Hi, my name is Kylee Glass. I have been with G Cecil Pruett and Cherokee Outdoor YMCA just shy of 4 years. I have held positions within many different departments including; Aquatics, Camp, Childcare, Membership, and Sports. During my time serving our community through the YMCA’s of Cherokee County, I am grateful to have been witness to the impact our cause has had on the individual generations we serve. One specific experience really sticks with me daily and is a reminder of why the Y’s cause is so important.
Over the past 3 years I have coached soccer, ages ranging 2 – 14 years old. My very first season coaching was anything but smooth sailing. As I warmed up to my new U10 boys’ team and they warmed up to me, we started to grow and make progress. My first season was, in all honesty, the hardest season I’ve ever coached. This season did not put a damper on my passion to coach even when the next season came around and I had 1 returning player. This player pushed through every aspect of our previous season together and truly showed out this season.
As we were coming upon our final games of the season, one night after practice I received a message from his mother. The image was of a soccer ball cut in-half and filled with various words, such as: defense, practice, skills, teamwork, confidence, fun, and support. She went on to explain that this was the players’ entry into a county wide contest, the theme being “look within”. She also took the time to explain what this meant from her perspective. The message I received reads, “This is his entry for the contest, his take on a soccer ball is that it’s more than just a ball. His first word was “FUN”, and what makes that so special is that he hated soccer after last season. I made him play this season knowing I was taking a chance of squashing his desire to play ever again. I will be honest, the first practice I watched I almost panicked, but you have taken these boys farther than I first thought possible. His desire and love for this game has peaked once again. I have your willingness to coach, be tough, and be fun to thank. I know coaching can be tough, but I wanted you to know personally you are truly appreciated! See you Tuesday coach!”
This is just one story of thousands out there, a mere example of what the YMCA strives to achieve on a daily basis. This is WHY IT MATTERS.
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