Often times a person’s poor first impression can break a relationship before it even begins. Fortunately, this was not the case with Quintin Horseman and Seth Williams of the YMCA Youth Investment program.
When school ends, many children from low-income families lose access to resources important for positive development such as nutritious meals, adult supervision and activities that keep them engaged mentally.
How The YMCA Helped Shape America
By: LINTON WEEKS
Since being founded in 1965, Pickle Ball has been a great pastime for many people, adults and youngsters alike. Pickle Ball is very similar to badminton. The sport is played on a badminton court using a small wooden paddle. Using the same net (which has been lowered to 34 inches) the players take turns hitting a perforated plastic baseball back and forth to each other across the net. The game starts out with the server hitting the ball off the bounce with an underhand stroke. The receiving team allows the ball to bounce on their side of the net before hitting the ball back to the other side. After the ball has bounced on each side of the net twice then the game is opened to volleys, hitting the ball without letting it bounce. On either side of the net is a 7 foot non-volley zone which requires the ball to bounce on the ground before it can be hit back to the other side. Both teammates on each... Read More
My Name is Robert Dean. I have been a youth coach for almost 20 years and feel it is one of the most rewarding forms of volunteerism there is. I was fortunate enough to play college football and I feel it is a great way to use those skills imparted into me by others. It’s also an opportunity to mold youth and mentor them. I currently coach youth football for the YMCA and I’ve found that it parallels life in alot of ways, for example working together towards one goal, doing your part for the team, interaction with others in a competitive environment and all the while keeping a good sense of sportsmanship and self. As a business owner, all these qualities are necessary to run a productive and profitable business. I have found that the YMCA creates a safe environment for this. It encourages the growth of an athlete with a sense of fairness. Although the coaches are generally volunteers, there are also paid professional staff that supports the coach and is... Read More