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There’s a common perception that the Rye Y is just a great “swim and gym”.
True, we do have a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 7,000 square foot gym and two pools that are continuously filled with children learning to swim, seniors stretching during Aquacize classes and adults pushing their limits with every lap.
But the Y is so much more.
Although we care deeply about the well-being of our members, we are also actively committed to community health. Our initiatives promote pedestrian safety, nutrition and physical activity in schools, outdoor play and exploration for children, support and healing for cancer survivors and chronic disease prevention. There is also a perception that because our building is located in Rye—one of the wealthiest municipalities in the county—all of our members are well-off.
In fact, our programs reach children, adults and senior citizens in Port Chester, Mamaroneck, Larchmont, Harrison, Rye…and beyond. One out of six of our summer campers receive financial aid. In 2014, we awarded nearly $564,000 in assistance for memberships, classes, childcare and camp.
Clearly, there is need in our midst. We have made a powerful promise to our community: no-one will ever be turned away from a Y program or activity because he or she can’t pay. However, we can’t keep that promise without your support. I hope that your perception of the Rye Y is of a cause-driven charitable organization that is working every day to change lives. If so, thank you in advance for once again helping the Y do so much more.