Gaston County Family YMCA

Stowe Family YMCA

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




Childwatch Hours:

Mon – Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Monday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Friday: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
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Stowe YMCA Summer Men’s Basketball Leagues

Register today for our Men’s Competitive or Recreational Basketball Leagues at the Stowe YMCA.  These leagues for players 18 years and older offer fellowship and friendly competition beginning July 8th, 2015.


Competitive League – You must register with a team to play in this league.  This league is for teams with serious players that want to play tough competition, and compete at a high level with elite players.  Free Agent Registration will not be accepted into this league.

Competitive League Registration Form Here.

Recreational League – This league is for more casual teams that love to play basketball.  Teams in this league will contain your everyday players.  This league is great for fun, healthy competition and great exercise.  You may sign up as a free agent for this league.  Free agents may be combined to create a free agent team, or be added to another existing team if accepted by a team.

Recreational League Registration Form Here.

Both leagues’ registration are open now through July 2nd or until full.


Members Fee – $40

Program Participants Fee- $60

Team Registration – Each player on a team must register individually, and pay their member or program participant rate.  There is no group or team rate.


Sunday afternoons from 2:00 – 8:00 pm, and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 10:30 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA beginning Wednesday, July 8th.  Each team will play at least 8 regular season games followed by a tournament.

Team Limits:

8 player minimum


Ben Oeser at or by calling 704.824.1131.

Summer Gymnastics Classes

Summer Gymnastics Class Schedules (June, July, and August)

Kindergym for ages 3 & 4.
JuniorGym for ages 5, 6, & 7
SeniorGym for ages 8-11.

YMCA Gymnastics is a class for boys and girls with age appropriate skills in tumbling, floor exercises, bars, vault, and beams! Rolls, handstands, cartwheels, and other fundamental floor exercises are taught all in a fun and non-competitive atmosphere.

All class are held at the Pharr YMCA.

Registration: Open
Please register your child and they will be placed in a class that suits their skills.  Preferences do not gurantee class days and times.

Days & Times:
Classes are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and run from 2:15 pm through 6:45 pm. Each class is 45 minutes long.

KinderGym: Tuesdays at 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm and 5:15 pm.  Wednesdays at 2:15 pm and 3:00 pm.

JuniorGym: Tuesdays at 3:45 pm and 5:15 pm.  Wednesdays at 3:00 pm and 3:45 pm.

SeniorGymTuesdays at 4:30 pm.  Wednesdays at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm

Advanced ClassWednesdays at 5:15 pm.

Class fees: Non-refundable registration fee $20.00 per student

Members – $40.00/month
Program Participants – $50.00/month

CLICK HERE for printable registration form.

Contact Ben Oeser at or (704) 824-1131.

Gastonia Grizzlies 5K presented by Precision Machine

Gastonia Grizzlies 5K presented by Precision Machine

Join us for the 3rd Annual Grizzlies 5K!

Friday, July 17th @ 6:00pm

Kick off the Gastonia Grizzlies Midnight Madness double header  baseball game & fireworks with the third annual Grizzlies 5k. Runners start in the outfield of Sims Park, wind through the North Gastonia Greenway, and finish at home plate. All runners will receive a game ticket, t-shirt, and all the entertainment that evening.

Course map here Note: The race starts in right field and ends with a 1/4 mile run around the inside of the baseball field.


Register online until July 10th or download the form here and drop off at any Gaston YMCA or mail to 615 W Franklin Blvd, Gastonia, NC 28052.


» $25 through July 11th, $35 after July 11th, if space available. Limited to 500 participants.

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 Thursday, July 16th  at Walk & Run Belmont, 200 N. Main Street in Belmont,  from 1-6PM. Day of packet pick up will be at Sims Park from 3-5:30PM.

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. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off traffic 100 percent. Strollers are allowed, pets are not.

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Sign up by contacting Sharon Stephens at or call 704.865.8551. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Who made this all possible?

We had some incredible sponsors to make this race possible. They include Walk & Run Belmont, the Community Foundation of Gaston County, Precision Machine, American & Efird, Bi-Lo, Mr. Nobody Tires, DAvria Precision,Eagle Direct Inc., and Gaston Foot and Ankle.

If you are interested in sponsoring this or a different race please contact Steve D’Avria today!

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.

Summer Camp


Camping, like many Y programs, is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities.

The Gaston County Family YMCA offers four camp locations throughout the county during the 10-week summer following the Gaston County Schools calendar.

2015 Summer Program Guide

2015 Camp Dates 

Week 1 – June 15 – 19 Week 7 – July 27 – 31
Week 2– June 22 – 26 Week 8– August 3 – 7
Week 3– June 29 – July 3 Week 9 – August 10 – 14
Week 4– July 6 – 10 Week 10– August 17 – 21
Week 5– July 13 – 17  
Week 6- July 20 – 24  

Financial Assistance is limited. Early registration is highly recommended.

Click here for more information and registration forms.



Personal Training

Personal Training

Personal Training (Private)

Ages: 12+

Private personal training is 1 on 1 fitness training with a nationally certified YMCA personal trainer. The trainer trains the client using strength training, cardio training, and nutritional counseling and monitoring. Sessions are 1 hour in length and can be purchased in 1, 5, 10, 15 and session packages.

Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability.


1 Session – $49
5 Sessions – $205
10 Sessions – $370
15 Sessions – $495

Personal Training (Small Group Classes)

Ages: 12+

A group personal training class is personal training in a small group setting. The session length is determined by the class specifics and what it dictates the length to be in order for the clients to achieve their goals. Classes are created based on specific branch need and want and trainer experience and availability.

Offered to YMCA members only and must have a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 10 in order to have the sessions.

Dates & Times: Anytime the facility is open and is offered year around. Training times are based on client needs and trainer availability. Classes are 4 to 8 weeks in length depending on specific class.

Sessions – $10 per session per client and must be paid in full prior to start of class sessions. For example, if the class meets 2x per week for 4 weeks the total cost to the member is $80 and this must be paid prior to the start of the 4 week program.

The Gaston Cup

Run with Purpose


The 3rd 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 (after race 1 of 5)


American & Efird: 20 points
WIX: 18 points
YMCA: 16 points
Gaston County: 12 points
Caromont Health: 8 points


Cookson Company: 54 points
Holy Angels: 19 points
Gaston Family Health Services: 15 points
Hagan Kennington Oil: 6.5 points
PSNC Energy: 4 points


Gaston Together: 4.5 points
Alliance for Children and Youth: 3 points

Race series


Team registration form – email back to

Team flyer

More information and rules

2014 Winners: American & Efird, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

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

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 – 10:00 – 12:45, Tuesdays or Thursdays – 5:30-7:15

Member – $40/child
Program Participants –  

Stowe Swim Lesson Summer

Swim club coming soon!  Spring and Summer 2015

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.

Teen Bootcamp

The Stowe YMCA host the teens and pre-teens of the area to meet new friends, connect with teammates, find fun and motivation to get in shape and feel better during Tuesday and Thursday evening sessions.

Ages: 8 – 14

Days & Time: Tuesday and Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Stowe Family YMCA Downstairs Open Area

Contact Susan Mosk at or 704.822.9622

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