Month: June 2023

June 28, 2023


My Y Story: Lily Chavez “In class we don’t speak the same language, we feel love and positive energy.” “I love the YMCA! I love it because of the different people I’ve met and all the cultures here. Every person has love inside. I love that about this place,” YMCA member Lily Chavez said. A… Read more »

June 21, 2023

Upcoming International Adventures for this Athlete

My Y Story: STORM Swimmer Gabriella Rizzuto For three years STORM swimmer Gabriella Rizzuto drove from Brookline, NH, to Worcester, Mass., when she swam competitively for the Greenwood Swimming out of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her mother, Cindy LaCroix drove the one hour each way to and from practice daily. “This got to be a lot…. Read more »

June 14, 2023

A Story of Perseverance

FROM BED-RIDDEN TO ULTRA MARATHONS Justin Deflumeri has always been physically fit and loves playing sports, especially baseball.  He’s an avid marathon runner and is currently training for an ultra-marathon, is a jujitsu champion, and was close to signing on to go professional in boxing. All that took a detour in 2017 when he was… Read more »

June 7, 2023

Kids Stop Volunteer

MY Y STORY: HILARY KEATING “I have a blast!” is the first comment Y member Hilary Keating makes when she talks about volunteering at the Y. Hilary has been a Y member for nearly 10 years and started volunteering in October volunteering at Kids Stop (babysitting program) at the Merrimack YMCA. Hilary retired in 2007 after a 40-year career as an educator. She worked as a special education teacher… Read more »