involved in the community.”
-Bill Brown, member since 1963


The Y Service Club (formerly known as the Y’s Men Club) of Moorestown was founded in 1927. The club will celebrate its 90th anniversary on April 3, 2017. Since its inception, members have been committed to supporting the mission and values of the Y. While membership was originally limited to only men, everyone who values and supports the Y’s mission is welcome today.


Meet Sherri – Manager, Membership

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi!  My name is Sherri Gordon, and I am a active mother of two wonderful children, Kendell 11 years and Kailyn 6 years and a loving wife to my husband, George. I enjoy working out bright and early at the Burlington-Riverfront YMCA and being a cheerleader for my little ones during their baseball, softball, basketball and field hockey games! Family means a lot to me.

What’s your Y story?

From attending Camp Worth as a youngster to now bringing my two children to swim lessons or basketball leagues, the Y has been a huge part of my life. Knowing that they Y is a safe place for my family and enriches them with great values such as having confidence, being kind and understanding of self worth! I am excited to make more AMAZING Y memories with my Mt. Laurel YMCA staff.

(L-R) Kendell and Sherri

(L-R) Kendell, Kailyn and Sherri

In a nutshell, describe your position at the Y.

In a nutshell I hope to educate our new and veteran guests on all the programs that the Y has to offer them and their families. I will engage members in new and exciting programs and provide support for the community of Mount Laurel and surrounding areas. Most  of all, I hope to motivate and grow my staff in every opportunity available to them under the Y umbrella!

What is most exciting about your new role?

Getting to know and engage with the members both new and existing to the Mt. Laurel YMCA!

If you could pick any superhero power, what would you choose and why?

I would pick two:

  1. The power to heal so I can take away any pain that makes one suffer.
  2. The other would be endurance because there just isn’t enough time to sleep to get everything done in one day!

What are your favorite things to do on weekends?

Attending Kendell or Kailyn’s sporting events and being their biggest cheerleader! Even though sometimes they may be embarrassed by my loud mouth. 

What did your 5-year-old self want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a teacher or a nurse, I love helping others.

Share an inspirational quote you live by.

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” by Maya Angelou

YMCA REACH Students Develops Relationships & Improves Skills

“I felt bad I couldn’t shoot the basketball as well as other kids but the mentors told me to keep trying. They taught ziyanme not to give up.”

Ziyan, a reserved 11-year-old from Westampton, would have spent his summer in front of the television if his dad hadn’t introduced the idea of the Y’s REACH (Realizing Educational And Career Hopes) program. The four-week series connects pre-teens with mentors and role models to expose them to healthy choices, leadership activities and community resources in an effort to avoid risky behaviors.


Mt. Laurel YMCA Child Care Student Experiences Achievement, Friendship and Belonging

“The Y is fun. I like playing with my friends, seeing my teachers, being the weather helper and circle time.”jenn-ella

Ella was just 8 months old when she first started in the infant room at Mt. Laurel YMCA Child Care. Her parents, Dayna and Haynes, were long-time YMCA members and her grandmother has worked for the Y for 26 years. When it came time to finding child care, after visiting other local facilities, Ella’s parents were confident the Y, with its family-oriented focus, was the best place for their children.



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