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BELIEVE IN POTENTIAL YM C A

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Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

YMCA Senior Staff Andy C. Calhoun President

Michael DeVaul

Senior Vice President of Organizational Advancement

David W. Dove

Senior Vice President/CFO

Dean M. Jones

Senior Vice President of Financial Development/CDO

Connie Kendrick

Senior Vice President of YExperience

Lynn Lomax

Senior Vice President/COO

Patricia Ryan

Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development

2012 Association Board Johnny Belk Charles Bowman Bill Cannon Jo Clark B Crigler George Dewey Theresa Drew George Edmiston Mac Everett Blake Graeber Robert Griffin Tommy Hall Bridget-Anne Hampden Jamie Harris Barnes Hauptfuhrer, Chair India Keith Davis Kuykendall Fred Morganthall Violeta Moser Bailey Patrick Ward Pritchett Lat Purser Don Sherrill Bill Southerland Michael Tarwater Ron Turner Anne Vulcano Fred Whitfield Stick Williams John Woods

Trustees Omega Autry Jim Babb Bill Barnhardt Smoky Bissell Vivian Carroll Eric Clark Benner Crigler Rennie Cuthbertson Pamela Davies Steele Dewey Tom Dooley Frank Dowd, Jr. Frank Dowd, IV Mac Everett Ray Farris Carlton Fleming Hank Flint Harvey Gantt Frank Harrison Graeme Keith Bob King Jim Morgan Anna Nelson Ward Pritchett Russell Robinson Bill Southerland Don Steger Ken Thompson Bill Underwood Richard Vinroot Tom Webb Ed Weisiger, Sr. Velva Woollen


Whether you think you can or you can’t – you are right. Henry Ford

Shawn sat in a small plastic chair in a classroom at Thomasboro Elementary. The 6-year-old squirmed as he read out loud with his reading buddy, Sally. They read a different book together every Tuesday. Today’s book was about trucks. Shawn liked trucks, but he liked reading with Sally even more. She wasn’t his teacher. She was a volunteer who came every week just to spend time with him. He felt as though she believed he was something special. And because she believed in Shawn, he did too. By the end of the summer, Shawn was reading to her. “I’m going to be a race car driver and a doctor,” he told Sally. And Sally believed.

To believe is to have purpose.

And when we believe in what we’re doing, the possibilities are limitless. The Y is a unique group of believers - volunteers, staff and donors – who are certain that the work we do changes lives. We believe all children can succeed, so we nurture their potential. We believe the health of each of us affects the well-being of all of us, so we build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We believe that our community thrives when everyone has the chance to reach the finish line, so we support our neighbors in need. At the Y, we believe it is our privilege and responsibility to do God’s work to strengthen the foundation of His community. And we are grateful to our countless volunteers, Y staff and nearly 11,000 donors who help carry out a mission that creates long-lasting change among men, women and children. Thank you for believing in the Y and for your continued support.

Andy Calhoun President, YMCA of Greater Charlotte Barnes Hauptfuhrer Chairman, Board of Directors


2012 Branch Boards Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge Chris Boone Jim Cannon Karen Clark Terry Corriher Steele Dewey Amy Fritsche Blake Graeber Lane Holby Nat Hyde Davis Kuykendall Jen McDonald Brenda Page Brendan Pierce James Schaffer Bill Southerland, Chair John Spratley Tom Temple Blake Thompson B. Townes Norman Walters Bill Warden Camp Thunderbird Lewis Barnhardt Zerrick Bynum Marley Carroll Edison Cassels Rob Crane Gary Creed Scott Ethridge Luis Espinosa Charlie Furr, Chair Brandon Lewisohn Tim Miller Greg Montgomery Dee O’Dell II Ross Payne Vince Watkins Linda Worrell Childress Klein Carol Lindsey Baker Brett Boner Amy Bradley Alex Burris Tracey Chaffin Michael Delev Tracy Dodson Matt Ellis David Houston Michael Howley Sammy Jackson

