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YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase

9401 Old Georgetown Road





On Old Georgetown Road since 1963, Bethesda residents have spent happy times in the YMCA Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s pools, camps, tennis courts and other activities for over 55 years.

Highly respected in the community, collaborations include NIH, Suburban Hospital, BCC Rotary, Kiwanis, chamber of commerce, Leadership Montgomery and Whole Foods.

The YMCA stands for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, and the community recognizes the Y as a place to bring their families for healthy programs. “We will always live our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility so that all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity at the Y. And we will always call on others to do the same,” says Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA.

For 70 years in Montgomery County, the YMCA has provided programs and services for all, regardless of ability to pay. Partnering with the Rotary Club, the Y hosts the Thanksgiving Turkey Chase 10k/2mile fundraiser, celebrating its 36th anniversary with over 9,000 runners. Proceeds subsidize individuals in need.

Today, the YMCA must raise $30 million for a new state-of-the-art facility. Phase One will be completed at the beginning of 2019 and include new locker rooms, expanded wellness center, community rooms and youth development venues.
Programming for all ages will include:

  • Tennis, swimming and pickle ball
  • Family programs encouraging parental participation in recreation and health
  • Civic and nutrition classes, health/wellness education and mentoring
  • Expanded group exercise such as yoga, spin, Pilates and martial arts
  • Diabetes prevention program
  • Meditation butterfly garden

Phases Two and Three include a regulation basketball court, saltwater pool, rooftop venue for community events, a mind/body center and a culinary studio with nutrition lectures.

The revitalization honors the past, recognizes the present while embracing the future.

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