group-men-senior-sittingIf you work in the media, we hope you will find the YMCA of Columbia as a great resource. With six locations throughout the Midlands and additional off-site programs, the Y is in touch with issues affecting each of our communities. We also have staff experts in areas such as wellness, child care, sports, aquatics and water safety.

Please contact Wendy Broderick to be put in touch with an expert in any of these areas, or to do a story on the Y. We very often work with local media who are interested in video footage and photos in our facilities. Please use this same contact to gain permission to access our branches.

Wendy Broderick
Chief Development Officer
803.748.9622 ext. 113
wendybroderick@columbiaymca.org


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Zoe for President: New Candidate Announces Her Run for Commander in Chief In 2064

The Y organizes Zoe for President, symbolizing the potential of all children YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) and the YMCA of Columbia have launched Zoe for President, a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up


The YMCA of Columbia Thanks the Columbia Fireflies for their Generous Sponsorship of YMCA Youth Baseball Leagues

The YMCA of Columbia announces a community-wide sponsorship of youth baseball leagues by the Columbia Fireflies at YMCAs throughout the Midlands. The new partnership will bring new jerseys and hats with the Fireflies logo for the youth in the Y’s baseball leagues, YMCA nights at Fireflies games at Spirit Communications Park, activities with the Fireflies


Jack Easterby To Speak at YMCA of Columbia and Palmetto Center for Women Prayer Breakfast, April 14, 2016

Jack Easterby, Founder and CEO of The Greatest Champion Foundation, will be speaking at the YMCA of Columbia and Palmetto Center for Women’s Annual Prayer Breakfast at the Brookland Baptist Church Banquet and Conference Center on Thursday, April 14, 2015 at 7:30 a.m.   Palmetto Center for Women (PCW), in partnership with the YMCA of


The YMCA of Columbia Kicks Off 2016 Race Series with Bunny Hop 5K on March 26, 2016 at the Downtown YMCA

The YMCA of Columbia is kicking off its 2016 Race Series with the annual Bunny Hop 5K on March 26, 2016 at the Downtown YMCA. Five branches of the YMCA of Columbia host a race every year, from a 5k to a triathlon. The proceeds from each race benefit the YMCA of Columbia’s Annual Campaign,


YMCA of Columbia Launches 2016 Annual Campaign—Jerri Spurrier to Chair

The YMCA of Columbia is launching its annual campaign today in hopes of raising $400,000 to ensure that everyone in the Midlands has access to vital community programs and resources that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. “Every day, the YMCA of Columbia gives our community the support it needs to learn, grow


Bruce Williams Named Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Columbia

The YMCA of Columbia announces Bruce Williams as the new Chief Executive Officer as of Dec. 1, 2015. Recently retired from BB&T Insurance, Williams is a longtime YMCA member and has served on the YMCA of Columbia Board of Directors for a number of years, including holding the position of Board President. He is a


YMCA of Columbia Focuses on Prevention During Diabetes Prevention Month

As the prediabetes rate continues to rise, few Midlands residents know they are at risk During National Diabetes Awareness Month, the YMCA of Columbia is encouraging residents in the Midlands to learn their risks for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, and to take preventive steps to potentially reduce their chances of developing the disease. Statistics


YMCA of Columbia to Offer Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program to Boost Children’s Reading Skills

This summer, the YMCA of Columbia will offer a learning loss prevention program for children entering first and second grade who are most at risk of falling behind in their reading skills over the summer. The Summer Learning Loss Prevention pilot program, a national initiative with the YMCA, will strive to help children read at


YMCA of Columbia Featured in Afterschool Alliance’s “Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity” Report

The Afterschool Alliance recently featured the YMCA of Columbia’s afterschool program in its America After 3PM special report, “Kids on the Move: Afterschool Programs Promoting Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.” The report reveals parents’ views about the role afterschool programs play in improving kids’ health and physical fitness and describes areas where afterschool programs can


PALMETTO HEALTH AND YMCA OF COLUMBIA OPEN BALLENTINE FAMILY MEDICINE AND BALLENTINE FAMILY YMCA

Ballentine YMCA opens Monday, March 16 and Ballentine Family Medicine opens Wednesday, April 8 Last year, Palmetto Health and the YMCA of Columbia announced their enhanced partnership focused on improving the health and wellness of residents across the Midlands region. The partnership makes a significant move forward next week as their first major joint project