Ardmore Family YMCA, 2020 ONE Awards Finalist

Linh M. Sasser, Marketing Coordinator, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits

The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits (OKCNP) will host the 2020 Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) Awards on Friday, April 24, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. In the weeks leading up to the event, we are spotlighting the 21 finalist in seven categories.

“We are honored and proud to have been selected as a finalist of the 2020 ONE Awards in the category of Community,” said Jana Weichbrodt, Ardmore Family YMCA CEO. “As an organization, we are steadfast in implementing programs and activities which impact the members of our area.”

According to the YMCA Global Services webpage, there are YMCAs in more than 119 countries around the world. The Ardmore Family YMCA (The Ardmore Y), located in Ardmore, Okla., is one of three OKCNP ONE Awards finalists in the Community category.

“Being a finalist of the ONE Awards is a tribute to what YMCAs across the nation are achieving,” said Jana. “We are grateful to be associated with this exceptional nonprofit and we are inspired by its accomplishments over the past 160 years.”

The Ardmore Y began in small house in 1945, prior to its official founding in 1963, when it relocated to 920 15th Ave. NW. In April 2018, the Ardmore Y reopened their doors after renovation that expanded their space by 13,000 square feet to a total of over 50,000 square feet.

The Ardmore Y now provides their community with aerobic fitness classes, boot camp, youth sports, personal training, two swimming pools and a new pickleball court. They have programing for senior health called SilverSneakers Fitness.

Donna Ottersen has lost 46 pounds participating in the Diabetes Prevention Program (a collaboration with Mercy Hospital) and SilverSneakers Fitness program.

“Being a member of the Y has given me the opportunity to do everything I need,” said Donna. “It has great classes, I love the warm pool, and I like the weight room equipment too. The Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program changed my life. It taught me how to do my calories and watch my fat grams. It’s not just a diet, but a lifestyle change. I now know how to eat.”

In addition to the health and fitness programs offer at YMCAs across the world, the YMCA is committed to inclusion. According to the YMCA website, “The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities.”

To learn more about the Ardmore Family YMCA visit their website:

To learn more about the 2020 ONE Awards or to purchase tickets visit the OKCNP website:

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