Gaston County Family YMCA

Stowe Family YMCA

The Stowe Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

196 YMCA Drive
Belmont, NC 28012
Phone (704) 822-9622
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Hours:

Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

November 27th: closed at 8pm

Thanksgiving: Closed

November 29th: 7am – 7pm

Childwatch Hours:

Mon – Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
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CURRENT & UPCOMING PROGRAMS


The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

The Burn: Labor Day 5K & Y Race Series

Join us for the 1st Annual YMCA Labor Day 5K!

Monday, September 1st @ 8:00am

Accept the challenge this Labor Day, September 1, by taking on the Tower Trail at Crowders Mountain State Park. This up and back race will begin at 8:00 am at the Linwood Road access and follow the winding gravel road just past the 1.5 trail marker. Space is limited.

Parking: All parking will be available at Karyae Park, 4227 Linwood Road (0.7 miles away) and shuttle service will be provided.

The race is the 4th event for the Gaston Cup and 3rd in the Y Race Series.

 

Click below for:

Course map and elevation

Crowders Mountain State Park Map

Registration:

Register online here or download the race brochure and registration form here and drop off at any Gaston YMCA or mail to 3210 Union Rd, Gastonia, NC 28056.

5K (INCLUDES  T-SHIRT) Fees:

» $25 through August 25th, $35 from August 26th-31st. There is no race day registration.

Other Details:

Awards will be given to the first overall male & female runners, and  five year increments for male and female runners.

 

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

When and where is  early packet pickup?

Early packet pick up will be Saturday, August 30th  at Run Walk Belmont, 200 N. Main Street in Belmont,  from 10AM-3PM.  Day of race packet pick up will be at Crowders Mountain State Park Linwood Road access from 7:00 am until 7:45 am.

Can I walk the 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. We will not have an awards division for walkers.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. Pets and strollers are not permitted.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Sign up on our online form coming soon. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support  the YMCA Annual Campaign. Through public support and contributions to the Gaston County Family YMCA and its branches, we are able to provide access to quality programs and services to everyone regardless of ability, gender, age, or socio-economic status. We thrive on serving as many people in the community as possible, but cannot do so without your help. Every day nearly 100 programs and services help shape our neighborhoods, but the call for assistance keeps growing.


Fall Youth Soccer

Fall Youth Soccer

Join the Gaston County Family YMCA for Fall Soccer 2014. Our recreational league is in our third season of a new curriculum with proven success, and backed by Belmont Abbey College Soccer Coaches!  This program allows children to progressively develop their skills with smaller team sizes, professional practice plans for coaches, and more opportunities for each child than ever before.  We focus on family involvement, team building, confidence, and developing our core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith.  Register online or download the form below.

Ages
Children ages 3 – 12 will play in the following leagues: Under 5, Under 7, Under 9, and Under 13 years old.  Registration is open until August 28th.  Late registration will result in a $10 late fee if space is available.

When and Where
Practice begins the week of September 8th, and games will follow beginning August 15th. Practice takes place twice weekly on Monday or Tuesday and Saturday for one hour.  After the first week of practice, all weekday practices will include half practice and half game, and all Saturday practices will include half practice and half game.  All games will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA at 208 Main Street, McAdenville.

Coaches
We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching a team this season by indicating your interest on your registration form.
  • Coaches Only Meeting is on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Pharr YMCA in McAdenville.
Uniform Provided
All players will receive a uniform top and socks.  Your child will need shin guards as they are not provided.

Register online!

Contact- Ben Oeser – boeser@gastonymca.org, 704.824.1131.

Member – $52

Program-participant - $77

Downloadable Registration Form

Flyer to share!


Lifeguard Water Safety Instructor Certifications

Lifeguarding

Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Complete a lifeguarding course available this at the Stowe YMCA with possible employment opportunities upon completion. The participant will receive life guarding, first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator.

Prerequisites — Mandatory swim test includes—300 yard swim (front crawl and breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lbs. brick, tread water with feet only for 2 minutes. Attendance mandatory at all session dates and 15 years  old by the date of the last class.

Session: August 22, 23, 24

Friday 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: Members – $180.00  Program Participants – $230.00

Register online or print the form.

Water Safety Instructor Certification

Being safe in and around the water is an important skill to learn and share with others.  This class will prepare participants to teach swim lessons to children and adults as well as  other water safety courses. Possible employment opportunities upon completion.

