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Hickey joins Y team as program & facility director

‘Ranger Joe’ Hickey

The Middlesex Family YMCA has welcomed new program and facility operations director Joe Hickey.

“Ranger Joe,” as he is known to local youth, joined the YMCA team on March 15. Coming to the Y from the Boy Scouts of America as the Ranger at the Bayport Scout Reservation, Hickey brings deep experience to the YMCA. Hickey’s background in education and over 15 years working with the Boy Scouts of America gives the Y great experience for the next phase of operations.

“First, we are honored to have Ranger Joe join our team,” said Middlesex Y branch executive Rosabeth Ward Kissman. “As we open our newly-expanded facility and foresee growth in operations, he is the perfect piece to actualizing the vision set by our board and task force. I cannot wait to see the possibilities for our local youth and families under Ranger Joe’s leadership. Joe has served on our Board of Management for years, toting tables for me after every meeting; coaching soccer and volunteering wherever we’ve needed him; and fiercely advocating for county funding as a resident of the Jamaica District. This community is so very fortunate that he is choosing to share his passion for service with us.”

Hickey said, “In 2005, from New York as a “come here” or “Yankee,” Middlesex was just a place where I went to work. As my family began to grow, Middlesex became much more than where I worked; it became home. My children have grown up in Y programs and learned the values of the Y. Living in the northern part of the county on a Boy Scout Reservation, the Y programs gave them the tools to properly interact with others, make friends, and understand the meaning of community. Similarly, my wife Sandy and I have participated in adult sports including soccer, volleyball, flag football and softball, helping us assimilate into the greater Middlesex community. The Y gave us the tools to live and play. It takes a village to raise a family and through the Y we have made those relationships to do so.”

In May 2017 the Middlesex Family YMCA will open a new 10,000-square-foot, multi-purpose facility and gathering space. This capital improvement was the largest building project in Middlesex County in 2016. When asked how he sees the Y’s growth under his leadership, Hickey shares, “To me, the broad spectrum of populations within the county make it a melting pot of sorts, with the Y right in the middle. With circumstances as they are, I now have a unique opportunity to give back to the community, with the Y as my vehicle. I worked for the Boy Scouts of America for over 15 years, helping youth learn life skills on their journey into adulthood. The Y will be no different for me, other than now those skills will be taught to youth living right here in Middlesex County. The wellness and recreational programs for youth and adults currently provided at the Y will continue, and most likely be enhanced. With the new gymnasium almost complete, newer programs will be added to provide more opportunities to the county, including the much requested Pickleball. The gym will be able to handle multiple programs at one time, giving the people in the county more options to improve themselves in mind and body. After school, day camps, summer camp programs can be run simultaneously with other programs. The new child-watch area will allow more adults to have a “time out” to better themselves. Evening programs will no longer need to compete for space with the schools, giving our young athletes better access to their home courts to practice. I am excited and look forward to this new change in my life. I look forward to serving through the Y, providing increased opportunity in the Middlesex community.”

The Middlesex Family YMCA is at 11487 General Puller Highway, Hartfield. For more information about the Y’s mission and impact in Middlesex County, visit or call the Y’s Welcome Center at 804-316-9191.

posted 03.15.2017

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