Stories of Impact

The Daviess County YMCA allowed the South Knox girls swim team to practice in their pool! Our team was brand new. There was a boys team, but not a girls. No other pools would allow us to swim, but this YMCA did! I was team captain and formed so many friendships through the opportunity! Daviess County YMCA supported our new team when we had nowhere else to go. Now the girls at my school can be on a swim team as well as the boys. Forever grateful! Cora

My appreciation of my Y membership is 3-fold. I am particularly benefiting from the aqua program. My strength, balance, and joint pain relief are improving constantly. I have made new friends who are very understanding and encouraging. The instructor does an excellent job of teaching, encouraging, adapting individual activity. One of the best decisions that I benefit from daily. (Linda S)

I began my Y journey in October of 2016 by teaching yoga 3 times a week. Once the previous aquatic director stepped down, I was offered the position. I have been swimming since I was 5 years of age and competitively since age 7. I was a lifeguard and swim instructor in my high school days, so this was a perfect fit for me. I am passionate about the water, teaching lessons and aquatic exercise. Our Y Swim Club has grown exponentially and it’s so exciting to see our young swimmers continue to improve their strokes and times. Our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are cornerstones in my life. My “Y Life” has just strengthened those qualities. The people, employees and members have become family and dear friends. People I genuinely care about and am happy to be included in their lives. (Anonymous)
My participation in Silver Sneakers classes has been good for me in so many ways. The exercising for people my age, but also the friends I’ve been able to make here at the YMCA. I have received so much joy from this program. Thank you everyone at the YMCA! (Vicki M)
I am a wife and stay at home mommy of 4. While I am beyond grateful to be able to stay home, sometimes it’s hard to get “me time” in. A couple years ago, I decided to get serious with my fitness and joined the YMCA. I knew this would allow “me” time while working on my fitness goals. Being able to go to the YMCA has helped me battle thru my anxiety and depression. The atmosphere and people are absolutely wonderful! I’ve met so many great people in the couple of years I’ve been a member.
In May 2021, I underwent major hip surgery. Even on crutches, I made my way to the YMCA to work out what I could. There would always be people in there cheering me on! Another awesome thing about the Y is being able to take my kids during the winter months to the gym or the pool to burn some energy. It’s also great that they have child watch so that I can work out while my youngest (3 yrs. old) gets to play. There are so many great opportunities to being a member at the YMCA. (Megann J)

When my husband passed away, my daughter knew that I needed to find something to do to keep me going, so I was taken to the YMCA. I was terrified of the water, so the aquatics staff gave me a life jacket.   It took about four months to finally get comfortable in the water. I started with the Silver Splash class. I now come to the YMCA for the Aqua Yoga classes on Tuesday and Thursday and the Open Swim on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I am so very glad my Daughter pressed me to do this because I love it here! It keeps me healthier. I have been coming to the YMCA now for 8 years. I want to give a big thank you to all of the staff for their welcoming smiles and friendliness. I have many new friends that I enjoy spending time with. I love you all and I hope to have many more years with you!