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(ROCKWALL, TX – AUGUST 12, 2016) While there’s still time to enjoy all the summer activities happening at the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall, preparations are well underway for a myriad of fall programs for you and your family.  Swim lessons and group exercise classes continue as the registration deadline nears for fall sports and Adventure Guides.

“BEST OF” Awards

The J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall is honored to have earned not one but four "BEST OF" awards, thanks to many votes of confidence from our community.

"We couldn't be more excited that readers of Living Magazine voted us the Best Health Club/Gym, Best Yoga Studio, Best Pilates Class, and Best Camp for Kids!" said Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle. "As our members know, we are so much more than a gym; we are a community center, and we are family. Thanks to everyone who voted and helped make this recognition possible."

Angel Camp Celebration

Angel Campers and their families gathered for dinner and dancing at the J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall gymnasium Saturday, July 30, to celebrate the end of another very special summer day camp.

The banquet included music by DJ Julie Mac of KSCS, dinner and dessert by Dodie's Cajun Diner at The Harbor and Nothing Bundt Cakes, and party decorations by Wally's Party Factory. Rockwall Mayor Jim Pruitt addressed the crowd and Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper helped present awards like "Best Laugh," "Most Curious," and "Best Hugs" to more than two dozen local youth with special needs.

Under the direction of Director Melissa Cotner and several camp counselors, the Angel Campers have enjoyed a summer of horseback riding, bowling, swimming, and field trips - including a ride aboard Seawolf on Lake Ray Hubbard, courtesy of Captain Scott Self and Sail with Scott.

Cotner has been Angel Camp director at the YMCA for the past 5 years, and said

she plans to continue next year. "It's my purpose in life," Cotner said. "It is truly an experience that changes the people who work with the kids. I've never had a staff member who didn't have a different outlook on life as a whole after working at Angel Camp. I love to see the impact it has on the kids and on the counselors."

Youth Sports

Registration ends August 20th for fall sports. Find all the information and registration links for Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, and Small Fry and Youth Soccer at

For more information on sports at the Rockwall Y, contact Bill Cadman, Sports Director, at 972-772-9622 or


There is a lot going on at the Rockwall Y pool! The fall swim lesson schedule is out and lifeguard training classes and tryouts for the Riptides Swim Team start the week of August 15th.

Join the Rockwall Riptides swim team! Tryout dates are August 15 and August 17 from 5-6 pm. Competitive swimming develops endurance, and is one of the most beneficial forms of cardiovascular exercise. Contact Head Coach Alisha Garrett with questions: or 972-822-9060.

Interested in becoming a certified lifeguard? Our next Lifeguard Training Courses are August 17th-21st. The course includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Oxygen Administration and YMCA Lifeguarding.

Visit for more information and the current pool schedule for classes and family swim time.

For questions about the aquatics program, call 972-772-9622 or email Dustin Davis, Aquatics Director, at

Group Exercise Classes

Keep up with all the new classes – like Senior Splash, a fun, total-body aqua conditioning class that is custom designed to promote STRENGTH, BALANCE, and COORDINATION. Held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11 am. Find your class on the class schedules page on the Rockwall Y website or follow J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall on Facebook.

Adventure Guides Program

Registration for Adventure Guides 2016-2017 school year has begun. YMCA Adventure Guides is about adventures, father/child experiences and the building of life-long memories. It is a program designed to strengthen the relationship and bond between dads and their children between the ages of K-4th grade.

Registration is open for the Fall Campout at Camp Grady Spruce. To register and for a complete list of scheduled events, go to

J.E.R. Chilton YMCA at Rockwall

1210 N Goliad St, Rockwall, TX 75087

(972) 772-9622

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