About Us


When you join the YMCA, you’re joining more than a gym, you’re joining a cause. Together, with the 18,000 individuals our Y serves every year, we are able to improve our community’s health by connecting people to the resources they need.

While membership dues help operate our facilities, donations to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign financially support evidence-based programs that address the leading cause of death in our community such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Furthermore, your donation funds swim lessons, youth programs, afterschool enrichment, services for military families, college scholarships and so much more! 


  • Our History

In 1966, 150 women in the Summerville community founded the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) to establish adult programs promoting Christian values. An enthusiastic response from the community prompted the organization to expand its program offerings. As the Y’s profile in the community grew, so did its scope of vision. In 1973, Jean Gantt and the Y (renamed the YWCO) organized the Y’s first annual Flowertown Festival. In undertaking this significant town event, the Y had grown beyond offering adults-only programs to include the entire Summerville community.

To more accurately reflect the organization’s growing diversity, the YWCO voted to become a YMCA in 1976. Three years later, an outdoor pool and sports fields were opened at Oakbrook.

Our Growth

As the community wishes changed and residents requested not only improvements in the quality and scope of youth programs, but also increased program offerings for adults, the YMCA Board of Directors took on the task of building a wellness facility in the Downtown area of Summerville. Property for the Downtown Facility was acquired through the efforts of the Salisbury Family and Coca-Cola, who sold the historic bottling plant to the Y for a bargain price. Our John Tupper Gymnastics Center was opened in 1997 and the Downtown Summerville Facility opened in May 2002.

In January 2009, the Summerville Family YMCA opened its third facility, the YMCA at The Ponds. The YMCA at The Ponds is located south of town, in a community called The Ponds (a Greenwood Development). This facility was made possible, in large part, because of a $1 million land donation and a $3 million construction cost gift presented to the Y from Greenwood Communities and Resorts.

Our Leadership Team


The Ponds

  • Jill Lewellyn, The Ponds Executive Director
  • Tyler Reed, Wellness Coordinator
  • Drew Heschmeyer, Sports and Programs Director


2021 Board of Directors

Chairman and CVO– Nick Nydegger
Vice Chairman – Penny Merriman
Treasurer, President-Elect – Charles Hudgens
  • Ryan McElheny
  • Tim Kennedy
  • Greg Jones
  • Steve Smith
  • Chris Ackerman
  • Amanda Metzger
  • Marianne Weinstein
  • Lisa Tupper
  • Corey Greene
  • Sherry Ensley
  • Katie McCravy