Intramural sports, enhanced student life result from Ivy Tech Community College and Lafayette Family YMCA partnership

LAFAYETTE – Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette and the Lafayette Family YMCA are partnering to provide recreational activities and enhanced student life experiences for Ivy Tech students.

This partnership provides students with the opportunity to join the Y on a semester-by-semester basis (a four month period) by paying a recreation fee through Ivy Tech that allows students to participate in intramural sports and recreational activities, as well as Y-sponsored activities and amenities. Organized intramural sports begin in the spring 2011 semester; use of the Y begins now.

“Combining the strengths and needs of the YMCA with our campus has made it possible to provide benefits to both organizations that otherwise would not be possible,” said Andrew Antonio, executive director of diversity and engagement at Ivy Tech Community College.

“The Ivy Tech/Y partnership strengthens our comprehensive educational mission to help students succeed,” said Dr. John Laws, vice chancellor for student affairs. “National research studies have found there are key relationships between participation in recreation and other campus activities and student success. This partnership strengthens the college’s ability to provide students with comprehensive programming and further supports the student’s personal development and growth.”

The recreational opportunity also includes access to the Y’s free-weight room, cardiovascular center, adult aerobics classes, indoor pool, open gym and pickup basketball, game room and more.

“By joining the Y, Ivy Tech students will be given the opportunity to improve their health and well-being, develop a sense of community and be provided with opportunities to support their neighbors,” said Paul Cramer, chief executive officer of the Lafayette Family YMCA.

“This exciting new partnership not only provides quality health and wellness programs for students, but also helps all students reach their highest potential by achieving better health outcomes, encouraging positive involvement and by making our community a better place,” Cramer said.

Beginning this fall, current Ivy Tech students can pay the recreation fee by visiting the Cashier’s Office in Ivy Hall at Ivy Tech.

“Ivy Tech Community College continues to find ways to connect its students to the community,” said Natalie Myer, student government president. “By partnering with the Y and having students pay recreation fees through the college, Ivy Tech has opened a whole new avenue for students to be involved on campus and in the community, especially with our youth,” Myer said.

“This will allow our students to seek healthier lives by becoming more active in exercising and intramural sports, and, in turn, it will help students give back to the community by reaching out to our youth through the various programs that the Y offers.”

Ivy Tech and the Y will share the cost of hiring an individual to oversee intramural programs both on campus at the Y.

For more information about this recreational opportunity, contact Ivy Tech’s Office for Student Life at (765) 269-5618.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 150,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

About the Y

The Lafayette Family YMCA is located at 1950 S. 18th St. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,687 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.

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