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Charlotte Avenue Branch YMCA


Monday – Friday: 5:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday: 7:30am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

Address & Phone:

402 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29732
Phone: 803-329-9622
Fax: 803-327-9622
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Facility Information:

» Heated Indoor Swimming Pool
» Outdoor Pool
» Weight Equipment
» Free Weights
» Exercise Bikes
» Stair Climbers
» Elliptical Cross Trainers
» Two Gymnasiums
» Indoor Walking Track
» Group Exercise Classes
» Racquetball Courts
» Free Childwatch
» Afterschool & Summer Camp Programs
» Youth Sports
» Swimming Lessons
» Steam Room & Sauna

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Basketball Skills Development

This program is designed to assist its participants to improve their ball handling, shooting, defense, agility, and footwork skills. As a result, participants will gain a better understanding of overall basketball knowledge.

Ages: 7 – 17

Program Dates: April 17 – May 6, 2017

Program Days and Times: 
Ages 7 – 11 
Monday and Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ages 12 – 17 
Monday and Wednesday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Saturday 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

$90 Y Members | $100 Non-Y Members
Late registration fee applies after April 10.

Robert Hope Family Camp Weekend

Join us for a glimpse into summer camp. Enjoy activities and re-connecting at the beautiful YMCA Camp Cherokee. Families, couples, singles, supporters, and newcomers are welcome. Enjoy the summer together and become one with nature!

Click here for a family camp flyer.


Diabetes Prevention Program

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a one-year, community-based program where participants work in small groups with a trained Lifestyle Coach in a relaxed, classroom setting. In 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions, participants learn how to incorporate healthier eating, moderate physical activity, and problem-solving and coping skills into their daily lives. Participants will get the hands-on support they need from Lifestyle Coaches trained on a CDC-approved curriculum that is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program.

“…programs like YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and 71% in individuals over age 60.” – research from the National Institutes of Health

Program Details:
The program emphasizes two primary goals for the first half of the program: reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity by 150 minutes per week. To sign up, participants must be:

For more information, please contact:
Halie Chambers
151 South Oakland Avenue, Rock Hill, SC 29730

YMCA membership is not required!


Race for Chase Triathlon Training Program

The CMAK Foundation has collaborated with the YMCA to sponsor the Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon in memoriam of Chase Kowalski, the students, and educators of the Sandy Hook tragedy. This six week summer program aims to keep Chase’s energetic spirit alive by inspiring athleticism within children, ages 6 to 12, and providing them with a safe, healthy, non-competitive environment to develop a new love for the sport of triathlon.  All athletes are instructed in swimming, biking, and running, and are also taught the fundamentals of good nutrition and flexibility. At the end of program, all of the athletes in each community compete in a short-course USAT-sanctioned youth triathlon race. Registration is currently open and will close when spots are filled.

Check out this video to see what it is all about:

Ages: 6 – 12

Training Dates: June 12 – July 21, 2017

Training Days and Times:
Monday – Thursday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (CSD Community only)

Training Sites:

Charlotte Avenue YMCA
402 Charlotte Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

CSD Community YMCA
5485 Charlotte Highway
Clover, SC 29710

Fort Mill YMCA
857 Promenade Walk
Fort Mill, SC 29708

YMCA Aquatics Center
325 Rawlinson Road
Rock Hill, SC 29732

Race Day: Saturday, July 29, 2017, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Race Location:

CSD Community YMCA

Come-See-Me Road Races

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 7 am
Venue: Winthrop Coliseum

Fun Run (7:45 am) – One-mile track run open to all ages. Strollers are allowed. Free, no registration required. Medals will be presented to participating children 12 and under.

5K (8:30 am) – USATF-certified 5K (3.1 mile) course on paved streets through beautiful residential areas. Gift cards awarded to overall male & female winners, and male & female master (40 years of age and older) winners. Register after March 25 for $30. (Pre-register by March 25 for $25.)

