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Local YMCA partners with school boards to offer online gym classes

Program designed to complement physical education course curriculum
Sault Ste. Marie YMCA file photo. Darren Taylor/SooToday

In response to facilities closures across the country, in collaboration with YMCAs across the country, the Sault Ste. Marie was pleased to announce the launch of YMCA at Home as a free virtual YMCA, connecting people to fitness classes, children’s programs and personal wellness resources. Now, in partnership with Algoma District School Board and Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board, the YMCA has launched YMCA Gym Class, an online platform for educators to deliver virtual physical education programming to their students as a part of their school’s e-learning platform.

“Whether it is through basketball or swimming lessons, gymnastics or summer camp, the YMCA has an over 100-year tradition of innovative programs and activities that get young people active. We see YMCA Gym Class as an extension of this type of innovation – a virtual gym class in a time of social distancing,” said Tracey Cooke, CEO for the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA.

YMCA Gym Class is instructed by a YMCA certified fitness coach and features content based on YMCA Canada's Health and Fitness programs and Canada's Physical Activity Guidelines. With activities designed to complement physical education course curriculum, the YMCA has made this resource available for schools to use for free.

The YMCA is a charity serving our communities for over 120 years. During these unprecedented times, the Y needs your help more than ever to be able to serve those most in need in our community. Donations will continue to be accepted during this pause of YMCA programs. Visit here to make your gift and help the YMCA continue supporting those in need.

The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA would like to acknowledge Cavera Inc. for their support in developing this page locally. The YMCA is dedicated to the growth of all persons in spirit, mind and body with a sense of responsibility to each other and the global community.