YMCA MS Gulf Coast,
Blossman Branch History

Woody Blossman chartered the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA in December, 1975,with a love for children and the backing of some local businessmen. Blossman, then Chairman of Blossman Gas Company, had once witnessed the death of a child by drowning, and he wanted to do all he could to prevent it from happening to another child.

The YMCA opened in the former Marmin pool building with a staff of three. Since that day, the YMCA has steadily grown, with not only swimming lessons, but a diverse selection of classes and activities from which the whole community can benefit. Every day, the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA helps children and youth to deepen positive values, their commitment to service and their motivation to learn.

Outreach Programs offer parenting skills classes, anger management classes, Families First, substance abuse counseling, and an Adolescent Offender Program that works with the local courts and the families. All of these programs are free to everyone on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The concept that the YMCA is not bricks and mortar – but people – continues to guide the operation of the Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, and will ensure that Blossman’s legacy is passed on to future generations.

General Information

Equal Access
The YMCA welcomes participation of all people regardless of race, creed, color, gender, age, national affiliation or physical ability.

Guest Policy
A guest application form must be filled out at the Member Services Desk. For the guest pass to be activated, the participant must be 18 years or older, show photo ID. Guests ages 11 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.

Valuables / Lockers
The YMCA is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Day lockers are available at no charge to members. Please bring your own lock.

Schedules are subject to change with minimal notice. The YMCA will make every attempt to foresee any necessary changes in schedules and post these changes at least one week in advance.

Youth Supervision
Parents/Guardians are responsible for their children at all times when they are in the YMCA facilities until such times as a YMCA staff member or representative assumes responsibility for the children, as during a program or in Child watch. Parental/Guardian supervision of the children must resume immediately after a scheduled program concludes.

Photo Notices
The YMCA MS Gulf Coast, Blossman Branch occasionally photographs and/or videotapes our members and program participants in various activities. Some of these pictures are used in YMCA marketing and/or fund-raising materials. If you DO NOT want your photo used by the YMCA, please step out of the shot or notify the photographer before the picture/video is taken.

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