David Lamothe Mike Lucier Casey McKinney David Miller Matt Miller, Chair Ken Oettinger Donna Phillips Leigh Rogers Jason Schugel Jack Sullivan TJ Wagner Catherine Warfield Todd Wilson Dowd Rich Barefoot, Chair Mike Burnett Chip Cash Philip Ciccarello Rachel Clapp Miller Bo Elliot Ransome Foose John Giannuzzi Skeet Harris Thom Klingman Eric Laster Whit McDowell Nancy McNelis Parker Melvin Debby Millhouse Jason Mink Jon Morris Jon Nance Bryan Paschal Keith Smith Jenn Snyder Bo South André Walters Julie Wright Harris Daniel Araujo Todd Badgley Jim Bailey George Baldwin Jody Billiard Nancy Brown Paige Burgess Britt Byrne Kris Carroll Susan Dulin Ana Flynn Herb Gray Russ Guerin

Claudette Hampton William Hazelip David Head Land Hite Sunny Hutchinson Suzy Johnson Nichelle Levy Charley McNealy Charlie Michaels Susan Nestor Pepper Pounds Dave Priester Steve Sivak Nance Smithwick Matt Solomon Chris Thomas, Chair Wayne Thornhill Tommy Worth JOHNSTON David Adams Margueritte Andresen Carter Arey Richard Bargoil Christopher Berry Brian Bradley Jason Brannon Christopher Dennis Joe Franco Cynthia Fritz Jed Guenther Denny Hammack Shedrick Harris Richard Harrison Steven Hinshaw Stacy Jesso Kent Massey Bill Neal Rich Potts Adam Shearer Bob Sherrill, Chair Danielle Squires Mike Walker Amanda Williamson LAKE NORMAN Dick Brenner Bobby Cashion Jim Folds Sigrid Gimla Dave Hanby Richard Harrison Dick Hay Nat Hyde, Chair

Jay Johnstone Vernon Jones Bill Latham Randie Long Bob Mack Jim Marshall Sara Nolan Chris Porter David Powell Stacey Schmeidel Pete Seeber Andy Seligmann Kevin Shea Matthew Webster Wendy Yeakley Lincoln County Kelly Atkins Rob Brown George Bolter Zack Dellinger John Gilleland Linda Harrill-Rudisill Sherry Hoyle Steve Land Deirdre Nachamie Jim Smith Sharon Starr, Chair Paula Turner Jim Watson Rosalind Welder Lowe’s August Baur Russell Black, Chair Anna Bonham Chris Carney Cedric Coco Tammara Combs Kevin Donaldson Sarah Dumser Patrick Fry Eric Hutchby Howard Kosofsky Greg Law James McDonald Peggy Milbourn Dee Neal John Norman William Parker Scott Plemmons Bob Schurmeier Andrea Smith Mike Tenbrink Ed Tomczak


McCROREY Family Aretha Blake, Chair Mark Brown Duffy-Marie Ebel Tonya Ellison Peter Fulton Katrina Graue Kenston Griffin Rosemary Harrington Anthony Hudson Carlenia Ivory Crystal Jones Hal Kempson Gregory Kilpatrick Jamie Kiser Scott Libbey Peggy Lide Reggie McKnight Vidal Nesbitt John Oxrider Yolanda Polk Allison Preston Kyle Price Misty Roddey Colin Stockton John Teague Vivian Williams

Jason Smith Nancy Smith Phil Summa Mike Thompson Cathie Weeden David Wilson Bob Woods

MORRISON FAMILY Dennis Abbott Doug Baumgartner John Biggers Bill Bradley Wil Brooks Mike Burnett Mike Chandler Tim Curran Tom DeFeo Debra Eident Dianne Elliott Barry Fabyan Tim Garrison Rai Glover Mike Gutowski David Huss Lee Jones Terry Knotts Ken Konopasek Tom Lewison, Chair Matt Livingston Tom Ondrof Brian Ralph Stephanie Richard Doug Rivlin

Simmons Eugenia Allen Eric Bailey Karen Breach-Washington Christian Cherry B Crigler Thomas Crosby Leah Davis John Dosser, Chair Jose Garcia Marty Greene Mary Sue Jones Bernardo Llerenas Brad Muller Matt Packey Daphne Pinchback Brian Richards Will Smoak

