As the Dayton Raiders Swim Club prepares to take over the Lofino (Beavercreek) YMCA on May 1, Chris Sperber, President of the Dayton Raiders Swim Club Board, isn’t ruling out the possibility of sharing the facility by offering some programs to the general public of Beavercreek.

In a letter to members discussing the purchase of the Lofino (Beavercreek) YMCA, Sperber said, “Many questions have been asked about possible programming and the potential for this to become a Beavercreek Community Center. As of now, we do not have any models for programs in place. However, we, as a coaching staff and board, will start to look at the real possibility of branching out to provide numerous aquatic services to the surrounding areas.”

Sperber concluded his letter with a goal of making the Beavercreek YMCA “a place that will serve the needs of our swim club AND the local community.” The intention, while tentative, is glimmer of hope for the over one thousand members of the Beavercreek YMCA who are losing the facility. Many members say the pool is the main reason they like the facility.

A copy of the entire letter is reprinted below.

Feb 12, 2013

Raider Families,

Yesterday, as a representative of the Dayton Raiders Swim Club, I had the opportunity to sign an agreement with the Greater Dayton YMCA to purchase the Beavercreek Y. This is a tremendous opportunity for our club as we’ve been searching for a facility for a number of years. This facility will function as one of our team training sites and allow us to host our own swim meets and social gatherings. We are in the process of finding a location suitable for an entire team meeting to discuss the process from where we started to where we are now and to where we expect to be. Please look for an email soon detailing this meeting.

Many questions have been asked about possible programming and the potential for this to become a Beavercreek Community Center. As of now, we do not have any models for programs in place. However, we, as a coaching staff and board, will start to look at the real possibility of branching out to provide numerous aquatic services to the surrounding areas. With the financial help of community leaders, corporate entities and private individuals, along with local government, we can make this a place that will serve the needs of our swim club AND the local community.

Chris Sperber
President, Dayton Raiders Swim Club Board

Source: Dayton Raiders website.