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Bainbridge YMCA bounces back after two year struggle

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BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

Officials at a South Georgia YMCA say their facility has much more to offer thanks to community support after struggling two years ago.

The Bainbridge-Decatur County YMCA suffered financial problems and lost membership due to the economic downturn. The community and charitable organizations, such as Kirbo Charitable Trust, donated more than $100,000 to help refurbish the childcare room, remodel the gym, and re-paint the pool.  

"When we first wanted to build a YMCA the people said oh it's too small for a YMCA and so the community takes a lot of pride in it. The same way they do about having a college here. We were told we were too small for that," said Emory Smith.       

The YMCA brought their karate program and swim team back. They also added new programs to the childcare facility and, under CEO Adam Schrott, hired fitness and membership directors to get more people to take advantage of the Y's services.

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