July 2014 Riverfront Y-Notes


July 2014 University Park Newsletter


Check out the May 2014 University Park YMCA Newsletter.
New Wellness Director, Pool Maintenance, Summer Hours and more!

May 2014 University Park Newsletter


Check out the May 2014 University Park YMCA Newsletter.
June Golf Outing, Summer Session Registration, SilverSneakers® news and more!

Green Y-Lights


Stay up to date!

Make sure to pick up the latest copy of our newsletter, the Green YLights! In it, you'll find all the information about what's happening at your YMCA.
If you have any comments about the newsletter, or suggestions for a story you'd love to read, please contact Paul Thompson @ 

Akron Area YMCA Names New Vice President & COO


Akron Area YMCA Names New Vice President & COO

Jill Kolesar takes the reins as Chief Operations Officer for Akron Area YMCA

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2013Akron, OH — Akron Area YMCA President and CEO Doug Kohl recently announced the promotion of Jill Kolesar to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective December 1, 2013. Kolesar, who is currently the Group Vice President and Executive Director of the Riverfront YMCA, will be stepping in to the role led by current COO Larry Griffin, who will be retiring November 29.

"Jill is a five-tool player," Kohl said. "She works well with staff and volunteers, understands all aspects of Y operations and has been effective at fundraising. We're sad to see Larry go, but are extremely grateful for everything he's helped to accomplish for our association. We're happy to have Jill step in to this position and look forward to her helping our organization become even more effective in our cause."

"I'm very excited to be stepping in to the role that Mr. Griffin has championed so well," Kolesar said. "I look forward to continuing his work to further our mission and impact in the Akron community."

"My career with the Akron Area YMCA has been immeasurably meaningful," Griffin said. "It's such a rewarding experience to be part of a cause that truly makes the lives of others more healthy, connected, and secure. I look forward to working with Jill during this transition. She's been a valuable contributor and brings a great deal of leadership and experience to our association."


Griffin has served as COO since 2006 and has held numerous leadership roles throughout his 35 years with the Akron Area YMCA, including Executive Director of YMCA Camp Y-Noah, Director of Development, and Executive Director of the Riverfront YMCA and Canal Square YMCA.

Griffin plans to spend more time with his wife Diane, volunteer as Lieutenant Governor for Kiwanis and treasurer for the Downtown Akron Kiwanis Foundation, teach snowboarding and start a consulting business helping nonprofit organizations.

Kolesar's previous positions include Executive Director of the Nordonia Hills YMCA, Associate Director of the former Canal Square YMCA and Association Membership Director. She served as a volunteer at the Riverfront YMCA, which led to a part-time membership position. She is the immediate past President of the Cuyahoga Falls Rotary Club and serves on the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Strategic Planning Committee.

"I walk by faith and believe we must seize each and every day," Kolesar said. "It's my opportunity to leave the world a little brighter."

Personal Training Offer **Limited Time**




Personal Training Offer-

During August and September, when you refer someone new to personal training and they purchase a 4- 1 hour session package or more, you and your referred friend will each receive one FREE hour of personal training.



Peace Day 2013



Come join us on Saturday, August 24th from 1pm-4pm at Joy Park Community Center located on 825 Fuller St. Akron, Ohio for PEACE DAY 2013. There will be bookbag give away, live entertainment, and food.  


New Personal Training Rates




Personal Training-

Members/Program Members                                PT Plus (2 people-members only)    

  • 1-one half hour session $25/35                             * 1-one half hour session $40
  • 1-one hour session $40/55                                    * 1-one hour session $65
  • 4-half hour sessions $95/133                                * 4-half hour sessions $152
  • 4-one hour sessions $152/209                              * 4-one hour sessions $247
  • 8-half hour sessions $180/252                              * 8-half hour sessions $288
  • 8-one hour sessions $288/396                              * 8-one hour sessions $468
  • 12-half hour sessions $255/357                            * 12-half hour sessions $408
  • 12-one hour sessions $408/561                            * 12-one hour sessions $663

{ 1 hour sessions may not be split into half hour sessions.}

{PT Plus sessions may not be split in any way and both members must be present at the same time}


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Senior Walk



Cleveland Senior Walk 
presented by the City of Cleveland and University Hospitals

The Cleveland Senior Walk will take place on Thursday, July 25 at 10am on Mall 'C' at the Cleveland Convention Center. The Cleveland Senior Walk is a free, rain or shine event to encourage health and physical activity for older adults. Entertainment and activities continue inside the Convention Center afterward.

