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 & Marketing Officer
803.748.9622 ext. 113
wendybroderick@columbiaymca.org


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Childhood Obesity is a Family Affair

The YMCA of Columbia wants families in the Midlands to understand how adopting healthy habits together can help reduce childhood obesity September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support changing their families’ habits with the goal of overweight and obese children obtaining and


YMCA of Columbia graduates 21 families from Strengthening Families Program

The YMCA of Columbia celebrated 21 families for their successful completion of the Y’s Strengthening Families Program with a graduation ceremony followed by a pizza party and swimming in the lake at the Lexington Family YMCA. During the graduation ceremony, a participant summed up her experience in the program with a poem. Parenting can be


YMCA Recognizes Major Donors at Annual Breakfast of Champions

The YMCA of Columbia held their annual Breakfast of Champions event on August 21, 2018. The event recognized members of the Y’s Chairman’s Roundtable and included a fun performance from Y campers and powerful testimonials from those impacted by the Y. Donations of $1,000 or more to the Annual Campaign qualify individuals, organizations, and foundations


After School, The Y Helps Kids Reach Their Potential

A new school year is filled with potential—a chance to start new routines and habits, build new friendships and discover new possibilities and interests. It’s an exciting time for many kids, however—at the end of the school day, 1 in 5 kids do not have someone to care for them after school, according to Afterschool


YMCA of Columbia Awakens Summer Imagination with Kohl’s Cares at Healthy Kids Day®

Event encourages kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long On Tuesday, June 19, the YMCA of Columbia, in partnership with Kohl’s, held an event to inspire youth campers to keep their minds and bodies active at the annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for


YMCA exploring advancing mission in Kershaw County

The YMCA of Columbia is exploring advancing their mission (To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.) into Kershaw County. Their process has included an Expansion Feasibility Research Study (March 2017), and a Capital Campaign Feasibility Study (June 2018). Focus groups, telephone, face-to-face and online interviews


YMCA of Columbia Swim Lessons Create Strong Swimmers and Confident Kids

Lessons help swimmers of all ages and skills develop a lifelong love of swimming May is National Water Safety Month, and the perfect time to get children involved in swim lessons. As America’s Swim Instructor, the Y is the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming—teaching more than


The Best Summer Ever is Happening at the YMCA

School is nearly out, and while kids typically burst into summer with a zealous energy, most parents can tell you it doesn’t take long for summer boredom to set in. But boredom is banished at YMCA of Columbia, where children can have their best summer ever thanks to a variety of programs and activities that


Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls

On National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, the YMCA of Columbia wants Midlands residents to learn the risk factors of falls September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day and the YMCA of Columbia is joining the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Falls Free Coalition for Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016, a


The Columbia Fireflies Receive Spirit, Mind and Body Award from YMCA of Columbia at Annual Breakfast of Champions event

Columbia Fireflies’ leadership staff were presented with the Spirit, Mind and Body Award by the YMCA of Columbia at the Y’s annual Breakfast of Champions on August 4, 2016.  The Spirit, Mind and Body Award goes to an individuals or organizations who consistently seek to enhance the lives of others.   The YMCA of Columbia and the Columbia Fireflies share a