“We couldn’t be more excited that readers of Living Magazine voted us the Best Health Club/Gym, Best Yoga Studio, Best Pilates Class, and Best Camp for Kids!” said Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle. “As our members know, we are so much more than a gym; we are a community center, and we are family. Thanks to everyone who voted and helped make this recognition possible.”
The Rockwall Y’s newly renovated facility features a 12,000 sq. ft. addition, which includes a 6,000 sq. ft. cardio and free-weights workout area with state-of-the-art equipment, spacious locker rooms and showers, and a large Welcome Center and lobby. There is also a gymnasium and aerobics room, and brand new cycling studio. The expanded child watch area allows parents the convenience of working out while their children are cared for. The Y’s multipurpose room serves as a place for Board meetings, community functions and senior luncheons.
As remarkable as the facility is, Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle is quick to point out that the building is just a tool to fulfill the mission of the Y: to put Christian values into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Financial aid and scholarships are available to help ensure that no one is turned away from participating in Y programs due to inability to pay.
From group exercise classes and personal training to water fitness and swim lessons in the indoor pool, the JER Chilton YMCA offers health and wellness activities for all ages and abilities. Group exercise classes are included with membership, and participants enjoy a beautiful view of the YMCA grounds, thanks to the installation of a large window in the Group Exercise Room.
The Y’s youth sports programs include flag football, cheerleading, volleyball, baseball, T-ball, soccer, and basketball. Dedicated coaches help young athletes improve their skills, while being the best they can be off the field as well. Each child gets a chance to play in a safe, fun and exciting environment encouraging fair play, a positive atmosphere and family involvement. Best of all, there are no tryouts so all kids are welcome to play.
Teen programming includes a statewide, civic engagement program known as Youth & Government, giving high school and middle school students hands-on experience in the mechanics of the state legislative and judicial process.
Aquatics programs include everything from the Riptides competitive swim team to Family Swim, Senior Splash, LapSwim and AquaZumba. Plus, swim lessons are available for all ages; and the indoor pool is a great place to celebrate a private birthday party or other special occasion.
Summer camps, Angel Camp for children with special needs, and the Adventure Guides programs for fathers and their children are just some of the additional programs available through the Y that help nurture youth, build bonds, and strengthen families and the community.
Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle’s door is always open, and she invites everyone in the community to stop by, take a tour, ask questions, and get involved. To learn more, call 972-772-9622 or got to jerchiltonymca.org. For up-to-the-minute updates, follow the JER Chilton YMCA on Facebook and Twitter (@YMCARockwall).
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