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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 31, 2014

Washington County YMCA offers opportunity

Feb 26, 2014

The Washington County YMCA is offering its co-ed track and field program for students in grades one through five this spring for the second consecutive year.
Program Director Josh Riffle of the Washington YMCA says of the program, “our main goal is to get the kids excited about the opportunities they have as they get older. We want to teach them the value of hard work, teamwork and achievement. Of course we also want them to have fun.”
This year the program will consist of three practices and a finale meet in which the students from the Riverside, Washington and Wellman YMCAs will compete against each other. The practices are tentatively scheduled for the 12th, 19th and 26th of April. The finale meet is scheduled for the 3rd of May.
Riffin says that last year between 60 and 65 students competed. He also says that he had about 20 parents involved in the program. Riffin expects both of those numbers to increase with Riverside joining the program.
“Any student is welcome regardless of her/his ability. In the practices we will teach the students how to run and then identify which students will compete in which events. There is a lot that my wife Marissa and I can’t do and that’s where our parents are needed,” Riffin explained.
The events that will be featured include relays and solo races from 800 meters on down. The field events will include the long jump and a “shotput” throw using softballs.
Registration forms and information will be distributed to the area elementary schools during the second week of March. In the meantime any parent who is interested can contact their local Washington County YMCA for more information.

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