Friday Night Fitness

Y offers new program to teens
The Waynesboro Y averages 120-130 kids at its Friday Night Basketball events. A number of the kids in the facility for hoops and hanging out are getting exposed to something else the Y offers.

“These are experiences that some of these kids just might not get,” said Eric Wilson, the fitness director at the Y, talking up the program that gives teens who come to the Y for Friday Night Basketball a Nautilus orientation session and also offers supervision for those who want to work out.

Friday Night Basketball runs from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday nights through April. The Y launched the program in 2008 with a modest goal of getting 35-40 kids in the gym – and off the streets – on Friday nights.

The fitness component added this fall is the first expansion of the program.

“With the obesity crisis that we are experiencing with our young population, it’s crucial that we get more and more teens who come in here maybe just on Friday nights to come back several nights a week,” said Jeff Fife, the Y’s executive director.

A $6,000 grant from the Augusta Health Foundation is helping with expenses with Friday Night Basketball and also helping providing scholarships for youth memberships for teens who want to join but would have issues with economic hardship.

Nautilus sessions run from 9:30-10:30 p.m. and 11-11:45 p.m.

“We’re looking at providing fitness classes. And we’re looking to provide some martial-arts instruction. The goal is that Friday Night Basketball isn’t just a place to play basketball or just hang out. We want to begin to get more kids exposed to fitness and get them thinking about what they need to do to take control of their health from a fitness perspective,” Wilson said.


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