Be a part of the team!

Have fun and stay active at the same time! Children 3 – 14 years old are welcome to participate in our Winter Youth Co-Ed Basketball Program.

Youth participating in basketball activities can be a great form of exercise that also helps form team-building skills and a sense of community.We offer outstanding opportunities for the entire family to be involved; learning new skills, making new friends and beginning a lifetime of physical activity that promotes health and well-being. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as coaches or in many other roles under the guidance of Y staff.

From ages 3 to 14, kids love the Y basketball program. Our Co-Ed program allows young players to enjoy basketball in a positive and fun environment, while incorporating the values of the YMCA. Practices are 1 night a week (Mon-Fri), once a week. Games are on Saturdays.

Fee: $40 Members/$80 Non-Members
50% off additional child discount – children must be in the same membership unit residing at the same address – no discounts online.

Session Dates: Practices will begin the week of January 13th. 2020. 1st Game will be Saturday, January 25th, 2020. Last Game will be Saturday, February 29th

Times: Practices are once a week and Games are on Saturdays. Practice times/days are not ready until registration is completed.

Jersey Fee: $10

​(​You may reuse from a previous Youth Sports Program and with purchase you can use for any upcoming Youth Sports Programs)

To register, visit the Hobart Family YMCA Welcome Center or register online!

12 Days of Fitness Challenge! Updated 12/24/19

SPECIAL CONGRATS TO DANA WILLIAMS! DANA WON THE FREE PERSONAL TRAINING SESSION WITH REBEKAH! Congrats to all who participated, too!! Each of you made a wonderful commitment to yourself - keep up the good work and keep going!!

All Hobart Family YMCA Members are welcome to participate in each of our 12 Days of Fitness Challenge activities. Challenge participants will be entered into a drawing for a free personal training session with Rebekah.

Each day you participate stop at the Welcome Center to enter the raffle - Be sure to answer the challenge questions!

Winner will be drawn and announced on Dec. 24th!

Santa Swim & Breakfast with Santa!

Santa Swim Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Celebrate this year's Christmas Holiday with us! Enjoy the tradition of visiting Santa, but with a splash! Swim in our heated pool and enjoy the magic of Christmas while playing games. Our elf lifeguards will make this a safe unique memory. Bring a camera and take a picture in front of the Christmas scene with Santa and receive a goody bag. 4 time slots to choose from - Learn More & register here!

Don't forget your bathing suit & towel!

Member Rate: $10
Non-member Rate: $15

Breakfast with Santa Saturday, December 14th, 2019

Santa and his Helpers are stopping by the Hobart Family YMCA for breakfast. The menu is Santa’s favorite breakfast food: pancakes, sausage, and orange juice (coffee for those who are young at heart). Santa will arrive around 9:45 a.m. and leave at 10:45 a.m.

PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS with our Welcome Center staff so we will be prepared for breakfast and Santa will have plenty of surprises for the little ones. This is a great family event to begin the holiday season. Photographs with Santa for $3.00 per 4x6 photo.

Yoga For A Cure!

Date: Sunday October 27th, 2019

Time: 1-3 pm at the Hobart YMCA

Donation: $10.00 per person

Benefiting the Hobart YMCA and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Registration online  & at the Hobart Family YMCA.

Or in person the day of the event

Event will include door prizes.

Students are asked to bring a Yoga mat and water bottle.

St. Mary Medical Center’s Women’s Diagnostic Center  and Therapy Services will provide information on breast cancer symptoms, diagnosis and treatment,  as well as lymphedema therapy and oncology rehabilitation therapy.

Come out and Fight Breast Cancer, and Enjoy an Amazing Pink Afternoon at the Hobart YMCA!

Be An Upstander!

October is National Bullying Awareness Month

Bullying is a key social issue that impacts many kids and their ability to reach their full potential. Whether the bullying is physical, verbal or online, those who are bullied can suffer negative effects, including depression, poor performance in school, physical illness and increased risk for suicide.

Everyone involved with young people has a role to play in preventing this damaging behavior. One way you can help prevent bullying is by becoming an “upstander” – someone who recognizes when bullying is happening and safely works to stop it.

Promoting positive behaviors like being an upstander can be art of the solution to bullying. At the Y, modeling positive behaviors is foundation to everything we do. Our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility form the roots of our work, helping young people become the change makers our communities need to become stronger.

YMCAs nationwide work hard every day to provide safe spaces for children to grow and thrive. This is part of our commitment to helping develop and activate young people so they can transform communities today and in the future.

Three Actions Anyone Can Take to Prevent Bullying

1.) Treat Other Kindly & With Respect
2.) Interrupt & report Bullying Incidents
3.) Show support for the Bullied Person

Ways You Can Help Prevent Bullying

Any caring adult—parents, school staff, child care workers and others—can help prevent bullying incidents. This is what you can do, according to StopBullying.gov:

  • Help kids understand bullying. Talk about what bullying is and how to stand up to it safely. Tell kids bullying is unacceptable. Make sure kids know how to get help.
  • Keep the lines of communication open. Check in with kids often. Listen to them. Know their friends, ask about school, and understand their concerns.
  • Encourage kids to do what they love. Special activities, interests, and hobbies can boost confidence, help kids make friends, and protect them from bullying behavior.
  • Model how to treat others with kindness and respect.

