Every YMCA Member and program participant has a story. Some may not share it, but everyone that comes through the door of a YMCA branch or is involved with an offsite program has a way that they have been impacted by the Y. For some, it may be a family coming together. For others, it may be values or lessons learned. While I have learned to recognize these stories in my programs, I rarely share my own story.
So much of my early life was spent at the YMCA. From hanging out on the Racquetball Court with my dad, to learning to swim, to playing in the very sport leagues that I run today, it is amazing to see how the Y has impacted me. One of my favorite memories as a child was playing in a YMCA Basketball Game. My dad was a volunteer coach, and I knew that we had a family wedding to get to after the game. Knowing that we were leaving straight from the Y, my parents brought my dress clothes for me to change into after the game. My dad, however, was dressed in a full suit to coach the game. The team and I felt like we had Phil Jackson coaching that day. Not only did we win the game, but we played the best we had ever played, had so much fun as a team, and remember how my dad made us feel like pros that day. Now, close to 25 years later, I still remember the fun that I had there and makes me feel like what I do is making a difference in the kids that play in my sport leagues. What we do at the YMCA does make a difference. Not only in the kids playing Sports, but in our Camp and Afterschool Programs, children and adults that are learning to swim, parents that are volunteering, and every member that chooses a healthier life.
The YMCA Mission is “To Put Christian Principles into Practice through Programs that Build a Healthy Spirit, Mind and Body For All.” The “All” is taken very seriously. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati raises over 1 Million Dollars annually for scholarships and subsidies for people that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. Money raised stays in the community and 100% of it is used for the cause. I ask that you join me in supporting the YMCA Annual Support Campaign. Thank you very much for your support.
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