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YMCA Honored with Adult Education Programming Award

The North Suburban YMCA has announced today that its Adult Education Series (AES), spearheaded by Adult Program Coordinator Karen Brownlee, has received the 2020 YMCA Program Excellence award. The award presentation was held at the Illinois Fall Staff Virtual Meeting held on September 22-24.

The Y’s Adult Education Series has grown to be one of its most popular and innovative adult offerings. Their virtual and live programming features Brain Games, Social Networking, the Y Social Club, the Caregivers Support Group, a virtual walking club, adult fitness classes, Seniorpalooza, and a variety of presentations discussing the latest in health and the community, with speakers from Northwestern Medicine, the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, as well as financial and law experts.

NSYMCA CEO Kathy Fielding commended Brownlee’s steadfast leadership of AES stating that, “Karen is a powerhouse of energy, innovation, and compassion. She always stays one step ahead of what our adult community needs, and is totally focused on the mission of the Y. She is always willing to listen and meet the needs of the community.”

“My objective is to keep our community connected and let everyone know they’re not alone. We just want to be there for them in any way that we can with programs to help educate, inspire and inform our adult community,” commented Brownlee.

Community member Mary Smith agrees, stating that “Karen’s dedication has opened up a new world of possibilities for me and my friends. Through the online classes and presentations, we’ve been able to stay connected with each other, and continue to learn.”

For more information about the Adult Education Series at the North Suburban YMCA, visit NSYMCA.org.

About the North Suburban YMCA

The North Suburban YMCA services Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected,

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Surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey Reveals ‘Terrifying’ Abuse She Suffered In Surfing, Talks Adult Website


  • Ellie-Jean Coffey opened up about the horrific abuse she endured in the surfing industry
  • The former pro surfer said she had to undergo “extensive, intensive therapy” to cope with the trauma
  • Coffey launched an X-rated personal website, charging subscribers $10 a month for adult content 

Former professional surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey shocked sports fans when she launched a personal X-rated website. Recently, she also opened up about the terrifying abuse she suffered in the surfing industry.

In an interview with News.com.au, the Australian adult star spoke up about what she endured before her career switch. Coffey initially thought she was “the luckiest girl in the world” after her dream of becoming a pro surfer came true, but this excitement vanished when she discovered the “darker side” of the industry.

“The abuse, both mentally and physically, I endured during my teenage years far away from home with adults in positions of power has haunted me my whole life. It was a pretty horrible time in my life,” Coffey said.

The 25-year-old model added, “I think people in positions of power tend to abuse that power, and I was only a young girl, and it’s taken me a long time to recover.”

As a result, Coffey had to undergo “extensive, intensive therapy” to cope with the trauma that she said almost pushed her to end her life. In the wake of the Me Too movement, the ex-surfer found the courage to open up about the dark phase of her life.

“I really don’t feel that anyone’s come forward and really highlighted the things about the surfing industry. It goes back decades, this misogyny and male-dominated industry — it’s really toxic,” the former Australian junior surf star said.

The former professional surfer said that managers and powerful people abused many other girls.