The Tyler Clementi Foundation also has a number of ways individuals and entire communities can prevent bullying, such as the Million Upstander Movement Opens a new window and the #Day1 campaign Opens a new window.

Bullying Statistics

  • 28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 have experienced bullying.
  • 20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 have experienced bullying.
  • 9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
  • 15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
  • 55.2% of LGBTQ students experienced cyberbullying.
  • 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
  • 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
  • 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying.
  • 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.

Source: Tyler Clementi Foundation

For more statistics and research, go to StopBullying.gov

Preschool Fundraiser

Join us for our Spirit Night Fundraiser at Red Robin! Join us for a tasty dinner fundraiser – All are welcome!

When? October 15th from 4-8 PM

Where? Hobart Red Robin

2465 Southlake Mall

Merrillville, IN, 46410

How does it work? Present this email or promotional flyer to your server at the Hobart Red Robin location between 4-8 pm; Enjoy a yummy meal and your loved ones and Red Robin will give 20% of fundraising sales* back to our Hobart Y Preschool – Yay!

*Excludes alcohol sales and tax.

Annual Bowl-A-Thon

SATURDAY, NOV. 23rd, 2019 at HOBART LANES

Individual bowlers are welcome!! $25 per person – 3 games total!

Enjoy an event with family & friends while bowling for a great cause! The proceeds of this event will benefit the Hobart Family YMCA 2019 Annual Campaign. Funds from our Annual Campaign are used to help build up our community through scholarship memberships (for those who qualify), provide targeted programs for children, families, and seniors!

It’s easy to get involved – Download or grab a Team Packet from the Y, recruit five (5) other energetic people like yourself for a super team of six (6) bowlers dedicated to raising funds for the Y AND have a GREAT time doing it! Enjoy music, prizes, 50/50 raffle, NFL squares, gift basket raffles & TURKEYS for TURKEYS XXX gobble, gobble – a Hobart Y Bowl-A-Thon tradition!

The Entry Fee is $50 a team and then you are set to begin securing charitable contributions from friends, family, neighbors, other sponsors, etc! The goal is to have each team raise a minimum of $600. Be sure to reserve your team lane early & turn in your entry fee to the Hobart YMCA by Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.

We will be bowling by “No Tap” rules. Nine (9) pins down on first roll will count the same as a strike. All games will be played by the “NO TAP” rules. “NO TAP” may increase scores somewhat and will help move the game along, giving time for each bowler to complete 3 games.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd AT HOBART LANES!
Team Entry: $50
Team Charitable Minimum Goal: $600
Check-In: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Bowling Starts: 1:00 pm

Promote your brand while strengthening your community – Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Perfect Game Sponsor – $1,000

Includes entry and donation fees for one team of six bowlers from your organization or business; custom sponsor listing banner placed at event; promotion of your business by DJ throughout the  evening; ability to distribute promotional items from your business. Contact Aimee at asantos@hobartymca.org to organize your sponsorship!

Turkey Sponsor – $500

Includes custom sponsor listing banner placed at event; promotion of your business or organization by DJ throughout the event; ability to distribute promotional items from your business. Contact Aimee at asantos@hobartymca.org to organize your sponsorship!

Strike Sponsor – $250

Includes custom sponsor banner listing placed at event. Contact Aimee at asantos@hobartymca.org to organize your sponsorship!

Lane Sponsor – $100

Includes a lane at the event named after you or your business. Custom sponsor listing banner placed at event

Spare Sponsor

Donate any amount of prizes or goodies in a gift basket to be raffled at the event.

 

Revised 9/27/19

You’ve Got Bowl-A-Thon Questions, We’ve Got Answers!

The Hobart Family YMCA Bowl-a-Thon is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever before.

The Bowl-a-Thon allows our YMCA to continue our critical work serving the City of Hobart with programs and services focusing on Youth Development, Healthy Living & Social Responsibility. As our second largest annual fundraising event, the Bowl-a- Thon keeps the Y’s services available to those who need it most. This year, we’re aiming to raise a record-breaking $10,000, and we need your help

Grab 5 pals and sign up to show off your bowling skills! Or you can support a great cause by pledging toward an existing team or bowler!

We’ve compiled this handy list of Frequently Asked Questions, but reach out to us anytime at asantos@hobartymca.org if we can help in any way to get you and your teams set up to be the best and happiest Y bowlers and fundraisers ever!

When and where is the Bowl-a-Thon?
The Bowl-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019; 99 S Hobart Rd, Hobart, IN 46342. Check in is from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm and the bowling begins at 1:00 pm.

