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Marines refurbish toby wells ymca

Councilmember Chris Cate and dozens of Marines from MCAS Miramar’s Single Marine Program dedicate a new area for kids and families at the Toby Wells YMCA in Kearny Mesa.


YMCA and Single Marine Program celebrate milestones


Some local marines are getting their hands dirty. They're planting a garden at the Toby Wells YMCA.



Monster Truck Introduces Kids to STEM Disciplines

— Posted by Chris Jennewein, San Diego Times, on January 29, 2015

Alex Blackwell brought his “Captain’s Curse” monster truck to the Mission Valley YMCA on Thursday to encourage elementary school studentsto study science and technology.

Blackwell, who is here for Saturday’s Monster Jam at Petco Park, patiently answered student’s questions about his 10,000-pound, 10-foot-high truck that he said has been clocked at 76 miles per hour. Read more...



Former Army-Navy YMCA in San Diego Closing in October

Owners mull future of building that opened in 1924— By Roger Showley, U-T San Diego, 9/6/14

The downtown YMCA is closing after nearly 90 years with plans still uncertain for the future of the historic building where it is located. Read more


Local Camp Helps Kids With Autism

Camp I Can has been held for 13 summers at the Toby Wells YMCA, and the camp needs help


Reporter Greg Bledsoe visits Camp I Can at Toby Wells Y, a summer camp that helps children living with autism.

Blue Apple Ranch brings kids and horses together

By Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, 6/26/14

Kids across San Diego County are getting the opportunity to learn about horses, respecting animals and healthy living this summer at Blue Apple Ranch in Ramona.

Blue Apple Ranch, a 277-acre fully functioning ranch that rescues, rehabilitates and provides care for abused, mistreated and at-risk horses, is hosting seven week-long summer day camps for children from the Mission Valley YMCA. This is the fourth year the camps have been held. Read more


YMCA Masters Swimmers Bring Home the Gold
San Diego Swim Masters, many of whom train in the masters program at Mission Valley Y, took first place in the nation at the United States Masters Swimming Summer Nationals in Mission Viejo in August. — Laura Meldrum, August 2013
Low-Impact Cardio Gives Many Benefits
Mission Valley Y's Kari Lorraine Scott reminds us that low impact doesn't necessarily mean low intensity.
— U-T San Diego, July 16, 2013
Getting Healthy Begins with You
Our Kelly Ostrem spoke to the Mission Valley News about ways to get healthier and take advantage of the programs we offer here at the Y.
— Mission Valley News, July 2013


Updated 6/19/13

In Memoriam

Hugh Hall
1926-2013

Hugh Hall, a longtime Mission Valley Y board member and business leader, passed away on June 7, 2013. "Hugh was a tireless and passionate advocate for the Mission Valley YMCA. He contributed both wisdom and volunteer hours to the Mission Valley Y in the 32 years he participated on the board of management. He will be greatly missed by all of us at the Y," said Susan Mercure, board chair. A memorial service is planned for June 22 in Encinitas. Please see the U-T San Diego obituary, “Businessman Coordinated Bicentennial Celebrations."

Images: Hugh and Bonnie Hall at the Y's annual fundraising event, Evening at the Piazza, 2006.


In memoriam

Glen Vaughn
1940-2012

From U-T San Diego:

"When the San Diego YMCA hired Glen Vaughan in 1970, young athletes interested in gymnastics had few options for developing their skills. Mr. Vaughan, a coach who was deeply passionate about the sport and its capacity to foster personal growth in young people, had to build his program from the ground up.

Over the next four decades, Mr. Vaughan coached thousands of young gymnasts, organized dozens of competitive and educational events and played a pivotal role in establishing the Mission Valley YMCA. He liked to focus on personal growth rather than winning.

"He got as much joy out of seeing a kid do his first back handspring as he did seeing an elite gymnast win an Olympic gold medal," said Bart Conner, chairman of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and 1984 Olympic gold medalist. "That was a sign of his authentic commitment to helping kids maximize their potential and have a fulfilling gymnastic experience."

Mr. Vaughan died of pulmonary distress Dec. 27 at Sharp Hospital in San Diego. He was 72.

Please read complete obituary, "Glen Vaughan, 72, coached thousands of gymnasts, helped establish Mission Valley YMCA" — Jeremy Ogul, U-T San Diego, 1/4/13



James Krause
1950-2012

James Krause, a longtime Mission Valley Y member and volunteer, died August 16, 2012. Thanks to his vision and support, the Mission Valley YMCA Krause Family Skate/Bike Park opened in 2002. Mr. Krause was a part of our Y for 18 years, coaching his sons and volunteering on the board of management, which he chaired for two years.

As our current board chair Susan Mercure, put it, "The difference between Jim and many visionaries is that he was down to earth. He’d think of something and make it happen. It’s a unique person who actually makes a fabulous idea happen.

"Jim had a combination of abilities: thoughtfulness, intelligence, vision and the ability to communicate. We’re a very strong YMCA, in large part to his contributions."

From Gale Krause: "Jim really loved the time he spent as the chair of the volunteer board, and needless to say, the skate park was one of the best things we ever did."

See obituary: "Attorney James Krause, 62, was engaged supporter of USD, YMCA, church," U-T San Diego, 8/28/12.