The Y is a positive force in the community. Together we take on the challenges that shape central Iowa’s future. From tackling the achievement gap to teaching healthy habits for a lifetime, your pledged support engages kids like David who are being raised by family members other than their parents.
When school broke for the summer last June, David was excited to have more hours each day to play Minecraft and Pokémon, his two favorite video games. David’s grandparents had a different idea. Intent on limiting David’s time in front of a screen, they enrolled him in swim lessons at the Boone County YMCA.
David learned the front crawl, back crawl and even the elementary backstroke. More importantly, he made new friends – even some who were gamers just like him.
When school started, David was excited to continue his twice weekly swim lessons. He and his friends talk gaming strategies in between surface dives and endurance swims. They laugh and have fun, stay active and healthy – all the while growing to be confident kids today and healthier, happier grown-ups tomorrow.