FORT WORTH YMCA YMCA WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT & CEO MIKE BROWN
Fort Worth, Texas – Wednesday, Jan 13th, 2021 — The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth welcomes new President and CEO Mike Brown to the community. Brown brings over 18 years of extensive Y CEO experience with associations and staff of similar size as the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. He has a strategic approach to community engagement, innovative delivery of programs for teens and families, and a bold and progressive approach to diversity and inclusion. Brown will work to continue strategic partnerships as well as seek to build new community partnerships with business and local governments.
Most recently, Brown comes to Fort Worth from the YMCA of Central New York where he served as President and CEO with an operating budget of $24 million and over 1,500 full-time staff. Brown is not new to Texas, as he served as Executive Director at the YMCA of Greater Houston for almost 6 years before serving as the President and CEO of the YMCA of Rock River in Illinois prior to his tenure in Central New York.
Brown joins the Fort Worth Y during this unprecedented and challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the Y was forced to close for 74 days in 2020, it continued servicing to the community through new and modified programs and outreach efforts. The Y provided 200,000 meals and snacks to those suffering from food insecurity, and provided essential child care to over 1,750 children through two continually operating pre-schools, a new Distance Learning Support program for online learners, summer day camp and after school initiatives.
Brown is excited to be joining the Fort Worth and Tarrant County community. The Fort Worth Y Search Committee vetted more than 60 candidates from all over the country who were interested in joining this dynamic, 130-year old non-profit organization.
“The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth offers an opportunity for expanded impact and reach to the entire 5-county service region. The opportunity to build a strategic plan to enhance community programs and strengthen the Y’s financial future is exciting to me”, said Mike Brown.
Brown takes over from Tony Shuman who served as President and CEO of the Fort Worth Y for almost 20 years and retired last fall. Brown is determined to build on the achievements by Shuman and propel the Fort Worth YMCA forward through the launch of a new 5-year strategic plan.
“The Board of Directors excitedly welcomes Mike Brown to our YMCA. Through innovative vision and strategic leadership, the Y embraces cause-driven work to deepen our reach to individuals, families, and the greater community. By aligning with the three core focus areas, and Brown’s leadership in our association, the YMCA will continue to be a catalyst for change and recognized as a stakeholder and collaborator in the greater Fort Worth area,” says Julie Wilson, chair of the YMCA Board of Directors.
Notable achievements for Brown include significant partnerships with hospitals, school districts, universities and the greater community. Brown holds two master’s degrees in human services: one in Leadership & Development and another in Organizational Leadership. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Management degree. He is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive and is a certified YMCA Organizational Leader. Additionally, he has served as adjunct professor for two universities in Illinois and Wisconsin teaching Intro to Human Services, Non-Profit Management, Financial Management, and Social Welfare Policy.
The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth was established in 1890 and briefly closed its doors last spring for the first time ever due to the impact of COVID-19. It reopened last summer with new health and safety protocols and guidelines to keep members and guests safe. Guests can visit the Y for membership, group exercise, day camps, swim lessons, personal training while maintaining social distancing guidelines. The Y is committed to helping people stay physically active, being mentally well while supporting the community in a variety of ways throughout the pandemic.
Mike Brown will have an office at the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown Fort Worth branch and can be reached at [email protected].
FORT WORTH YMCA PARTNERS WITH THE BIKE GANGS OF FORT WORTH PROVIDING FREE BICYCLE REPAIRS FOR FAMILIES
Fort Worth, Texas – Thursday, Dec 3rd, 2020 — The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is partnering with the Bike Gangs of Fort Worth to provide free bicycle repairs (called rehabs) to children and families on Saturday, Dec 5th at 9am in the parking lot of the Northpark YMCA located at 9100 N Beach St, Fort Worth, TX 76244.
The 100-bike rehab event, in collaboration with Bike Gangs of Fort Worth, is seeking volunteers to set up in separate stations, socially distanced, to rehab 100 bikes to get back into the community to encourage children and families to ride bikes and get out and move naturally. To volunteer for Saturday’s event, contact Erika Jobe at (817) 993-1333 or [email protected].
Established in November 2016 as The Park Glen Bike Gang, The Bike Gangs of Fort Worth is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Daniel Guido, a father in the Park Glen community. Its stated mission is to foster more neighborhood friendships and community, promoting “neighboring” in general (“build the neighborhood you want to live in”). The organization provides free organized bike rides, free bike repairs, free bike trade-ups, free bikes and free bike helmets. A total of eight neighborhood bike gangs now exist all around the city of Fort Worth.
“We get kids and their parents out of their houses and away from their screens for free and family-friendly bike rides, typically twice per month. Typically an hour or so long, rides start with a safety briefing, and then a slow-roll through neighborhoods, stopping to play at a park, then pedaling back to “home base” for a snack and water and sometimes cookouts or popsicles.” Daniel explains. “We’re honored to be the recipients of a Mayoral award in the Health and Wellness category of the 2019 City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Awards, and for partnering with the City’s code compliance and recycling stations to establish the Community Bike Builder program to intercept and rehab an additional 800-900 bikes per year for Fort Worth residents.”
