Posted on May - 2 - 2012 1 Comment

“IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT.”

Jesse Evans, Jr. overcomes challenges at the Y.

The Y believes that everyone deserves the chance to discover what they can achieve regardless of their abilities. Jesse Evans, Jr., 67, is living proof. Jesse was born with spastic hemiparesis, a condition causing partial paralysis on the right side of his body. But Jesse didn’t let his disability stop him from working out and learning to swim at the Y. In fact, Jesse is now one of the Y’s most popular swim coaches, with private and group classes. “People have preconceived notions that my ability to teach someone else is limited. But you just have to overcome your challenges. Growing up, kids called me ‘crip.’ It hurt my feelings, but I didn’t let it stop me. Now kids call me ‘coach’ and ‘the man.’ I’ve overcome a major disability and the Y has helped me even the playing field and feel good about myself.”

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