NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The YMCA of Greater New York kicked-off NASDAQ trading today by ringing the Opening Bell at MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square. Jack Lund, President and CEO, did the honors with the help of nearly 40 elementary school students from the Rockaways, who celebrated the upcoming opening of two new YMCAs in their neighborhoods almost exactly one year after Hurricane Sandy.
“Ringing The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell has long served as an important occasion for organizations to raise awareness of real and significant issues facing our communities”
“Ringing The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell has long served as an important occasion for organizations to raise awareness of real and significant issues facing our communities,” said Jack Lund, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater New York. “We are proud to stand here with students from P.S. 197 in Far Rockaway today to sound this bell. By ringing in the opening of a new day of trading, we’re also ringing in a new era for two of New York City’s communities hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. Our two, brand-new, state-of-the-art branches will deliver on our promise of providing Coney Island and the Rockaways with a full range of programs and services in the Y’s core areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.”
The Coney Island Y and the Rockaways Y will each serve thousands of local families and children with programs and services tailored to residents’ unique needs and aimed at strengthening these neighborhoods. Both of these state-of-the-art facilities are in the 40,000-square-foot range and will feature two of the largest YMCA aquatic centers in New York City, including large natatoriums with lap and family pools, new Wellness Centers and large gymnasiums.
These new facilities also will create hundreds of new jobs for local residents in both neighborhoods. The YMCA currently employs more than 4,000 full- and part-time and seasonal staff members across New York City, and the organization is one of the City’s leaders in youth employment, with more than 1,800 youth staff between the ages of 14 and 24 currently working primarily in citywide camps and after school programs.
About the YMCA of Greater New York
The YMCA of Greater New York is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. In scores of neighborhoods across the five boroughs and its camp upstate, the Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower more than 400,000 New Yorkers to learn, grow and thrive. Visit www.ymcanyc.org.