Kids young and old gathered together Tuesday evening at the Ardmore Family YMCA for Family Fitness Night. The event serves as the kick off of the Ardmore Corporate Fitness Challenge, however this event focused on the family instead of the office.
Mike Whitson, a member of the planning committee for the Ardmore Corporate Fitness Challenge, said they were happy to be bringing Family Fitness Night back for a second year, and the challenge itself back for its sixth year.
“We’re happy to partner with Girls on the Run for this event and their upcoming 5K,” Whitson said.
Girls on the Run Council Director Erica Gay said she was excited to share their mission with the community.
“At Girls on the Run, we play games that help us learn about our leadership, and that’s what we’re doing tonight. But we’re taking it to the families as well,” Gay said. She said the agenda for the evening included an obstacle course game for the children and a pickleball clinic for adults.
Dave Mordy helped run the pickleball clinic and described the game as a mixture of tennis, badminton and ping pong.
“You don’t have to have ever played tennis to get into this,” Mordy said. “You can pick it up really easily and it’s a lot of fun.”
Local businesses and organizations were also on hand for the evening handing out prizes and distributing information.
Michelle Sinkler, program officer for the Ardmore
Institute of Health, described a new event they are sponsoring for the upcoming challenge. The event is a three-on-three basketball competition for those age 50 and over and will be known as the Master’s Division.
“Last year, I came out and participated with the Chamber, and I saw a lot of 20 year olds and a lot of 30 year olds,” Sinkler said. “I saw some closer to my age but very few, so I wondered if we had our own division, would that draw more people out of that age group?”
Sinkler said if the event proves successful, the Master’s Division will be expanded into other events next year.
Whitson said the first two events of the challenge will begin on May 21, but the majority of the competition will  begin the Tuesday after Memorial Day.
“It’s a competition, but a friendly competition,” Whitson said. He added that in addition to helping Girls on the Run, the primary focus of the corporate fitness challenge is to raise funds for Cities in Schools. He said so far the challenge has raised almost $25,000.