|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
Monday – Friday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
November 27th: closed at 8pm
November 29th: 7am – 7pm
Mon – Sat: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Stowe Family YMCA
CURRENT & UPCOMING PROGRAMS
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.
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5K (INCLUDES T-SHIRT) Fees:
» $25 through August 25th, $35 from August 26th-31st. There is no race day registration.
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
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.
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.
- Your Time Commitment is one weekday (Mon or Tue) and Saturday throughout the season.
- Coaches Only Meeting is on Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm at the Pharr YMCA in McAdenville.
Contact- Ben Oeser – email@example.com, 704.824.1131.
Member – $52
Program-participant - $77
Lifeguard Water Safety Instructor Certifications
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
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
Contact Jeff Pesesky at firstname.lastname@example.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
2014 Spring Semester Dates:
|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|
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
Member - $35/child
Program Participants - $65/child
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.
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.
$45 a month for Members
$55 a month for Program Participants
Contact Freddie Mibelli with questions at email@example.com or call 704.822.9622.
The Gaston Cup
Run with Purpose
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.
- Run for the Money 5K Saturday, April 12th at 8:00 am
- Cherry Blossom 5K Friday, April 25 at 6:00 pm register for all other races here
- Gastonia Grizzlies 5K Friday, July 18 at 6:00 pm
- Labor Day 5K Monday, September 1 at 8:00 am
- Spencer Mountain 5K/10 Mile Sat., Nov. 8 at 8:00 am
Team registration form - email back to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Winners: Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together
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.
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.
Dates & Times: September 2014 – May 2015
Register online by clicking here.
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.