Y showcases improvements

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On Saturday, Jan. 27, the Cranston YMCA opened their doors and facilities to the public to show many new improvements and programs that they now offer.

“We were thrilled to welcome members of the community who might not be familiar with the YMCA as it is now," said Cory Guglietti, Executive Director of the Cranston YMCA. "From our brand-new equipment in the fitness center, to health and wellness programs, and out of school time, we have so much to offer individuals and families in a safe, comfortable space, that folks might not be aware of."

At the open house, there were also ongoing Zumba classes, step classes, swim classes, exercise equipment available for use, children’s dance classes and tours of the facility were offered.

New to the Cranston YMCA are equipment and services for those with special needs. Their FES bike, one of only two in the association of Ys, stimulates the nerves that connect to muscles so that they can function and strengthen after an injury.

“Our adaptive swim program provides modified lessons for kids aged 5 to 18 to help them be comfortable in the water and ultimately be placed in the appropriate swim class," said Guglietti.

Guglietti stated that a grant from the Champlin Foundation of approximately $300,000 is a stimulus to continuing improve the Cranston YMCA facility, which will also allow them to upgrade some of the behind-the-scenes needs, such as the roof, hot water heaters and boilers.

This year’s membership drive that is going on now offers a "TB 12" discount of $12 per membership to honor Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s jersey number.

“Any new member of the GPYMCA’s seven branches, including Cranston, who join now through Feb. 28, will receive $12 off their membership in January and February,” said Guglietti.

The TB 12 discount has been popular; resulting in more than 50 new members association-wide since the initiative began just one week ago.

The Cranston YMCA is located at 1225 Park Ave. and may be reached by calling 401-943-0444.

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