It’s YMCA fundraising time here in the Midsouth, so I thought I should pass along what the YMCA has meant to me.
We have plenty of different health clubs and gyms in the Memphis area. For a long time, I put off joining one. The health club I grew up at in Louisiana is exceptionally nice. It has multiple pools, lots of tennis courts, a massive child care center and playground, a Starbucks and cafe, a spa, indoor basketball courts…pretty much everything. The area where I grew up is very suburban and family friendly, so that’s why the health club there is so over the top nice.
I couldn’t find anything in the Memphis area that rivaled the amenities of our club back in Louisiana, so I just couldn’t justify the cost.
When I hurt my knee in the winter of 2012 though, I knew I needed some place where I could cross train. My friend Ruchee volunteers at our YMCA downtown and serves on the board and she had been pestering me to join for quite some time. I finally caved and signed up as a member.
Our Y doesn’t have a Starbucks. It doesn’t have a spa or shiny granite counter tops. It has so much more than any of that. I am so grateful to be part of the community there and to be part of something that changes people’s lives.
The Y’s outreach programs for children are certainly a vital part of its mission, but it enriches the lives of adults and seniors as well. The fellowship I have found in my morning spin classes is a constant source of encouragement and inspiration. I consider each and every member of our class a role model.
So, if you live near a Y, go check it out. Join a class, sign up for some lessons, ask how you can get involved. I promise you won’t regret it. ;)
Thank you again to Ruchee for
forcing persuading me to join our Y. You can read about what the YMCA has meant to her on her blog: http://missattymaam.com/2014/04/12/help-me-support-fogelmanymca-2014-annual-campaign-give/
If you want to support the Midsouth YMCA, you can donate here: http://www.ymcamemphis.org/support-the-y/make-a-gift/