Thoughts from the executive

May 14, 2011

Suits From Suits will make a Big Splash!

You are invited to join the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA by becoming a sponsor of Suits From Suits. We hope to replicate the incredible success of this innovative program used at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids to collect and distribute gently used swimsuits for boys and girls, ages 5 to 12, so that children will have the proper swimwear needed to participate in YMCA aquatics programs.

It is estimated that 33,000* children ages 5-12, who live in the service area of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, have never taken swimming lessons to develop a healthy respect for the water. And most do not have proper swimwear. We will see that this week when 340 students from King-Chavez Schools come to our YMCA for three weeks of swim lessons.

The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is encouraging business professionals (aka “Suits”) throughout the area to participate in Suits From Suits, either by donating swimsuits or making a $50 contribution that will provide a child with swimwear, aquatic safety training, swimming lessons—and a memorable summer. Make checks payable to: Suits From Suits - Jackie Robinson Family YMCA or give online at https://www.ymca.org/securepayment/branch/donate.php?branch_id=39. Select "General Donation" in the Designation area and type in Suits From Suits in the Comments box.

Donated suits are being collected at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. Families purchasing new swimwear for their children are encouraged to collect and donate outgrown and unused swimsuits. Financial donations to Suits From Suits can be sent to the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, 151 YMCA Way, San Diego, CA 92102. Suits From Suits workplace campaigns are valued and appreciated.

Thanks for making a difference in the lives of kids and families living in San Diego County's most critical community!

*Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Service Area Age Distribution

  • Under 5: 21,698
  • 5-9: 22,781
  • 10-14: 22,381
  • 15-17: 14,052
  • 18-19: 10,245

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