Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament

The 18th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament
In Memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Courts open 1:00 p.m., play begins 1:30 p.m.
Rain date is Sunday, May 6 with courts opening at 9:30 a.m. and play beginning at 10 a.m.

The format is a doubles, round-robin that gives each player the opportunity to play several matches with a variety of partners.
There is a male and female division. Each player is assigned a teammate for each round.
Overall winners will be those who accumulate the most victories throughout the day.
Exhibition mixed doubles matches will be played at the end of the tournament for interested players.
Players are required to sign a release form upon tournament check-in.

1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each division

Celebration Reception
Sponsored by Biggerstaff’s Catering
All participants and a guest are welcome to attend. Includes hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (If tournament is moved to Sunday, May 6 because of rain, the reception will still be held Saturday, May 5)
Location: Gettysburg Seminary Refectory, 148 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg

Click here to register

Water Training Classes

Deep Aquatics Fitness Training
A medium to high level workout in deep water for adults of all ages and ability levels. Emphasis is on improving total fitness goals which includes cardio, easy range-of-motion for joints, simple stretching, strengthening, and balance. There will be a cardio and strength assessment at the beginning and end of the session.  Class is limited to 18 people.

Registrations for Winter Sessions open November 15th.

Tuesdays & Thursdays    9:40-10:40AM 
Session 12: December 11- January 22 (6 weeks)
Session 01: January 29- March 7          (6 weeks)

Rec Pass Members $10  Basic  Members $20  Non Members $25

Dynamic Shallow Water Training
A medium to high-intensity workout in shallow water for adults of all ages and ability levels.  This is a class for people who want to improve their cardio, strength, flexibility and balance. There will be a cardio and strength assessment at the beginning and end of the session. Class size is limited to 18 people.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays   11:30AM-12:30PM
Session 12: December 10- January 18 (6 weeks)
Session 01: January 28- March 8           (6 weeks)

Rec Pass Members $15  Basic  Members $25  Non Members $30

Both of these group training classes are taught by an instructor certified by the United States Water Fitness Association and holds a personal water fitness training certification. She has been training people for more than 10 years in the water.  Her name is Linda Denniston.  

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Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Course

img_1062This is a Basic First Aid and Adult, Child and Infant CPR/AED blended learning course taught through the American Red Cross.  This course is designed for anyone over the age of 16, who would like to be certified.  This certification is good for two years.

This is a blended learning course.  You will be expected to spend about 2-3 hours online.  The online portion of this course is expected to be completed prior to the skills day scheduled at the YWCA.


Students are to register for this course by paying the YWCA fee for the skills/teaching portion of this course.  Everyone must pay prior to the class date.  Once this fee is paid, the student must contact the Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads, via email to have the online course link emailed to them.

Upcoming Blended Learning Class Dates:  Registration is now open for all dates.

Wednesdays 6:00pm- 9:00pm
Session 12: December 5       Register by December 3
Session 01: January 30         Register by January 28
Session 02: February 20       Register by February 18

YWCA Fee: $80   Pay Online



Running Club

This group is for couch potatoes who have an interest in starting a running routine, whether you want to run a 5K or just one or two miles. This is the perfect way to train for any of the YWCA’s road races. Coached by Betsy Meyer.

Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Rec Free Basic N/A Non N/A

Women’s Self Defense

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere as you learn the basic aspects of self-defense. This class will focus on mental preparation such as situational awareness and positive mental attitude, and will include instruction on personal self-defense techniques such as arm bars, punching, kicking, and throwing. The instructor, Rachel McVey, spent eight years with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and is currently working as an Animal Control Officer. She has been teaching women’s self-defense since 2003, including four semesters at Frederick Community College.

When asked about their favorite aspect of the class, past participants said:

  • Repetition of movements and corrections
  • Learning how to protect myself
  • The instructor was able to instill a strong sense of self-confidence
  • Being aware of different situations

Registration is required.

May 1 and 2     6  to 8 p.m.

