The YMCA was founded in 1844 by 22-year-old George Williams and his London-dwelling friends, all of whom were distressed by the dangerous conditions and bleak housing for working people. Today, the YMCA extends its branches through more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country to foster social change by promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Partnering with these communities and working with students and volunteers, the YMCA's programs sponsor and empower people of all backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. The organization's fitness and sports centers provide opportunities for people to exercise and achieve overall wellness, and social services connect underserved people with affordable housing, employment, and substance-abuse programs. Collegiate programs establish local service opportunities for students to teach a sense of self-awareness and community responsibility, and children’s camps help youth explore nature, be creative, and develop independence.
Since 1996, the young professionals of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) have inspired change in their community while bonding with their peers at lively events such as the autumnal-themed PUMPtoberfest. Admission to this year’s soiree includes all the Yuengling oktoberfest, Warsteiner oktoberfest, Spaten oktoberfest, Penn weizen, and Church Pious Monk beer guests can fit into a regulation-size rain boot. The festival also features scrumptious samples from Penn Brewery’s menu, such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, and soft pretzels, set against a backdrop of live entertainment from oberkrainer style band Gaudi Baum.
Since Basketball Stars of America was established in 2007, more than 25 of its participants have gone on to play at the Division 1 level, and more than 100 have played in college at some level. Such success is a testament to founder Daryn Freedman, who has been part of multiple NBA coaching staffs and has worked with some of the sport's biggest stars. Over the years, coach Freedman has assembled a staff of highly educated and respected coaches?many of whom formerly played in D-1 themselves and current varsity high school coaches. Together, these high-hooping all stars lead year-round developmental and competitive programs for boys and girls across Western Pennsylvania. They run boot camps, seasonal camps, and even leagues so players can show off their skills on the court or in the courtroom as part of a bold new legal strategy.
The Pittsburgh Games takes the limitations of a quirky, one-off race and blows them to smithereens. Rather than just competing in a run or mustache-grooming contest, folks can compete across a wide range of events, including competitions across nine different stations, indoor triathlons, biathlons, obstacle course runs, and other fitness challenges.
The NBA Development League affiliate of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Canton Charge regale hoops fans with basketball savvy from a roster stacked with talent looking to play their way into the NBA. Donning the same yellow-and-red color scheme of their affiliate squad, the Charge compete in the East Division of the NBA D-League. The team plays in the Canton Civic Center, where sounds of cheering fans and squeaking shoes echo off of rafters and occasionally create a high-pitched rhythm that the Charge Girls, the team's dance squad, can groove to.
Vertical and horizontal walls. Climbing ropes. Pulley lifts. Weight-laden sleds. These are just some of the challenges that await obstacle-race runners. Spartan Tough Training specializes in preparing people for such races by filling its facility with many of the same challenges. Members learn the most efficient ways to conquer obstacle courses while generally improving their strength, agility, and endurance, in order to prepare people to try to beat their personal records. With kettlebells for strength training and giant tires that can act as podiums for victory-speech practice, Spartan Tough Training gives clients the equipment and amenities they need to prepare themselves for race day. In addition to the equipment available now, Spartan Tough Training is adding a full outdoor training course behind the facility in spring of 2015.