Transitioning from the YMCA of Central Florida to the Harris Rosen Foundation
Due to the financial impact and growing community needs stemming from the pandemic, the YMCA of Central Florida Metropolitan Board of Directors and Y leaders have been diligently working to carefully reevaluate and reimagine each of our locations and programs to determine how to best sustain the association while continuing to serve the community with reduced resources. These efforts led to the realization that our ability to safely reopen and operate the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center presented a distinct challenge due to the unique aspects and costs of the facility. Fortunately for our community, we have a long-time partner and swimming advocate in Harris Rosen, who was willing to once again answer the call to preserve this beloved facility.
Harris Rosen Foundation to Reopen and Operate the Aquatic Center
The YMCA Metropolitan Board of Directors and the Orange County Board of County Commissioners have approved the transfer of the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center from the YMCA of Central Florida to the nonprofit Harris Rosen Foundation. The facility will now be named the Rosen Aquatic and Fitness Center. The YMCA and the Rosen teams are collaborating to ensure a smooth transition.
Additional information will be made available from the Rosen team regarding membership, competitive team practices, a reopening date, and other important information.
It’s been a privilege to teach all aspects of aquatics and serve countless swimmers and members of all ages at this iconic facility over the past 28 years. We’re thankful to all of our members, donors, volunteers, partners, staff, and swimmers who have helped the Y create life-long friendships and experiences here. As we pass the mantle of this storied facility and its rich traditions to the Harris Rosen Foundation, we’re confident that the Aquatic Center will remain in good hands.
As a mission-based nonprofit, we know the Y’s impact extends beyond a physical building and our devotion and commitment to champion the benefit of swimming and water safety is unwavering. So, we’ll continue to seek opportunities and community support to provide new Y programs and services with enhanced safety precautions for all Central Floridians.
The Harris Rosen Foundation was started in 1987, and has worked every day since then to improve the quality of life in underserved communities and countries. The foundation does so mainly by providing educational opportunities and miscellaneous strategic improvements. They continually reach out to new communities to influence positive change and bring opportunities to break the poverty cycle. The Harris Rosen Foundation will continue to lend a helping hand to disadvantaged communities and those in need as these blessings are continually shared across cities, states, and generations to come.
Our Y team and the Rosen team are collaborating to ensure a smooth transition and will keep you apprised as the Rosen team confirms details regarding competitive team practices, a reopening date, and other important information.
We’ll keep you updated as the Rosen team confirms details regarding membership, a reopening date, and other important information.
If your membership is active, you’re welcome to discover and experience another nearby YMCA family center as a benefit of your membership. Your Y membership dues will continue to be collected uninterrupted so you can enjoy the use of any reopened facility. Should you wish to change your Y membership status or billing, please get in touch with our Membership team.
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There is no greater champion of swimming in Central Florida than Harris. Without Harris’ involvement to save the facility in 1992, the Y would not have had the privilege to serve and teach countless swimmers over the years.
“We are thankful to the donors, volunteers, partners, staff, and swimmers who have helped the Y create life-long memories, friendships, and experiences at the Rosen YMCA Aquatic Center. Mostly, we are grateful to Harris, who has yet again stepped up for the community in order to preserve and champion the benefit of swimming for Central Florida.” Dan Wilcox, President & CEO, YMCA of Central Florida