Hello, I'm Denise Hagerman and I'm a yoga instructor, active older adults fitness instructor and wellness coach at the G. Cecil Pruett Community Family YMCA in Canton, Georgia.
The Y has always held a special place in my heart, ever since I was a kid. I loved going to my local Y to swim, take gymnastics, dance and swimming lessons, and even art classes. I have so many great childhood memories from that place! Years later, my mother joined the Y as a senior and found not only a place to exercise, but a social network of new friends that kept her busy, engaged and having fun throughout her senior years. It was then that I realized how important the Y is for people of all ages, keeping people engaged and connected to their communities.
Now, as a staff member at my local Y, I see the connections that members make with one another and with the staff and how they look forward to seeing each other at the Y every day. When someone doesn't show up, it is noticed and they are missed. It really is like a family. :) I absolutely love going to the Y, whether I'm teaching a class, working in the wellness center or taking a class myself, I'm always greeted with cheerful "hellos" and warm smiles.
Each day, the Y works to ensure our community has the support it needs to be its best. I’m proud to be a Y Champion to help give all kids, teens, and families access and opportunity to be a part of the Y – regardless of ability to pay. 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.
The Y has worked to ensure local kids and teens have the help they need to prepare for kindergarten, stay on-track in school, grow as leaders, and learn how to contribute to a stronger community. Through wellness and hunger relief programs, the Y helps people of all ages stay active and healthy. But, the Y needs your support of the WHY IT MATTERS Annual Giving Campaign to make this possible.
100% of every dollar donated has a lasting impact on the people of metro Atlanta by ensuring the Y’s doors are open to all – regardless of financial ability.
Please join me and support the Y by making a donation today. Your gift will truly make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who need the Y most.