Sally’s Doug Armstrong Daniel Biondi Ron Bost Rob Brown David Clark, Chair Jo Clark Susan Davis Sandra Dunn Grant Ewing Paul Glenn Jennifer Johnston Max Knox Melissa Lasarsky Joe Little Carl Robinson Ron Taylor Wayne Vinzant Beth Yarbrough

Siskey Brian Barger, Chair Mark Black Charles Blankinship David Foulk Tony Gray Beth Hernandez

Mark Hilton Geoff Kemble Brett McMillan Gail Mills Saeed Moghadam Mike Mullowney Pat O’Brien David Parr Van Pennington Vince Rieck Jeff Schwartz Jeff Sherman Tony Silva Bill Smith David Smyk Steele Creek Cheryl Atkinson Craig Bollinger Pat Faulkner, Sr. Andrea Gowen Channing Heffney Jim Hovis David Jones, Chair Roy Pelkey Allan Rutledge Stratford Richardson Luisa Agathon Gilbert Browne, Chair Vanessa Benton Ken Burton Darryl V. Carrington Todd Collins Lee Cory Lundee Covington Wynn Davis Douglas Edwards Joel Ford George Forrest Lamont Grier John Hart Christopher Hemans Tammy Polk Hinton John Howard Alisa Joseph Kristian Kellogg John Charles Kernodle Kay Lowery Parker Marsh Rhonda Mayo Randall Mountcastle Dewey Norwood Estella Patterson

Chip Stanley Paul Steffens Earnest Winston University City David Anderson Heline Beach Neal Green Catie Harrison Greg Johnson LuAnn Jordan Casey Kimbrough Brad Konawalik Freda Lester Matthew Liebler Jametta Martin-Tanner Nate Mullins Matt Slee Joann Spaleta, Chair Mike Spinks


2 0 1 2 : T h e S t o ry JANUARY •16th: McCrorey Family YMCA hosted 1,000 guests at the area’s largest Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast FEBRUARY •13th: Launched the first association-wide Stay Healthy Fitness Challenge with nearly 3,500 participants MARCH •19th: Honored John R. Mott Award recipient Bill Southerland along with the YMCA’s most dedicated branch volunteers at the annual Better Together Celebration APRIL •1st: Y Readers recognized as a YMCA of the USA Signature Program to address summer learning loss and close the achievement gap across the country MAY •1st: Morrison Family YMCA opened a new Carolinas Cancer Wellness program site at the YMCA Corporate Wellness Center, serving 25 participants in 2012 free of charge •3rd: Welcomed 2,280 attendees to the 25th Annual YMCA Prayer Breakfast with inspiring keynote speakers Coca-Cola Chairman Frank Harrison and his wife Jan JUNE •2nd: Nearly 300 brave participants survived the Steele Creek YMCA’s first C2 Survival Race, conquering three miles of extreme terrain and challenging obstacles •10th: Kicked off a summer that would welcome a record number of 1,653 campers for YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge and exceed quality expectations for YMCA Camp Thunderbird with a net promoter score of 91.5% •20th: Summer officially began but the Y’s summer lifeguards were already keeping our pools and outdoor waterparks safe, logging 5,100 hours of training and executing 1,084 safety drills •25th: Activated free summer swim lessons for 450 children, bringing the total taught to 2,500 since 2010 through the YMCA Community Swim Academy JULY •1st: Began training 12 health coaches to launch the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The program adds to the Y’s growing list of programs focused oncombating chronic disease and includes Diabetes Intervention, RENEW Parkinson’s Program, Carolinas Cancer Wellness Program and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA. •11th: Nearly 150 Y Readers students and families received new shoes through a partnership with Samaritan’s Feet and with the support of over 120 volunteers from the Harris and McCrorey Family YMCAs


