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'Dream Team' Boosts Rye YMCA Youth Programs

Staff members at Rye YMCA left to right: John Rice, Kelly Lewin and Brendan Smith.
Staff members at Rye YMCA left to right: John Rice, Kelly Lewin and Brendan Smith. Photo Credit: Rye YMCA

RYE, N.Y. – Rye YMCA programs for children, families and teens received a shot of adrenaline in 2015 with the addition of three new staff members who bring energy, passion and fresh ideas to the Y’s youth offerings.

Much of the new programming and activities are being led by John Rice, the Y’s camp, family and teen director; Kelly Lewin, child care director; and Brendan Smith, sports coordinator.

Rice began his Y career as a 12-year-old volunteer in the Woodbury YMCA’s aquatics program. He went on to serve as a camp counselor, lifeguard, swim instructor and swim team coach. Rice graduated from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in youth development with a concentration in YMCA professional studies.

Lewin began her Y career 15 years ago when she was hired as assistant child care director. After living in Florida, she returned to the Y in 2010, working as a camp counselor and later as an assistant in the KinderTime and Afterschool programs. Raised in Mamaroneck, Lewin graduated from Rye Neck High School and received her school aged child care credential from Westchester Community College.

A newcomer to the YMCA, Smith brings a range of experience to the roles of sports coordinator and sports camp director. He worked with the Town of Eastchester’s Recreation Department, where he ran the Eastchester instructional basketball league and teen night events. He holds a degree in business management from Fairfield University and has taken graduate courses in sports industry management at Georgetown University.

“We’re lucky to have this dream team of dedicated professionals working at the Y,” said Hillary Southard, a senior director who oversees youth programming at the Rye Y. “John, Kelly and Brendan all bring a wide range of talent and experience to their jobs. Most importantly, they embody the mission of the Y, the belief that every child deserves a chance to thrive.”

Registration for spring programs begins Wednesday for members and Friday for non-members. Camp registration for everyone starts Wednesday.

For more information about the Rye YMCA’s youth programming, click here .

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