Coed basketball fitness, skills and teamwork return to the Y

Basketball is a game that was invented in 1891 by YMCA physical education instructor Dr. James Naismith, who taught at Springfield College in Massachusetts. The game was so popular that by 1893 it was known in Europe and played in various countries. The game could be played by both men and women, young and old and has remained popular since its inception.

The Greater Marco Family YMCA is proud of its basketball heritage and is offering the sport for ages 6-17 at the Y. Coed basketball fitness, skills, teamwork and games will offer the student of the game an overview of the sport and prepare the individual with the skills needed to be successful at the game. The YMCA character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility will be stressed as the student learns skills, teamwork and the importance of fitness from renowned coaches Scott Stewart and Roger Raymond. They will be assisted by Andy Delgado and Dale Rod.

This program will be in place from Nov. 1 through Dec. 19, at the Greater Marco Family YMCA and the Naples YMCA. Program cost is $40 for members and $55 for others. Registration deadline is Oct. 29. Registration after that date will incur a $10 late fee. If you want a top-notch program that will help your child develop his or her skills, then this program is it. Register now at the customer service desk. Volunteer helpers are always welcome.

The last week of October is coming, and the event schedule at the Y is simply awesome!

You can still register for Girls Volleyball. The first practice is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 26, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The coaches will decide the schedule of games, which will start at the end of October.

The farewell luncheon for Connie Kormanyos, tennis director of the Greater Marco Family YMCA, who has announced her retirement, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at noon. The luncheon will be at the Hilton- Marco Island and cost is $20 per person. Call Joe Clark for reservations at 642-4041. Hope to see you there!

The “Boo-tacular” Bash is back at the Y scheduled for Oct. 30. The event is scheduled for 3-4-5 graders from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. and from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. for grades 6-7-8, with food, prizes, entertainment and more for only $10 advance admission or $12 at the gate. Wear your costumes.

The November edition of the “Eye on the Y” magazine will be in Friday’s Marco Eagle. Read how the Y changed the life of member Karen Nowakowski.

On Saturday, Oct. 31, two events are scheduled. The first is the Parent/Junior Tennis Tournament. Register today at the customer service desk. This doubles only event is open to division 8-10-12 and 14 players, plus parent. The format is round robin. Play will begin at 10 a.m. We will find a partner for you if you need one. Cost is only $10 player or $15 a team. Please register by Oct. 30.

“Ride ‘til you’re Fried” a cycle class event will be held starting at 8 a.m., at the Y Cycle Studio. This is a four-hour spin challenge. Ride alone or get a team of four people. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $100 per bike. This is a Greater Marco Family YMCA fundraising event.

Sunday, Nov. 1 is Oktoberfest Day at the Esplanade. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m to 7 p.m., with entertainment by The Stratton Mountain Boys and me, Steve Reynolds. Cost is only $5 and kids under 12 are free. Hope to see you at Oktoberfest and the Y.

The Greater Marco Island Family YMCA provides this column to keep you the readers informed about the group. If your club or organization is interested in submitting a column or content, please contact Editor Bill Green at

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