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YMCA: Stronger Than Ever!

175 years ago, George Williams founded the YMCA in Industrial Revolution-era London to help young men like himself address the social challenges impacting their lives. 175 years later, the Y is addressing social challenges for ALL walks of life in 119 countries and more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S.

Our impact may look a little different today than it did 175 years ago, but working together to strengthen communities has always been the hallmark of the Y. Every day, the Y addresses challenges like closing the achievement gap, preventing and managing chronic diseases, preventing drowning, developing teens and so much more.

The YMCAs of Tampa Bay is celebrating their 175th anniversary this year by informing Tampa Bay residents we have 175 YEARS of experience. Whether it’s improving individual and community well-being, empowering young people to reach their full potential, or inspiring social connections and collective neighborhood reinvestment, the Y has worked hard to become experts in strengthening the foundations of our community.

KIDS AND FAMILIES: The Y is dedicated to strengthening families by getting them active and having fun together! With programs for moms, dads, kids and the whole family, there are so many ways to grow together, build stronger bonds and become more engaged with the community.

COMMUNITY WELLNESS: Exercising together builds communities within a community. At the Y, all walks of life and all levels of fitness are working together toward a common goal to improve our nation’s well-being.

AQUATICS: In a world that is mostly water, the Y offers a safe place to learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for enjoyment and health.

By nurturing the healthy development of every child and teen, impacting the onset of chronic illness and supporting our neighbors, the Y ensures everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

Proud of its roots and its mission, the Y invites your family to become a part of its cause. Turns out, now’s the best time to join because the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg are running special discounts this fall. Head to and discover how 175 years of experience gives your family the ultimate membership full of fitness, swim & youth programs and community involvement.

About the Author: 

As senior communications director, Lalita Llerena oversees all internal and external communications for the Tampa YMCA and YMCA of the Suncoast. Before starting her public relations career, Lalita managed a 24-hour local TV news team as an executive producer. Prior to her nine years in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market, Lalita produced, reported and anchored for TV and radio outlets in Orlando and Gainesville. Lalita graduated with a communications degree from the University of Florida. She lives in Riverview with her husband, Danny, their daughter, Daniella, and son, Logan.



Lalita Llerena
Lalita Llerena
Lalita Llerena is senior communications director for the Tampa YMCA.

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