The West Suburban YMCA announced that its Legacy Campaign for Youth & Family has received a $500,000 donation from the New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc.
The West Suburban YMCA announced that its Legacy Campaign for Youth & Family has received a $500,000 donation from the New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. The gift will be used to support the YMCA’s $3.5 million fundraising effort to upgrade its facilities and expand its youth and family programming at its 276 Church St. location, and at its day and resident camps.
In recognition of the gift, the new synthetic track and artificial turf playing field currently under construction will carry the New Balance name and logo. Completion of the 250-meter, four-lane track and 200-by-135-foot FieldTurf playing field that it surrounds are expected by mid-June. The New Balance Track & Field at the West Suburban YMCA will also include a four-lane straightaway for 100-meter sprints and areas for youth high jump, long jump, triple jump, hurdles and shot put.
YMCA officials anticipate that the new, upgraded facilities will triple the outdoor programming capability for its youth members. The West Suburban YMCA’s artificial turf field is only the third such facility to be built at one of 2,617 YMCAs in the United States.
The Legacy Campaign for Youth & Family is a three-year, $3.5 million campaign aimed at enhancing and expanding the programs and services available at West Suburban YMCA. Project and programs supported through the campaign include the replacement of the existing outdoor grass playing field with a new all-weather artificial turf playing field and synthetic track; expansion of programming space to the YMCA’s 96-year old building in Newton Corner, including the creation of a new Youth Community Center; updates and modernization to the YMCA’s day and resident camps; and increasing contributions to its Annual Partners with Youth Campaign and endowment.