This community needs the YMCA

Published 7:03pm Saturday, November 10, 2012

By Glover Towner

Selma, Alabama

I am concerned about the possibility of the Walker-Johnson YMCA closing. Personally, the YMCA has been very beneficial to me. A few years ago, I had open-heart surgery. A part of my recuperation was daily exercise. I still attend the YMCA faithfully to get that exercise. The encouraging and supportive atmosphere helped me along the road to a healthier lifestyle.

The building that houses the YMCA is a very impressive looking building and is the only YMCA in the Selma-Dallas County area.

The YMCA is an inclusive organization for men, women and children. It has a duel commitment to nurture the potential of kids, while promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility in all people. The YMCA has contributed to the lives of many people – which is a unique opportunity.

To me, this YMCA builds healthy spirits, minds and bodies for all who come to it. The impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice; when a member inspires a child; and when the community comes together for the good of the YMCA. This organization makes accessible the support and opportunities to learn, grow and thrive.

If you are not a member of the YMCA, you should take a moment to come out and explore and learn more about the programs that are offered for men, women and children. Some of the programs require a fee, but they are worth the benefits that are received.

There is an arthritis exercise program that is specifically designed for the participants with limited range of motion or joint issues. There are many other exercise classes, such as yoga, which gives you a total body experience in stretching, realigning the body and giving yourself an overall sense of peace.

For those who like to dance and exercise, there is a Zumba class. This is a Latin, Hip-Hop dance set to music that gives you a workout while having lots of fun. There is also water aerobics. This is an exciting, low impact workout that can be used to suit personal needs. It is great for people with arthritis or back and joint pain.

The YMCA also offers an opportunity for children to have a place to go in the afternoon. There is a recreation room, a basketball court and swimming pools.

I appeal to any and all concerned residents to show an interest in keeping the YMCA as a part of the Selma-Dallas County area. If you’ve never been to the Y in Selma, you should come check it out and see what it has to offer. It is located at 1 YMCA Drive in Selma.

Please don’t let a good thing end. The community needs the YMCA.

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