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Everyone knows the Y as a place to camp, swim, or exercise, but we’re so much more. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we’re working side-by-side with our neighbors to address critical community needs that help kids develop into smart, resilient adults, for people to improve their health and build a sense of community, and for our most vulnerable young people to get the care and support they need. Our mission is to put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. With that and our cause of strengthening community, we're here to make coastal Virginia and northeastern North Carolina a better place to live.
The Y has been a pioneering force in the United States for nearly 160 years. Numerous sports, such as basketball, volleyball and racquetball were invented at the Y, therefore impacting the way people defined healthy and fun activity. Locally, the YMCA of South Hampton Roads got its start in March of 1885 with the first facility located in Norfolk. Over the years, pools, gymnasiums and fitness facilities brought forth new construction and additional programming. Opportunities for youth to build confidence, families to learn together, and adults to stay fit and healthy through activities such as basketball, bible study, baseball, track and football flourished. The YMCA extended its boundaries to include serving the needs of the Eastern Shore, Outer Banks, Elizabeth City and Franklin communities.
With the support of the Landmark Foundation, the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, City of Norfolk and area civic leagues, the Y opened up The Y on Granby May 31, 2013; located at W. 30th Street and Granby, two blocks from the Virginia Zoo. In 2016 the YMCA of South Hampton Roads celebrated the opening of its 18th location, the Princess Anne Family YMCA. In 2017, the Y partnered with Sentara and opened The Y at Edinburgh in Chesapeake, VA. Future plans include operation of JT's Camp Grom, scheduled to open in 2018 to serve children and adults with special needs.