(Special Needs Athletic Program)

S.N.A.P. is a YMCA program that gives individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities access to classes and activities that encourage self-sufficiency, socialization and staying active – all qualities that help build critical relationships among peers and the community.


Our mission for S.N.A.P. is to build each participant’s strengths, self-confidence and cognitive and non-cognitive skills through sports, swim lessons, movement classes and more. For many families, S.N.A.P. is a respite that offers parents the security of knowing their child is in a safe, structured and nurturing environment.

Program Details:

S.N.A.P. is a new program at the Charleston Family YMCA. The YMCA’s first program that developed classes designed for the community for those who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To be eligible for S.N.A.P. the participant needs to be at least 6 months old who have a developmental disability. For participants needing water assistance each participant includes a plus one. The plus one is to ensure that all participants are comfortable therefore, they can enjoy the class. Plus ones for all classes outside of water activity will be determined based off of the needs of the participant.


Need more information or have questions? Call Aquatics Director Rachael Mack at 304-340-3527 x1132 or email at [email protected] today!