YMCA holds ribbon cutting for new facility in Gibsonton

By LISA STARK

Phase One of The Family Y at Big Bend Road was dedicated Oct. 12. ricktauceda.com photo.

Phase One of The Family Y at Big Bend Road was dedicated Oct. 12. ricktauceda.com photo.

After a successful inaugural summer camp season, phase one of The Family Y at Big Bend Road was dedicated on Oct. 12th. Nearly 150 guests came together to dedicate the outdoor amenities of The Family Y at Big Bend Road in Gibsonton. Special dignitaries were in attendance, including Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandra Murman and Ken Hagan.

“For too long South County has been an underserved part of our community and the board of county commissioners has been working very hard to change that,” said Commissioner Hagan during the dedication ceremony. “But in order to reach our goals, partnerships are critically important and there’s no better partnership than the one that Hillsborough County enjoys with the YMCA.”

The special event took place during The Family Y at Big Bend Road’s inaugural youth sports season. More than 140 kids are currently playing basketball in the Dan and Sharon Campo Airnasium and soccer on five athletic fields, including the Tony and Debbie DiMare and Family Athletic Field. These young athletes are learning new skills, sportsmanship and teamwork while boosting their self-esteem, making new friends and having fun.

Children from the Camp Cristina after-school program try out the new “Airnasium” on the Gibsonton YMCA grounds. Lisa Stark photo.

Children from the Camp Cristina after-school program try out the new “Airnasium” on the Gibsonton YMCA grounds. Lisa Stark photo.

Further, children and teens gather in the Dan and Sharon Campo Pavilion to learn values and positive behaviors. They explore their unique talents and interests, helping them realize their full potential. Likewise, kids, teens and adults stay fit by running along the Robert and Jennifer Murphy Fitness Trail. Together as a family and community, SouthShore residents are reaching their healthy living goals, fighting obesity and preventing chronic disease at The Family Y at Big Bend Road.

“There isn’t a day that you don’t pick up the newspaper and something negative is going on but the Y is doing so much positive,” said Commissioner Murman during the ribbon cutting. “This gives children and families a place to go. And if they can’t afford to pay, it doesn’t matter. The Y will welcome them with open arms.”

Thanks to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners for making the first phase of The Family Y at Big Bend Road possible. The next phases include an aquatic center and a 30,000-square-foot family facility. If you are interested in learning how you can contribute to the campaign, call Chief Development Officer Jan Berry at 813-224-9622, ext. 1268, or email jan.berry@tampaymca.org.

County dignitaries were in attendance, including Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandra Murman and Ken Hagan. ricktauceda.com photo.

County dignitaries were in attendance, including Hillsborough County Commissioners Sandra Murman and Ken Hagan. ricktauceda.com photo.

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