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YMCA program set to open

Monday, July 27, 2009

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Sydney Baysinger, 9, works her way up the tread climbing wall of the YMCA of Clay County's latest venture, XRKADE. Sydney is the daughter of David and Andrea Baysinger. [Order this photo]
In only a few days, local youth will have an opportunity to become "human joysticks," while visiting the YMCA of Clay County.

The organization will introduce its new program, XRKADE, to the public Wednesday, at 4 p.m.

The active gaming and entertainment system is a state-of-the-art located in the 25,000-square foot facility that includes equipment like Light Space, XRBoards, Xavix, a Tread Climbing Wall and more.

"We came up with the idea about two years ago," YMCA Executive Director Chad Zaucha said Monday, as the system was unveiled for media members and YMCA Board Members. "A lot of kids have been asking about it. You'd see face prints and finger prints on the windows."

Although Emily Wright, 9, doesn't get to the YMCA of Clay County often, she said she hopes her father, who is a member of the YMCA Board, brings her here more often, especially so she can climb on the tread wall.

"It moves when you climb it while you're climbing," Emily, daughter of David and Leticia Wright, Terre Haute, said.

There are several games youth will be able to participate in at the facility, including a dodge ball game set up on a light space on the floor, a tread climbing wall, snowboarding games and dancing games, and more.

"It's different than anything you can do around here," Zaucha said.

He said the facility was ready to go close to two months ago, but one piece had not arrived. However, the YMCA received the piece recently, setting up the grand opening.

"These are not regular ball-bounding activities," Zaucha said, adding he hoped children would take advantage of them. "We hope they get up and moving."

Zaucha added the YMCA is opening up a new computer lab for youth as well Wednesday and will be working with representatives from St. Vincent Clay Hospital in the future to set up dietary components for area youth.


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I have seen the XRKADE set up at the Y, and unless I am missing something this is not a 25,000 sq ft facility.

-- Posted by Anodos on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 2:47 PM


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