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THE VALLEY OF THE SUN YMCA’S IMPACT IS FELT EVERY DAY ACROSS ARIZONA.

At the Y, strengthening our community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child, and when a community comes together for the common good. We help youth, adults, and families from all walks of life reach their goals and contribute to solutions that improve communities. We believe that goodness truly begins here at Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Father’s Day and the YMCA: A History

Father’s Day and the YMCA: A History

By Hampton Peterson & Mercedes Heetland As Father’s Day approaches, let’s take a moment to celebrate and honor the dads and father figures who hold a significant place in our lives. Interestingly, Father’s Day has an intriguing connection to the YMCA. In this blog post, we’ll embark on a journey back in time to explore […]


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ABC’s of Water Safety

ABC’s of Water Safety

DIVE INTO SUMMER WITH THE “ABCs” OF WATER SAFETY – By Shelbi Schmidt & JT Turner   Get ready to beat the heat and dive into fun this summer! With endless options for aquatic adventures, from backyard pool parties to thrilling trips to the beach, everyone enjoys the opportunity to make a splash and cool off. […]


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Y Member Spotlight: Pastor Paul Witkop

Y Member Spotlight: Pastor Paul Witkop

It took me a long time to learn how to swim. My parents, not good swimmers themselves, faithfully drove me to swimming lessons every week for many years. I might be the only person in history to flunk the YMCA swimming classes of tadpole and minnow twice each


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Y Member Spotlight: Jamie Bailey and Family

Y Member Spotlight: Jamie Bailey and Family

Our family loves the YMCA! Both my husband and I grew up attending camps at the YMCA and have incredibly fond memories of the friendships made and summers spent at Y Camp. We love getting to share these memories with our children and see them grow in the various programs that the YMCA offers for families.


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Y Member Spotlight: Alex Gonzalez

Y Member Spotlight: Alex Gonzalez

In February 2007, I was riding my motorcycle and noticed a change in the way I was feeling. Something was not right. I got off my bike and felt very fatigued. After sitting down, paralysis began to kick in.


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Y Member Spotlight: Virginia Saunders

Y Member Spotlight: Virginia Saunders

Member Spotlight: When Virginia went to the DMV to get her license renewed, she got some unexpected news that would change her life.


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Y Member Spotlight: Virginia Saunders

Y Member Spotlight: Virginia Saunders

Member Spotlight: When Virginia went to the DMV to get her license renewed, she got some unexpected news that would change her life.


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Y Member Spotlight: Brandi Merritt

Y Member Spotlight: Brandi Merritt

She tends to be shy but has made friends at camp. Ami talks about her camp experiences often and it has really changed her! She is finding her voice, trying new activities, and making memories that will last a lifetime.


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Y Member Spotlight: Rico Riley

Y Member Spotlight: Rico Riley

Member Spotlight: With his love for the Y, Rico and his family joined the Desert Foothills YMCA when it opened in 2009. “I loved being at the Y!”


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Y Member Spotlight: Linda Fulmore

Y Member Spotlight: Linda Fulmore

A typical week is Strength Train Together on Monday. Step ‘n’ Strength on Tuesday, Active Older Adults on Wednesday, and Yoga on Thursday. My teachers are professional, knowledgeable and caring. It is evident that they love what they do. I’ve been a member for over 6 years and probably in the best shape ever. Overall my health has improved; I have lost weight and my body is firmer and stronger.


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