Being an ice hockey coach for the YMCA for the last 8 years, it’s easy for me to see the joy kids have while being part of a team, being accepted no matter their shape, sex, color, or ability. My locker room is filled with smiling faces and laughing kids, and I know that these kids have made friendships that will last them for years to come. Some of these kids have been in my locker room the entire time I’ve coached! It’s a place where all kids feel safe, are made to feel valued, and where they can reach out to others for support and guidance. Unfortunately, there are kids right here in my community that never get this experience. The reason I’m helping fundraise for the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign this year is simple…I want ALL kids to have this great experience.
The Strong Kids Campaign allows kids of all walks of life to have an opportunity to partake in terrific before and after school programs, plus allows many to play in a sport they might not have otherwise have been able to afford. It’s proven that kids who are involved in programs and activities like these have less chance of dropping out of school or becoming “at risk” as they make it through their teens. All donations that you make go 100% to this program, meaning kids of all ages have opportunities to join others and build relationships, self esteem, and a love for being involved in a sport or activity they can carry on to adulthood. Your kind donation will make sure that if a kid wants to play, they can, none will be turned away.
So how can you help? I’m providing two links here, one to a site where you can make a donation and one to an online brochure, if you’d rather set up giving over the course of the year. There are SUPERB state and federal tax deduction options for your donation, so read about those, too.
Please be as generous as you can. A kid out there will not know you did it personally, but in your heart, you’ll know you supported a child in their quest to become a better person, and that makes our community stronger one kid at a time.
Update: This campaign is now over, but you can still give all year long to a YMCA near you! Thanks for your help in this fundraiser!