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October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This awareness is more important now than ever considering the amount of screen time that is readily available to our children during the COVID-19 pandemic. With digital and virtual platforms being their sole source of socialization, communication and place to express their creativity, it also poses a threat as a prime spot for cyber-bullying to occur. 


Did you know: 

  • 1/3 of U.S. students experience bullying either as a target or as a perpetrator. 
  • More than 70% of teachers and students have witnessed bullying in their schools. 
  • Only a small percentage of children who are bullied, report it. The reason is often because they do not believe adults will help them.

Click here to read more about Bullying: Tips for Parents

(Courtesy of Mental Health America) 

Little League Announcement

Click here for the latest news about Little League Baseball regarding Covid-19.

A Message to Our YMCA Family 

CEO, Cameron Corder, takes a few minutes to reach out to members and share with them the efforts of the YMCA to best serve the community and what you can do to help! Click here to view his video message.

March 20, 2020 

Attention Members:

Due to the current Covid-19 circumstances, facilities will remain suspended until further notice. Our team is working diligently to find innovative ways to provide services for you! Stay tuned. 

Membership & Programs

Have a question about your membership or YMCA programs during the Covid-19 situation? Click here to read more about your options, program updates and how your Y wants to continue to serve you!

March 19, 2020 A Message From Cam to the YMCA Members

Your YMCA CEO, Cameron Corder, wants nothing more than to provide, serve and communicate with the Y members. Click here to read his recent letter to all YMCA members!

Stay Active While at Home!

We know exercise is good for the body and the spirit. As you practice social distancing, the Y is working to keep you active with a variety of at-home exercise options for you to try in our new line of virtual classes called Y360!

  • Free to all members for a limited time, you can take group exercise classes right in your own home! You can now find some of your favorite classes on YouTube. With several classes available ranging from eight to thirty minutes, we know you’ll find a class you love. 
  • It’s good for the whole family!
  • Find Videos Here!

S.T.E.M. Activities

Looking for fun and interactive activities to do with your kids while you're at home? S.T.E.M. is a great option because it not only allows children (and adults) to create and test experiments hands-on, but also has important educational elements. Click here for 3 awesome at home S.T.E.M. activities!

Covid-19 Update: Click below to read more!



2020 is the "Year of Hope," according to YMCA CEO, Cameron Corder, as he addressed attendees of the 2020 Annual Board Meeting. Click here to read more. 


The Dover Foundation YMCA hires new Sports Director, Ernie Gill. After a long interview process, the Dover Foundation YMCA team is very excited to welcome their new Y family member! To read more about the new director, click here.


Cancer Survivor and Couch to 5K Participant Completes Her First 5K Race

Click here to read about the health journey and accomplishment of Ami Steele, member of the Ruby C. Hunt YMCA.

Servant Leadership on the Greens

We spent time Russell Spangler, River Bend YMCA Golf Course Superintendent, and did a Q&A to learn more about him. Russell is a huge asset to our team and works diligently to oversee the well-being of the River Bend YMCA Golf Course. He is our November Cause-Driven leader of the Month. Click here to read more!

Legacy Society Meets the Next Generation of Young Cleveland County Leaders

The Y's Legacy Society is a special group of friends who've shown their long-term interest and support of the Y. These donors have either included the Y in their estate plan or have made a direct contribution to the Endowment Fund. Recently the Y held a brunch to connect with these donors and also introduce them to some of the bright young leaders across Cleveland County. 


The YMCA recognizes National Childhood Obesity Awareness month.

"At the Y, we're committed to teaching and showing kids and families the power of healthy habits, including diet, positive food choices, outdoor time, exercise and more. Healthy kids grow into healthy adults" -Cameron Corder  Click here to read more.

Cause-Driven Leader of the Month

"Challenging the current status with the hope of creating progressive change and innovation...I strive to create opportunities of connection across our community to draw us together and truly make us one.”  Click here to read more.


Active Older Adults Classes Are Changing Lives!

"I didn’t realize then, I was going to meet some very special people who were going to touch my life." 

Click here to read Brenda Hope's story of how joining Active Older Adults has transformed her health and her life!


JUNE 2019

Q & A With Pierce Robinson

YMCA: Pick your favorite hole on the front 9 and the back 9 and describe how it plays. 

ROBINSON: With all of the focus put upon hole number seven over the years, some of the other holes at Pebble Beach can be overshadowed. That is certainly the case with hole six, my favorite hole on the front nine. The only par-five on the front for the pros, it is a stern test, with a precise drive needed due to the bunkers on the left and the sea right. On the second, the ball must be hit high enough to clear the cliff beyond the fairway. This green was one of the trickier ones, so par is not a bad score here. Jack Neville and Douglas Grant may have saved their best design for hole eighteen. This medium-length par-five provides some of the best views of the round. The tee shot dares the player to hug the ocean for the best chance of reaching in two. The second shot has two options, to either lay up or go for a small green that is very well-defended by bunkers and the ocean. Once on the green, the pros will be faced with putts that are very hard to read. For example, putts rarely break towards the ocean as much as one expects. However, pros will expect a birdie here to provide a good end to their round. 

YMCA: What is the key for the players this week playing at Pebble? 

