Y Stories

Every Journey Has a Beginning

Every journey has a beginning: For James Mays – it began in November 2022 when the doctor told him he had a high red blood cell count. “I was not feeling myself, I was dizzy and feeling sick. I was having panic attacks and couldn’t drive my car,” shares Mays. In his mid-thirties, Mays did…

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We Have It All Here

Zach Miller wanted to get out of his gym, so he signed up for an Ironman and joined the Y in January 2023 to use the pool for training. “The pool here is great. What I like most is your schedule and how it is laid out. It is color coded, posted online, and I can…

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A Ninja and his Master

“Eli valued his time with Nate,” says Eli’s mother, Debbie Riley. Nate Mobley taught Ninja Kids at our Y from 2018-2021, and Eli was one of his “biggest” little Ninja fans. “Eli thought of Nate as a best friend. I know for a fact that Eli loved him. With Nate’s patience and Eli’s persistence, they…

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LIFEGAURD ON DUTY: JOE CRUSE

“Everyone that steps into this pool is my responsibility,” says Southeastern Indiana YMCA Lifeguard, Joe Cruse. “Before I became a lifeguard, I thought it was mostly just sitting around, but after going through training and working at the Y, I take my job very seriously.” Cruse has been a swimmer all his life, participating in…

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FINDING HER PEOPLE: LAURA SIPPEL

“Last July a friend of mine invited me to go to the Y and join her Tuesday morning workout group at 6:00 am. At first I was very intimidated. What is a man-maker exercise? I had no idea! But the cool thing was, everyone I met had their own story to share with me. Everyone…

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Finding Strength: Rosetta Bennett

Rosetta Bennett credits the Southeastern Indiana YMCA with helping her get her strength and endurance back. Fourteen years ago, the St. Leon resident was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. She underwent 5 months of chemotherapy and 28 radiation treatments and had a mastectomy. “The following year I had reconstructive surgery. Five years after that,…

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Y Story – Forever Splashing

“Last year I was really missing the water,” says charter Y member and lifeguard, Elizabeth Hall. “I began working for the Y at the Welcome Center in 1995. I went on to become a lifeguard and water arthritis instructor and worked at the Y for 16 years. Then some other opportunities came my way, and…

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Connected For Life

Staying connected to others is the key to staying committed to being active says John Strange. At 93, Strange is leading by example. Strange is part of the 5:00 AM workout crowd at the Y. He comes in 4-5 days a week and is very popular. In between workout sets, he can be seen saying…

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Y Story: Strength Training Improves Health

Each individual has his or her own personal reason for exercising. Two Batesville women have discovered the health benefits of adding strength training to their workouts.  Maureen Grote started attending the BODYPUMP group exercise class when it was first offered at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA about three years ago. The 73-year-old, who had a bone…

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