So… why exactly are we bowling?
Every November, we host our Annual Bowl-A-Thon — this fundraising tradition for over 50 years! These events allow us to have fun connecting with community while raising funds so we can continue to serve our neighbors in need. Bowl; fund Y

scholarship program; build our community. It’s that simple.

I’m in! How do I sign up?
It’s easy to get involved – Snag a Team Packet from the Y Welcome Center, recruit five (5) other energetic people like yourself for a super team of six (6) bowlers dedicated to raising funds for the Y AND have a GREAT time doing it!

Is there a fee to sign up as a bowling team?
There is a registration fee of $50 per team that we encourage you to pay early to reserve your team lane.

Is there a deadline for registration?
Yes, please turn in your entry fee with team captain agreement to the Hobart YMCA by Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. There are only 16 lanes available and we will do our best to make sure we accommodate everyone who wants to join us!

What are the requirements for a bowling team captain?

  1. Recruiting five (5) other energetic people to form a super team dedicated to raising funds for the Y, and having a great time doing
  2. Turn in your team commitment sheets and $50 entry fees to the Hobart YMCA by Saturday, November 2nd,
  3. Motivate members of your team including yourself, to secure donations from friends, relatives, etc. The team goal is a minimum of $600.00 ($100 per team member.) Let your team know you are bowling to raise funds for the YMCA. Ask them to donate a specific amount, $5, $10, $20 or more – Every bit helps!
  4. Accept the prospects donations and record the transaction on your pledge sheet(s).
  5. Be sure each team member brings their pledge sheets and collected money to the Bowl- A-Thon. Turn in all pledge sheet(s) and donations and you are done!
  6. Have fun!

How many people can be on a bowling team?
Each lane can accommodate 6 people, so we encourage teams to not have more than 6 people per lane who plan to bowl, if they want their score recorded. If you don’t mind not having your score totaled up and want to participate in the fun come on by!

What are team member responsibilities?

  1. Agree to solicit donations totaling at least $100 from friends and associates. Please request Paid in Advanced donations. Ask them to donate a specific amount, $5, $10, $20 or more – Every bit helps!
  2. Accept the prospect’s donation and record the transaction on your pledge
  3. Bring your pledge sheets and collected donations to the Bowl-A-Thon, Thursday, November 15th, 2018, 6:30 pm at Cressmoor
  4. Have fun!

When should I turn in my donations?
You may bring in donations anytime to our Welcome Center staff during normal business hours. We will also collect donations by cash, check or debit/credit card onsite at the event. You can also email Aimee at asantos@hobartymca.org with donation and payment questions.

Who should the donation checks be made out to?
Checks need to be made out to “Hobart Family YMCA.”

How many games do we bowl?
Three (3).

How are the bowling games played?
We will be bowling by “No Tap” rules. Nine (9) pins down on first roll will count the same as a strike. All games will be played by the “NO TAP” rules. “NO TAP” may increase scores somewhat and will help move the game along, giving time for each bowler to complete 3 games.

What happens if I’m a bad bowler?
We embrace ALL our bowlers, regardless of bowling skill! Neither your fundraising nor your importance in building power through funding is connected to your bowling score. Bring on all the gutter balls you’ve got — we’ll still be cheering you on!

I can’t attend the Bowl-a-Thon event, but still want to fundraise for the Y! Can I still participate?
YES, PLEASE! We’d love those who want to support the Y and its mission to participate in fundraising, even if you can’t join us in at the Bowl-A-Thon! We are also offering sponsorship opportunities. We are also, always accepting donations to help fund our Y. You can donate online or here at the Y with the Welcome Center.

 

 Please share these FAQs with your teammates, friends, and anyone interested in the Bowl-a-Thon. And as always, reach out to us at asantos@hobartymca.org if you have any questions or suggestions for how to make this event an even bigger success!

 

 

 

31 Day Fitness Challenge

Join us for a fun, healthy living challenge! Our 31 Day Challenge is a sure way to FALL into healthful habits while getting fit. There is no way to get lost in your fitness goals – TOGETHER we’ll make our way through the fitness journey maze!

How it works:

  • Sign up! There is a sign-up sheet located at the front entrance of our Y next to the red maze.

  • Each member signed up will be associated with a numerical game piece, in the order they signed up in.

    • Example: Rebekah signed up first her game piece number is #1, Amanda signed up second her game piece number is #2.

  • Every workout at the Y counts; We have group fitness classes both on land and in the pool, open gym, open swim and the Wellness Center

    • Don’t forget to scan in!

  • Move your game piece one space each day you workout

    • Sweaty Selfie Wednesday workouts you can move an extra space – be sure to post your selfie on your favorite social media; tag our Y and use the hashtags #ymcacornmaze #hobartymca

    • Sundays are double days – move forward two spaces

Challenge runs October 1st – 31st. Winner will have their Hobart Family YMCA membership dues waived December 2019. Let’s have fun, challenge ourselves, make positive connections & FALL into a better version on us with each accomplished goal!