First, thank you for getting this far. This will be quick, easy and pain free. I promise. Although, you may think you are doing this to help me or the YMCA, the truth is this is all about YOU! As the saying goes, The Giver (ie. donator) is most often the one who receives the most. This is certainly true in my life and I suspect yours too. So let’s do this . . .
Do what, you say? Read on and you will see. I love the YMCA and I’m guessing you do, too. Here’s a quick rundown on the “why”.
My number 1 reason (5 years running) is The Carl Sanders Buckhead Y After-School program for students that live right in our neighborhood and attend Bolton Academy, Scott Elementary and Woodson Park. Every school day, 5 days a week, we pick-up 100+ kids (on the Y's buses-paid for with your donations) to get tutored, finish their homework, participate in art classes, swim lessons, play in the gym or outside and then go home as their parents are getting home from work. And new this year is our STEAM Lab. That’s right, a new program focused on the sciences, technology, math, etc. where kids are even learning to code. (How cool is that?) These kids are smart (I know because I hang out with them) but they weren't born into a family like yours. If not for the YMCA's after-school program, they wouldn't have the opportunities our kids have. Your donation will make a profound difference in their lives.
My number 2 reason . . . team sports. The Y and I share a love for kid’s team sports. (Come on, you know you do, too.) So many of life's great lessons are learned playing team sports. There are the obvious ones: sportsmanship, conditioning, motor skills; however, those are secondary to the really important ones like being part of something bigger than yourself - a team. That's the good stuff. Oh, and by the way, at the Y, one out of every 4 kids is on scholarship . . . but you'll never know which ones . . . and that's how it should be. That's what your donation does.
And #3 (and there are others); Adapted Sports. "What's that you say?" Well, I don't care how jaded you are, come to a wheelchair basketball game at the Y and I guarantee you will want to stand up and cheer? It's awesome. You don't get that at Lifetime Fitness, my friend. Those special chairs (and the coaching and court time) costs money. It doesn't come from the YMCA membership dues, it comes from The Why It Matters Annual Fund campaign. It comes from you.
Well, that’s it. Help make a real difference. It's time to click the DONATE NOW button to the right top of this page. It will be put to great use. I thank you. The kids thank you. Your conscience thanks you. Now doesn’t that feel good?