The Northpark YMCA reopened this summer with new health and safety protocols and guidelines to keep members and guests safe. Guests can visit the Y for membership, group exercise, day camps, swim lessons, personal training while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Parents can bring kids to the Y Playhouse while they work to get or stay physically active.
“The opportunity to partner with The Bike Gangs of Fort Worth is a natural because our missions are closely aligned. Getting people to move naturally, strengthening families, encouraging the love of outdoors are priorities we are both working to encourage and support.” Says Erika Jobe, Executive Director of the Northpark YMCA. “Situated in close proximity to the neighborhood bike gangs, the Y has resources to offer, mostly an organized outdoor space and people (volunteers), so it’s a win/win for our community. To be able to do something so meaningful to encourage healthy living for our community during this time of social distancing is such a blessing!”
The Bike Gangs of Fort Worth has been rehabilitating and gifting bikes since 2017. Future plans include establishing the Neighborhood Bike Shop-in-a-Box model, which is based on a 20-foot shipping container format, and puts a full-fledged shop right in the neighborhoods that need them most.
“Considering that low-end bikes cost $75-$150 and repairs can easily run $40, it could be financially difficult for a family as kids continually grow through the five basic sizes of bicycles. Further, the modern family has a shortage of time that causes a drop-off and pick-up at a bike shop to become a stressful luxury.” Guido explains. “Our model not only catalyzes neighbor interactions and promotes healthy use of our amazing outdoor amenities, but it also solves these economic and time-zapping challenges. We aim to remove all barriers to entry and sustained participation and replace them with miles of smiles.”
They tout having over 1,200 bikes given back to the community, countless neighborhood bike rides, and over 10,000 estimated smiles and counting.
To find out more information about the Bike Gangs of Fort Worth, contact Gang Boss Daniel Guido at (682) 429-2298 or [email protected].
THE 39TH ANNUAL MORITZ FORT WORTH YMCA TURKEY TROT IS GOING VIRTUAL
DALLAS and FORT WORTH, TX (October 12, 2020) – Due to ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth announced today both the 2020 Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot and Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot will be virtual events only, for the health and safety of participants across North Texas. Families and individuals will be able to participate in this Thanksgiving Day tradition from their neighborhood or wherever they may be across the country on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2020.
Those who pre-registered for the in-person Turkey Trot races in Dallas or Fort Worth will be automatically transferred to a virtual registration. Participants will still receive an official 2020 Turkey Trot long-sleeved t-shirt at select YMCA branches or Luke’s Locker locations in Dallas and Fort Worth respectively in November or have it mailed directly to their home. Learn more at www.thetrot.org and www.fwtrot.org.
Founded in 1967, the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot has become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day events normally held in downtown Dallas.
“The health and wellness of all our participants is at the core of the YMCA’s mission and the safety of those who participate in the Turkey Trot is our top priority. That’s why after ongoing discussions with local health authorities, we came to the conclusion that the safest way to conduct the Turkey Trot this year would be for people to participate at home, rather than gathering together in Downtown Dallas, even with the added safety measures we planned for the event,” said Curt Hazelbaker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “We hope the families that participate every year decide to run or walk the race together at home to keep the tradition going. We look forward to being together in-person at next year’s race.”
Since 1981, new generations of families have turned out to experience the fun, family-friendly atmosphere of the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot.
“As the health and safety of our members, participants, staff and community is of utmost importance, and to support the guidelines set forth by our public health leaders, our 39th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot will be a virtual race in 2020. We encourage you to continue the tradition in Fort Worth by participating with us virtually and support the YMCA,” said Tony Shuman, President/CEO YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth
Proceeds from the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot will benefit the organization’s COVID-19 relief support for children and families and the preschool program at Park South Family YMCA. Proceeds from the Fort Worth YMCA Turkey Trot go to essential community programs and scholarships for families in need. Your participation in The Trot, and donations to the YMCA, help ensure we will always be ready to meet the needs of North Texas communities.
To sign up for the Fort Worth YMCA Virtual Turkey Trot, registration is $35 through November 25th. The first 1,000 registrations will receive a commemorative face covering. Virtual registration for dogs is $10. Register or learn more at www.fwtrot.org.
LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AT A TIME WHEN COMPASSION IS MOST NECESSARY DURING A PANDEMIC
DALLAS (Aug 26, 2020) – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 marks Women’s Equality Day, which is the date that commemorates women gaining the right to vote in America (1920). For the first time in its history, there are two female Board Chairs leading both the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth at the same time. Jill Magnuson serves as Board Chair/Chief Volunteer Officer in Dallas and Julie Wilson serves as Board Chair/Chief Volunteer Officer in Fort Worth.
Jill Magnuson was asked what Women’s Equality Day means to her, “This 100th Anniversary is not just reflecting on that historic moment, but about dedicating myself to the work I do through the YMCA to be about equality for all. It is a moment that we must look forward to be engaged in change, while honoring our past.”
