Sussex Family YMCA Celebrates Juneteenth

Special presentation by Representative Stell Parker Selby

Rehoboth, Delaware – The Sussex Family YMCA is inviting the community to celebrate Juneteenth at the YMCA on June 19th, 2023. The branch will be open to the community for free all day. Guests are welcome to stop in to work out in the fitness center, swim in the indoor pool, try a free group exercise class, enjoy a cookout with games, and more.

Additionally, at 11 AM there will be a special YMCA Juneteenth presentation. Local State Representative Stell Parker Selby will share her family’s history of living in Sussex County, the impact the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862 had on her ancestors, and her lived experience having attended a segregated elementary school in Milton. Rep. Parker Selby will also share her personal experience with integration in Sussex County during the Civil Rights era and how she worked to receive her BA in Sociology, became a teacher, a principal, and eventually an HR administrator for the Cape Henlopen School District. Elected to office in 2022, Rep. Parker Selby is a strong advocate for civil and human rights and a champion for healthcare and education issues.

WHERE: Sussex Family YMCA (20080 Church Street, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971)


  • 11 AM: YMCA Juneteenth Presentation
    • Stell Parker Selby, State Representative
    • Jarrett Royster, CEO of the YMCA of Delaware
    • Enid Wallace-Simms, YMCA of Delaware Association Board Chair
  • 11:30 AM – 1 PM: BBQ Cookout
  • 11:30 AM – 2 PM: Games & Moon Bounce in the Backyard
  • 1-3 PM: Open Swim

The YMCA of Delaware is an inclusive organization open to all people regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity/race, faith, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. For more than 165 years, the Y has played a central role in knitting together the vibrant fabric of America. There have been times of peace and times of conflict, times of unity and times of discord. Through it all, our democracy has persevered, and the Y has been a safe, welcoming place for people from all backgrounds.

About the YMCA of Delaware

The YMCA of Delaware is Delaware’s largest nonprofit organization committed to empowering youth, fostering healthy living, and promoting strong communities. With seven branches statewide, a youth resource center, and an overnight camp and conference center in Worton, Maryland, the Y has developed longstanding relationships and a physical presence in Delaware so it can deliver lasting personal and social change. We are committed to serving everyone – regardless of age, income or background –nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving Delaware’s health and wellbeing, and creating a healthy, inclusive community where all people reach their full potential.


Our Mission

To empower youth, foster healthy living, and promote strong communities.