ry o f O u r Y ear AUGUST •1st: Celebrated one year since launching My Y Pricing a new membership pricing model to extend our reach to more adults and children across greater Charlotte •2nd: Graduated 456 first and second graders from the Y Readers summer program, including the first class from a new Lincolnton site in partnership with Lincoln County Schools •24th: Lit the final campfire of the 2012 season that welcomed 14,150 day and overnight campers and gave over $816,000 in scholarship assistance •27th: Launched a pilot initiative to add a literacy component to traditional afterschool at Johnston, McCrorey, Simmons and Stratford Richardson YMCAs, benefitting nearly 250 youth SEPTEMBER •6th: Honored Andy Calhoun for his 40 years of servant leadership to the YMCA of Greater Charlotte •13th: Launched Bridging the Gap, a YMCA of the USA pilot program focused on professional growth and development for Hispanic and Latino staff •15th: Celebrated opening day at the YMCA Miracle League Field at University City with over 50 athletes and 60 volunteers, giving kids with physical and cognitive disabilities a chance to play on Charlotte’s first completely wheelchair-accessible baseball field OCTOBER •17th: Y Achievers celebrated its inaugural year, serving 105 students at West Charlotte, West Mecklenburg and Vance High Schools with 51% of participants increasing their GPAs an average of 0.2 on by the end of the 2011-2012 academic year NOVEMBER •1st: Siskey YMCA’s annual dinner auction raises over $191,000 to support youth programs, including Camp Boomerang, an inclusion-based camp that gives children with autism the chance to experience summer camp •3rd: Center City YMCAs’ second annual YMCA Ballroom Battle takes center stage as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe dazzled on the dance floor •17th: Four YMCA teens and four young adult staff members departed for Dakar, Senegal for a nine-day service-learning project, visiting the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s global partner YMCA in West Africa DECEMBER •1st: Opened our doors for the first of hundreds of homeless to be housed and fed on winter nights in partnership with Room in the Inn •31st: Closed the books on one of the Association’s strongest financial performances, raising over $4 million in annual support for the first time ever


2012 Operating Revenue Total $70,411,000

Membership

40,431,000

57.4%

Program

22,921,000

32.6%

567,000

.8%

4,055,882

5.8%

2,436,118

3.4%

United Way Community Support

Other

OPERATING Expenses Salaries & Benefits...................................................................................................................................................$36,167,000 Other Operating Expenses...................................................................................................................................$34,244,000 Total..........................................................................................................................................................................$70,411,000 Membership as of December 31 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Membership Units 52,294 50,233 49,990 52,284 54,302* Program Participants 27,932 26,236 27,149 25,698 24,939

Community Support Campaign Donations made by members, friends and business partners in 2012 are used to strengthen the communities our YMCAs serve. Dollar amounts raised by each branch are listed below: Association Office

$183,066

McCrorey Family

$221,112 $416,585

Camp Harrison

$98,204

Morrison

Camp Thunderbird

$110,138

Sally’s

$47,306

Childress Klein

$274,063

Simmons

$75,354

Community Development

$328,111

Siskey

Dowd

$420,777

Steele Creek

Harris

$476,202

Stratford Richardson

Johnston

$195,835

University City

Lake Norman

$248,925

Lincoln County

$52,845

Lowe’s

$219,566

$457,535 $38,286 $122,620 $69,343

Total $4,055,873 2011 Total

*Membership Units (households) in 2012 total 144,415 people. Along with 24,939 participants served in programs only, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte served a total of 169,345 individuals.

$3,638,200


George Williams Awards Each Y volunteer plays an important role in moving our people and our communities forward. Everyone touched by the Y has a story and every story can be traced back to a Y volunteer who believed change was possible. This year, we honor 17 George Williams Award winners. These passion-driven leaders represent what makes each of our YMCAs uniquely positioned to strengthen the foundation of our community. We thank them for believing in the impact of the Y and for their invaluable contributions of time and talent to help their Y grow stronger in service to others. We asked the staff and volunteer leaders of each branch and camp to tell us why each winner was selected. This is what they said… Greg Law Lowe’s YMCA In addition to being committed, loyal and hardworking, Greg Law is also a great storyteller. His tenured leadership of the Community Support Campaign at Lowe’s YMCA has helped the branch achieve great fundraising success year after year. Greg has grown into a very passionate leader and mentor to his fellow board members. He is also a dedicated sports coach and mentor to young athletes. With all that he does to support the Y, he is truly a model volunteer we would love to replicate.

Karen B. Clark YMCA Camp Harrison at Herring Ridge Karen Clark has served on the YMCA Camp Harrison Board of Managers with a true servant’s heart. Her commitment to the YMCA’s Christian mission is especially evident in all that she does. Karen led and organized an 18-month strategic planning process to develop immediate, short and long-term plans for Herring Ridge. She is tireless in her efforts to ensure meaningful stewardship, low environmental impact and mission focused work.

