LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Recharge & Connect At The Matt Griffin YMCA

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Dear Editor,

For anyone whose fall schedule is already feeling overwhelming and they’re feeling the need to re-energize on a regular basis, I’d like to suggest the Matt Griffin YMCA.

It’s been one year since the new Y opened on South 188th Street in SeaTac, and I’ve watched it become a thriving community center for Highline area youth and adults. I happened to be the first member in the door and I’ve visited about 250 times since, so I’ve seen its value to our community since day one.

We live in a time when people are often more focused on their mobile devices than on one another. We all do it! Fortunately at the Y, you can have your “me time” with your music and exercise while still getting opportunities to socialize and interact with others. It’s a hive of activity with something for everyone – basketball, swimming, cardio/weights, etc. – in a comfortable atmosphere that fosters connections. For example, I met a neighbor at the Y that lives only a few doors away from me, but we never really spoke until meeting there.

The Matt Griffin Y is starting to become the “place where everybody knows your name,” like the song from the “Cheers” TV show. When I come in and the staff greets me by name, I feel the sense of community and belonging. They definitely have that “go the extra mile” attitude.

As a father and grandfather, I think it’s important that we model both self-care and community-building to our younger generations who have so many demands on their time and energy. And as the Senior Pastor of Highline Christian Church in Burien, I see a culturally and spiritually diverse membership base at the Matt Griffin Y that’s very united on important issues like providing positive guidance to kids and teens and eating well and being active whatever your age. It’s a place that’s making our community stronger, and I encourage everyone to check it out.

– Tim Knight

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2 Responses to “LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Recharge & Connect At The Matt Griffin YMCA”
  1. melissa says:

    while i think the ymca would be a great idea…unfortunately I had come in to sign up a few months ago and the prices we’re outrageous for a ymca! $43.00 for an adult membership…there are way cheaper places and it kinda sucks for someone who wants to get into shape but cant afford the ymca. i thought out of all places this would be the place to work with me on my income but they didnt so bummer i now go to LA fitness and only pay $30 a month.

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  2. Robin says:

    The Y offers so much more than just a fitness club! It offers quality child care while working out (I know some other fitness clubs offer this but I’m partial to the YMCA) or participating in a program. It offers a lot of wonderful wellness and community activities, such as healthy cooking and financial management classes. The Matt Griffin Y has a fantastic pool that has separate areas (and temperatures) for lap swim and general family splashing around. As a parent I have come to rely on the Y (either Matt Griffin or West Seattle) as a great place to go with active youngsters on a rainy day. Whether we participate in a structured class or just run laps on the indoor running track, it is always a great experience for us at the Y.

    Also, as far as I know, they YMCA is the only place that allows children as young as 8 to take part in youth exercise classes and use the equipment (with their parents), which is great for getting kids in a wellness frame of mind early on. Also, the YMCA screens every member and guest and does not allow registered sex offenders on the premises in order to create (as best they can) a safe environment.

    The YMCA also provides an array of community services including quality all day and after-school child care, swimming lessons, summer camps, and countless programs that provide positive activities and guidance for youth of all ages. I wholeheartedly believe I get a lot more for my “fitness dollar” at the Y.

    While I applaude anyone’s effort to pursue fitness in any venue, I felt the need to agree with Mr. Knight that the YMCA is a wonderful place!

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