Rec Free Basic $10 Non $20


Circuit Training

100_2789The YWCA’s circuit training room opened in March 2014. This room features hydraulic resistance equipment that allows users to complete a low-impact cardio and strength-training workout in 30 minutes! This circuit is perfect for beginners, seniors, teens, and those who may feel overwhelmed by a larger fitness center. The room is open during regular YWCA hours and is staffed from 7 to 10:30 a.m. on weekday mornings. Access to the circuit room is included in all rec pass memberships.

A circuit training class for youth ages 10 and older is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. (Rec Free, Basic $20/month). Register at the service desk.


What is pickleball? It’s one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, a hybrid of table tennis, badminton and tennis. Pickleball is played on a badminton-sizepickleball_photod court with the net lowered to 34 inches at the center, using a perforated plastic ball (similar to a whiffle ball) and wood or composite paddles. It is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Pickleball originated in Bainbridge Island, Wash., and was named after Pickles the dog, who would chase the ball around the court. Much of the growth in the sport is due to the millions of Baby Boomers who are entering retirement age and wish to remain active.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays 2-4 p.m.

Rec Free     Basic $4     Non $5

Women Behind These Walls

Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women tofFamilyBehind These Walls is free, self-guided walking tour of downtown Gettysburg designed to share the stories and perspectives of civilian women who lived during the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath. The posters along the tour are placed at locations that were significant to each woman’s life before, during, or after the battle. The tour  is a collaborative effort between the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and Survivors, Inc., the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Gettysburg Licensed Town Guides, and For the Cause Productions, Inc.

A special thank-you to all the businesses, organizations, and homeowners who agreed to be a part of this project.

Click here for a printable tour brochure (updated Aug. 2015). You can also find brochures at the YWCA, the Destination Gettysburg office, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, and A&A Village Treasures.

#25 Catherine “Kitty” Payne Brian’s story (no placard is currently displayed at Kitty’s site; an illustration of Kitty is shown above):
I lived here (219 S. Washington St.) with my second husband, Abraham Brian. My first husband had died of a fever, leaving me with three small children. I had been a slave in Virginia but had been set free upon my master’s death. His nephew, who had inherited the farm, took exception to our freedom and sent bounty hunters after my family. They captured us and took us back to Virginia, where we spent a year in jail. My life here was not any happier as my new husband did not want the burden of my children and sent them off to live with other families. My heart was broken and I died at age 34.

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Everyone is welcome to the YWCA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series! This series is held at noon in the YWCA Community Room at 909 Fairfield Road. Registration is recommended; call 717-334-9171, ext. 115 or email

Interfaith dialogue topic of YWCA Brown Bag Lunch

Dr. Rukhsana Rahman will be sharing her thoughts and techniques regarding Interfaith Dialogue on Dec. 11 at noon at the YWCA of Gettysburg and Adams County.

Rahman immigrated to America in 1979 to advance her medical career, starting with internship in Livingston, New Jersey and completing residency in Brooklyn, New York in 1984. She and her husband, Athar Rafiq, have lived in Gettysburg since 1986. Rahman worked as a radiologist at Gettysburg Hospital for 32 years before retiring in December 2017.

Upon return from Hajj in 2008 Athar and Rukhsana were invited by friends to speak at local churches about their pilgrimage. Understanding the dire need for interfaith communication and the scarcity of accurate information about Islam and Muslims, they have embraced this as their life mission. Since then they have been invited to well over 100 area clubs, churches, schools, colleges and universities. They have also taken United Lutheran Seminary students and Gettysburg community members to the mosque they attend in Frederick, for Friday sermon and prayers and love to invite folks to their house for casual tea and dialogue. She recently spoke to Peace and Conflict class on Interfaith Dialogue and feels that more than ever before we have a need to get to know our neighbors of different faiths and traditions.

Rahman and Rafiq, a Mount St Mary’s professor, are recipients of Peacemakers Of The Year award given by Interfaith Center For Peace And Justice, in Gettysburg; Living The Dream Award by MLK committee in Gettysburg and Peacemakers Among Us award by World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County is located at 909 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg.