H2 – Healthy Habits
This program instills healthy habits in a fun and creative way. Kids tackle weekly challenges around being active, eating healthy and making better choices. From discovering good lunch options to activities in the pool and finding out what motivates them, kid will have a blast testing themselves. The program finishes off with a showcase for parents so your child can show off what they learned!
Whether your child has never played basketball before, or if they can already show off their skills, Basketball is a great way to improve coordination and to keep moving in a fun way. Participants learn team working and leadership skills, and make new friends in an encouraging setting.
Basketball Coaches Training
Calling all coaches! In this one day clinic for basketball coaches you will learn positive coaching techniques, age appropriate skill progression and more!
This program teaches youth grade 5 – 8 how to safely use the equipment in the Wellness Center and allows them to use the center on their own upon completion.
Youth Orientations are free for members, can be scheduled at any time, and a parent/guardian is welcome to join the orientation.
You can now book your free Wellness Center orientation online! Just click on the link below, choose the coach, day and time you want and your coach will respond to your appointment request!
Appointments cannot be made within 24 hours of the requested day and time, if you would like to make an appointment within 24 hours, please contact the Wellness Desk at 847-475-7400 ext. 242.
To schedule your orientation, please stop by the Wellness Center Desk, or call 847-475-7400 x242.
Many young people come to martial arts hoping to rise to the level of Black Belt. What they learn is that to accomplish this they first have to be Black Belts in their minds, hearts, and community as well as learning the physical skills. Students in this traditional martial arts program learn leadership – true leadership that comes from respect of self and others, goal setting and accomplishment, confidence, honor, and an understanding of responsibility to the larger community.
Taekwon-do is a great way for kids to improve their coordination and focus, and encourages them to develop group safety skills and team spirit.
Training methods include sparring, traditional patterns, and practical self-defense techniques. Sparring in class and during belt promotion tests is strictly non-contact, although instruction for senior belt levels may involve light contact sparring. New students are welcome to join any time.
BS, Communications, Southern Illinois University
MS, Counseling, National Louis University
Grandmaster Joe Connelly has over 43 years of experience in martial arts. He was awarded his 7th degree black belt in July 2009 and is internationally recognized for pioneering and creating success-based Martial Arts programming for special needs and handicapped populations. You can contact him at JoeC@mcgawymca.org or 847.568.0912.
Eli Clarke is a 1st Dan Black Belt and has been a student of Grandmaster Connelly’s for 4 and a half years. He also holds a 2nd Degree Blacksash in Northern Shaolin KungFu which he practiced for 13 years. Currently, Eli is a Broadcast TV Cameraman whose clients include HBO, Comedy Central, TBS, the Networks, and many others.
Eli views Martial Arts as a lifestyle, not just a means of self defense or exercise. “It changes the way you breathe. It changes the way you eat. You develop more respect for yourself and others. And, you gain the courage and confidence to resolve conflicts peacefully rather than fight.” A native New Yorker, Eli relocated to Chicago in 1992 to get married. He and his wife are raising their child in Evanston.
MA, Philosophy, Northwestern University
JD, University of Chicago
Manel Valdes-Cruz is a 3rd Dan Taekwon-do and began studying Taekwon-do with Grandmaster Connelly in 1997. He has been a communications professional in the pharmaceutical industry since 1984.
PhD, Economics, Cambridge University, England
BSc, Economics, Bristol University, England
David Austin-Smith, a 3rd Dan Taekdon-do, has been studying Taekwon-do with Grandmaster Connelly since January of 1988 when his (then) 7 year-old daughter insisted on taking a martial arts class with her father while the daughter only managed a few classes, her father became hooked. When not training, David is the Peter G. Peterson Professor of Corporate Ethics at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
BA, Fine Arts, Rutgers University
MS, Exercise Physiology, University of Illinois – Chicago
MEd, Secondary Education, DePaul University
Originally from the Bronx, New York, Vinny Fineran is a 2nd Dan black belt and has studied Taekwon-do under Duk Sung Son, 9thDan, from 1974-78, Tai Chi Chuan under Sifu Jou, 1973-77, and has been studying Taekwon-do under Grandmaster Connelly since 2004. Vinny is also the N.Y.C. Breast Stroke Champion, 1968 and 1969; All New York State in Cross Country(14th place), 1972; Competed in Track and Cross Country at Rutgers University, 1973-77; National Age Group Triathlon Championship Qualifier 1983-88; 3rd place overall in Leon’s QEM Triathlon, 1982; winner of several Chicago area races including 1982 McGaw YMCA Evanston Express with course record. Married to Sarah Linsley, he has 3 daughters, and currently is the Physical Education Teacher at Nichols Middle School.
Anne Mason received her BS from Michigan State University in Earth Sciences and Mathematics and did her graduate work in Systems Project Management. She worked as a systems consultant to the construction industry for 25 years. Anne is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and devotes her time to being a Senior Program Leader in Connelly’s Academy, working mainly with elementary school children. She has designed and supervised Martial Arts programs for Special Needs populations. Currently, she leads the Special Needs Taekwon-do program at McGaw YMCA. She became a certified, full-force self-defense and Kidpower instructor in 1990 and is active as an instructor, teaching supervisor and trainer. Anne is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Structural Therapist.
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At certain times during the week, our gym (the Sebring-Lewis Center) is open to youth and adults to use however you’d like. You can view open gym times by checking the gym schedule.
Over 250 kids participated in this year’s McGaw YMCA Youth Triathlon! This community event took place at ETHS and was a great opportunity for youth to challenge themselves and get a feel of pride and accomplishment.
Thank you to all our participants!
The McGaw YMCA Youth Triathlon strives to encourage all youth to be active and achieve their personal best, regardless of how many triathlons they’ve experienced. Give your child the chance to boost their confidence and grow their athletic abilities with the triathlon.
The 5th Annual Youth Triathlon on Sunday, July 7, 2013 for kids ages 7 to 14 hosted by Evanston Township High School. Sign up by June 23 to receive a discounted rate.
All participants are required to attend the Pre-Race Expo on Saturday, July 6 at the McGaw YMCA from 10 AM – 2 PM. Awards will be given to the top finished. All participants will receive a medal and goody bag.