Pre-registered walkers will receive a t-shirt, healthy snacks and free tools for active living. To sign up contact Trent Morgan (330)724-1255

Nordonia Hills YMCA Community Garden Survey


During this time of Thanksgiving, the Nordonia Hills YMCA would like to thank the community for supporting Y programs and services throughout the year. We are especially grateful to all our donors for supporting our Partners With Youth scholarship campaign, which provides financial assistance to those unable to pay full prices for membership and programs.
The Y is a cause-driven organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of kids, teens, adults and families. We are actively researching the feasibility of creating a community garden on our 30 acres, located at 8761 Shepard Road in Macedonia, OH. You have a voice in determining if this project moves forward by clicking on the link below to complete a garden interest survey.

For more information about the proposed garden project, contact Lisa Gillota at or call 330-467-8366 x2.



Memberships At New University Park Y Booming


The great progress the University Park YMCA has made, has been featured on! Read Akron Beacon Journal writer Jim Carney's article on all that's been accomplished so far here.
The initial goal was 2,400 membership units by the end of 2011. As of the end of February, the University Park facility had 3,510 membership units, which includes individual members and families and about 800 units from Summa Health System. The number represents more than 7,000 adults and children. By contrast, the Canal Square YMCA had 800 membership units when it closed.
The new building is a “giant, diverse melting pot,” said Doug Kohl, Akron Area Y president and chief executive. “It is as diverse an organization as you ever are going to see.”

Friday @ 5 a boost for University Park YMCA


On Friday, February 3, 2012 the University Park YMCA along with event sponsor Dr. Geraldine McDonald Carter, Ph.D., LLC hosted the 17th Annual Friday@5 Silent & Oral Auction event at the Portage Country Club in Akron.
Friday@5 participants enjoyed a delicious “grazing” dinner, dessert buffet, beverages and an evening of bidding fun with auction items such as African Safari Adventure, Hilton Head and Orlando condos, a hot air balloon ride, Akron Aeros Loge and much more!
The event has grown over the years as patrons and sponsors recognize the impact they are having on the many kids, teens, adults and families that look to the Y for encouragement, support and opportunities to learn, grow and thrive. This year 213 people attended and total of $34,100 was raised to benefit the Akron Area YMCA’s Partners With Youth Annual Giving Campaign.

Running for Rotary


Running for Rotary

Anna Thorniley, a senior at Slippery Rock University, kicked off her quest to run 1,000 miles and raise $10,000 in honor of the children at Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs on Saturday, June 11, 2011.

Running for Rotary was featured in Record Publishing, Akron Beacon Journal and Leader Publications.

Donations and funds raised for Anna's Running for Rotary initiative will give kids the opportunity to experience a week at camp! Way to go Anna! 

Make A Splash Program Makes News


Make A Splash founder Andrew Appleby was joined by two-time Olympic gold medalist and former Firestone High School Graduate Mark Gangloff on Sunday, May 8 to teach a group of kids swimming lessons. The swim lessons took place at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Natatorium at the University Park YMCA and was featured on, Sports Ink, WEWS, MSNBC, WTVD and the Akron Beacon Journal! A special thanks to Andrew for being so passionate about our swimming program and Mark Gangloff for making time for the kids! We look forward to helping more kids in our Make A Splash program!

Teen Leaders Clean-Up Barberton


For the second year in a row, the Teen Leaders Club, Y staff and volunteers came together to help strengthen the community by participating in the 31st Annual Clean-Up Barberton Day! As a group, the teen leaders, Y staff and volunteers met at the Lake Anna YMCA and then headed off to their assigned locations: Downtown Barberton and Lake Anna. We look forward to helping out the Barberton community next year! 

Friday@5 in Beacon Journal & West Side Leader


Going once! Going twice! Sold! University Park and the Akron Area YMCA held their 16th Annual Friday@5 Silent & Oral Auction event at the Portage Country Club to benefit the Partners With Youth Annual Giving Campaign. In 2010, Partners With Youth provided memberships to more than 4,300 kids, teen and families. This year, the Akron Area YMCA hopes to exceed that number through generous donations and continue to provide more youth and families with a Y experience where they can learn, grow and thrive! 

Battle of the Bands


On Saturday, March 5, the Akron Area YMCA and Ripper Owens Tap House called upon all music lovers, young and old, to battle it out at the Cuyahoga Falls High School Auditorium in Cuyahoga Falls. Of the 12 bands who played, six youth bands and six adult bands, the panel of guest judges named Red Letter as the winner of the youth category and Lystrata as the winners in the adult category. As always, we enjoy rockin' out with our local youth and adult bands! 

