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Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Membership, My Y Story, Social Responsibility, Uncategorized, Valley YMCA, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest |

My Y Story – Jason Dixon

My Y Story – Jason Dixon

Jason Dixon throwing discus for the University of Alabama

At the Y, we strengthen com unity through youth development, healthy living, and social    responsibility because we believe in nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving  our community’s health and well being, giving back, and providing support for our neighbors

That’s what Jason Dixon, a proud father of four and track and field coach at Gonzaga Prep,    found out when he joined the Y in June of 2016. Jason grew up in Spokane and started  education at SCC, throwing in Track and Field events. He later transferred to the University of  Alabama.

Since 5th grade, Jason has had a passion for sports, particularly throwing. He has competed  in  shot-put and discus, and set a Freshman GSL record for discus in 2009. He even won a  state  championship in shot-put!

In 2012, Jason went to the Olympic Trials and took 21st place for discus. Since he was a kid, he  has always wanted to make it to the Olympics someday, and at the Y, we are excited to help him  on his way to achieving his goals. As a coach, Jason is passionate about helping others achieve their goals. “Our job isn’t to make better athletes; it’s to make better people,” he says.

Jason had never paid for a gym membership before. Being a coach, he always had access to fitness facilities. However, he wanted a safe place where his family could come to learn, grow and thrive. Jason has been in other gyms, but always felt as though they were set up for show. At the Y, he feels as though he’s part of the community.

“It’s like a fitness home, not just a fitness club,” Jason says, “Look around! People are happy and they get along. Families populate the halls, kids are here, you just don’t get that in other places. This is a fitness home. It’s got everything you need.”

Jason is now part of a team which helps raise money to sponsor young athletes like him on the way to achieving their own dreams. At the Y, we believe that a community is stronger when people and organizations give back and support their neighbors, just like Jason. That’s why we support over 40,000 people in the Spokane area.