A CLOSER LOOK
Liz’s family is a swim family. Swim meets and goggles are at the heart of her family’s daily activities. It’s a passion that they share, and one that the Irving Park YMCA youth swimming program helps to nuture and grow.
Liz’s son has autism. She came to the Irving Park YMCA because she knew that the swim instructors were trained to work with swimmers who have all different types of needs. Through his private lessons with aquatics instructor Gwen, Liz says that her son has flourished. “She is always patient with his sometimes challenging behavior and heaps praise on his successes,” Liz said.
Her daughter, a former gymnast, also has been able to find her niche through the Irving Park swim team. “The confidence my daughter has gained from the swim team in less than a year is so much more than even what she received in her three years of gymnastics,” Liz said. “The coaches go above and beyond and keep the parents informed.”
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To learn more, call the Irving Park YMCA at 773.777.7500 or make your gift today.
As a nonprofit organization committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Irving Park YMCA has been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive for 62 years.
Between the splash of a swim lesson, the smile that says “you’re welcome” and the hum of members working out, the Irving Park 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.
Since 1952, the Irving Park YMCA has served the diverse and growing communities of Old Irving Park and Portage Park.Today 6,700 members, 600 volunteers and 1,729 program participants, the Irving Park 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.