Teen Leaders Homecoming and Prom Clothing Drive


The Teen Leaders Club gave teenage girls the opportunity to experience homecoming or prom by clothing donations of formal dresses, accessories, jewelry, shoes and other offerings. Over 300 dresses were collected for local teen girls and their good deed was featured in the Akron Beacon Journal,, the Barberton Herald and The Suburbanite!

University Park YMCA Progress Featured on


University Park has been featured on! With the grand opening just around the corner, we're on the home stretch to unlocking potential in the downtown Akron community. Read Akron Beacon Journal writer Jim Carney's feature on the final developments here.

Click here to view photos of our dedication to providing an exciting, new location to support youth development, build healthy lifestyles and increase social responsibility in Y members and the community.

Akron Area YMCA staff receives training in the exciting MindUP curriculum


On August 28, 50 Akron Area YMCA staff received training in the exciting MindUP curriculum—an innovative program for youth development and education. This gives our staff a unique advantage in helping our children and teens realize their potential. Developed by The Hawn Foundation in California, MindUP is proven to boost awareness, increase optimism, encourage different viewpoints and build wellness in children. We look forward to helping kids build knowledge and have fun in the process!

Canal Square INSYDE Chapter 1


The First INSYDE

Here is the first of our updates on Canal Square Y programs as we prepare our transition to the new University Park YMCA, opening in 2011. Although we will not have Summer Day Camps at Canal Square Y this summer, we encourage families to stay active and explore summer camps and programs at all our Akron Area YMCA branches. We are all working together to help you through this transition.

Serving families and the community since 1931, the Canal Square YMCA was the first Akron Area YMCA branch. Developed from the Christian heritage on which the YMCA was founded, we are proud to transition our mission driven programs to the new University Park YMCA. Celebrate with us as we begin a new chapter for our YMCA!

ChildWatch Update


Nordonia Hills YMCA

Child Watch will be available starting in November for those who sign up in advance.

Must purchase a child watch pass. 8 passes for $15! 


Jackson Teens Saddle Up


Jackson Teens Saddle Up for Camp Y-Noah

Camp Y-Noah's Teen Saddle Club members made a trip to Big Dee's Tack Shop to round up supplies needed by the horses and stables. The teens sponsored several fundraising events earlier in the year to raise the money.

Click Here to Read the Green Suburbanite Article

Heritage Herald Newsletter V3 I1


Featured Article: Hearts Heard by the Heritage Club
As a Heritage Club Member you know you’re making a difference. You see how your support benefi ts families with mission-driven programs. You hear that your gifts send kids to camp. You feel the impact that your generosity has left on those around you. You believe in the YMCA mission and value it for each of your own reasons. Thank you for choosing to strengthen the YMCA and make it possible to share it with those that may not otherwise have the opportunity.

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Nordonia Hills Newsletter


Have you always wondered why you are the last to hear about the exciting things going on at the Y? Well wonder no more, sign up today to join the Nordonia Hills Newsletter and get monthly updates on all the latest classes, program offerings, member events and more! Sign up today and be a part of something special!

Heritage Herald Newsletter V2 I1


Featured Article: How Will You Be Remembered?
For decades, The Akron Area YMCA has successfully dedicated time and energy to teach children the importance of family values, friendship and partaking in the community. By contributing to the YMCA mission, you as well are tutoring these children towards a better future. Your gifts will be remembered through their smiles and laughter as you watch them grow into successful and caring individuals.

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Heritage Herald Newsletter V1 I3


Featured Article: Heritage Club Dinner 2006
More than 70 Heritage Club members gathered at Camp Y-Noah for the 28th Annual Heritage Club dinner. Among the attendees were many former campers and camp staff who enjoyed sharing their favorite camp stories and experiences. The evening was marked with many great reunions and memories, plus a camp tour and delicious cuisine.

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Heritage Herald Newsletter V1 I2


Featured Article: The Endowment for Christian Emphasis
The Akron Area YMCA Foundation continues to make a difference through “named funds” like the Bucey Fund, established by Wiley, Jr., Randolph and Richard Bucey in memory of their parents, Wiley and Mary Bucey. The Bucey sons grew up in the shadow of the Akron Area YMCA and are deeply rooted in the community of the YMCA for its emphasis on character, integrity and Christian principles.

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Heritage Herald Newsletter V1 I1


Featured Article: Securing the Future of the Akron Area YMCA
Members of the Heritage Club support the YMCA and preserve its value-based programs by making a planned gift to the Akron Area YMCA Endowment Foundation. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including a bequest in your will, creation of a charitable trust or a gift annuity. Most importantly, gifts can be structured to provide financial security for donors and their heirs while maximizing the impact for the YMCA.

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