Becoming Active Changed Everything

Posted on December 5, 2013

Everyone has a story to share that demonstrates the Y’s commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility.

Our Y launched a project to collect and share Y stories of impact. Within days of asking people to tell us their Y story we received one of our first stories from Stefan. His enthusiasm and eagerness to share his Y story could only be conveyed in his own words and only matched with the pride that beams from his face as he shows off the medals he has received as a part of the swim team….

I am a 10 year old boy and all I wanted to do before joining the Y swim team, was sit at my computer. I was not fit and not fast. Joining the B.R. Ryall YMCA swim team changed everything. I have made many new friends and I am getting a good workout.

I am now one of the best at running in my class and am really well fit. I actually swam for almost two hours the other day and was amazed at how much stronger I feel. I am very proud to show off the medals I have earned. Swim team is so much fun!

I no longer have time to sit at my computer and waste my day. I feel so good and relaxed and not lazy anymore. The Y is a place for me to spend time with my family, use my running shoes, and continue to improve my swim technique.

– Stefan