To enjoy the Y, you needn’t be a member

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:07 am

Lowe’s YMCA officials want Mooresville residents to know that everyone in the community is welcome to participate in their programs, regardless of whether they have a membership.

“We believe that the YMCA is building the foundation of this community and we want to involve everyone that we can,” said Jason Lampton, the YMCA’s Community Senior Marketing Director. “Almost all of our programs are available at a program participant, or non-member, rate because we really want to be inclusive.”

One example of a program that anyone in the community can participate in is Livestrong at the YMCA.

“It’s a partnership with Livestrong for anyone who is currently battling or has had cancer,” Lampton said. “It’s totally free and focuses on health and wellness.”

According to the YMCA website, Livestrong at the YMCA is a “free, comprehensive eight-week program that provides cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training to increase physical stamina. In 2012, the Lowe's YMCA engaged over 70 cancer patients and survivors on their journey to better health.”

Y-Readers is another program that does not require membership. As a “nationally recognized” literacy program, Y Readers is a six-week reading program that serves students in grades K-3 who are reading below grade level.

“It’s a program that continues to grow literacy in our community,” he said. “Students are referred by the school system and the purpose is to engage them while improving their reading skills and self-confidence.”

Adult sports like basketball and soccer, all youth programs including preschool and afterschool, youth sports and swimming are all available to the public with no need for a membership.

“Very few of our programs exclude the general public,” Lampton said. “About 90 percent of what we offer is available to everyone.”

Events such as Healthy Kids Day, Taste of the Lake and the July 3 fireworks celebration are open to the community as well.

“We also encourage volunteers from around the community to come in and help,” said Lampton. “We always need tutors and mentors for Y Readers and Livestrong, and we have other opportunities that anyone can be a part of.”

Lampton said that most of the time, members of the YMCA were once program participants and decided that they liked what the facility had to offer.

“They saw the value in what it means to be a member, including the financial discount you receive on the programs we offer,” he said. “There is also a three-day guest pass if you are curious about the YMCA and want to try it out if you’re thinking about joining.”

For more information or questions about membership, contact operations manager Bart Cape at bart.cape@ymcacharlotte.org or call 704-716-4004.

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