Springfield, IL – Jason Knoedler, YMCA of Springfield Board President, confirmed today that the YMCA is actively exploring options to replace the 56-year old facility at Fourth and Cook in downtown Springfield.
In making the announcement, YMCA board volunteer Knoedler noted the YMCA’s strategic plan of 2015 identified eventual replacement of the downtown facility as one of its priorities. “We are committed to our continued service to the downtown community,” said Knoedler. “We know it is vital to our mission to assure we can provide the very best in programming experiences to all of our members. Right now our well-used downtown location doesn’t adequately reflect our unwavering commitment to every segment of the community. The development of our Kerasotes facility in 2011 demonstrates the community will respond to a well-planned initiative like this one.”
The YMCA has outlined key areas of focus including youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. In developing the strategic plan, YMCA officials met with many in the community who identified the importance of developing collaborations, focusing on the health and wellness of the community, creating a positive influence on young people, and equalizing services throughout the community. As a new facility is planned, the YMCA will keep these priorities in mind as it develops next steps for downtown.
“This is a once in a generation opportunity,” said YMCA CEO Angie Sowle. “We have a great group of volunteers and have secured the assistance of experts to help us make sure that we follow all of the right steps to create a facility that meets community needs. We will be conducting market studies, reaching out to current and former members, talking with the community and benchmarking best practices so we can create a project the community can embrace and celebrate.”
In February of this year, it was reported a new YMCA was being planned on Carpenter Street, a few blocks east of Memorial Medical Center. In mid-March a community forum was held outlining this plan in collaboration with the Enos Park Neighborhood Association.
“We’re excited about the potential of these partnerships,” said Sowle. “We will continue to seek collaborative opportunities to assure success. That really is the key focus of our work over the next several months that will help make this dream a reality. We have many details to work out to assure our plan keeps the needs of the community at the center.”
The facility plans have not yet been finalized and funding options are being explored to help assure the resources in the community are used in the best way possible. Experts from a variety of disciplines are helping in the planning process that will lead to active fundraising efforts later this year. After key partnership opportunities are fully explored, the YMCA will release plans for the facility and a timetable for action.
“We’ve placed this project into high gear,” said Knoedler. “Our partners expect results soon and we are committed to taking all of the right steps to assure success for the long haul. I know everyone is anxious to learn about the details of funding, final facility plans, and partnerships, but many of these details are dependent on the due diligence of our process. We hope that by mid-summer we can have these pieces in place.”
About the YMCA of Springfield
Since 1874 the YMCA of Springfield has worked to provide opportunities for individuals of all walks of life. The Y serves men and women of all ages, religions and economic backgrounds through programs focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA has two main facilities – Downtown and Kerasotes – with over 11,000 members. In 2017, nearly 45,000 individuals were served in a variety of programs and services. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the association, a member of the national organization – the YMCA of the USA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 22 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. www.springfieldymca.org and www.ymca.net
Project Mack hosts second “Take Back the City” weekend July 20-21
PRESS RELEASE | Project Mack will be hosting our 2nd Annual Take Back the City weekend to wrap up the summer, to be held July 20-21, 2018. In response to the recent violence in Springfield, Project Mack aims to inspire youth to make a positive difference in their lives. The events will bring together current and past students of the city throughout the weekend and allow them to showcase their talents.
The weekend will consist of benefit concert Friday night and our All-star Alumni basketball game on Saturday. All the artists performing at the concert are graduates from our area high schools and now are pursing musical careers. The alumni game will bring back all the best basketball players who’ve come from the Springfield area. Additionally, there will be vendor & organization information tables available on both days.
All proceeds from the event will go toward 3 scholarships created at SHS, LHS, and SSHS in memory of the innocent gun violence victims.
United Premier Soccer League Announces Springfield FC as Midwest Conference Expansion Team
The United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) is excited to announce Springfield FC as a new member starting with the 2019 Spring Season.
Based in Springfield (Ill.), Springfield FC begins UPSL Pro Premier play in the Midwest Conference, and will host its home matches at SASA Complex (4600 11th Street, Springfield, IL 62703) in compliance with UPSL’s Minimum Standards.
United Premier Soccer League Commissioner Yan Skwara said, “We are pleased to welcome Springfield FC to the UPSL. We’ve experienced tremendous growth in the Midwest Conference in 2018, and the UPSL will continue to drive in quality Midwest clubs into 2019 and beyond. This will improve travel distances between all our Midwest clubs, which is important from a budget standpoint. Springfield FC is a club that will meet UPSL’s Minimum Standards. Owner Frank Rodriguez has maintained a healthy club with the ability to travel and win on the road, and now they’re ready to take the next step and become a member of the fast-growing Pro Development league in America. We wish Springfield FC every success going forward.”
Frank Rodriguez is General Manager and Head Coach of Springfield FC. A native of Honduras, Rodriguez, 35, is an Office Specialist with Illinois Healthcare and Family Services.
Springfield FC General Manager Frank Rodriguez said, “It was time to do it because we’ve been getting some great results lately and we’re ready to step up. Springfield is a great soccer community and I feel like we need a team like this to help promote the quality players because there’s a lot of talent here. The UPSL is a great league with an outstanding front office, and I want to help be a part of building something special.”
Springfield FC has had a successful run as a traveling amateur team since 2011, posting wins over a number of local college programs and even playing recent friendlies against St. Louis Maritsa FC (UPSL) and Joliet United FC (UPSL).
The club soon will announce upcoming tryouts and its game schedule.
About Springfield FC
Springfield FC is an American Soccer club currently based in Springfield, Ill., and a new member of the United Premier Soccer League. Springfield FC plays in the UPSL Pro Premier.
Founded in 2011, Springfield FC can participate in the qualifying rounds for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through their affiliation and membership with the UPSL, the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
United Premier Soccer League
The UPSL was formed in 2011 and currently includes more than 170 teams in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. UPSL is the fastest growing Pro Development League in the USA, with 200-plus teams targeted for 2018 Fall Season. Each UPSL team is individually owned and operated, and is responsible for maintaining either UPSL Pro Premier Division or Championship Division minimum standards.
UPSL teams are all eligible to participate in the U.S. Open Cup Qualifying Rounds through the leagues affiliation with the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) and the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA).
More information about UPSL can be found at www.upslsoccer.com or by following the league on Facebook (www.facebook.com/upslsoccer) and Twitter (@upslsoccer).
“Windows into the Future of Chatham” kickoff meeting tonight
Press Release | On Monday, June 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Village of Chatham will kick off the “Windows into the Future of Chatham” at the Chatham Public Library. Residents will have the opportunity to learn about the comprehensive planning process being used to update Chatham’s Comprehensive Plan and will be asked to provide input about how Chatham should develop in the next 20 years and what residents would like to see happen in Chatham. The staff of the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission will host the event.
If residents are unavailable to attend on Monday, you may still participate by stopping by the library from Tuesday, June 26th to Tuesday, July 3rd. Library staff will direct you to the “Windows into the Future of Chatham” where you can provide your input on library windows by answering several questions. For more information contact Patrick McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-697-5809.