Protective Sports Equipment

September 29, 2017

Fall sports are ramping up as the weather cools down. Football and lacrosse seasons are starting; even some baseball and softball teams are still playing. Winter sports, including hockey, basketball, and volleyball are on the horizon. Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and other community organizations often offer sports programs for children. Playing on sports teams is a great way for children to exercise and work together with teammates. Having the right safety equipment is essential for keeping children safe and healthy while playing sports.

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Do Not Resuscitate Orders at the Gym?

August 28, 2017

Imagine an elderly member came into your organization with an advanced directive stating that in the event of an emergency, they don't want to be resuscitated. Of course your first instinct would be the respect their wishes, however, is this the best course of action? Do organizations like YMCAs have to honor these types of requests?

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Safety at the Y in 2014

April 10, 2015

West Bend Mutual Insurance Company works with more than 200 Y associations throughout the Midwest. Each year, these Ys submit hundreds of insurance claims to West Bend. This year, we conducted a thorough analysis of each of these claims and held a live online seminar for our customers to discuss the results. To help make other Ys (and similar organizations) safe for

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Child Abuse Prevention Month: What Can We Do?

April 10, 2015

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. Since 1983, this month has been a time for our country to tackle this extremely challenging issue. Community organizations and parents collaborate to develop policies and strategies to strengthen families and keep children safe.

That’s why it’s especially disheartening to see this disturbing news story making headlines. A college student, majoring in education, was arrested and later admitted to

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Free Webinar: Social Media Marketing for YMCAs

November 08, 2012

Last week, I had the great pleasure of attending the Michigan YMCA Key Leaders Conference in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to joining several of my fellow West Bend associates as exhibitors, I was asked to join in on a panel discussion regarding new technology topics that are relevant to

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Does that Lifeguard Belong on the Pool Deck?

August 15, 2012

Imagine that your pool experiences the worst-case scenario... a drowning. In addition to grieving family members, distraught lifeguards, and a devastated community, you're also be flooded with attention by lawyers and media outlets. In all of this chaos, how much energy do you think you'll be able to dedicate to compiling the paperwork that may make or break the future of

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Pool Safely's First Splash!

May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24th was a big day for aquatics professionals, parents and kids everywhere. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's Pool Safely campaign kicked off the third year of its pool and spa safety awareness initiative.

As a Pool Safely Campaign Safety Partner, West Bend joined organizations like the Y, Safe Kids USA, and the American Red Cross in this year's goal of providing water safety outreach and education to

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Counselor Training Prevents Tornado Disaster

June 10, 2011

Tornadoes have been dominating the news as of late... and for good reason. According to data from the National Weather Service, more than 500 people have been killed by tornadoes in 13 different states already this year. Before-and-after photos from Joplin, Missouri show the unimaginable power of a tornado.

With so many sad stories so far in this storm season, we're happy to share a tornado story from one of our customers that ended with a group of

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3 Trends in Child Abuse Scandals

March 24, 2011

An ex-Boy Scout camp director and YMCA water safety instructor accused of filming and distributing child pornography entered a guilty plea this past Tuesday on three of the seven counts he is facing. Similar accusations have been made against dozens of coaches with USA Swimming in the last year as well. In fact, it seems as if horrifying stories like this are coming from every possible direction: sports teams, churcheshigh schools, and even daycare centers.

While the pain and torment experienced by all of the victims is

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