Grand Bahama YMCA

ROM/YMCA Haiti Relief Family Fun Day a success

(Freeport News article by Barbara Walkin) KARON PINDER-JOHNSON, YMCA executive director and Kenny Jr., were are the gate receiving can goods as entrance fee, for Reach Out Ministry and the YMCA Family Fun Day in aid of Haiti Relief.

(Sports photos by ANDREW COAKLEY)

Saturday was a busy day for athletes competing the first Reach Out Ministry (ROM)/YMCA Family Fun Day fundraiser for Haiti relief effort.

Organizers of the event were excited over the participation and the community support, said Dudley Seide, president on ROM. “We had a good turn-out and I want to thank the Grand Bahama community for showing their support, but I want to especially thank the pastors for coming out and putting on an exciting game.”

The feature game of the event was between the Bahamian and Haitian pastors. There was much bragging going on at the announcement of the Saturday’s event.

Bishop Joseph Hall Sr., said that the game would be “one that the Grand Bahama community would not want to miss.” Hall also predicted that the Bahamian pastors would win this first meeting between the men of the cloth from different nations.

His predication turned out to be right on par. The Bahamian pastors defeated their opponents 41-34, with Bishop Sobig Kemp, former president of the Grand Bahama Christian Council named as the MVP of the game.

Kemp scored 10 “solid” points in the win. At the other end, Nelson Vilburn had 15 points for the Haitian pastors.

In other games on the court Hudson Estate defeated Central Zion 28-22; Kross Town won over the YMCA 28-25; the Ghetto Cutter defeated Central Zion 24-12 and the Ghetto Cutters back on the court won over Youth In Action 31-27.

The game between ROM All Stars and Tabernacle Boys went into double overtime before Tabernacle Boys took the 37-34 win.

Then the Haitian-Bahamian All Stars took the one-point win (60-59) over the Bahamian All Stars.

Basketball was not the only event at the Family Fun Day. Athletes also competed in track and field, powerlifting, ladies soccer and volleyball.

In track and field Cardwell Cooper and Chico Thompson claimed victory in the U13 100m, 200m and Sr. Male 100m respectively.

In powerlifting David Vilburn won in the senior boys division with a 400lbs lift.

On the field, in ladies soccer action, Mary’s All Stars took on Freeport High. The All Stars came out on top in this one 2-1. In volleyball action the Youth In Action (A) won over Youth In Action (B).

There was also a senior men’s game (no results up to press time) and former YMCA executive director Terry Goldsmith and his boxer, also conducted exhibition bouts.

It was a time of unity, said Seide. “Where people from every nation came together to assist in the relief effort for Haiti,” Seide added.

“And again I want to thank everyone that came out, competed and made donations to this wonderful effort,” Seide added.

Of course Seide is looking for a rematch between the Haitian and Bahamian pastors.

Boxing returns to the YMCA

The Freeport News writes: Boxing will return to the YMCA on a big scale beginning Tuesday, September 8, said ‘Y’ executives, coaches and administrators of the YMCA Amateur Boxing Program.

Making the announcement this week were Terry Goldsmith, assistant coach and administrator; Nathan Davis, lead coach and Karon Pinder-Johnson, YMCA executive director.

“We will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and classes will be held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday,” said Goldsmith, former YMCA executive director.

He noted that on Tuesdays and Thursdays classes will be held between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon.

Goldsmith confirmed that the coaching will be led by veteran coach Davis, who has extensive experience in amateur and professional boxing.

He added that the safety of the athletes will take precedence.

“The safety and health of the boxers will be closely monitored to insure their safety,” noted Goldsmith.

Read the entire article HERE

YMCA Soccer Wrap-up, Saturday, February 28th

The YMCA 2008/09Soccer League, which began on November 29th is coming to an end this Saturday, February 28th with the Champsionship Games. Awards for winning teams will be given directly after each set of games.

Coaches and players are asked to be at the field on November 28th prior 10am. The League runs Saturdays from 10 am to 1pm.

Call the YMCA at 352-7074 for more information.

Grand Bahama Island – The YMCA Family Centre wishes to advise the public of their Swimming Programs effective January 5th, 2009.

Master Swim Club – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 5am to 7am
Adult (Female) Swim Lessons – Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 6am to 7amHealthier Life Water Therapy – (arthritis, accident and stroke victims, scoliosis, etc) Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 7am to 8am.

All classes will be instructed in a heated pool at 80 degrees fahrenheit; by a level 4 certified Swim Coach, Coach Iva.

All ages are welcome!

For more information, call the YMCA at 242-352-7074.

