I grew up in a YMCA...took swim lessons, gymnastics lessons, and during summers in college, tennis lessons. My girls all took swim lessons at the YMCA, starting with the Mommy and Me classes...and yes, I cried when Jessy was old enough to take swim lessons on her own and there was no more Mommy and Me class.
We moved several times and the Y has been a part of our moves. in 2001, the Y played an integral part in my life. We moved to a town where I didn't know anyone...my husband started his first head coaching job and was never home....my oldest started kindergarten...my middle started preschool...I had a newborn baby....my father passed away....our dog died. All in the span of about 3 months. All I could do each day was get up, get the girls to school, and myself to the Y. I could not think past that. I knew if I could get myself to the Y to workout, I'd figure out the rest of the day from there. The Waukesha Family YMCA saved me.
I started my fitness career at that Waukesha Family YMCA. Sitting on the blue bench in the lobby, waiting on my girls to finish gymnastics, the fitness director sat down next to me and said, "you need to start teaching and I want you to start next month." As a former high school English teacher who was passionate about fitness, it kind of blew my mind why I never thought to put the two of my loves together - teaching + fitness = heaven. It took someone at the YMCA to put an opportunity in front of me that would change my life.
The YMCA is about more than just fitness...it's about more than fancy locker rooms or pretty towels or top of the line equipment. It's about community. It's about caring. It's about making a difference. It's about family. It's about serving others. And this week we get the chance to help others have the same opportunity that we might take for granted every day....and that's to join our YMCA.
So please.....get out your SUPER HERO GEAR and get out your CASH!! Tomorrow and Friday, have fun with your favorite super hero stuff...and bring CASH!! I'll be taking donations at the door and every penny goes to the Y for All Campaign. Every dollar makes a difference. Spread the word and let's raise some serious money for the Y for All!!