Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

Raising empathy: ‘tis the season for giving

While many children will be making lists to send off to Santa Claus asking for things they want for Christmas, the season can also be a time of giving, no matter the age, said St. Paul United Methodist Church Pastor Christina Shaver. Shaver said her 2-year-old son, James, is in the “mine” phase. “Everything he […]

Meeting the challenge at 73

Meeting the challenge at 73

Glenn Marr is 73 and works out two hours a day, five days a week. That’s intense, even for those who hit the gym frequently. “As long as I can do it, I’m going to do it,” Marr said of his routine. “We don’t last forever. Whatever I want to do, I am able to […]

Gardening cultivates young minds

Gardening cultivates young minds

Eva Anderson teaches the Voluntary PreSchool Program at the YMCA. Anderson, who has been teaching for 17 years, built her third school garden this spring with the 2016-2017 VPK class. “It was a fun job to do. I know the children are excited about it,” Anderson said. “Gardens in schools can teach children a lot. […]

Trainer Faves: Couple moves

Trainer Faves: Couple moves

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and with that Navarre’s personal trainers have weighed in on their favorite moves to give you a great workout to do with your significant other. Partner workouts are a great alternative to your typical workout. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com […]

Best moves to tone triceps

Best moves to tone triceps

As you get working on your health and fitness goals for 2017, I know you might have trouble spots you want to work on. I also know you might not quite know how to do so. The good news for you is Navarre has many knowledgeable personal trainers, several of which are willing to help […]

YMCA celebrates 10 years

YMCA celebrates 10 years

Bart Pullum remembers a time in the late 1990s when the YMCA in Navarre didn’t have a place to call home, save for a storefront location used only for office space. Swim lessons took place in a pool in someone’s backyard, basketball games were played in school gyms and the parking lot at Navarre Park […]

Young adult membership continues to grow at YMCA

Young adult membership continues to grow at YMCA

Nearly three years later, the young adult membership at the Navarre YMCA is a success. Available to those ages 13-24, the growth has been impressive. Only two took advantage of it when it started in December of 2012. The total is now up to 100, which is actually five more than the number of people […]

$600K project to alleviate crowded YMCA

$600K project to alleviate crowded YMCA

It won’t come as a surprise to the 4,400 members of Navarre’s Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA that it is time to expand. The YMCA opened its doors in 2006 and has grown 450 percent, culminating in an at-capacity crowd. The 15,000-square-foot facility is buzzing with activity day and night with members seeking room in […]

Y receives inclusion grant for special needs programming

Y receives inclusion grant for special needs programming

For years, the Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre has made it a priority to include special needs children in its summer camps and after-school programs. The Y recently received a grant from the National Inclusion Project for the second consecutive year. Co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken, the Project “serves to bridge […]

Wahoos ready for championship meet

Wahoos ready for championship meet

The YMCA end of summer swim team meet was held July 26 at the Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre. The meet pitted Navarre`s Wahoos against teams from Washington, Pensacola Navy Youth, Five Flags and Sea Stars. The Wahoos won the meet by a close score. Read more in the July 31 issue of […]

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

Grant will help Y programs for kids with special needs

The Betty J. Pullum Family YMCA in Navarre will receive $10,000 as part of its partnership with the National Inclusion Project, which will allow children with disabilities to feel more included and comfortable during after school programs. “This grant will go to funding resources, improvements and training for children with special needs that come to […]