South Shore YMCA February Inclusion Newsletter
Hoopstars Unified Basketball League
Players Wanted for our NEW Quincy Team!

Help us spread the word about this opportunity to be part of an exciting team!  We are looking for players ages 18+.  New discounted price includes 6 weeks practice, team uniform, and participation in our tournament. View our flyer for more information. 
Save the Date!
South Shore YMCA's 2nd Annual Inclusion Awareness Week

April 24-30th, 2016
Sponsored by Commonwealth Financial Group Special Care Planning Team

Look for more information on our feature event being held in conjunction with The South Shore Chamber, South Shore Young Professionals and South Shore Collaborative on Employment: An Employment Summit, promoting the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce.
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Coming this Month: Wheelchair Tennis Clinic!

Want to try something new? Or come enhance your tennis skills?  Join us on Sunday, February 20th from 1-4pm at our Emilson Branch.  Open clinic for all ages and levels; learn wheelchair tennis in a fun and supportive setting.  In partnership with Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers, Wheelchair Sports Federation and South Coast Wheelchair Tennis FoundationView our flyer for more details!
You Don't Want to Miss:
Laura's Center for the Arts
Art Gallery

How can you be involved?

Create and submit a piece of art that represents what living with a disability and the impact of inclusion means to you. Learn more.

Take part in our Open Art Studio. Work with Inclusion and Arts & Education staff members to create your story. Learn more.

Save the date to attend our Gallery Opening night on Thursday, March 31st from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Interested? View our submission guidelines here.
Winter 2 Inclusion Offerings
There are still openings in these and other programs:

Quincy Branch:
Building Bridges:
Teen Social Skills Group
Teen-18 years old
Youth Yoga
7-12 years old
Building Bridges:
Social Skills Group
7-9 or 10-12 years old
18+ years old 

Emilson Branch:
Adaptive Fitness & Fun
7-14 years old
Youth Adaptive Tennis Clinic
8-12 years old
Building Bridges:
Social Skills Group
4-6, 5-9 or 7-9 years old

See our Inclusion Snapshot for more details and register online!
Inclusion News
Grant-Funded 'Dance for Fitness' Research Study to Take Place at the Y's Quincy Branch!

Over the course of 12 weeks, the South Shore YMCA's Quincy Branch will collaborate with researchers from UMass Boston, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center - UMass Medical School and Tufts University, in a grant-funded research study called 'Dance For Fitness,' a community-based program for girls with intellectual disabilities. The purpose of this research study is to test the effects of a dance program on the fitness and well-being in girls with intellectual disabilities, with an overall goal of improving health and wellness among this population. 

Beginning February 1st, girls ages 13-21 with intellectual disabilities from Quincy Public Schools, will participate in this 'Dance for Fitness' program, which will take place at the Y's Quincy Branch on Mondays and Wednesdays for 75 minutes. "We are thrilled to bring this research study to our Quincy Branch," stated Lisa Drennan, Association Director of Inclusion at the South Shore YMCA. "We welcome these young students and hope to see them continue on their journey of health and well-being at the Y." In conjunction to fun and active classes twice a week, participants will also practice dance routines of different styles, such as Hip Hop, contemporary and theatrical, at home using an instructional video. Throughout the course of the program, fitness testing and physical activity monitoring will be conducted by Professor Heidi Stanish of the Exercise and Health Sciences department at UMass Boston and her research staff. Dr. Stanish states "we are so pleased to collaborate with the South Shore YMCA in this effort to get girls dancing at a level that may improve their fitness. Working together with others in the community, like the YMCA and local schools, helps to increase our reach and gives us the best chance of promoting health and wellness among people of all abilities." 

This 'Dance for Fitness' Research Study at the Y's Quincy Branch is the first of three waves of this particular study. 
Community Happenings
Hingham SEPAC Invites you to Celebrate Imperfection! 

On a perfection-preoccupied planet, "Shut Up Sisters" Gina Gallagher and Patricia Terrasi dare to speak openly about the frustrations, stigmas, joys and challenges of raising children. View flyer for more details. 

This event takes place Thursday, February 4th at 6:30 p.m. at Hingham Country Club - Buy your tickets today!
New England's Premier Paratriathlete-friendly Race

Sunday, July 24, 2016
Luciano's Lake Pearl, Wrentham
8:00 a.m. Race Start

This USAT Sanctioned event is limited to 400 registered triathletes.

For inquires regarding these or any
Inclusion Programs at the South Shore YMCA, contact Lisa Drennan, Association Director of Inclusion, at or 
781-264-9400 x 3119 or visit our 

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