The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) today announced that the YMCA of Springfield was selected to receive $20,000 as the beneficiary for the 16th Annual OCIF Open: Chip in fore Charity. The new Downtown YMCA facility will be funded through proceeds from the OCIF annual golf outing scheduled for September 16th at Illini Country Club.

“We are very excited to support the YMCA of Springfield as they build a new facility in downtown Springfield.” Said OCIF Board President Ron Romanelli, M.D. “The new location represents community reinvestment that advances health and a greater sense of community to the city of Springfield.”

The new YMCA facility will be located on the corner of 4th and Carpenter Streets. Construction for the facility will begin in August and if weather permits will be open at the end of 2020.  This new location represents community reinvestment that advances the Enos Park and mid-Illinois medical district master plans which are intended to strengthen and foster growth in the community.  The aquatic center with an eight-lane pool and a recreational pool will allow for swim instruction, lap swimming, water exercise, special needs aquatics and family fun.  The state-of-the-art fitness and weight area as well as the racquetball courts, indoor track and a full-court gymnasium will help address the health needs of our community. The high-tech gymnastics center will provide gymnastics for both recreational and competitive groups. The facility will also house youth enrichment areas to assure every child has access to safe spaces and positive adult role models.  Angie Sowle, CEO for the YMCA of Springfield says, “This project will allow us to expand our impact and continue to provide a place of belonging for residents of every age. Thank you to the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation for their support for this project and for helping us make this dream a reality.”

This year marks the 16th Chip in fore Charity and to date, OCIF has granted over $300,000 to Springfield area organizations.  Past grant recipients include: Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (2018),Compass for Kids (2017), Special Olympics (2016), ThinkFirst (2015), Illinois Senior Olympics (2014), genHkids (2013), Springfield Sharefest (2012), Camp Care-A-Lot (2011), Springfield YMCA (2010), Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center (2009), Big Brothers Big Sisters (2008), Southwind Park (2007), Contact Ministries (2006), Boys and Girls Club of Springfield (2005), and Central Illinois Foodbank (2004). For more information on the Foundation or to be a sponsor at this year’s event, please visit the OCIF website:  www.ocif.net or call (217) 547-9100.