Finding active, enriching, affordable programs that suit the whole household is no small feat. So, when the Jurado family found taekwondo at the YMCA, they felt like they had hit the quality-time jackpot.
They joined the Riverfront YMCA back in 2005 so Dad (Victor) could work out. Then, Mom (Alyssa) came with their daughters Victoria, Katie and Alessandra, who had a blast in the Learn & Play Center. As they began looking for more youth opportunities, the Jurados found taekwondo; “We have been coming ever since; we have only had to miss a few, but we are here every Tuesday and Thursday.”
Victoria and Katie started at the same time at the ages of 6 and 5, and their youngest sister Alessandra, joined them a couple years later — that’s when Mom decided she’d throw a belt on, too. “I love that it’s an activity we can all do as a family, and so I am spending quality time with them and not just watching.”
The Jurado family also loves taekwondo for the empowerment that it brings to their daughters and how it teaches discipline and respect for themselves and others.
At the Wellmark YMCA and across the association, they’ve found other quality opportunities outside of taekwondo as well. You’ll often see the Jurado family on the racquetball court or visiting one of the Ys local pools. Alyssa notes that all of these opportunities are possible for them because of the Y’s financial assistance program; they’ve found that offerings outside the Y just aren't affordable for their whole family.
Beyond taking advantage of the Y’s programming, the Jurados have built enduring friendships; what started as just a place for Victor to exercise has become a supportive community for their whole family.