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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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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Stowe YMCA Men’s Basketball League

Register today for our Men’s Basketball League at the Stowe YMCA.  This 16 years and older league offers fellowship and friendly competition beginning August 11, 2014.


Register as a team or an individual.  Open now through August 4th or until full.

Registration Form here.


Individual Registration – Members – $30, Program participants – $55

Team Registration – Each player on a team will register individually, and pay their member or program participant rate even if they are signed up on a team.


Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA beginning August 11th.  Each team will play at least 8 regular season games followed by a tournament.  Teams will play no more than two games per week.

Team Limits:

8 player minimum, 11 player maximum


Ben Oeser at or by calling 704.824.1131.

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.

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.

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 –, 704.824.1131.

Member – $52

Program-participant - $77

Downloadable Registration Form

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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

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 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:



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.

Gymnastics and Sports Summer Camp

Join the Pharr Family YMCA this summer for Sports Camp and Gymnastics Camps!  These half day camps will focus on specific skills each morning as well as be a lot of fun!  Camps will be offered during the following weeks.


Week 1 (June 16-20): Gymnastics

Week 2 (June 23-27): Gymnastics

Week 4 (July 7-11): Gymnastics

Week 5 (July 14-18): Basketball

Week 6 (July 21-25): Gymnastics

Week 7 (July 28-August 1): Challenger’s British Soccer Camp (half and full-day options) Click here to register online.

Week 8 (August 4-8): Gymnastics

Week 9 (August 11-15): Gymnastics


Contact Ben Oeser:

704.865.8551 (ext. 101)



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 -  

Download our Swim Lesson Registration Form for session information.

Grizzlies 5K & Y Race Series

Grizzlies 5K & Y Race Series

Join us for the 2nd Annual Grizzlies 5K!

Friday, July 18th @ 6:00pm

Kick off the Gastonia Grizzlies Midnight Madness double header  baseball game & fireworks with the second 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. The race is the 3rd event for the Gaston Cup and 2nd in the Y Race Series.

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 here or download the race brochure and registration 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 12th, 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 17th  at Run Walk Belmont, 200 N. Main Street in Belmont,  from 1-3PM and at Martha Rivers Park at the YMCA Family Night from 4-7PM. 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 on our online form here. 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.

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 Mondays and Thursdays and run from 3:oo pm through 6:45 pm. Each class is 45 minutes long.

KinderGym: Mondays at 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm.  Thursdays at 3:00 pm.

JuniorGym: Mondays at 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:00 pm, and 6:00 pm.  Thursdays at 3:00 pm, 3:45 pm, and 4:30 pm

SeniorGymMondays at 4:30 pm.  Thursdays at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced ClassMondays at 5:15 pm, and Thursdays 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.

Toddler Classes


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.  


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 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.


Race series


Team registration form - email back to

Team flyer

More information and rules

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

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