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NYC swim team breaking records and busting myths

While lots of other kids are sleeping in and playing video games this summer, a group of dedicated swimmers are hard at work, preparing for the upcoming competitive season. The Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA Piranhas team, in Brooklyn, N.Y., has won nearly a dozen trophies since forming in 1997. This year’s team has 45 swimmers, the majority African American. Eighteen of the team’s swimmers qualified to compete at the state championship level—an accomplishment that few black athletes achieve. Read more…

Treyger organizes softball game to help autistic kids

Councilmember Mark Treyger has beaten plenty of opponents in his political career, but on July 14, he won a victory against autism. Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) organized a charity softball game at MCU Park to raise money for a Coney Island-based non-profit group that works to raise awareness of autism. Comedian Damon Rozier of the United Spinal Association and Coney Island YMCA Executive Director Sam Moore threw out the ceremonial first pitches. Read more…

Immigration resource fair at Flushing YMCA on July 25

The Flushing YMCA will host an immigration resource fair on Saturday, July 25, with state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Assemblyman Ron Kim, and City Councilman Peter Koo. Lawyers and other professionals experienced in the immigration process will be at the event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the YMCA at 138-46 Northern Blvd. Only the first 130 attendees will be served because space is limited, anyone interested in attending should call 646-664-9400 to reserve a spot. Read more…

New initiative seeks to protect kids from Staten Island drug epidemic

Borough President James Oddo, along with the NYPD, the Department of Education and borough drug addiction specialists, announced a new initiative on Wednesday designed to prevent children from becoming victims of Staten Island's drug epidemic.Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of the Staten Island YMCA Counseling Services at Borough Hall was at the ceremony to help announce "Drop Box Program: Police and Parents Protecting our Kids." Read more…

8 Crucial water safety tips lifeguards wish parents knew

Michael Creegan, aquatics director at the YMCA of greater New York, lent his expertise to the Associated Press. He stressed the importance of parents awareness while their children are in the pool. “We still want parents to be very closely watching their kids whenever they’re in the water,” says l Creegan. “Beginner swimmers should stay in water that’s up to their chest in depth or shallower, even if they have a life jacket on.” Read more…

Homers for Good Causes

Every time a member of the Amazins’ hits one out of their home field, Citi donates $2,000 to four community groups, including the New York City YMCA, as part of the Citi Community Home Runs Program. Deisy Cedeno, an 18-year-old student at Barnard College, credits YMCA programs with helping her overcome a troubled past and finding a path to success. Read more…

Registration open for Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics

The annual Beatrice Victor Senior Olympics will take place Oct. 11 to 15, featuring 23 competitions, including two new events -- Pickleball and Corn Hole.Participants will compete for a gold, silver or bronze medal in their chosen events. Sponsoring this year's event are: The Staten Island Jewish Community Center; the YMCA; the city Department for the Aging; the city Parks Department, and the Staten Island Advance. Read more…