Clayton Kale

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:30

The President's report is a monthly update from the YMCA of Greenville president and CEO Scot Baddley outlining how the Y is activating its mission in our community. 

Here are a few highlights of what's happening through your YMCA:

Youth Development:  

  • The YMCA Youth Sports recently signed up 2,600+ girls and boys between the ages 3 to 14 to play soccer which surpassed our goal by 225 youngsters!  This month, registration begins for Flag Football, Volleyball, and Lacrosse.
  • YMCA Camp Greenville is showing success in 2017 summer camp registrations, and the new website with ease of online registration has been a huge plus.  To date, we have 680+ campers, on a goal of 1,501. Please consider sharing the Camp Greenville “Magic on the Mountain” with family and friends.  It’s going to be an amazing summer at camp! Take a peek into Camp here.

Healthy Living: 

  • Wellness Works Rx – Parkinson’s is a new program the Y is offering to people in our service area that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  The YMCA of Greenville has partnered with Greenville   Health System, Bon Secours Health System and the Greenville Area Parkinson’s Society (GAPS) to offer unique PWR! Movements and cycling classes to this population.  The Y instructors have been certified by a national coach that was brought to Greenville through a generous donation from Honey and Doyle Yates. Doyle, a Parkinson’s patient himself, is benefiting from the classes as a participant.  He is able to participate in Y programming for the first time in 6 years!  PWR! Cycle classes are offered at all YMCA of Greenville family branches. Many thanks to Doyle and Honey Yates for providing the funding to bring this outreach to our Y!
  • January/February is a very busy time with new members joining the Y to make their lives healthier.  The association saw 113,360 visits to our Y branches during January alone.  This was up over our 2016 number. Many of these new members are taking advantage of our signature Wellness Work Program, powered by ActivTrax.  Our Wellness Works Program is overseen by nationally certified wellness coaches that provide oversight and motivation to help our members achieve and surpass their health goals. 

Social Responsibility: 

  • Annual Campaign for Open Doors Scholarships – the YMCA’s annual community support campaign that raises money to ensure that everyone in Greenville has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y regardless of their inability to pay kicked off in February with a goal of $1,200,000 which will provide sliding scale scholarships for approximately 8,000 children and families within our Y. Dan Eller is serving as our Campaign Chair for 2017. Please take a few minutes watch this video and see what the Y’s mission in action.
  • YMCA staff and volunteers recently completed the Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Innovation action plan as we accept the YUSA challenge to become a Global Center of Excellence. The Y’s Global Centers of Excellence (GCE) Network is a group of more than 60 U.S. Ys (with an organizational goal of 80 by 2017) of all sizes and locations dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion practices and global strategies in all aspects of their work. The network serves as a connector and innovator for impact. Our Y is the first in the southeast to accept this challenge. Many thanks to Dan Sanders for his volunteer leadership of this initiative.

Lastly, a few highlights on our Y family:

  • Please join me in welcoming Sam Franklin, our new Chief Operating Officer. Sam joins our Y family with 26 years of Y experience, most recently in Northwestern North Carolina. Sam, his wife, and two children will make Greenville their new home!
  • Congratulations to Jamie Johnson who was recently selected to participate in the YUSA Emerging Global Leaders Institute(EGLI). The 18-month program aims to prepare young adult staff and volunteers as culturally competent and globally aware leaders in the YMCA.  It seeks to empower young adult leaders as champions of diversity, inclusion and global engagement and guide future efforts to strengthen and expand the YMCA mission impact both at home and around the world.

In spirit, mind, and body,

Scot Baddley
President and CEO 
YMCA of Greenville

PS - Have you considered including the Y in your will? The Heritage Club is a great way to ensure the Y remains successful for many years to come. For more information, contact John Clark at (864)242-1111 ext. 60 or