Galowich Family YMCA

  • Youth Basketball Leagues Forming Now

    YBL JolietWhen kids play sports, they do more than just exercise. Besides being physically active, they develop higher self-esteem, perform better in school and work better in groups.

    Our Youth Basketball Program teaches kids the fundamentals of the game while emphasizing the importance of teamwork. Above all, kids who play YMCA basketball have a lot of fun!

    • Open to youth in preschool through Grade 12
    • Early Bird Pricing available
    • Includes FREE preseason clinics

    Learn More

  • Ho Ho Ho…Hold Your Weight

    Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge Starting November 13

    Our 8-week Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge will help you get in shape and keep the weight off this holiday season. We have a great plan to help you adopt healthy eating and exercise habits while saying ‘No’ to those tempting holiday cravings.

    Are you up for the challenge?
    If you can maintain your weight within 2 pounds for 8 weeks, you will receive your money back in the form of a YMCA voucher that can be used towards any fitness program including personal training. If you gain more than 2 pounds during this 8-week challenge, your $20 fee will be donated in your name to the Y’s Annual Campaign.

    As part of this fun-filled Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge, you will receive:

    • A one-of-a-kind YMCA Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge T-shirt
    • Three weigh-ins: Weeks 1 and 8 (mandatory) and Week 4 (optional)
    • Weekly emails with workout tips, healthy holiday recipes and special fitness challenges, designed specifically for our Weight Loss Challenge participants

    Let’s have a little fun this holiday season. Together, we will help you celebrate the holiday season happy and healthy!

    Cost: $20

    Register Online

  • Let Your Talents Shine


    Holiday Card Design Contest

    Open to Y Members, ages 6-12, our Holiday Card Design Contest is the perfect opportunity for kids to let their artistic talents shine and help spread a little cheer this upcoming holiday season.

    Here’s how to enter:

    1. Download an entry form and print it out. Entry forms are also available at the Y’s Front Desk.

    2. Grab some crayons, markers and colored pencils and draw a picture that depicts your favorite things about the holidays and the winter season. From snowmen to Christmas trees, to candy canes and snowflakes, we can’t wait to see your original designs!

    3. Complete the entry form and drop it off at the Y.

    We will select our three favorite designs—one from each age group—to be featured on the Y’s holiday card.

    Age Groups

    • Ages 6-7
    • Ages 8-9
    • Ages 10-12

    Each of our winners will receive a YMCA Sweatshirt and other exciting prizes.

    Download Entry Form

    The deadline to enter is Friday, October 27.

  • Try The Y’s New Swim Lesson Selector

    To accompany its new swim lesson curriculum, the Y is happy to introduce it’s Swim Lesson Selector. Available online today, this tool is a must-try for parents who are interested in enrolling their children in YMCA swimming lessons.

    By answering short “yes-or-no” questions—and in some cases, by watching a short video—the Swim Lesson Selector can help you quickly identify which swim stage is right for your child.

    Try It Now

  • Believe In Your Potential

    Fall 2017 College Readiness Opportunities

    Financial Aid & FAFSA Workshop
    Thursday, October 19 • 6-8 p.m.

    Led by Patrick Ackerman from the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, this session is designed to help students and their families understand and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

    Galowich Family YMCA
    749 Houbolt Road, Joliet IL 60431

    Free and open to all.

    To register, contact Teen and Young Adult Advancement Program Manager Lynette Sartori at (815) 729-9638, ext. 611 or via email at If you have a YMCA account, you may register online.

    College Tour & Empowerment Session
    Saturday, December 9 • 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Students will spend the day visiting Northwestern University and participate in empowerment workshops led by YMCA Teen Achievers Program leaders. Breakfast and a box lunch will be included.

    Cost: $20 for YMCA Facility Members; $30 for Community Members

    Departing Location:
    Galowich Family YMCA
    749 Houbolt Road
    Joliet, IL 60456

    To register, contact Teen and Young Adult Advancement Program Manager Lynette Sartori at (815) 729-9638, ext. 611 or via email at If you have a YMCA account, you may register online.

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