We're excited to share the news that we have broken ground on a new YMCA Adaptive Sports Complex on the campus of the South County YMCA!

This project has been made possible through a generous partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Care, the team's charitable foundation, Boniface Foundation, and Miracle League. Located on the South County Y campus, the centerpiece of the $5.2 million sports complex is a custom-designed Miracle League Baseball Field with a cushioned, barrier-free surface and barrier-free dugout to provide accessibility for players with disabilities.

The field is designed to have a look and feel similar to Busch Stadium and provide participants and their families with a "major league" experience, including a silhouette of the Gateway Arch on the outfield, just like the St. Louis Cardinals home field!

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At the Gateway Region YMCA we welcome people of ALL abilities. We know that communities are stronger and more vibrant when everyone can take part in equitable programs where they can learn, grow and thrive. 

Our YMCA is proud to have a fully operational Inclusion and Adaptive Support Services department serving children and adults with disabilities. We currently serve more than 1,500 individuals with disabilities through the programs and services listed below.

 

 

Adaptive Fitness & Swimming Programs

For individuals with documented developmental disabilities in qualified areas, the Y provides 1:1 support in fitness, swimming, as well as virtually. The program is designed to support and instruct in a manner that incorporates participant interests to develop their socialization, independence, as well as fitness goals. Workouts are age-appropriate, encouraging, and fair, while at the same time accommodating the needs of the client.

SUCCESS

Sam has lost 94 pounds. Sam’s mom has provided us with this testimonial: “You are truly changing Sam’s life!  What you do matters. I’ve been involved in a great deal of programming for people with disabilities over the years and yours is top tier.”

CONFIDENCE

“Integrated Fitness has helped my son gain confidence, become more socially engaged and most importantly, has taught him to swim independently! There are so many benefits to this wonderful program and we hope to continue in it.” - Kate P.

INDEPENDENCE

“Before I started, I couldn’t walk down to the end of a hall. Now I can walk two laps around the track independently.” - Becky L.

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Adaptive Sports Programs

Adaptive sports programs at the Y provide children and adults with disabilities the chance to play sports and participate in learning opportunities in a safe, fun atmosphere. 

The Y, in partnership with The Miracle League, provides a chance to experience the joys and benefits that come from playing baseball. Learn about our new $5.2 million Adaptive Sports Complex being built on the South County YMCA campus, in partnership with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cardinals Care, the team's charitable foundation, Boniface Foundation and Miracle League. 

In addition, we are offering Adaptive Basketball and Adaptive Bowling. 

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Early Childhood Education

We provide support for children to attend one of our five early childhood education centers where they can play, explore and interact. We have programs from 6 weeks to 5 years.

Y Club and Summer Day Camp Inclusion Services

The YMCA welcomes participation by children of all abilities to our Summer Day Camps and Y Club Before and After School Enrichment Programs.

While participating in these programs children are given support to no extra cost to the family when needed. We ensure a safe environment, where children can play and grow with their peers, while having fun at Y Club or summer camp. 

Please note that during high enrollment times it may take up to two weeks to process your child’s information. We are also constantly in staff recruiting mode, but on occasion an extended amount of time is required to secure the best match between a child and support staff. 

Although every effort is made to provide reasonable accommodation, there may be instances where a child’s needs may exceed the parameters of the scope of our program. 

Thank you to our generous funders, who help support the Inclusion and Adaptive Support Services Department. 

This packet must be completed annually.

For more information please contact Sarah Croy at sarah.croy@gwrymca.org or call 314-421-8906.

YMCA Program Support

Trained and caring staff at the Y provide the assistance and support needed to ensure that children and adults are able to have a fun, meaningful experience in all of our programs, including:

  • Child Care (Early Childhood and School Age)
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Summer Overnight Camp Lakewood
  • Youth Sports
  • Swim Lessons
  • Group Exercise
  • Martial Arts
  • Gymnastics
  • Active Older Adults

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YMCA Facility Support

The Y welcomes natural supports that families may already have in place, and is ready to provide the same scope of services for all members, regardless of ability:

  • Work Out Buddies (natural supports)
  • Child Watch/Family Hub (a safe place for children while their families work out)
  • Modified/Adapted Facility Orientations (support/accommodations provided as needed)
  • Aquatic classes/programs (support/accommodations provided as needed)
  • ADA compliant facilities (to facilitate comfortable access for everyone)

The Y is also able to provide facility use, programs and assistance to specialized agencies and group as space allows.

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Teamwork

For young adults with disabilities to transition from high school into adulthood with meaningful experiences and job skills.

YMCA Camp Lakewood

Ages 6-17 have the opportunity to stay away from home and enjoy outdoor activities and the residential camp experience when they attend YMCA Camp Lakewood

YMCA Trout Lodge

We offer outdoor recreation to veterans with disabilities and other groups. YMCA Trout Lodge is a family resort and group destination that is 90 minutes from St. Louis. Activities include boating, fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding, zip lining and so much more.

 

 

The Y is the Recipient of the 2022 Champions for Diversity & Inclusion Award

Our diversity and inclusion efforts continue to be a priority in the workplace and in the communities we serve. We're honored to be selected for the 2022 Champions for Diversity and Inclusion Award by the St. Louis Business Journal!

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We're thankful for the generosity of our partners who provide additional support funding.