May 18, 2015 | Comments (0)

The Silence of Sound

My daughter is afraid of the sound of the toilet flushing. And because she’s my spawn, she can’t be just “afraid,” she has to...
May 11, 2015 | Comments (0)

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

In Observance of National "Get Better Sleep" Month...
May 6, 2015 | Comments (0)

Creating Camping Opportunities

Numerous stories, one organization. The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties has the unique privilege to bring valuable programs and resources to more...
May 4, 2015 | Comments (0)

Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay

By guest blogger, Andrew Homan Hanging in our hallway at our house there is a small picture, probably only 4”x6”, that...
April 27, 2015 | Comments (1)

The Tippy Test

By Guest Blogger, Meegan Kauffman...
April 20, 2015 | Comments (1)

The Gift of Faith

The 6pm worship service at Faith Presbyterian Church belongs in the category of my fondest childhood memories. We sang more hymns at night, and the...
April 6, 2015 | Comments (5)

Priorities, People

I yelled at my kid yesterday- not the kind of yelling you do to prevent someone from walking into oncoming traffic or warn them of...
March 30, 2015 | Comments (0)

Youth Development for Grown-Ups

A Photo Montage...
March 23, 2015 | Comments (4)

No Contest

Jesus used parables. Chaucer used satire. Me? I’m quickly discovering that when the Good Lord wants to reveal something to me about MY character, He’s...
March 16, 2015 | Comments (2)

It's Not Easy Being Green

Did you know that Saint Patrick wasn't even Irish? It's a fact that kind of blew my mind, to be honest. I was either really...

"Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Wishing you all a blessed Memorial Day. As a reminder, all YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap County branch locations will close at 3pm today in observance of the holiday. Hope to see you soon!

Water safety and fun go hand-in-hand when you follow these safety tips in and around water.

#tbt Did you know that basketball is one of the many sports that was invented at the YMCA?

In 1891, while teaching physical education at the YMCA International Training School in Springfield Massachusetts, Dr. James Naismith was tasked with creating an activity to provide his rowdy class with an indoor physical outlet during the cold winter months. The result was basketball. The original hoops were peach baskets fastened to the walls, and players had to climb to retrieve the (soccer) ball anytime someone scored.

Here Naismith (wearing suit) is pictured with the class that inspired the game.

It's time for some YMCA history trivia. The first member to comment with the correct answer to the following question will win a snazzy YMCA tumbler:

In 1891, the triangle was adopted as part of the YMCA logo. What does the triangle represent, and why is it upside-down?

If you're new to regular workouts, you may be finding you're hungrier than usual. Fuel your body with good-for-you treats instead of snacks that will undo all that hard work.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Do you have a passion for and experience in creating quality aquatics programming? If so, we'd like to hear from you. The Mel Korum Family YMCA is looking for an Aquatics Director. To learn more or apply:

As part of the Y's commitment to keep swimmers safe in and around the water, the Y encourages children and adults to have fun and enjoy the various benefits of swimming, but to always make safety their first priority.

Icing sore muscles after an intense workout is a great way to get relief so you can get back at it again tomorrow.

"Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever."

What better what to celebrate Mother's Day than to share a few photos of our staff mothers? Post your favorite picture with your mother or your children, and we'll add it to the album!

May 1, 2015

Stroke Care Then and Now

Jen Rittenhouse, Social Media Specialist at MultiCare Health System Things...
March 17, 2015

Acts of kindness multiply into the hundreds for Lakewood 8-year-old

Before it careened out of control — before she decided to perform 600 acts of kindness in one year — Alex McKelvey began with one...
March 4, 2015

Foster Children Receive Free Membership at Area YMCAs

In response to a community need and in keeping with our commitment to youth development and social responsibility, we are pleased to announce that effective...
March 4, 2015

Gordon Family YMCA begins to take shape

A great write-up in the Puyallup Herald on the construction of the Gordon Family YMCA. Read it here...
October 20, 2014

Sumner’s new YMCA will get double the donations

The Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse will double donations for the long-awaited YMCA in Sumner. The local business announced last week that it will...
July 10, 2014

National champions headed back home to washington

Defending National Champions have kept their title thanks to a stellar performance at the 2014 YMCA National Gymnastics Championship in Tampa, Florida. Teams from the...
June 12, 2014

YMCA offers free summer lunch program

Ensuring children have healthy meals this summer is a top priority of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Many free and reduced lunch recipients...
June 11, 2014

There's no stopping kimmy watters

Kimmy Watters, 43, has become an inspiration at the Morgan Family YMCA in Tacoma for a variety of notable reasons: losing 50 pounds despite having...
June 11, 2014

The force of nature that is kimmy watters

“I was reluctant when I joined the Y in 2001,” Kimmy said. “I’d never worked out, never exercised, and I was 50 pounds overweight...
June 11, 2014

Children in Pierce County Provided with Healthy Meals this Summer

Ensuring children have healthy meals this summer is a top priority of the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. Many free and reduced...

Intramural Sports Registration | Season Dates

Registration | March 2-March 16 Late Registration | March 17-March 25 Season | April 6-May 29 Offerings | Volleyball, Basketball...

Hit a Home Run Challenge

With baseball season underway, hit a home run with your fitness goals this spring as we try to make our way around the baseball diamond...

Seals Swim Team

The Seals is a recreational youth swim team that offers the opportunity to learn about swimming as a sport, and, most importantly, to have fun...

Cardio Conditioning Club

Cardio Conditioning Club is a small group led by our fitness guru Brian Paulsen. The program is 8 weeks in duration and meets on Tuesdays...

Swim Lessons; Summer 1 Session

Give your child the gift of confidence around the water. Our swimming lesson program focuses on instructing children on the safety skills when being in...
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Grab your Bingo sheet from our Welcome Center and start attending classes today!  For each class you attend, your instructor will...
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Summer Arts Materials Collection

Summer is just around the corner, and we need your help collecting art materials  for the Y's summer arts programs. Please drop off supplies at...
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May FitPath Challenge

Our FitPath challenge for the month of May is the Salute Our Armed Forces Challenge. Work on your fitness goals and see how fellow Y...

Floating Beyond Fear

Wednesdays | 6:30-8:15pm May 6-June 24 TACOMA CENTER YMCA ...

Floating Beyond Fear

This innovative class for adults combines group discussion and pool time designed to address fear of the water. Discuss how your body naturally interacts with...

1,440 Minutes in a Day...

Schedule 30 of them for physical activity.