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YMCA ramps up for 2013
Dec. 30, 2012 @ 11:00 PM

As Thomasville residents flip their calendars from December to January, a new year begins with a bevy of promises.
Many resolutions are based on improved health and wellness. To help guide the way, the Tom A. Finch YMCA is prepared to build upon its successes of the past year.
"2012 was a good year for us. We touched thousands in this community, families who are part of our program," said Jarrod Dunbar, YMCA outreach and operations associate. "We're ready for those people who are making their resolutions, families who are trying to do things together. Last year, we did a lot to raise awareness. We will continue to raise awareness, but now we want everyone to know why we're here and do what we do."
Dunbar and Beth Todd, marketing and communications associate for the Y, hope the ongoing outreach will continue to yield greater collaboration from an even wider range of citizens in the new year.
"Whether you're six months or 65 years old, we intend to open our doors to everybody," Todd said.
Beginning in January, information for a second season of Transformation Nation Triad will be released. TNT is a scaled back, 16-week version of Dr. Oz's Transformation Nation on NBC. Promoting social responsibility and healthy living through programs like TNT is a must for Dunbar, whose vision for the advancement of opportunities for all Chair City residents incorporates generous financial assistance.
To begin 2013, Tom A. Finch YMCA is offering a membership special. The fee to join has been reduced to $13. The special runs through Jan. 13. Monthly fees run from $15 for an individual youth membership to $67 for family membership. Visit myynow.org/membership to learn more. 
Dunbar said the youth development component of the Y's mission hinges on its ability to recruit families. This cannot be achieved at a membership-based institution, he added, without the support of members who share in this mission.
"It's not all about how our staff works together, but how our members socialize and buy into this organization," Dunbar said. "I don't know where else in town you can go to play basketball, lift weights and swim in the same building.
"Kids are not only learning how to dribble a basketball, but they're learning life skills."

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.