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News From the Y

New American Welcome Center Coming to Champaign-Urbana

A New American Welcome Center is coming to Champaign-Urbana, one of six being established this year through Y-USA. 
The News-Gazette

Despite snub, Chris Paul staying busy off the court during All-Star Weekend

Ryan Johnson, YMCA of the USA

Paul, along with State Farm and the Chris Paul Family Foundation, will unveil a new technology center at the New Orleans Dryades YMCA as part of the State Farm NBA Cares Assist Tracker program.
USA Today

Houston News Highlights Iraqi Refugee's Journey to U.S.

KPRC 2

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. 
KPRC 2 News

Students Who Participate in YMCA Summer Programs Make Learning Gains

Education Week explores two academic programs offered through the Y which help students improve their reading and math skills. 
Education Week

TODAY and YMCA Exceed Goal of 1 Million Acts of Kindness During Holiday Season

NBC

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.  
NBC TODAY

Hawks’ Dwight Howard surprises kids with Christmas shopping spree

COURTNEY MARTINEZ/
COURTNEY.MARTINEZ@COXINC.COM

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. 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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