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To say that we're proud of our Stingrays would be an understatement.

We are amazed every day by the dedication the kids show in everything they do. The Stingrays work hard to be great in the water, in the classroom, and at home. We feel lucky to work with them.



"She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life." - Frances E. Willard

Ms. Willard wrote a book called How I Learned to Ride The Bicycle, published in 1895. She said that riding a bicycle requires the same skills that made her successful in life: strong spirit, patience, persistence and willingness to fail before she mastered it.

And she was not the only person to see the metaphor.

Albert Einstein once wrote that “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Ernest Hemingway noted that riding a bike allows you to know the countryside in a much more intimate way than by motorized vehicle. In an article entitled “Taming the Bicycle,” Mark Twain urged, “Get a bicycle. You will not regret it, if you live.”



Today's South Bend Tribune brings news of "Love Your Body" week at Saint Mary's College, in conjunction with National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year’s theme is “everyBODY is…,” a phrase which can be completed using any individual’s definition of beauty.

According to the American Psychological Association, 30 – 40% of women are somewhat unhappy with their appearance while another 45% experience anxiety or depression due to dissatisfaction with their appearance. Eating disorders and obesity often begin in childhood and can be influenced by both society and family relationships. If you thought only girls were affected, APA also finds that a boy's body image can be as negatively impacted by video games as a girl's self-image is influenced by beauty magazines.


The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
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