Sports and Recreation

The YMCA offers tons of ways to stay active beyond typical workout routines. Pick up your favorite sport again or try a new one, and build connections along the way.

Sports and Recreation

The Makings of a Healthy Lifestyle

At the Y, sports and recreational activities are something special. With friendly competition, lots of variety and a supportive environment, you'll have fun while improving your health.

Adult Team Sports

Whether you miss “suiting up” or are new to team activities, our sports leagues provide a perfect opportunity to be active, social and reconnect or start fresh with a sport you enjoy. Basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, volleyball, pickleball and golf are just some of the options available to get you back on the court or on the field.


Restore your spirits and increase energy with an outdoor activity, like cycling, hiking, running, wall climbing, racquetball, swimming and more. Instruction, lessons and group trips further encourage you to test your limits and try something new.

Real Stories: Building Relationships Through Sports

Team sports and activities can bridge divides and break down barriers. See how five people are staying active and making new friendships for life.

Watch more Y stories

  • Sports Leagues: Basketball Brought Us Back Together Again.

    When Lauren and her friends went off on their separate ways to college, they never thought they'd be playing basketball together again. It wasn't until the Baxter YMCA started a women's sport league that they discovered that laughter and good times never change. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.

  • Volleyball: The Y Helped Me Connect and Make Friends.

    Some folks come to the Y to get a healthy dose of sports and recreation. For Suren, coming to the States on his own and joining the Sheboygan County YMCA was so much more than he expected. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

  • Basketball: It's More About the Camaraderie Between Teammates.

    Father and son Steven and Sean have been playing basketball together at the Mount Desert Island YMCA on their lunch break for several years. They love not only spending time together during the workday, but building relationships with their teammates. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.

  • Running Club: I Have a New Purpose in Life.

    Accidents happen. For Lonnie, coming out on the other side meant crossing the finish line for the first time. Just ask any of her YMCA of Greater Omaha running club friends, and they'll sum up this budding racer in a few words: "Dream big. Success is a journey." This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

  • Pickleball: Might Just Be the Fastest Growing Sport in the Country!

    Part tennis. Part ping-pong. A little bit of dodge ball. And throw in some badminton. Call it what you want, but YMCA of Glendale member Marshall Pura wants to put pickleball on the map and in your community. This is his Y. His camera. His story.

Find Your Y

Ready to learn more? Search below for Ys that offer Sports and Recreation programs.


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