10K (8:10 am) – USATF-certified 10K (6.2 mile) course on paved streets through beautiful residential areas. Gift cards awarded to overall male & female winners, and male & female master (40 years of age and older) winners. Register after March 25 for $50. (Pre-register by March 25 for $45.)

Registration accepted until April 14. Register in person at the Upper Palmetto YMCA (402 Charlotte Avenue), online here. Race-day registration will be available before 7:15 am. No entries allowed after 7:15 am on race day. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled race. All runners are asked to bring a pair of old athletic shoes to be recycled. Abundant parking available. Technical race T-shirt guaranteed to first 500 registrants. Rain or shine.

Adventure Guides

YMCA Camp Cherokee will be hosting the Adventure Guides group and anyone interested for the weekend of April 21 – 23. The weekend is a great opportunity for families to spend time outdoors. YMCA Camp Cherokee will be providing meals along with fun filled camp activities.

This camp is a multi-day activity. Arrival will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday, April 21. Dismissal will be at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 23. Camp Cherokee will provide 4 meals, beginning with breakfast on Saturday. Activities include boating, swimming, archery, rock climbing and more. Canopy tours will be offered for an extra fee of $45 per person.

Program Dates: April 21 – 23, 2017

Registration Dates: March 1, 2017 – April 21, 2017

$50 per adult
$45 per child (age 5 – 18)
Canopy Tour $45 extra per person

T-Ball, Slugger Ball, and Coach Pitch

Play, Grow, Thrive! YMCA T-Ball leagues are coed leagues that emphasize teamwork and fair play. Children learn the basics of throwing, hitting and catching the ball. Y staff will facilitate the leagues while parents and volunteers coach/lead the teams. The YMCA will provide bats, balls and catcher equipment and each player will receive a hat and jersey from the YMCA. Parents will need to provide their child with a glove, athletic shoes (cleats are not required) and any additional equipment they deem appropriate.

Ages: 4-8

Registration Date:
Current – March 31, 2017

Cherry Park

Age Groups Divisions & Dates:
T-Ball- ages 4&5 | April 5  – May 31, 2017
Slugger Ball- ages 5&6 | April 3 – May 22, 2017
Coaches Pitch- ages 7&8 | April 4 – June 1, 2017

Session Days & Times:
T-Ball- Monday evenings
Slugger Ball- Wednesdays evenings
Coaches Pitch- Tuesday, Thursday evenings

Y Members: $15 | Non-Y Members: $70

Lifeguard Certification

Ages: 15 and older

This course instructs participants in both lifeguarding and CPR for the professional rescuer.  Successful completion of this course will gain participants certification by the American Red Cross.

Registration Dates:

Session Times and Dates:
Friday- 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday- 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday- 9:00pm – 5:00pm

April 27-30, 2017
May 11-14, 2017
June 8-11, 2017
July 20-23, 2017
August 18-20, 2017

Cost per session:
Members $200 | Nonmembers $250


Summer Day Camp

Summer Day Camp

Registration begins: February 15

K5-2nd – Little Feet
3rd-5th- Camp Trek
6th-8th – Adventure Club

Join us for the #BestSummerEver! The Upper Palmetto YMCA summer camps provide activities that are educational, exciting and fun, but more importantly, it is an experience that builds self esteem, lasting friendships and treasured memories.

Summer day camp is a full day program with activities including weekly themes, field trips, swimming, games, daily devotions, team building activities, arts and crafts, character development and much more!

Our staff works diligently to make participation in our program a positive experience. We choose leaders who exemplify outstanding character, compassion and a love of children. We are committed to a thorough recruitment process including a drug screening and background check. Each staff member participates in comprehensive training and is CPR and First-Aid certified.

Financial assistance is available. Please complete the financial assistance application available online or pick-up one at the front desk. Please allow 4 weeks for processing before your child’s anticipated start date.

The program is closed on July 4th.

Program Dates: June 5-August 18, 2017
Program Times: Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Download the Charlotte Avenue YMCA Summer Day Camp Price Sheet.

Download the 2017 Summer Day Camp Registration Form.

Download the Parent Handbook.