Both Jill and Julie are only the second women Board Chairs to serve in their respective organizations. Gray Mayes was the first woman Board Chair for the Dallas Y and Cindy Milrany served as the first woman Board Chair for the Fort Worth Y.
“The Y is continually evolving to help families meet new challenges in a new way of life.” says Julie Wilson. “Arguably, women are generally the primary caregivers in most families. I love that the leader of the Dallas Y, Jill Magnuson, is so collaborative. We can not only talk together as Board Chairs, but as women, as working women, as mothers, and in my case as a grandmother, and help other women face today’s realities and challenges.”
Jill Magnuson serves as Director of External Affairs of the Nasher Sculpture Center, a world-renowned museum in the Dallas Arts District and Julie Wilson is President and CEO of The Reasons Group, a consultancy in Fort Worth specializing in marketing strategies and conflict management.
Jill Magnuson reflects that she is honored to serve and be surrounded by extraordinary volunteers on the Board. When asked about the timing, “I don’t know if it was fate or not, but I will say that I think it was meant to be.” Speaking on the challenging times of a global pandemic and continuing health crisis in North Texas, “I think our female leadership roles comes at a time where compassion is most necessary.”
Both YMCAs have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and both volunteer boards, executive leadership and staff are rallying to continue to serve the growing needs of the community in new ways. All YMCA branches in North Texas were closed for several months during the beginning of the pandemic. During that time, staff, volunteers, donors and partners helped serve the community through food distribution, blood drives, grab-n-go meals, household essentials and childcare.
“Obviously, we had to close our facilities for a short period of time. We had to pivot how we keep up with our mission, keep serving the community while we couldn’t have people come into the Y,” Julie explains. “We’ve got members, staff, the board, volunteers, donors and the community at large, and they all need to know that the Y is still in business delivering on its mission in helping support our community.”
Please visit www.ymcadfw.org to learn more about these two dynamic leaders and how both the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth support the community.
YMCA FORT WORTH CEO TONY SHUMAN RETIRING AT THE END OF 2020
Fort Worth, Texas – Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 — After 41 years of service with the YMCA, and 18 years of local leadership, Tony Shuman, President and CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, is retiring at the end of 2020.
“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to have Tony’s leadership in the Greater Fort Worth area for nearly 20 years,” Julie H. Wilson, board chair, commented. “We can point with pride to the many achievements our area Y’s have accomplished during his tenure.”
Some of the Y’s top initiatives and achievements under Shuman’s leadership include the following:
- Raised over $20 million in capital support to fund the new William M. McDonald YMCA, to renovate the historic Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown branch and make improvements at YMCA Camp Carter.
- Increased the number of Y members from 25,000 to over 50,000.
- Doubled the total number of people served to over 160,000 in 2019.
- Grew the association’s annual budget from $14 million to over $25 million.
- Introduced chronic disease prevention programs such as YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Enhance Fitness Arthritis Management, Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring, A Matter of Balance Fall Prevention, Exert Brain Health, and Y Weight Loss.
- Introduced new programs to address critical community issues such as Y Feeds Kids and Safety Around Water.
- Launched the Open Doors program to make YMCA memberships and programs available to more people (2018).
- Added five new YMCA locations and made major improvements and renovations to five other locations in the association, including YMCA Camp Carter.
- Supported the strategy that led to tripling the value of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Endowment Fund.
Facility developments by the Y include:
- Northpark YMCA in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2008)
- Hood County YMCA in collaboration with Hood County Commissioners and Hospital District (2006)
- Joshua Community YMCA in collaboration with the City of Joshua (2013)
- YMCA Sports Complex in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2013)
- William M. McDonald YMCA in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth (2018)
- Westside YMCA, in collaboration with the City of Fort Worth, transformed into the LVT Rise Community Center (2019)
Shuman began his 41-year YMCA career at the San Diego YMCA as a camp counselor and program director. From there, he moved back to his hometown in Orange County, CA, to run his first branch as an Executive Director for four years. Moving to Dallas in 1993, Tony spent 10 years as a Vice President of Operations with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas before moving to Fort Worth as our chief executive in July of 2002.
Since May 22nd, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth began a phased reopening after closures due to COVID-19.
Tony has been actively engaged in our local communities, serving in various roles including Renaissance Heights United board and Tarrant County Response Team, Downtown Fort Worth Inc. board, and Chair of the Council of United Way Executives. He has a close relationship with fellow North Texas Y CEOs, Curt Hazelbaker of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas and Eric Tucker, Arlington Mansfield Area YMCA, where the Y’s have collaborated to serve communities even better.
Tony’s leadership at the state and national level will be sorely missed. He chaired the Texas YMCA State Alliance Board and the YMCA Employee Benefits Management Committee; and is currently on the board of the YMCA Employees Assistance Fund.
The YMCA’s volunteers, staff, donors, Fort Worth and Tarrant County community will miss Shuman’s leadership. The Y’s Board of Directors has begun the process of identifying a successor that is innovative and mission-driven, undertaking a nationwide search with an emphasis on reaching a diverse candidate pool.