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“The Y has stood by me and my family during the most difficult times imaginable. You can’t put a price tag on that support.”
-Laurel, Circle of Champs mom

Circle of Champs is a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for children battling a life-threatening illness. Our program offers opportunities for families to enjoy outings together including baseball games, cooking classes, camp, and more.

The CDYMCA recognizes treating an illness can cause financial challenges for families. All program activities are free for families. We offer free household memberships to the Y, to provide a fun place to gather and play together.

Please let us help. Call Lisa at 518.245.3634 x1100 or email to learn more. Download a registration form here



Circle of Champs was founded in 1999 by a group of volunteers dedicated to serving families with a child facing a life-threatening illness. Originally based in Guilderland, New York, the program has expanded to serve families throughout the entire Capital Region. Since its foundation, the CDYMCA Circle of Champs has served over 1,000 families through monthly activities, a support system, and camp. 


A Unique Approach

The Circle of Champs focuses on the needs of each child and their family. We understand that a child’s illness affects the entire family. Our approach gives children and those in their lives the chance to spend time together in a different and fun setting.


Kids Get to be Kids

“At Circle of Champs, staff are just as focused on my ‘normal’ child as they are on my affected child. They give both my kids equal attention.”
-Fawn, Circle of Champs mom

Free of charge, Circle of Champs kids enjoy a week of summer fun at four of our YMCA locations: YMCA Adventure Camp, Southern Saratoga, Greenbush and Bethlehem.


Join Today!

Sponsors and volunteers are welcomed to join. This program offers a meaningful, memorable way to give back to our community.  To learn more, please call 518.456.3634 x1100 to speak with Lisa.