January 17, 2019


In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we want to honor one of the most influential civil rights activists. Before he won the Nobel Peace prize, before his epic “I have a dream” speech and before he became an ordained pastor…Martin Luther King, Jr. was just another kid at the Y.


Dr. King’s legacy is proof every child has the potential to do just as much good for society. In Dr. King’s words: “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 


Dr. King’s beliefs closely align with the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundations of community by nurturing the potential of every child and teen, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Like Dr. King, the Y is dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities.  


And now, we can serve thousands more with our newest family facility. As you’ll read more about in this newsletter, the Spurlino Family Y wouldn’t be possible without the generosity, hard work and encouragement from Y supporters…like you! Whether you’re a donor, volunteer, member, staff or a friend of the Y…we all played a part of providing this new valuable resource to the South County community. I invite you to stop by the Riverview facility to see this new Y come to life. The busy, vibrant center is full of members of all ages working on bettering themselves and their community.


This new state-of-the-art Y is just one example of exciting growth and change within the Tampa Y. Our facilities are evolving and our neighborhoods are expanding. Now more than ever, we’re committed to being the best stewards of our resources to invest in the communities we serve as well as our valued members. If you go into any of our Ys you may notice our recent renovations, new top-notch wellness equipment and enhanced program services including Parents’ Night Out included with family membership at no cost!


One of the most impactful enhancements includes our work with children. You’ll read more about the Stay & Play transformation in this newsletter. We’re also working on significantly enhancing our summer camp program for 2019. Stay tuned for more information on new camp curriculum full of fun, educational activities!


We will continue to improve – providing a member experience that is fulfilling and of real value. As you can see, we have a busy year ahead of us and are committed to strengthening our community by changing lives in meaningful ways. Thank you for your continued support!


Best Wishes for the New Year,




Matt Mitchell
President & CEO


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