The philosophy of the Kankakee Area YMCA Stingrays is to make swimming enjoyable for all participants regardless of ability. To meet that end, we will provide an environment where our children have the opportunity to become better swimmers by becoming more educated in proper stroke technique
and practicing that technique during practice and at swim meets. The successful swimmer in our program will be the swimmer who strives to the best of his or her ability to improve his or her stroke technique and supports the efforts of other members of the team. Our athletes, coaches, parents and board members support this philosophy.


  1. To provide an opportunity for young people to engage in a wholesome sport and a recreational activity. 

  2. To foster the development of high self-esteem and help cultivate healthy self-images. 

  3. To offer a comprehensive skill development program that will give each child an opportunity to improve all four competitive strokes so that each child is more efficient and confident in the water. 

  4. To provide opportunities for healthy social, emotional, and educational development. 

  5. To provide an opportunity to learn sportsmanship and make swimmers aware of team competition. 

  6. To have FUN!