SCC joins forces with Champions for Life

Two communities are joining together to offer more services to their residents.

The Skaneateles Community Center and Champions for Life Sports Center in Auburn will be offering joint open houses on Sept. 13, said Matt Major, Skaneateles parks and recreation director.

"We were just mutually trying to come up with ways to make our membership more beneficial to our members," Major said.

Major and Mike Henty, founder and president of Champions for Life, began networking and found that there were some services Henty could not offer his members at times when SCC can. For instance, Skaneateles' fitness center is open on Sundays and Champions for Life is not.

"We sat down and discussed some options that would complement his membership that he can't offer his members through the facility," Major said.

To allow the community to get a feel for the Auburn facility, interested members can climb aboard the Finger Lakes Railroad at Skaneateles Junction. The train will pull to a stop at Champions for Life for a tour of the center, Major said.

"They'll be coming from Auburn first," he said. "We'll have buses to drive them to the community center."

While there is limited seating and it is important for people to register for the trip promptly, families and individuals can drive to Auburn to participate. Tickets are available at the community center and through its Web site, skaneatelescommunitycenter.com.

The open houses are open to all and will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and offer a variety of activities for everyone to check out. If the community center has enough people sign up for the trip, they will begin a waiting list.

According to Major, the community center is also preparing for new programs including the formation of a water polo league and other pool programs to add to the current offerings. One of the programs held now is the morning water aerobics class. Resident Nancy Murray was in the pool working out recently and said she enjoys having the community center available for her.

"The ultimate result is that we are providing more benefits to our members," Major said.

According to the Champions for Life Web site, the sports center is a 44,000-square-foot multi-sports complex. The center is operated by Champions for Life, Inc. which is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 with the mission to develop virtues and character through sports.

"They are an indoor tennis, golf, soccer, gymnastics, fitness facility and more. This is very exciting for both

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