My Y story….Growing up I participated on several sports teams and attended many summer camps through the county Parks and Recreation Department since there was not a YMCA in town. As I got older, I became a coach and counselor for these programs in order to help provide healthy and constructive ways for kids to spend their free time. When I moved to Wilmington last year I was drawn to the YMCA because there was a pool where I could lap swim. I was amazed at the amount of activities the Y provides for the community. I came across the chance to join the Aquatics Department to teach swimming and have been at the Y ever since!
I have multiple things I love about working for the Y, but if I had to pick one, I would go with the fact that the Y is an established environment that is supportive and positive for every person in the community. It is a great place to meet people from all different walks of life who have common interests in healthy lifestyles.
I love to travel and be emerged in other cultures!
When I have the chance to travel, I do it! I also cherish my time with the ocean; there is nothing like the smell of salt air, the sound of crashing waves, and the comfort of sand between my toes.
The Y is a community...a family...you get to watch those around you grow up, both young and old.
Our Y is built on commitment to our community...without them there would be no Y...Our Y serves the needs of our community and the families that come through our doors, both young and old. We invest in our future by providing a safe place to be a better “You” everyday.
I could write a short story, but I’ll share the blessings and the highlights. My family moved here from Cary, NC...excited, yet nervous to be starting a new chapter of our life and we had very few friends. My husband and our two children connected with the Y for two reasons...my husband wanted to referee basketball and my son wanted to play youth soccer. We found both almost instantly! We were welcomed with open arms as part of a growing and inspiring youth sports program. My son continues to play soccer at a high school level, and we thank the Y coaches and staff for giving him the foundation to do so what he loves. I was asked to work the tables for the 55+ Men’s Basketball League...and let’s just say I found the heartbeat of what the Y is all about. I was then asked to work for the youth Summer Camp Preschool and found my place at the Y. When I was told that they didn’t have a preschool program, I let it be known to Ms. Katie and Mr. Corey, I was ready for the job. I’ve never looked back and know that I have the BEST job at the Y.
I believe in the mission and purpose of the Y. My God and my family mean the world to me, but my Y family does too! There is so many doors yet to open at the Y and I hope that my children will have a chance to be a part of it all.
Wilmington is a beach town and the beach is my happy place...so a day at the beach with my family and friends is a day I’ll treasure forever.