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August Employee Spotlight – Blake “Douglas” Honeycutt

August Employee Spotlight – Blake “Douglas” Honeycutt

14. August, 2014News, UncategorizedComments Off


Once upon a time when I first I got to work, I spoked good morning. I enjoy going to work here at the YMCA. I like to stock coolers, clean windows and doors/mirrors. I like the way how Ms. Abby likes to help with the aerobics room and learn new things. I like the way when Diana took the time and helped together with the weights and moving to another room. I like to clean floors and mats and making sure all belts and towels and bottles. I miss cleaning the weights in the weight room and vacuuming the whole weight room. I like the way Miss Nichole helped me up when I got hurt. Also missed when Abby and Barrett joke around. Also did not throw water onto me. I like working here and I enjoyed being here. I love y’all and you really blessed me with all your hard work you put in to me. I love the way when I did my scavenger hunt and taking me to McDonald’s for a special birthday treat. I really enjoyed you. I like the way Ms. Barett helped me when I done wrong and I very appreciate you done to help me through it. Ms. Nichole, Barett, Abby and Bob and Randy Cunningham with all the drinks. Thank y’all very much for helping me out. Thank you and you will have the best day ever. I’m very proud of the worth money you made and very happy to still work hard at it. Happily ever after, the end.

- Blake “Douglas” Honeycutt

Swim Lessons, Lifeguarding, CPR/AED Training

Swim Lessons, Lifeguarding, CPR/AED Training

2. April, 2014NewsComments Off

Sign up for summer swim lessons! Take a lifeguarding course. Get CPR/AED certified.

YMCA Aquatics

Child Care Tax Statement Request

Child Care Tax Statement Request

5. February, 2014NewsComments Off

Please complete all information below and you will receive a tax statement for your 2013 child care services within 3 business days.


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Child's Date of Birth (MM/DD/YYYY)

Program Attended

I Dream Big! at the Barnes YMCA

I Dream Big! at the Barnes YMCA

6. January, 2014NewsComments Off

Check out this Tuscaloosa News article about our new partnership with I Dream Big for our after school programs held at the Benjamin Barnes YMCA!

CLOSED 4th of July!

CLOSED 4th of July!

30. June, 2012NewsComments Off

The Central and Benjamin Barnes branches will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We hope that you have a wonderful and safe 4th of July with your family and friends!

Summer Camp Schedules

Summer Camp Schedules

26. June, 2012News, Registration, UncategorizedComments Off

Wondering what your kids are doing at camp? Interested in all the fun activities we offer for our kids? Look no further, here are the weekly schedules for the Central Branch’s Summer Camp!


July 30 – August 3

4 and 5 Year Olds

6 and 7 Year Olds

8-10 Year Olds

11-14 Year Olds

*Updated Weekly


11. June, 2012Events, NewsComments Off


Click the link below to check out the summer swim lesson specials! The application for swim lessons is in the link below.

2012 YMCA Summer Swim lessons


Preschool Program (PERS)

3-5 Years old. The teacher/ student ratio is 1:5 or better.

Children progress through the following four levels:

Pike: Water adjustments, putting face in the water, blowing bubbles.

Eel: Front and back float, gliding, kicking, and arm strokes.

Ray: Strengthen arm strokes and kicking, learn rhythmic breathing.

Starfish: Rhythmic and rotary breathing, endurance, various strokes.


Progressive Program

6-14 Years old. All swim skills levels.

The teacher/student ratio is 1:8 or better.

Children progress through the following five levels:

Polliwog: Front and back glide with kick.

Guppy: Front crawl with rotary breathing, tread water.

Minnow: Front crawl endurance, backstroke, diving.

Fish: elementary backstroke, dolphin kick, breaststroke kick.

Flying Fish: Breaststroke, butterfly, sidestroke.



Beginner through advanced swimming skills.


Saturday Class Description

Adults: Beginner through advanced swimming skills.

AquaBabies: Ages six months to 3 years.Introduction to swimming
and safety in the water.

P/E/R/S: 3-5 Years old. The teacher/student ratio is 1:5 or better.

Polliwog/ Guppy: 6-14 Years old. All swim skills levels. The
teacher/student ratio is 1:8 or better.



4 Weeks Sessions: $ 60 for YMCA Family Members

$ 70 for Program Participant


Summer Sessions

Dates: 6/11-7/6; 7/9-8/3

Morning Classes (Monday and Friday)

Sessions: P/E/R/S 9:00 – 9:30 am

P/E/R/S 9:35 – 10: 05 am

Polliwog/Guppy 10:15 – 11:00 am



Important Note:

All swim lessons will take place at

Freeman Pool on Dinah Washington off

15th street. Freeman pool is located across
from YMCA Barnes Branch.



4. June, 2012NewsComments Off

The following is a letter from our CEO.

YMCA Supporter,

I just wanted to personally thank you for donating to the 2012 Youth First Campaign.  Those funds directly impact Tuscaloosa’s youth, and this letter will explain how.

When I started here in May of 2011, the needs of Tuscaloosa were larger than they had ever been.  We had so many families of our programs affected by the tornado, and the effects of it lasted well throughout the year.

This year, we are getting back to the basics, and we are focusing on giving children the structure and education they need to be successful citizens. Tuscaloosa struggles with educating our youth, more specifically in literacy.  For this year’s summer camp, we have hired a brand new staff, have partnered with The University of Alabama’s Special Education and Multiple Abilities department, and have sought grants focused on education.

The new cadre of counselors and new partnerships has allowed us to implement the Y Reader’s program that will enhance our youth’s ability not only to read, but to comprehend.

Your donation to the Tuscaloosa YMCA allows all of this to happen.  In 2011 we provided almost $200,000 worth of assistance, and we plan on doing it again this year.  It’s all because of you.  Thank you so much.

A special thank you to the campaign staff: Lou Marino, Max Karrh, David Wilson, David Richardson, and Racquel


The 2012 Youth First Campaign raised over $85,000 in

support of Tuscaloosa’s youth development!!!


- Walt Larisey, Campaign Director



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