We are pleased to describe the exciting partnership between the YMCA and our CMAK (Chase Michael-Anthony Kowalski) Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation. We firmly believe that our foundation values are closely aligned with the core values of the YMCA and that we can most effectively realize our mission to be a positive force in the community through the creation of children and family focused programs in partnership with the YMCA.
Chase was an active YMCA member and, in his honor, we are proud to include three programs as part of this partnership:
1. We have made a difference in the lives of children by providing scholarships for pre-school education at the Greater Waterbury YMCA for families in need beginning in the Fall of 2013.
2. In honor of Chase’s athletic spirit, we will also sponsor and fund a children’s triathlon program. The “Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon Program” will be an exciting six week training program for children 6 to 14 years old operating out of the Waterbury YMCA and Camp Mataucha in Watertown, Ct. Qualified instructors will train participants to Run, Bike and Swim to prepare for their first triathlon. We believe this program will strengthen children’s drive, determination and dedication while having fun exercising their competitive spirit. Our goal is to expand this program nationally and we have initially established plans to replicate this program in partnership with other communities in Connecticut.
3. Lastly, We will reinforce and strengthen family values through the creation of “Chase’s Place”, a Family Wellness Center. Chase’s Place will provide a facility where parents and children can exercise together with interactive equipment and stations designed to facilitate parent and child fitness. The CMAK foundation has committed to fund a Chase’s place integrated into the new YMCA Community Center planned for the Pomperaug region, only miles from Sandy Hook.
YMCA Mission: To put Christian Principles into practice through programs to foster a healthy spirit mind and body for all
About Greater Waterbury YMCA
The Greater Waterbury YMCA has a longstanding presence in the greater Waterbury community dating back to 1858. Throughout these years, and most especially today, the Greater Waterbury YMCA serves as a leading social service agency in the city. Together with other community agencies, we collaborate to provide a vast array of programs and services to reach the residents of our nine-town service area, especially targeting those individuals most in need. Together, we address immediate needs and help others achieve independence.