The Missoula Y Blog

5 04, 2017

Meet Local High Schooler Ryan!

A big thank you to Ryan for sharing his Y story with us!

Kellen and I had always known of Special Olympics and youth involvement through some of our friends Niko Medeiros, Bryan Swanson, and Parker Davis, but hadn’t thought about getting involved until we were faced with our Senior Project. When our original plan fell through, […]

2 03, 2017

Meet Tri the New Year Indoor Triathlon Participant Virginia!

A special thank you to Virginia for sharing her Tri story with us!

We started 2017 in a different way than previous years. My husband, children and I participated in the Y’s Tri the New Year Indoor Triathlon, which included an eight-minute swim in the pool, a 22-minute stationary bike ride, and a 15-minute run on […]

10 02, 2017

Meet Y Board Member Angie Tranel!

A special thank you to Angie Tranel for sharing her Y story with us!

Community is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the Missoula Y. My experience with the Y started in the late 1990s when I took a job at the Welcome Desk and became a member. I saw the […]

5 12, 2016

The Missoula Y’s Annual Angel Tree Project

The Angel Tree Project is a time-honored tradition here at the Missoula Y. This month’s post is written by Angel Tree Coordinator, Daurine Spritzer. 

Every year the Missoula Y organizes its Angel Tree Project to provide gifts to children who need a little extra holiday cheer. In 2015, the Y was able to provide presents and toys […]

15 11, 2016

Meet Y Otter Athlete Gary Fuller!

A special thank you to Gary Fuller for writing this post on his experience competing at the State Basketball Tournament as a member of the Missoula Y Otters!

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” 

Hello, my name is Gary Fuller and I am an athlete with the Missoula […]

2 11, 2016

Meet Y Members Kari Ann and Jean Jacques Robert!

This month’s blog post was written by Y member Kari Ann. 

It all began in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kari Ann and her courageous husband, Silas Warner, both had medical difficulties manageable by, among other things, swimming.

The Bay Area YMCAs have never been the same: Picture a five-foot tall adoring and determined wife; Mischa, a 55-pound […]

26 09, 2016

Meet Y Primary Teacher Chloé Williams!

For primary teachers in our preschools, the Y is more than a paycheck—it’s a way to make a life-long impact on Missoula children. Meet Chloé, a dedicated preschool teacher in the Missoula Family YMCA’s Development Center.

The Development Center offers four- and five-day preschool options for children 25 months to five years of age. Led by highly trained teachers, […]

26 08, 2016

Meet Y Volunteer Soccer Coach Jean Zosel

Missoula Family YMCA Youth Soccer is celebrating 40 years of kicks, goals, and teamwork! In honor of its 40th birthday, we asked volunteer soccer coach Jean Zosel to share why she keeps coming back to coach year after year. 
I had just discovered soccer for myself when a teammate asked if I would fill in as […]

9 08, 2016

Meet Y Instructor Meighan Hanich

For the past couple of days, I’ve struggling to find the words to start this blog. Originally I thought that I would write about my past and the obstacles that I overcame by losing weight and becoming a fitness instructor. About my journey of becoming an instructor at the age of 38 and struggling to pull […]

30 06, 2016

Meet Y Staff Member Dennis Bender!


These are biceps of a person turning 63 soon. 13 years ago, however, my life looked a lot different. I was approaching 50 and seriously out of shape. At 5’5”, I weighed 230 pounds. On May 1, 2003, I joined the Missoula Y with two goals: I wanted to complete the 2004 Riverbank Run 5K […]