Nation teams up with YMCA

Nation teams up with YMCA
(Submission) YMCA and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation are partnering up to help tribal members with healthier lifestyles by offering programs, sports, fitness, etc., at discounted rates and waived joining fees.

Darren DeLaune/Reporter

Nation and Organization partners for citizens

TULSA, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation want their citizens to live a healthy life. For citizens living around Okmulgee, they have the Mvskoke Dome for their fitness needs.

But, what about the surrounding areas in the MCN jurisdiction?

MCN is doing what they can to help them as well.

Starting Feb. 18, MCN and the Greater Tulsa YMCA will partner up for tribal members to get a membership through the organization.

MCN Tourism and Recreation Director Kyle Lee noticed not all citizens can make it to the Dome.

“Not all of them live around Okmulgee and they cannot make it here [Dome],” he said.

He said he wants to help others with access to other institutions that have fitness centers.

“The Y [MCA] was very receptive of me calling them and they quickly said yes and wanted to put something together,” Lee said.

Lee said they worked out if any tribal member brings in their tribal enrollment card can sign up for 20 percent off the monthly fee.

YMCA Membership Coordinator Steve Waller said there are several different types of memberships, but they will all have the discount.

“And the joining fee will be waived,” he said.

YMCA Health and Wellness Coordinator Heather Smith said there are six different locations in the Greater Tulsa area.

“This is a place where you can come find fitness and find community,” she said. “We have a lot of programs for everyone.”

Smith said most of the branches in the Tulsa area have a swimming pool and swim lessons.

“Kids can learn water safety, which we feel is a big need,” she said.

Smith said once a member at a YMCA, you can go to any location in a different area.

“We encourage our members to go to different locations, different YMCA’s,” she said.

For more information about memberships with the YMCA, call: 918-747-9622.

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