In this issue: Sloper Plunge Details, YMCA upcoming events, an inspirational story from a YMCA youth member, and more!
YMCA Newsletter - January 2018
13th Annual Sloper Plunge
13th Annual Sloper Plunge
January 20, 2018
What is the Sloper Plunge you ask?...only the coolest and fastest fundraiser in Southington. Each year hundreds of community leaders and volunteers jump into the icy waters of Sloper Pond to raise money for camp scholarships to YMCA Camp Sloper. We provide close to $50,000 in camp scholarships to families in need right here in Southington.

Check Out Last Year's Plunge
January 15th
Martin Luther King Jr. Fun Day

January 16th
Nursery School Registration For Current Families

January 20th
13th Annual Sloper Plunge ( Information Packet)

January 22nd
Nursery School Registration for YMCA Members ( Registration Packet)

January 29th
Nursery School Registration Open to the Community ( Registration Packet)

February 3rd
YMCA Camp Sloper Early Bird Registration ( Camp Brochure)

February 4th
YMCA Camp Sloper Open Registration ( Camp Brochure

February 6th
89th Annual Recognition and Celebration
89th Annual Celebration and Recognition
YMCA Annual Celebration and Recognition
February 6, 2018 at 5:30PM
The YMCA’S Board of Directors and staff formally invite you to attend this year's 89th annual gathering to celebrate The Y's year in review and Community Award Honorees. For tickets, contact The Y at 860-628-5597.
Consider Becoming A Lifeguard
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The Southington YMCA will be offering a Red Cross Lifeguard Certification starting on Monday, Feb 5 th. There is a Pre-Lifeguard Swim Training being offered for those unsure about the initial swim test. Both classes require registration at the Southington YMCA. 

Anyone who completes the Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, is hired by the YMCA and works consistently for 6 months is eligible for a $100 refund of the lifeguard course fees. 

Contact Barbara Glaude at if you have any questions.
Check out our New Aquatic Exercise offerings for Winter! These classes are free and only Silver Splash class requires registration. Try out something new at the pool.
Member Spotlight - James
A Local Teen Achieves Dramatic Change At the YMCA Sports Performance Center

We recently sat down with thirteen year old, James Gatzen and his Mom, Cara. The Gatzen family has been part of Southington Community YMCA since James was a camper at YMCA Camp Sloper.

In 2017, the Gatzens began training in the YMCA. Cara, attending personal training and classes. In June James began training with Coach Tommy Sienkowski in the YMCA Sports Performance Center.

"Having trained with Tommy in the past, I knew his attention to mechanics and sense of humor would work for James. I was excited when I found out he was working with teens."

Before coming to the YMCA Sports Performance Center James would experience fatigue while completing simple tasks such as climbing stairs. James enjoys neighborhood sports such as wiffleball and football but felt discouraged by fatigue and shortness of breath while playing. 

Since training in the Sports Performance Center, James’ pain and fatigue is dramatically reduced and his self-esteem is at an all-time high. Training in the Sports Performance Center (SPC) has enabled James to work on his strength and athleticism.

“Since coming to the Sports Performance Center I’ve realized that I really enjoy training and one day want to one day work for Major League Baseball” said James.

Today, James trains with Coach Tommy two times a week. He always looks forward to his sessions in the Sports Performance Center and always leaves in a good mood. Working with Coach Tommy has taught James better nutritional habits such as starting every meal with a vegetable rich salad. 

“James’s dedication to the program enabled him to catch up to athletes who have been playing sports their whole lives.” said Coach Tommy Sienkowski C.S.C.S Pn L1,L2, Sports Performance Director at the YMCA. “James regularly demonstrates the ability to pick up new skills quickly and self-assess previous performance then adapt far better other kids his age. “ 

“It’s easier to wake up and go to school” James explained, “Gym class feels easier and much more fun. I look forward to increasing my lifting abilities and doing longer sessions”.
Way To Go James!
Youth Development
Martin Luther King Jr. Fun Day
The Southington Community YMCA School Age staff will be offering a Fun Day on January 15th for grades K-8 . Register online or at the Front Desk until 5:00 p.m. the business day prior to the Fun Day.
Youth Sports, Swimming and More
Winter program registration is going on now. Plan your and your kiddo's January activities here. When you are ready to register visit:
Valentines Dinner Dance
February 10, 2018
YMCA All Purpose Room

The Southington YMCA’s annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance will be here before you know it! Continue the tradition here on FEBRUARY 10th.

Who: Anyone and Everyone
What: Dinner, Dancing, and much
Why: To celebrate family with those you love at a place you love!

To Register visit
Contact Tom Sangeloty,
Outdoor Center Program Director at 860-621-8194 or
Healthy Living
Sports Performance Facebook Live Question & Answer Session
The Y will be Live on Facebook Thursday, January 25th at 7:30p.m. to answer all of your questions.
About The Expert
Tommy Sienkowski C.S.C.S Pn L1,L2,
YMCA Sports Performance Director
Leveraging over ten years of experience in the fitness industry, Tommy Sienkowski leads others down the path of health and wellness. Credited with training hundreds of athletes at all levels including middle school, high school, and collegiate athletes, Tommy has the knowledge, tools and equipment to help athletes reach their full potential. His nutrition as well as strength and conditioning certifications coupled with his own experience as a college athlete make him the right choice to answer your questions.

Nutrition Coaching
Nutrition Coaching will help you
develop lifelong healthy habits which will assist you in reaching your health and wellness goals. Through small changes to your eating habits, you will learn how to fuel your body with
the correct amount of calories and nutrients based on your activity level. No diet, no supplements, no gimmicks.
Nutrition coaching makes manageable adjustments to your eating habits that promote maintainable weight loss.

$100 for 6 sessions
Learn More Contact
Jolene Miceli for details 860-426-9589
Friday Night Out
You deserve a night out! Looking for a healthy way to have a night out with your group of friends? You pick the class, the time, invite your friends, and have a blast with a private exercise session lead by our certified instructors! Choose from Zumba, Yoga, Barre or POUND.

Plan Your Outing

$75 for up to 20 people
(women and/or men 18 and older) Cost covers private classes up to 1 hour.
Just a friendly reminder that locks and items in lockers must be removed daily. Locks left on overnight will be removed and contents will be placed in the Lost & Found. 
Become A Better Athlete - YMCA Sports Performance Center
Customized training for youth and adult athletes. For details contact Coach Tommy at or 860-426-9536. 
Social Responsibility
Rally For The Y
Support the YMCA while you workout. All through February anytime you login and ride the Expresso bikes Expresso will donate 10 cents per mile to the YMCA.

Amazon Smile
Shop Amazon Smile all year through to support the YMCA. Start now.
Snow Reminder
Are you snow ready? As the snowy season begins The Y would like to remind you that in the event of snow stay tuned to email, the Y App and Facebook for all of the latest YMCA schedule changes.