ROBINSON: It is very tough to pick out one single key, but I have to say this week it will be resilience. Every pro will have to hit the ball solidly to avoid the rough and hit greens, chip well to minimize mistakes, and putt well on the challenging and bumpy poa annua greens. Just doing those things will not be enough to win, however. What is vital for the contenders is to bounce back from mistakes by taking advantage of the easy holes and minimizing mistakes on the hard ones. I believe that will be the difference between the champion and the rest of the field. 

YMCA: Thanks Pierce for sharing with us about this spectacular course!

MAY 14, 2019

Thank you to all of our friends, family & community members that attended the 2019 Prayer Breakfast. Below are a few photos from the event!

Guest speaker, Ray Hardee, addressing the 2019 Prayer Breakfast attendees.

Ray Hardee and Gardner-Webb University Men's Basketball Coach, Tim Craft.

Larry and Shannon Kennedy were awarded the Servant Leadership Award. They are pictured here with Lamont Littlejohn, Mark Carter and Scoot Dixon.

APRIL 17, 2019                                                                                                                                                                                         

Wells Fargo and The First Tee Announce Winners of National Succeeding Together Contest. Four winners, including a student from Shelby, NC will attend the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship. Read more HERE.


FEBRUARY 6, 2019

The Cleveland County Family YMCA reflects on Black History Month and its deep roots within the YMCA organization. Read more HERE.

FEBRUARY 1, 2019

The Board of Directors of the Cleveland County Family YMCA is pleased to announce the appointment of its new chair and five new members. Read more HERE.

OCTOBER 17, 2018

"As we work together to shape the future of our Y and how we serve our community, I am very pleased to announce the new roles for these dynamic leaders." Check out the new staff promotions and changes coming to the Ruby C. Hunt more HERE.

JUNE 20, 2018

CEO, Cameron Corder, recently hosted his annual "WOMEN OF THE YMCA" luncheon. Check out some of the photos from this event recognizing the many female leaders we have in our community.

View Photos Here

MAY 11, 2018

Murphrey and Bonner awarded YMCA Servant Leadership Award

At the recent YMCA Prayer Breakfast, former Kings Mountain Mayor, Rick Murphrey, and retiring Gardner Webb University President, Dr. Frank Bonner, were awarded the YMCA Servant Leadership Award.



Murphrey served on the Kings Mountain City Council from 1993-1999. He was elected in 1999 as Mayor and served until 2015.

After a 20 plus year career as a public servant, Murphrey remains a tireless advocate for Kings Mountain and Cleveland County.


(Pictured L-R, Bob McRae, Y Board Member, Murphrey and YMCA CEO, Cameron Corder)


Earlier this year, Frank Bonner announced that he would be retiring from Gardner-Webb University in 2018. This ends a prestigious 44-year career in higher education, 31 at GWU.

While at Gardner-Webb, Bonner remained active in civic affairs. He is a past chair of the Cleveland County Chamber, past president of Shelby Rotary, and a former board member for the Cleveland County YMCA and Communities in Schools.

(Pictured L-R, Bill Plowden, Past YMCA Board Chair and Bonner)





View the APRIL 2018 CEO LETTER here.

View the FEBRUARY 2018 CEO LETTER here.

View the JANUARY 2018 CEO LETTER here.


The Y is very proud of so many of the young members who grew up in Cleveland County. Often they move away and have a special impact on their community. I always enjoy staying in contact and hearing about their adult lives. I hope you will enjoy a recent interview I had with Jonathan Brice who now lives in NY.


1.    Tell us your title, Company, and Location

I’m an Attorney – An Associate, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York


2.    The elevator just closed and you’ve got 30 seconds to tell us what you REALLY do for a living…

I represent large international entities in a range of corporate and financial transactions including mergers and acquisitions.


3.    What’s the reason you do you what you do?

I find it interesting, challenging and highly transferable to other parts of my life


4.    If you’ve ever been to a professional baseball game, you know batters from the home team get to pick their own theme music as they walk from the dugout to the plate.  What music would you want playing as you walk into work?

"Taking Care of Business"


5.    List your three favorite books?

The Grapes of Wrath;

Wind Sands and Stars;

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


6.    List three of your favorite movies?


the Bourne film series;

the 007 film series

(I know the last two are cheats, but it’s really hard to pick two others after Casablanca and I always watch the Bourne and 007 movies when they come out)


7.    You have always practiced an active and healthy lifestyle. Why was that important to you in high school and what shaped that personal philosophy?

In high school, I did it in order to play sports so that I could fit in.  Since then, it's been an avenue through which I find balance.  Working a hectic schedule, it’s always great to be able to get away on a quick bike ride or to the gym.


8.    The Y has a Black Achievers program which helps develop and build confidence and self-esteem. What advice would you give the African American teens in Cleveland County?

Listen and follow the good adult role models in your life, and if you don't have any, find one (through programs like black achievers).  


9.    If you lived in Cleveland County, what would be your hopes and dreams for the YMCA?

That it would continue to grow and flourish among young people.  When I was growing up in KM, I always found the Y and the library to be two fantastic resources that were underutilized by kids/young adults.  


10. Who has had the biggest influence on your career?

My siblings.


11. What do you miss most about North Carolina?





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