Some see a reluctant child just playing soccer….I see a child overcoming her fears to be around people because she was abused. I see a child making new friends and smiling for the first time in weeks.
Some see a man holding a kids hand playing indoor soccer and getting in the way…. I see a nurse helping a terminally ill child play a game he loves so he is able to forget about his illness for an hour.
Some see a quadriplegic individual heading into the pool with his therapist…. I see a young man smiling because for a few minutes the water gives him the ability to have some freedom and move his body in ways he can’t on land.
Some see two people working out on treadmills….I see a friend of the Y who made a donation that enabled a single mother to purchase a Y membership and now has the ability to relieve some stress while working towards living a healthier lifestyle.
Some see a child playing t-ball….I see a child learning the fundamentals of baseball, making new friends, and putting smiles on her family’s faces as she heads to the wrong base.
Some see a child getting dropped off for summer day camp….I see a child who has the opportunity to continue to learn and explore, have fun, experience new things, make friends, go on field trips, and receive two meals in a positive, caring environment; all the while mom and dad are working hard to provide for their families knowing their children are safe.
Some see a high school student in a lifeguard stand….I see a young person developing future life skills and making a rescue of a young child that gives this child a chance to live a long, full life.
Some see a spin instructor showing up for his shift….I see an individual who volunteers their time to the Y and is helping others realize the same health benefits of the class that he once experienced.
Some see an individual working out tirelessly on an elliptical….I see an individual who is pre-diabetic working to improve his health to ensure he is here for his loved ones.
Some see a coach teaching the kids the fundamentals of a sport….I see an individual volunteering their time to make a difference with children by showing them they are all important and valued.
Some see an individual struggling to finish a 5K….I see a person accomplishing a goal, building self-confidence, and becoming healthier day by day.
Some see a person give a few dollars to the Y….I see a donor who is selflessly giving someone an opportunity to utilize Y services that otherwise may not have been able to without support.
Some see a CEO concerned with staff management, operations, and the bottom line….I see someone working for a cause and looking for the next program opportunity to make a difference and change lives.