Y Giant

Posted by: Cam Corder on Thursday, July 21, 2016
Bob Rule

Ironically, I sat around a table of friends this past week and prayed for a few of the people in my life that have impacted my Y career. Little did I know that soon one of those men, Bob Rule, would pass.

Bob Rule was a giant of a man. And that is not just hyperbole. He impacted thousands in his lengthy YMCA career. His loss is not just a loss for the High Point Y, but for the entire YMCA movement.

The Power of Listening

Posted by: Paula Payne on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid to me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.” Henry David Thoreau

Paula's Health Blog

Posted by: Paula Payne on Monday, May 9, 2016

Hello to everyone! My name is Paula Payne and I am a health and wellness coach at the Hartley YMCA. I would like to take you along on my year of studies at the National Institute of Whole Health. To share with you some highlights of what I am learning, I will be writing a short blog about what is trending in the health program. Please let me know what you think!

Speech to Honor Chip Culler's Induction into the Hall of Honor

Posted by: Amanda Weiner on Thursday, March 10, 2016

At the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, Chip Culler was inducted into the YMCA of High Point's Hall of Honor. His son, Trey Culler, gave this moving speech to honor his father. 


Posted by: Tom Arcaro on Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Although the last Republican debate before the primaries did not feature that party’s frontrunner, it did include something that may have gone unnoticed. One commercial break included a public service announcement for the YMCA, just now embarking on its first national advertising campaign with its message:

“The Y. For a better us.”

National YMCA's First Black CEO Aims to Boost Youth Programs

Posted by: DAVID CRARY AP National Writer on Monday, May 4, 2015

As a 10-year-old growing up in a rough section of South Philadelphia, Kevin Washington was invited to join the local YMCA, and not long thereafter — still a non-swimmer — found himself standing above the deep end of the pool.

"Jump," the instructor yelled, and Washington obliged, though the water was well over his head.

"I jumped in and hit the bottom," Washington recalled. "I remember that feeling of accomplishment when you come back up."

Washington made it safely out of the pool, but he's been immersed in the YMCA ever since. He stayed active in the Christian Street Y through high school and was hired straight out of Temple University as its youth director in 1978, the start of a career-long journey up the management ladder.

After stints running Y associations in Hartford, Connecticut, and in Boston, he was installed in February as the president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA — the first time in the organization's 164-year history that its national office has been led by an African-American.

What is #HPStrong?

Posted by: David Ozmore on Monday, December 22, 2014

     The YMCA of High Point announced its new Strategic Plan, “High Point Strong” in September. It is complete with fancy language, marketing techniques, heart-warming stories and images, pretty pictures and lofty goals. Typical stuff for a community organization. But, what does it all mean?

Through the Eyes of a 5 Year Old

Posted by: Kriquette Davis on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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From a Member's Perspective...

Posted by: Paul B. Johnson on Thursday, August 1, 2013

I thought of something recently while enjoying a pickup basketball game at the High Point YMCA, a political thought in an arena not designed for that subject.
As is always the case, the game in which I participated involved a racial mix of black and white players. Indeed, that's been the case for much of my life since I started playing at parks as a teenager in my hometown of Columbia, S.C.

Innocence Lost?

Posted by: David Ozmore on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

As a father of three, an engaged community advocate, a Y director for over 20 years, and a passionate voice for strong communities, I wrote my first blog to describe the YMCA’s role in strengthening the High Point community.  I wanted to champion causes that are near and dear to us all.  Causes such as our children and their development, or causes focused on making ourselves healthier, or championing the fight for those in our community who desperately need a boost in life. 

Strengthening Community

Posted by: David Ozmore on Thursday, January 24, 2013

What makes a Strong Community?  Is it the achievements touted on the Chamber of Commerce website?  Or is it the number of new businesses opening on Main Street?  Or, could it be the improvement of our children’s test scores on the latest round of End of Grade testing?

      If we polled 100 citizens at the local mall, we might get 99 different answers. The answer to this question is as elusive as the children’s game of “Where’s Waldo?”  It may be elusive at first, but when you see it, you will recognize it.

     There is no standard definition of measuring the strength of any community.  There is no metric available today to effectively measure this highly subjective goal.  Everyone wants to make their home town stronger.  Everyone wants their home to be a 2013 version of the utopic “white picket fence.”