Physical Learning Activities for Youth
YMCA PLAY program started in Los Angeles in 2001 to make a difference in underfunded public school communities. It has proven successful in 30+ Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school campuses. The PLAY program in San Diego has made a significant impact on numerous public, charter and private schools, and we continue to expand the curriculum and outreach.
THE MISSIONWe are for youth development, for healthy living, and for social responsibility. Our program is driven to inspire young minds and motivate them in the components of physical fitness, health education, and character development. We are bringing the fun back into healthy living.
PHYSICAL FITNESSClasses include cardiovascular endurance, muscular
strength and endurance, flexibility and body awareness. Students learn locomotor, manipulative and nonmanipulative skills.
HEALTH EDUCATIONWe educate students on the dynamics of the human
body, healthy eating, the different food groups and more.
Ultimately, students will be empowered to make healthy
decisions for themselves.
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENTLessons include our core values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. We help students develop team strategies and stress the importance of good
citizenship and self-confidence.
More than a PE class
All classes encompass age-appropriate expectations.
The level of competition, motivation, reinforcement and
self-concept will be applied accordingly. Each class is led
by a YMCA staff member who has expertise in youth
fitness. The high standards set by the YMCA and its
staff ensure that PLAY delivers a high-quality, research and
action-based health and wellness curriculum.
Components of a fitness class:
- Warm up and stretch
- Introduction to games and skills
- Fitness games and activities
- Health education and character building
A note from the principal
"The YMCA PLAY program has been
instrumental in working with Foster Elementary to provide physical
education to all of our students on a weekly basis over the past three
years. Foster Elementary teachers, family and students believe in the
commitment to exercise and nutrition, and understand physical
education’s important role in the academic setting for kids.
Foster PTA helps make this program a reality each year through
fundraising efforts. Any school can make PLAY possible for kids. Let the
PLAY team show you how!"
- Angier Elementary
- Carson Elementary
- Chesterton Elementary
- Epiphany Prep (K-8)
- Euclid Elementary
- Florence Elementary
- Foster Elementary
- Hancock Elementary
- Holy Family School (K-8)
- Linda Vista Elementary
- Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School (K-8)
- St. Columba (K-8)
Only With Your Help
These programs are completely funded through donations from our Annual Support Campaign.
Your generous donations have allowed us to provide more than $1.4 million to over 12,300 youth and families in the form of camp scholarships, membership aid, and
There is no charge to the schools
participants. For information on how to become involved, please contact:
Ray Wilson, [email protected], 619-298-3576
Mike Oliveri, [email protected], 619-298-3576
Aldo Chavez, [email protected], 619-298-3576