Our Approach

At Carthage Family Fitness, we strive to provide a variety of activities and opportunities for families and individuals to help meet their health and fitness goals.

Our Story

Back in 1998, a group of individuals in cooperation with the Hoerner YMCA of Keokuk, IA made an alliance to start a branch location in Carthage, IL.  After about 10 years, the YMCA decided to cease operations in Carthage and the advisory board at the time approached the Carthage Park District with the opportunity to absorb the organization.  With help from grants and local community support, the existing equipment was purchased from the YMCA and Carthage Family Fitness was born.

Meet the Team


LaDonna Nolden

Fitness Center Manager

LaDonna returned CFF in April of 2018 as the Fitness Center Manager.  She brings her previous experience from being the director in the past as well as a energetic and enthusiastic attitude.  She is committed to upgrading and improving the facility and overall health and fitness of our members.


Joe Stekel

Sports Coordinator

Joe is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1986 and a master’s degree in 1995.  He brings a wealth of basketball coaching experience to Carthage, including assistant coaching stints with the CBA’s La Crosse Catbirds, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and Viterbo University.  As head basketball coach for Bangor, Wis., high school, he achieved a 105-89 record over a nine-year span.  He brings ideas that have been tried and proven in other areas of the country.

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