Activities and programs offered by the Monett Area YMCA were described by Jeremy Kee, the sports and aquatics director for the Monett Y, at last week's meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
Kee, a Monett High School graduate, started volunteering in the Monett Recreation Department's soccer and volleyball programs as a teenager and became a field supervisor and team coach. He has worked for the Monett Area YMCA for the past two years.
Kee manages four youth sports programs: soccer, youth football, basketball for kindergarten through sixth grade and volleyball. He also manages the swimming pools in Monett and Pierce City.
All of the programs at the Monett YMCA are growing, Kee said. A total of 237 youth from pre-kindergarten through age 17 signed up for soccer this fall. The flag football program for pre-kindergarten to fifth grade has 18 teams.
Around 300 participate in soccer and flag football. The Monett Y manages four soccer fields at South Park, four west of Eisenhower plus another near the city's waste treatment plant.
Basketball had 116 participants two years ago, then grew to 156 last year, including 50 from Aurora. Volleyball for third through eighth graders had between 50 and 65 participating.
Adults sports in the fall include football and volleyball. Flag football, for 16-year-olds and older, starts in October and will have eight teams in both Monett and Cassville. Volleyball has league play in the fall and winter, There's also a league for men and women and a separate league for women only.
Kee said construction of the new Monett facility will help year-round programs to develop and expand.
Participation in organized sports under the YMCA for youth is $15 for members and $40 for non-members. For adults, team participation is $30 for non-members and free for members.
The YMCA offers a number of other programs, Kee said, including exercise and aerobics activities for adults and senior citizens. Swimming classes, once handled by the Red Cross, are now offered by the YMCA, Kee added.
The Strong Kids campaign offers a way for youth who cannot afford to pay to participate in YMCA programs. Fundraising efforts help to pay part or all of the fee, depending on the need, Kee said.
For more information on the Monett Area YMCA, call 235-8213.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets at noon on Tuesdays for a meal and a program.