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Houston News Highlights Iraqi Refugee's Journey to U.S.
February 13, 2017
Houston's Newsmakers recently interviewed Jeff Watkins, VP of global initiatives for YMCA International and Sara Alkhafaji, an Iraqi refugee who came to the U.S. in 2016. The pair discuss Alkhafaji's journey to the States and the YMCA's work with refugees.
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Students Who Participate in YMCA Summer Programs Make Learning Gains
January 24, 2017
Education Week explores two academic programs offered through the Y which help students improve their reading and math skills.
TODAY and YMCA Exceed Goal of 1 Million Acts of Kindness During Holiday Season
December 30, 2016
This holiday season, the Y and TODAY have been working towards the goal of logging 1 million acts of kindness throughout the United States. Today, it was announced that the goal was exceeded! Y spokesperson and chef Marcus Samuelsson and kids from the Harlem YMCA stopped by to share the good news as well as a recipe families can make in the new year.
Hawks’ Dwight Howard surprises kids with Christmas shopping spree
December 21, 2016
Atlanta Hawks star Dwight Howard surprised 50 kids from the Decatur Family YMCA with a JCPenney Christmas shopping trip as part of the #JoyWorthGiving initiaitve.
Basketball: From humble beginnings, hoops celebrates 125th birthday
December 21, 2016
A game drawn up to occupy some bored boys as winter approached at a Massachusetts gymnasium celebrates its 125th anniversary on Wednesday and basketball's status as the world's second most popular sport. Basketball began on Dec 21, 1891 at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) gym in Springfield with rules made up by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith.
Watch Hoda Kotb and young ‘elves’ grant holiday wishes for children in need
December 16, 2016
As part of the #ShareKindness campaign, TODAY’s Hoda Kotb recruits some little helpers to fulfill the Christmas dreams of children in need. And after a day of sharing, Hoda’s helpers are in for a surprise of their own! (By TODAY with our sponsor YMCA).
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