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06/21/2014 12:00 AM

06/22/2014 10:04 AM

Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA merging with Y of the Triangle

The YMCA of the Triangle and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA of the Triangle will merge following a vote last week by the two organization's directors.

The merger will benefit YMCA members and employees, said Dabney Grinnan, who chairs of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Board of Directors. She said the newly expanded YMCA of the Triangle will be able to offer innovative programs developed by both organizations, and Triangle members will have access to facilities across the region. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Y also anticipates the merger will help plans to upgrade the Y building off Martin Luther King Blvd.

The YMCA of the Triangle will be better positioned to serve Chatham County, one of the fastest growing areas in the state, according to a statement from YOTA. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA has been overseeing a location in Pittsboro as well as the YMCA-Meadowmount.

For the past 17 months, the YMCA of the Triangle has supported the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA through a management services agreement, Grinnan said, noting that the agreement was to end in December.

The YMCA of the Triangle operates 13 facility branches in Wake, Durham and Lee Counties -- including the Downtown Durham YMCA, the Hope Valley Farms YMCA, the YMCA at American Tobacco; the Durham Lakewood YMCA; Raleigh's A.E. Finley YMCA, Alexander Family YMCA, Kerr Family YMCA and the Oberlin Road Program Center; the Cary Family YMCA; the Lee County YMCA; the Kraft Family YMCA in southern Wake; and the YMCA at the Factory in Wake Forest.

The YMCA also operates three overnight camps: Camp Kanata in Wake Forest, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer in Pamlico County.

Griffin earns a share of third at FJ Invitational

East Chapel Hill alum Ben Griffin is in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend defending his title in the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

Griffin, committed to playing next season at the University of North Carolina, is coming off a third-place showing in the American Junior Golf Association's FJ Invitational, which drew 10 of the nation's top 25 junior players into a field of 90 golfers.

Griffin carded four rounds of 66-73-72-70281 on the par-70 course at Sedgefield Country Club to tie with five others for third. Austin Connolly of Texas won the FJ Invitational with a 3-under-par total of 271.

Chapel Hill Summer Swim League gets started

The Heritage Hill-Homestead Aquatic Center team split it first two meets of the Chapel Hill Summer Swim League season, topping Hollow Rock-Stoneridge 374-306 on June 7 and then losing a close one with Country Club-Ridgewood, 359-322.

The Summer Swim League plans nine dual-meets this season for its members, leading up to the annual city championships July 19 in Koury Natatorium.

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