As we begin the new year and reflect on the unprecedented difficulties and crisis that confronted us this past year, we are incredibly proud of all we have done to show up for our community. In 2020 the pandemic of COVID-19 challenged our community in ways that we never thought possible. Thank you for walking alongside us in this journey. We cannot do it without you.

The YMCA of Vincennes is proud to be a recipient of Youth Program Reliance Funds awarded by Lilly Endowment Inc. Through the Youth Program Resilience Fund, the Endowment has made nearly $25 million in grants help youth-serving organizations face challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds will help the organizations cover a range of pandemic-related expenses that include, among other things, purchasing sanitation supplies, personal protective equipment and materials needed to promote social-distancing; modest site modifications so organizations can deliver safe programs and services during the pandemic; improving technology to support remote learning, engagement and information sharing due to decreased in-person activities; meeting increased general operating expenses, including hiring more staff to lower staff-to-child ratios and more planning and training about new safety protocols; engaging consultants to strengthen support for youth and their families most deeply affected by the pandemic, including referrals to wrap-around services and for mental health services

New RevBell fitness class

The YMCA of Vincennes introduces RevBell, a kettlebell, strength and cardio based class that is fun, unique and great for all levels of fitness. This class takes the best kettlebell moves and choreographs them to music. Each song is a full body workout that focuses on arms, legs, core and cardio.

Join us for RevBell from 5-6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

Cycle45 is back

Enjoy an indoor, non-impact, cardiovascular workout that strengthens and tones the lower body. Join instructor Natalie Ansloan as she takes you across fast flat roads, rolling hills and slow climbs.

Join us for Cycle45 from 6-6:45 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.

February Red Cross blood drive

The YMCA of Vincennes will be hosting a beginning of the year Red Cross blood drive on Feb. 10. The blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in gym 2 at the YMCA of Vincennes by appointments only. Log into the donor portal to schedule your donation today.

Winter Pickleball Ladder League

The YMCA of Vincennes Pickleball Ladder League starts on Jan. 19. The format of play is designed so that players play with others of similar skill levels. Your court assignments will be based upon your scoring percentage throughout the league. Players will move within the ladder based upon their scoring percentage. The results of eight weeks of play will be used for final rankings.

There are three skill levels for registration:

3.0 skill level will play from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Jan. 19.

3.5 Skill Level will play from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Jan. 20. There is one spot left for this level.

4.0 and up will play from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Jan. 21.

Registration is $70 for members and non-members.

Team assignments will be handed out at the beginning of play. Games will be played to 11 points, win by 1. The top two players from each group will move on to play for the top of the group ladder, while the bottom four will play for the bottom half. This will be repeated all eight weeks of play.

Medals will be given to the top 3 in each skill level at the end of eight weeks. Random prizes and other fun stats will be given out at the beginning of play each night. Players may show up at 5:15 pm to warm up. Play will begin at 5:30 pm. Contact Devin Lett with any questions at: youthsports@vincennesymca.org

Youth Basketball is back! Games start on Jan. 16. The Winter Warrior Virtual Run

The Winter Warrior Virtual Run has started and the goal this year is 180 miles. This is an average of 15 miles per week. Log miles through the YMCA member app or on the YMCA of Vincennes Web site.

The Winter Warrior Virtual Run will continue through March 20, the first day of spring.

The registration fee is $35.

Virtual race participants will be able to keep track and report their own miles daily, weekly, or monthly through our easy to use online form. Running totals will be updated daily so runners can check their miles. Miles can be submitted through the YMCA of Vincennes Web site home page or through the YMCA Member App.

What counts as miles? Running, jogging, walking, indoor tracks, treadmills and elliptical machines will count towards your miles. Daily step counts will not be counted. We want you to challenge yourself and your fitness to achieve more!

Participants will receive a participation t-shirt and customized race bib. Finishers receive race medals.

Group exercise classes

Group exercise classes are available by booking through the YMCA Member App. Spots are limited for social distancing. Classes available include HIIT, Faithiit, Enhance Fitness, Yoga Stretch, Silver Strength, Strength Train Together, Crunch and Punch, RevBell, Cycle 45, Cardio Aquacise and Arthritis Aquacise. Visit: https://vincennesymca.org/new-ymca-member-app/for links and instructions to download the new app.

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