Self Esteem with Every Stroke
My life at the Y began at about the age of seven when I would spend three hours a day at the
B.R. Ryall YMCA. By the time I reached high school, I was spending about five hours a day at the Y.
Much of those hours were dedicated to swim team practices, lifting weights, or running up and down the basketball courts. When I wasn’t in the water or training on dry land, I managed to find some time to play Y Flag Football and T-Ball.
I was proud to be part of one of the best Y swim teams in the nation and I learned a lot about responsibility. Many mornings required a 4:30 am wake-up call followed by many cold and dark journeys to the Y for practices.
I can tell you that because of the Y swim team, I swam for Louisiana State University for two and a half years. It helped me create a positive self-image, it provided me with a safe and happy place to come to every day, and it has opened many doors professionally, as I am now the Y Sports intern. It is always fun to be at the Y.