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YMCA of Coastal Georgia comes to Statesboro


January 03, 2018

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It was once the home to Sallie Zetterower Elementary School — 409 Clairborne Avenue.  My best friend, Alyssa, and I would walk from Florence Avenue to the playground at Sallie Z when we were kids.  We spent countless hours growing up there, and it remains in the forefront of my memory as an adult.  Our after-school tradition was cut short when Sallie Z moved locations in 2009.  For eight years, the property remained abandoned and slowly lost its life.  In place of the school was a worn out, dilapidated structure that clung to a fading memory of knowledge and youth.

            Over the last four years, the old building has sparked interest in a new vision, one that is vital to Statesboro’s wellness and growth.  In support of this vision, community members traded the dust and cobwebs for clean floors and fresh paint.  After a commendable rehabilitation process, 409 Clairborne Avenue is now the face of Statesboro’s very own YMCA. Since its grand opening in October, the facility and its staff have received a warm embrace from the community.  They now serve more than 400 members in a state of the art gym facility, complete with the latest model of Precor exercise equipment, a boxing studio, child watch and group fitness classes. 

             With the history of the building still intact, the Y is a diverse and hospitable environment that welcomes everyone, regardless of age, income or background.  It serves as a safe place for youth development by teaching four core values: respect, responsibility, honesty and caring.  Through various programs, it also provides opportunities for members to learn about healthy living and social responsibility.

            Tory Joyner, director of the Statesboro YMCA, has been affiliated with the organization for over 21 years.  He brings prolific insight to the young branch.

“Programs will flourish here because we can meet the community’s needs in many different ways.  This is a family town, and the neighborhood is safe.  Families can have a life with respectable memories to look back on, especially the kids.  The Y is a place that people of all ages and backgrounds tell stories about because it helps them grow,” he said.

            Growth is definitely on the horizon for the Statesboro Family YMCA as it climbs in number and build programs, particularly for youth involvement.  Starting this January, Y Leaders is a youth leadership program designed for ages 11-18.  It promotes civic engagement, college readiness and career exploration.  The Y will also host Project Lift, which is a 10-week Olympic weightlifting program that combines strength and circuit training for all fitness levels. 

            In addition to these programs, the Y will implement classes such as Kidz Zumba and Circuit Boxing for adults.  The members intend to plant a community garden by this spring that will be ready in time for learning opportunities at summer camp.  To learn more about the Statesboro Family YMCA, visit YMCAofcoastalga.org for updates and stop by for a free tour.

 

409 Clairborne Avenue, Statesboro GA 30458   

Phone: (912) 225-3534

Online: YMCAofcoastalga.org

Hours of Operation:    Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.

 

                                 Friday, 5 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.                                

 

 


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