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On mother’s day weekend the Gymnastics team of the Southington YMCA traveled to beautiful central Maine to compete in the 2018 YMCA Northeast Regional Gymnastics Championships. This competition has a total of 34 YMCA's from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire with over 1,300 gymnasts participating. This was the second year in a row that the full team has qualified for this competition which is a big accomplishment. The northeast region for Gymnastics in the YMCA program is extremely competitive, so much so that it is actually harder to qualify for the regional competition then it is to qualify for the YMCA Gymnastics National Championships.


The athletes have worked so hard this season and it showed this past weekend. We are now once again the Xcel Bronze  Northeast Regional Team Champions. This means that out of all 34 YMCA'S that competed our  Xcel Bronze team is  number one. Along with this honor of first place team we have a total of 16 regional state championship titles with athletes ranging from Xcel Bronze to level 7. This year the Southington YMCA has 30 top 5 placements on individual events. Athlete Kara Loubier also earned the fourth highest all around in the entire competitions with a 37.9.

This competition marked the end of the regular season for the team. 0n June 27TH   13 members of the Southington YMCA gymnasts will be traveling to Toledo, Ohio to compete in the 2018 YMCA National Championships. We wish them good luck, and a big congratulations a phenomenal season.

 Team Try Out

August 18th from 9:30-11:00am

Please register by email Coach Jamie at

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He’s at it again! Beginning, Friday, June 1, Southington YMCA’s Executive Director John Myers will run 4 miles a day for 26 consecutive days in memory of Chase Kowalski and to raise money so that the Southington Y can continue to offer the Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon training program. 
The Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon Program, which was created by the Kowalski Family in memory of their son Chase, who was tragically killed at Sandy Hook, is designed to bring to children the same opportunity their son Chase had. He LOVED triathlon and won his first race at the tender age of 6!
The free, six-week program provides kids ages 6-12 with a safe, healthy, non-competitive environment to discover the sport! It brings together kids of all different backgrounds and educates them about how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, coaches them to develop a foundation of athletic skills and inspires them to aim high in sports and in life!
This year, we will receive no funding to run this program – so we are relying 100% on donations. Please consider making a donation in support of John’s effort to raise $15,000 this year. 
Click HERE to make a donation. *Don’t forget to consider that your donation could be doubled! Click here to learn more.
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Bob and I have been Southington residents since 2013. We have been married for 17 years and have a 14 year old son Aidan and 13 year old daughter Morgan. Bob and I are both educators. He is the principal of Hatton Elementary School and I teach second grade in Burlington, CT.

We have been members of the Y for a few years. I enjoy taking a variety of classes such as HIIT, barre and chisel. My daughter recently participated in the youth strength training and my son enjoys going to open gym to play basketball. When we have more free time this summer we are hoping to work out as a family and begin playing racquetball.

Biggest struggle was finding the "right" time to work out. Y360 class in the am works perfectly for my husband and I and the 1/2 hour class is the perfect amount of time to feel like we got a solid workout. I always felt guilty not fitting in a workout at least 4x/week and when I worked out at home I got easily distracted. My husband would workout at home whenever possible, but not on a consistent basis. However, we never worked out together.  Now we enjoy exercising together and encouraging each other to push ourselves. Y360 has helped us to try new exercises to strengthen various muscle groups and with the guidance of skilled trainers push ourselves in a safe, effective way. We also get our heart pumping with a variety of cardio moves we wouldn't normally do such as the sled, ropes, jump boxes, suicide drills, row machine and more.  We aren't saying it's "fun" to get up for a 6:00am class, yet we always laugh while we are there and know that each time we go it will be a worthwhile, motivational exercise session. The instructors create sessions that allow us to challenge ourselves and/or make modifications based on our ability. Thankful that the Y offers this Y360 class every day of the week and at various times if we can't make our normal 6:00am class. 

The Y has so much to offer and we are thankful we are members.

The Garry Family 

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Southington, CT- April 18, 2018 – In memory of Benjamin Buckley, who passed away at age 7 due to severe asthma-related health issues, YMCA Camp Sloper and Ben Was Here Inc., will host the 3rd Annual Ben's Fun Run, which will take place on May 19, 2018 at YMCA Camp Sloper. Mark Pooler, Director of Operations at the Southington Community YMCA, comments “The Buckley family has been an inspiration to many in town. The way they have worked to keep Ben’s spirit alive is wonderful. We are happy to support whatever efforts we can so they can continue their generosity and giving back in his name"


The 3rd Annual Ben's Fun Run will feature a one-mile race for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders around Sloper Pond located at, 1000 East Street in Southington. The event is open to Southington residents as well as any other towns this year. The goal is to commemorate the life of Ben Buckley while increasing the health and activity of youth in our town. Sign in will start at 8 AM and the first race will take place at 8:30 AM. Please see below for the race schedule. There is no cost to participate in the run; however, donations will be accepted for future trail improvements at YMCA Camp Sloper. Following the run, the Buckley Family will generously provide refreshments for all runners.


In regard to the importance of the event, Race Director, Bob Lasbury states “I am proud to be a part of the 3rd Annual Ben’s Fun Run. This year’s race will be another great event as we’ve expanded the race to all local communities. Benjamin Buckley’s spirit drives the excitement and passion of the day!”


Run Schedule:

  • 8:30 a.m.– Boys grades 5 and 6
  • 8:45 a.m.– Girls Grades 5 and 6
  • 9:00 a.m.– Boys Grades 3 and 4
  • 9:15 a.m.– Girls Grades 3 and 4


Registration is currently open and ongoing. Interested runners are encouraged to register ASAP so they do not get closed out. Registration is limited to the first 250 runners. For more information and to register, please contact Bob Lasbury, Race director at or visit .  If you would like to volunteer to help with this amazing event, please contact: Kristen Curley at

About Ben Was Here

Ben Was Here was founded following the loss of their son, Benjamin Buckley after he suffered a severe asthma attack.  In memory of Ben, the Buckley family has started a non­ profit charitable organization (a 501(c)3) in his name to raise asthma awareness and give back to the community.  The purpose of Ben Was Here, Inc. is to:  Provide academic scholarships to students interested in furthering their education in the areas of teaching, creative/fine arts, science, engineering or medicine, provide funding to schools for educational materials and supplies, provide funding to community/youth organizations, provide funding for prescription medication coverage for asthma ­related medication and for research and treatment of asthma and other childhood illnesses. To learn more about Ben Was Here visit

About The Southington Community YMCA

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across Southington and Cheshire, CT the Y engages men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors.  Anchored in our communities, the Southington-Cheshire Community YMCAs was established in 1928 and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. YMCA membership, YMCA Camp Sloper, the Learning Center, the gymnastics center and all Y programs and facilities are welcoming, inclusive and open to all regardless of income. For more information, stop by for a tour (29 High St. Southington, CT) or visit







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