Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament

The 20th Annual Gettysburg Benefit Tennis Tournament
In Memory of Arthur and Muriel Rice

Saturday, May 2, 2020: CANCELLED

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Courts open 9:30 a.m., play begins 10 a.m.
Rain date is Sunday, May 3rd, with play beginning at 1 p.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.

NEW THIS YEAR! High School students play free thanks to generous sponsors.
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



Women Behind These Walls

Much of Civil War-era history is recorded through the eyes of men: soldiers, laborers, government officials, and others. Women Behind 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 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 the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides, Savor Gettysburg Food Tours, Adams County Arts Council, DKG International Society For Key Women Educators, Seminary Ridge Museum, Licensed Town Guides of Gettysburg, Adams County Historical Society, bak spin productions, Adams County Library, Gettysburg Heritage Center, 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 July 2020). You can also find brochures at the YWCA, the Destination Gettysburg office, the Gettysburg Heritage Center, and A&A Village Treasures.

#27 Julia Jacobs Harpster’s story is displayed at 101 West Middle St.

As she tells it…

On July 4, the defeated Rebels set up a picket line at the edge of town. I watched in horror as one Union cavalryman was shot right in front of us. I jumped into action and became a human warning system. I stood in our front doorway and and shouted warnings to the approaching Union soldiers.

Spirit of Gettysburg 5K

The Spirit of Gettysburg 5K normally travels the first day of the historic Battle of Gettysburg, past the Eternal Light Peace Memorial. If you love road races, or want to run in one for the first time, the Spirit of Gettysburg 5K is for you.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this year’s run – our 30th annual – will be a virtual event! All participants will be mailed an official Spirit of Gettysburg face mask!

Click here to register

So, how does a virtual run work? It is heavily based on the honor system.
1. Register here. You can register anytime between now and June 30. I do ask that if you know you want to participate, you register as soon as possible. I have no idea how many people are interested and I do not want to over-order or under-order masks. You deserve a mask but masks sitting in a box in the YW attic are wasted money!

2. You run/walk a 5K (3.1 miles) anytime between June 1 – 30 at the location of your choosing.

3. Upload your time to your account

4. Post pictures on social media using #VirtualSpiritofGettysburg

5. Wait for your Spirit of Gettysburg face mask to arrive in the mail.

If you already registered and do not want to participate in a Virtual Spirit, email for a refund.

Thanks for being a loyal Spirit of Gettysburg participant. This fundraiser is crucial to our operations and is not possible without your support and the support of our wonderful sponsors!

Past years’ results

Click here for 2019 Results

Click here for 2018 Results

Click here for 2017 Results

Click here for 2016 Results

Click here for 2015 Results

Click here for 2014 Overall Results

Click here for 2014 Results by Age Group

Click here for 2013 results.

2012 results by age group

2012 results sorted by time

2011 Race Results
2010 Race Results

2009 5K results

Meeting & Party Rooms

Do you have an occasion to celebrate, but need a place to host it? A meeting where you can also benefit from a little basketball or racquetball team building? Check out the YW! Our facility has amenities that can help you host that perfect party, reunion, meeting or other event.

You do not need to be a YW member to rent.  YW rec pass members, however, do receive a 10 percent discount on rental fees.

Call Kristen Mooney at 717-334-9171 x 120 or email for more information.


$50 for up to 3 hours | $75 for 3+ hours
Our 42’ by 29’ community room can be divided into two separate spaces. Each space seats 25 – 30 people and as one large room accommodates seating for approximately 75.  Chairs and tables are provided, and some audio visual equipment is available, as well as Wi-Fi. You may bring your own food and drink, with the exception of alcoholic beverages. If, however, convenience is important to you, catering can be provided by Ragged Edge Coffee House’s satellite location, which is inside the YWCA, right next to the community room.


We offer several options for themed parties. These parties include use of the community room for three hours, including one hour of your chosen activity.

Gymnastics party $125 | Pool party $120

Gymnastics parties must be pre-approved by our Fitness Director, Jen King, and pool parties must be pre-approved by our Aquatics Director, Cora Rhoads.

  • Pool parties are always a good time.  You have one hour of splash time in the pool. The pool during this time is still open to the public.
  • Gymnastics parties include fun on the balance beam, mats, springboard and vaulting block. Structured activity includes an obstacle course! Party includes one hour of gymnastic activities led by YW staff.


One community room rental (1/2 room) is available for all Adams County non-profit organizations for a 10 percent discount. If you require other areas of our facility, you will be granted a 10 percent discount on the rental fee.

Gymnasium, pool, and racquetball courts may also be rented on an hourly basis, separately or in combination with the community room. If you have other ideas of how our facility can meet your needs call us at 717-334-9171 x 120.  Make sure to come in and take a look!