Nine years ago, I joined DDY as I was working thru my first coaching license. I was given a U12 Boys team comprised of all refugees, and I drove the Y bus around to all of their apartment buildings to pick them up and drop them off for training sessions and games. My initial thought was to get more coaching experience, and sign on with a big club, and not have to deal with the extra headaches this job entailed.
Little did I know this experience would change my life entirely.
I got to know these boys thru our time together on the field and on the bus. I learned about many of the hardships they face everyday, but more importantly how positive, upbeat, and good natured they all were despite some of their daily hardships.
I now have the privilege of being the Y Sports Director for Academy & Select Soccer at DDY. Our hope at the Y is to actively seek out children and families in need, to be able to participate in our programs who wouldn't have the opportunity to do so without financial assistance.
Youth sports programs are so important in helping grow young people by teaching important life lessons such as healthy living, teamwork, respect, responsibility, humility and help create life-long memories.
The Y helps ensure all people, especially children and young people, have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential and prepare them to connect to and serve their communities.
I am asking you to join me in my efforts to give all people in our community a chance to reach their full potential at the Y.
100% of every dollar donated has a lasting impact on the people of our community by ensuring the Y’s doors are open to all – regardless of financial ability.
- $25 helps support transportation for DDY's outreach after school soccer program
- $40 purchases a Rec. uniform for a player in need
- $100 purchases seasonal tournament costs for a Select player in need
Your gift will truly make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need the Y most!