Posted on December - 7 - 2012 2 Comments

Eddie knew he loved swimming, but he never knew how rewarding the water could be until he came to the Y. “I joined the Y and after a couple of months the aquatics director invited me to become one of the lifeguards.” But being a lifeguard wasn’t enough for Eddie. “I saw the reward the teachers got from teaching kids how to swim, so I became a certified swim instructor.”
That’s when Eddie discovered his true passion. “Seeing kids go from being scared to death of the water to jumping in and out of the pool. I’m building their confidence and really contributing to our community.”
Eddie says through the Y, he’s able to make a positive contribution and that for him is priceless. “We as adults have such an opportunity to impact lives, whether it’s an old person or young person. People have given to me, but now I’m hoping to give back because I was given so much.”
A pioneer in swimming for more than 120 years, the Y’s programs include swim lessons, water exercise and aerobics, competitive swimming and diving and rehabilitation programs. In 2012, nearly 6,000 children and adults learned to swim through programs offered at the YMCA of Greater Richmond.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit that empowers people and communities to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

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