Hello, thank you for stopping by my personal page! I want to share with you my personal story about my involvement with the YMCA.
When I was younger my best friend and I would have our parents drop us off at the local YMCA to spend the day. We would attempt to do whatever we could there as we were probably only 11 or 12 years old. We played racquetball and basketball or just hung out in an empty room talking and listening to our Walkman or Discman, whichever it was back then! We also attended an away summer camp in Wisconsin two summers with some of our classmates. What great experiences we had there, bonfires, canoeing, swim challenges, arts and crafts, counselor challenges, singing, as well as many more activities and not to mention awaiting those care packages from home to enjoy during “Siesta”! Then time went on...
As an older teen I was reintroduced to the YMCA when a good friend of mine was hired as Basketball Camp Director the summer of 1999. I went onto not only to work basketball camp, but baseball and soccer camps for a few more summers. I also became a field supervisor for this same Y down the road.
My journey with the Cherokee Ys began in the summer of 2004, I was hired at the Cherokee Outdoor YMCA in Woodstock, GA to work Summer Day Camp. What a great experience that was! I made great friends in my coworkers and met great kids! The staff was amazing and it made unforgettable memories for the campers! This position gave me the door which led to a position where I was able to discover two of my passions!
Those passions, you ask? Kids and sports! As a three sport high school athlete, spending some time as a college athlete, I was excited when I was given the chance to work with sports at the Outdoor Y! I started out as a referee for youth soccer games. As I began to work and get to know Ansley, the Sports Director, I soon moved on and became a Field Supervisor for soccer, basketball, indoor soccer and tee ball. I ended up assisting Ansley with delivering marketing to local schools, creating teams, other administrative tasks, as well as lining fields, and watering new sod! I also began to work in the main office registering members for programs, and providing customer service to visitors. An added position I took on was a substitute in the Mother's Morning Out program.
Shortly after the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA was open in late 2005, I began working day camp, while still working Youth Sports for the Cherokee Outdoor Y. Not long after, I was hired as the first Youth Sports Coordinator at the Pruett Y. During my time as Youth Sports Coordinator, I launched tee-ball, basketball and volleyball. I also worked as a program registrar. I was with the Canton Y until October of 2008.
A few years pass and I left the Metro Atlanta area for a job opportunity.
In the summer of 2015 I returned to the Cherokee Ys working at the outdoor location as summer gate guard. I spent a couple summers working the gate at the outdoor facility and occasionally working the grounds and assisting in janitorial duties. I entered Graduate school in January of 2018 and did not return that following summer.
In December of 2018 I signed on to be a Graduate Intern with G. Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA in Canton, GA. During my time there, I assisted in facilitating their 2019 Healthy Kids Day! A position in which I was recently honored to be awarded the branch 2019-2020 Volunteer of the Year.
In September of 2019, my road led back to Pruett as I was hired to work membership. I currently reside at the PCY branch working as a Membership Associate, Manager on Duty and as Healthy Kids Day Project Manager.
It seems to me that my path is always directing me back to the YMCA! I suppose that is why, I have been called a “Y lifer”! In all seriousness though, I will say that during my time more specifically working at the Cherokee Ys, I have seen many children and families benefit from the annual campaign and be able to attend camp or play a sport! Activities that are bound to leave lasting impressions on their young lives! I am positive the kids of the past have made lasting friendships, as did I, and I fully expect the children who will benefit in the future will do the same! The YMCA is not just a “gym” it is a community, and some of the most giving, caring and loving people are associated with this organization not to mention our branch specifically!
I hope can give a little and help to get "our" kids into camp, a sport, or just becoming active in the facility as a member!