Do you have a Y personal story?
We didn’t have a Y in my hometown. The only influence I had was from the Village People J
Who is the Northfield Y for and what purpose(s) will it serve?
The Y already is offering programming from toddlers to senior citizens, but it needs a permanent home. It will be for everyone, but I think it will have the greatest impact on Northfield families. It will be an inclusive place that will allow you to connect with others, provide a year round gathering space, allow you to improve and maintain health, and just have fun.
What impact do you see the Y having on the overall physical and preventative health initiatives in our community?
Obviously, it will promote good physical health, but I think it will promote good mental health as well. Growing up a generation ago, we did a lot more “unscheduled” play. There were no adults coaching us. We kids had to make up the rules on our own and had to officiate our own games. A lot of communication, cooperation and leadership lessons were learned just practicing those skills without adult supervision. I think kids today could benefit from some of that. It would be a great place for unscheduled play time. It will also allow new families easier connection with one another and it will place an overlying emphasis that physical and mental well being is a value that Northfielder’s hold high.
What are the ways you see the Y being a good partner in your line of work?
I think we all have a natural tendency to help others. However, we can only expect people to look outward and help others, when they themselves are in the right frame of mind. If people are having chronic health issues they generally have to focus on that first. For example, if someone has a bad toothache there is no way that they can give their complete attention to anything else. If we can get people in a healthier state, both physically and mentally, then maybe they can focus more of their energy onto others.
Why do you support the Y (in programs, partnerships, financial contributions, membership,etc)?
I grew up in a small town and we didn’t have a Y. However, our town did have a school with a gym and pool that was very accessible to the public. This was essentially my version of the Y. We spent many hours swimming, playing basketball and hanging out with friends. It was our meeting and gathering place. This is how I see the Y being used in our community.
Why is it important for people in our community to make a pledge to the Y Capital Campaign?
Northfield already has a great sense of community but this is our chance to make it even better! We need everyone’s help to make this a reality!
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