Youngstown Phantom hockey players will inspire youth to be active at New Castle Community YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day.

The event, celebrated at nearly 1,300 Ys nationwide, will be held locally from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 at the Y’s downtown facility at 20 W. Washington St.

Special guests from the Youngstown Phantoms will play street hockey with the youth attending the event and will show off their skills when they take on the New Castle police in a friendly hockey game.

Participants can also join in fun active play and educational activities, such as sports demonstrations in soccer, volleyball, hockey, pickleball and basketball. Slippery Rock University students will present health and wellness games.

Additional activities include a bicycle safety course, ambulance tours by Noga, a fire truck tour by the New Castle Fire Department and a Bookmobile tour by the New Castle Public Library.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long – a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health.

“The Y is so much more than sports, swimming, tumbling and a place for kids to hang out. We support families in their efforts to instill healthy habits at home,” said Justin Umbs, youth and family director.

“We know that it can sometimes feel like a challenge. So at Healthy Kids Day, we’ll encourage kids to stay physically and intellectually active all summer long, and give families tips they can easily replicate at home,” Umbs added.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day is supported by locally by Dr. David Spokane and CAZZCO.

For more information, contact Justin Umbs at 724.658.4766 or visit

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