St. Bonaventure University Student Teachers assist in YMCA After School Program

Four senior students from St. Bonaventure University near Olean, NY will be completing their first placement of student teaching in four schools on the Grand Bahama Island. Dave Dowd, Connor Dougherty, Laura McDowell, and Meredith Nappa will be living and teaching at local school for the next seven weeks.

In addition to working along side Bahamian teachers, Dowd, Dougherty, McDowell and Nappa will be running an after school program at the YMCA in Freeport. Area students are invited to join after school program which runs Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

During these times, students will begin their homework and play games with the St. Bonaventure student teachers.

According to Dowd, the program is off to a great start. So far, so good, said Dowd. We’ve had between 25 and 30 kids at the program all week. The kids generally finish their homework quickly and we move on to playing Duck, Duck, Goose, Red Rover, soccer, tag and other childrens classics.

Dougherty hopes to see the program expand during his seven-week stay on the Island. The more kids that take part in the program, the better, said Dougherty. We’d like everyone to take full advantage of this program which will allow us to build relationships with the kids for the time that we’re here.

Read the complete article with photos HERE

‘Y’ Basketball gym looking to restore former glory

The YMCA basketball gym is a walk through history.

Walk into the gym, even as it is now, and you can almost hear the voices of the fans, the shouts of the coaches to players on the floor and the sound of the buzzer to start and end games.

There, the best-of-the-best Grand Bahamian ball players displayed their skill. It was at the YMCA basketball gym that up and coming players perfected their craft of basketball.

It was at the YMCA where players earned their nick-names, and it was there where fans shouted out those names from the bleachers in games that attracted entire families to the YMCA.

Read more by Andrew Coakley, The Freeport News

The YMCA Commercial Basketball League

The YMCA Commercial League is back and is expected to be bigger and better.
The League has gone beyond just having teams that represent companies competing on the basketball court.

Now, the League has incorporated two new divisions – a church league and an open league.
“My intention and my goal is to expand the programme to bring in even more teams into the League,” said Terry Wildgoose, Activities Director at the YMCA.
“I’m taking it to where it ought to be.”

The League begins on June 27 and will run until the ending part of August. All games will be played at the Jack Hayward gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The Open Division will allow all of the top players on the island to compete against each other without the stipulation of having to be a part of a company or even having to be a member of a church.

Read the full Freeport News article HERE

Grand Bahama Student Council Lockdown on Crime – May 3rd

On the 3rd of May 2008, the Grand Bahama Student Council in partnership with the GB YMCA, will be hosting its first annual Lock Down On Crime. This event is aimed at the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students at high schools on the island.Over the course of nine hours, students will be exposed to topics such as gang violence and drug use. They will also have the opportunity to sit in smaller workshops and discuss the issues they are faced with and come up with real solutions to real problems. We feel this is important as it will allow those who are directly affected by certain situations to offer solutions that will work for them and their peers, solutions they feel will have a positive impact…

YMCA Soccer League 2007/08 Official Results

Soccer Awards and Standings for 2007-08

MINI League Division
Winners: Waugh Warriors
Runners Up: Royal Bank Bankers
MVP: Liam BrownCup Winners: Waugh WarriorsCup Runners Up: Royal Bank BankersCup MVP: Liam BrownShield Winners: Seaboard Marine SharksShield Runners Up: GB Port Authority WolvesShield MVP: Matt Parsons

MINI Player with Most Goals: Liam Brown with 28

JUNIOR League Division
Winners: Esquire KnightsRunners Up: Care Maintenance SweepersMVP: Denzil DeveauxCup Winners: Esquire KnightsCup Runners Up: Care Maintenance SweepersCup MVP: Marco BorsettoShield Winners: BORCO Oilers Shield Runners Up: Terrazzo TigersShield MVP: Courtney Moss

JUNIOR Player with Most Goals: Arron Levarity with 17

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The YMCA Aerobithon and Steak-out – January 19th

For the fitness fanatic, exercise buff, or aerobics enthusiast!
The 2nd Annual YMCA Aerobithon will take place Saturday, January 19th from 10am to 2pm. Classes will be held every half hour with a variety of local instructors, and will feature special guest, Maria Bellando from the USA who is an IFBB Pro and certified aerobics and fitness instructor. Bellando will also be offering a clinic for anyone who teaches aerobics on the island of Grand Bahama.
All of the aerobics classes and clinic are free of charge and open to anyone interested.

The YMCA’s Annual Steak-out, which will also be held on the YMCA grounds on Saturday. The steak-out will start from 12 noon. Meals are $10 each. There will be lots of things for the kids to do, including a bouncing castle, slides and other children’s entertainment. Proceeds will go towards the YMCA’s building fund.

For more information contact the YMCA at 352-7074