A CLOSER LOOK
South Chicago YMCA member Oscar knows better than most that whatever stage of life a member is in, the YMCA can support and align with their interests. Oscar first came to the Y as a rambunctious teen. One especially trying afternoon, South Chicago YMCA program specialist Don Quinlan gave Oscar a handball and told him to start throwing it around the courts. Don thought Oscar might lose interest quickly, but the boy spent several hours on the court that day: his passion for the game had been sparked. Don enrolled Oscar in his handball program, where the boy felt engaged with and challenged by the game. He soon began playing in tournaments and won several trophies along the way, including first place for the USHA 15-and-under Nationals and second place for the Junior Nationals.
Oscar’s relationship with the South Chicago Y continues to this day. Even as a busy father, he’s still considered a regular around the South Chicago Y handball courts, and recently served as a referee when South Chicago hosted a national junior handball tournament. Oscar was eager to share with the young players his lifelong love of handball, first instilled in him by the South Chicago YMCA
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As a nonprofit organization committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the South Chicago YMCA has been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive for over 100 years.
Between the smile that says “you’re welcome”, the splash of a swim lesson and the music from a class, the South Chicago YMCA strengthens bodies, minds and communities. Where some see obstacles, we see opportunities for our members, volunteers, program participants and staff to make a difference.
The South Chicago YMCA has served the diverse communities of South Shore, South Chicago, Southeast Chicago, Hegewisch, Calumet, and Whiting for over 100 years. For more than 630 members, 12 volunteers and 76 program participants, the South Chicago YMCA is a destination where local children and families have the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve, and where people of all ages, interests and abilities can build and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.
At the Y, we strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility because we believe in nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving our community’s health and well-being and giving back and providing support for our neighbors. From fitness to wellness to community service, everything we do at the Y is an exercise in possibility.
There is no other nonprofit quite like the Y. That's because, in neighborhoods across Chicagoland, we have the presence and partnerships to not just promise, but deliver, positive change.
The Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. Every day our impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.