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To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.

About the MS Gulf Coast YMCA

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.


Street Closures for the Discover Christmas Parade and Toy DriveOcean Springs, MS – The Discover Christmas Parade & Toy Drive will roll at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 10 in downtown! The parade will begin on Front Beach Drive, turn east on Porter Avenue, north on Washington Avenue, then east on Government Street. The parade will end on Government Street at Ocean Springs Lumber.Barricades will be placed starting at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The barricades will be removed after the parade passes.The following streets will be closed:-Porter Avenue (from the Ocean Springs Yacht Club to Washington Ave.)-Washington Avenue (from Porter Ave. to Government Street)-Government Street (from Washington Avenue to Magnolia Avenue)-All side streets along the entire parade route.Southbound traffic on Washington Avenue from US-90 will be re-routed via Desoto Street. Roads will reopen at the discretion of the Ocean Springs Police Department. As always, it is at the discretion of local law enforcement as to whether it is in the interest of the public’s safety to add or remove a barricade.#oceansprings #theplacetobe ... See MoreSee Less
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About the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative is a national child-focused water safety campaign, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Make a Splash Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, more than 7.5 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of 1,000 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit