On Sunday, June 7 at 8am, the lobby of the Darien YMCA was filled with Darien firefighters, policemen and Post 53.

This wasn’t for an emergency, however. These teams competed along with local families and businesses in the first annual Y Games: Team Charity Challenge.

19 teams of four people competed in seven fitness challenges which included climbing the Y’s rock wall, running through an obstacle course, slamming medicine balls on the ground, and doing as many pushups as possible. Following the competition, the Darien YMCA hosted a reception for participants which included two food trucks, samples from Embody Fitness Gourmet and bottles of Sportwater.

The purpose of the event was to raise money for the Darien YMCA Financial Assistance program while promoting the Y’s mission of healthy living to the community.

Gina Zangrillo, president of the Darien Sport Shop which was the event’s founding sponsor, said, “It was great to see the community come together for this fundraising event.”

Last year the Darien YMCA provided over $500,000 in financial assistance to children, families, and seniors in our community which included scholarships to camp and scholarships for special needs programs.

There were two divisions of the event, the Elite adult-only division and the Family division. The winning Family division team was a tie of two teams in the Branca family including Billy Branca, Cole Branca, Libby Branca, Nick Branca, Tommy Branca, Stacy Branca, Mike Rose and Lybia Sanabria. They received Yankee tickets as their prize along with a chocolate award donated by Chocolate Works Darien. Winners of the Elite division was the Darien Sport Shop team of Jerry Edwards, Sean Fields, Armond Jordan, and Kelvin Smith who won personal training sessions and massages that were generously donated back to the Darien YMCA.

The Darien YMCA is grateful to the 27 sponsors of the Y Games event and the 40 volunteers who donated their time to help with the event. For more information about the Darien YMCA’s programs and how to volunteer, visit www.darien-ymca.org.