It's a whole lot more than a swim and gym . . .
About 18 months ago I joined the YMCA Ambassadors Board - a group comprised of young professionals supporting the Metro Y. I did this because I love kids and guess what? So does the Y. I love helping my elders and guess what? So does the Y.
I have always loved gymnastics and competed until high school. Since then I have loved coaching younger kids. Bottom line is seeing a little girl accomplish a back walkover for the first time and the smiles that produces is the simply the best. It is awesome. Well, at the Y, we have classes to teach kids these skills (as well as a host of other sports). And it is that kind of accomplishment that gives little girls (and boys) confidence which translates to everything else they do. Confidence builds confidence and so it goes.
And that is not the best part. The best part is one in four kids in these programs are on scholarship but nobody knows who they are. While I may have been blessed with a family that could pay for my lessons, many are not At the Y that doesn’t matter because everyone is on equal footing. Every kid gets a chance to develop because the Why It Matters annual fund provides those scholarships and that is the reason for this request to donate.
Also, I love the programs the Y does for seniors. Everything from age specific exercise classes to senior social hours to volunteer opportunities. And an added benefit is the interaction between seniors and the rest of the Y community – from kids to young adults to other seniors.
Oh, and one other program I want to tell you about. Safety Around Water Program. This program teaches elementary school kids how to swim. We do this for kids at Agape Center. We will teach 1,000 kids from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in lower income apartment communities right here in our neighborhoods to swim this year! You don't get that at Lifetime Fitness. This life saving program 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.
So there you have it. Now it is time to click the DONATE NOW button to the right and give to this great and worthy cause. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.