July 1, 2016

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YWCA closes shop, but teeball will continue

MEDINA — When the YWCA closes next month, its co-ed teeball program will continue through a partnership between the Medina County Domestic Relations Court and the Church at Stony Hill in Granger Township.

Teeball games, for children 3 to 7 years old as part of the court’s visitation program, will be played Saturdays and Sundays at the church, 2756 Stony Hill Road. All registered children will receive a T-shirt and trophy.



Medina County Domestic Relations Judge Mary Ann Kovack began her visitation program, also known as the Gift Exchange, in 2004 as a safe, supervised parenting time for families at risk in divorce and domestic violence cases.

Parents interested in registering their children for the Gift Exchange/T-ball program may call (330) 239-9858, or download the registration form available online at www.churchatstonyhill.com.

“The YWCA’s suggestion that we take on the T-ball program is a perfect fit with the Gift Exchange,” Kovack said in a statement. “To facilitate and continue a program that allows children and their families to participate in T-ball for the benefit of children and parents in high-conflict situations is a gift.”

After serving the community for 87 years, the Medina County YWCA on state Route 18 in Medina Township will close at the end of May. Executive Director Judy Heller has cited the economy as one of the reasons for closing, plus the fact fewer people are signing up for programs like gymnastics and martial arts for families because they are offered elsewhere.

“The closing of the YWCA is bittersweet for me, but I cannot thank Judy Heller and her board enough for what they have given to our program and the families of Medina County,” Kovack said.

The visitation program operates out of a county-owned building at Remsen and Myers roads in Medina Township. It could, however, move to the YWCA building, 4046 Medina Road, after it closes.

The YWCA plans to give its building to the county and it has specified it go to the visitation program.

Contact Liz Sheaffer at (330) 721-4060 or lsheaffer@medina-gazette.com.