Prerequisites — Swim various strokes for 25 yards, including butterfly, tread water for 1 minute. Participants must be 16 years old by the date of the last class

Session: September 22nd through 27th 

Monday—Friday Class—4:00—9:00 pm

Saturday Class— 8:00 am—3:00 pm

Cost: Members: $200 Program Participants: $250

Register online or print the form.

 

Contact Jeff Pesesky at jpesesky@gastonymca.org or 704.822.9622 with questions.


Middle School Madness

Ages: Middle School Students

Join the Stowe Family YMCA each month for an evening of dancing, basketball, video games, and more! The Y is just for teens! We will offer a  dance, basketball and/or dodgeball tournaments, video games, pizza, snacks, swimming for all who attend from 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Dates & Times:
September – May
Monthly, 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Event Information and Rules

2014 Spring Semester Dates:

2014

2015

Friday, September 19 Friday, January 30
Friday, October 10 Friday, February 20
Friday, November 21 Friday, March 20
Friday, December 12 Friday, April 24
Friday, May 15

Cost:

Members – FREE
Non Members – $6

NEW! Want to host your birthday party or a celebration at Middle School Madness? You can now rent a private room and have added benefits! Contact Freddie Mibelli with
any questions and interest.


Swim Lessons – Youth

Ages: 6 – 13 years

Youth Swim Lessons promote stroke development, personal water safety, water sports, rescue and personal growth are included. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Session Days & Times:
Saturdays – 11:30 – 12:15, Tuesdays/Thursdays – 6:30-7:15

Cost:
Member - $35/child
Program Participants -  
$65/child

Download our Swim Lesson Registration Form for session information.


Toddler Classes

Toddlers

Experienced Staff

Learning Opportunities

The Stowe Family YMCA is now offering 3 special classes just for our Toddlers! Join us for one or more of these excellent monthly sessions.  Join us for an OPEN HOUSE on March 24, 26, and/or 28th for a free look at the classes.  

What/When: 

Art Classes – Little Picassos on Monday, Wednesday 8:55 – 9:55 am

Literacy Classes – Literary EDventures on Monday, Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 am

Sports + Swim Classes – Rookie Sports and Swim on Friday 9:00 – 11:00 am

All classes are intentionally structured with the goal of fostering a passion for learning, discovering new skills, and building confidence through interaction.

Cost:

$45 a month for Members

$55 a month for Program Participants

Contact Freddie Mibelli with questions at freddie@gastonymca.org or call 704.822.9622.

 


The Gaston Cup

Run with Purpose

runners

The 2nd Annual Gaston Cup  focuses on corporate health and wellness. The Gaston Cup Series provides businesses with a long-term initiative that helps establish healthy lifestyle changes for their employees.

Micro, Small , Medium and Large businesses complete in a series of run/walk races throughout the year. The business with the highest employee participation percentage will win their category Gaston Cup for that year.

RESULTS

Gaston Cup Results July 2014

Race series

Download:

Team registration form - email back to steve@gastonymca.org.

Team flyer

More information and rules

2013 Winners:  Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together


Home School Wellness

Home School Wellness

 Join the Fun!

The  Stowe YMCA hosts Home School Wellness!  This twelve week program will focus on skill development, team sports, wellness, and swimming!  We will spend 6 weeks in the pool and 6 weeks in the gym for a combination of activities that promote healthy living, confidence, and social interaction.

Home School Wellness:

Ages: K-6th grades, split into age groups

Classes:  Six weeks of swim development, followed by six weeks of gym/fitness classes.

Fall 2014 Times and Dates:

Stowe Wednesdays, September 24th – December 10th from 1-2 pm.

Costs: Member –  $45 for single child, $85 for family

Program Participants –  $65 for single child, $105 for family

 Recognition: Certificate of completion and swim class credentials.

Register online or print this form and take it to the YMCA.

Contact Josey Messer with questions at 704.822.9622.

 

Home School Wellness Parent Pass

The YMCA is here to support healthy living in our community. We encourage parents and guardians to focus on their health while their student participates in the Home School Wellness program. Visit the Member Services Desk to register for this offer valid from September 24th to December 10th and allowing entry for one guardian to utilize the Stowe YMCA facilities between the hours of 1:00 and 2:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Click here for more information or contact Josey Messer.

Click here to register online.


Parents Night Out

Ages: 3 years through 5th grade

Once a month the YMCA is THE PLACE for kids! Kids can enjoy an evening at the YMCA while keeping busy with actives such as swimming, baking, playing games, eating dinner, and being silly while their parents are out and about!

Children must be potty trained.

Information and Registration Form

Dates & Times: September 2014 – May 2015

Register online by clicking here.

 


Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.


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