Bo South Dowd YMCA Dowd YMCA youth basketball coach Bo South spends countless hours teaching teamwork and commitment to young athletes. He is also committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to play. Bo’s team spirit helped bring together the individual golf tournaments of the Childress Klein YMCA and Dowd YMCA into one annual Center City YMCA’s Golf Tournament benefitting both branches. Over a four-year period, Bo helped grow the event to raise over $100,000 in 2012.

Mark Boyd III Lincoln County YMCA Mark Boyd was a pivotal volunteer in the establishment of the Lincoln County Family YMCA. He has an incredible heart for lifting up the community and is committed to ensuring that everyone has access to build healthy spirit, mind and body at the YMCA. Mark continues to support the Y through the new Camp Creekside outdoor recreation center that opened in 2012, giving Lincolnton children a place to learn, grow and thrive.

Brian Barger Siskey YMCA Brian Barger has a steadfast ability to balance time for his church, his family and his community. He is a profound thinker who leads quietly and humbly. A persistently compassionate leader, Brian is always asking how he and the Siskey YMCA Board of Managers can genuinely support and encourage the Y staff team, both professionally and personally.

Ebony Waters Lake Norman YMCA Ebony Waters began her volunteer efforts with the Lake Norman YMCA in November 2010 as a youth basketball coach. She quickly fell in love with the YMCA’s sports philosophy. She has since become a year-round coach for basketball, soccer and t-ball. Now every child wants to be a part of her team. Ebony has a gift from God to work with children. The Y is so blessed to have her. In January 2012, Ebony expanded her volunteerism at the Lake Norman YMCA by joining the Christian Emphasis Committee.


Bill Carraway YMCA Camp Thunderbird Captain Bill Carraway has been a friend of YMCA Camp Thunderbird for more than 37 years. As a member of camp’s Aquatics Safety Committee, he has been instrumental in creating quality and safety standards for the Y’s summer camp programs. Bill’s volunteer service has led to increased efforts to ensure high-quality, safe experiences for staff and campers. No task is too large or too small for Captain Bill. His willingness to help in any capacity creates a culture in which team always comes first. Bob Sherrill Johnston YMCA Bob Sherrill is a true change agent who helped to revamp the mission of the Johnston YMCA Board of Managers, increasing overall board engagement. He also led the recruitment of a full 24 members for the first time in five years. By enhancing the recruiting experience, Bob created a process that helped identify skill sets needed in future board members. He also helped lead the 2nd Annual Night Out for Johnston fundraising event, grossing $87,000, a 52% increase over 2011 and more than double 2010.

Craig Bollinger Steele Creek YMCA Craig Bollinger has been instrumental in expanding the reach of the YMCA in the Steele Creek community through the development of the Middle School Madness program and the introduction of additional summer day camp site partnerships. With Craig’s involvement on our Board of Managers, our YMCA is positioned for exciting future growth in the Steele Creek community! Doug Baumgartner Morrison Family YMCA Doug Baumgartner began his volunteer work with the Morrison Family YMCA as a part of the Golf Tournament Committee, helping lead the event to achieve new fundraising records in support of the Y Readers program. Doug then joined the Board of Managers and through his leadership the Morrison Family YMCA has grown leaps and bounds in providing support to the community. He has worked tirelessly to help create a sense of community in Ballantyne and to establish a strong philanthropic environment within the local business community. “If a man’s true wealth is measured by the good that he does in the world, Doug is a wealthy man. We are blessed to have Doug as a part of our servant leadership team.”

Brett Boner Childress Klein YMCA Over the past seven years, Brett Boner has made extraordinary contributions of both time and talent to the Childress Klein YMCA. He has combined his love of golf and his passion for helping those in need to make a significant impact in the lives of so many. Through his leadership, the annual Center City YMCA’s Golf Tournament has grown beyond expectations, raising more than $100,000 in 2012. Christian Cherry Simmons YMCA Christian Cherry demonstrates an incredible commitment to East Charlotte by serving as Chairman of the Youth Development Committee at the Simmons YMCA. Through his dedication and leadership efforts, the committee has created impactful events such as College Goal Sunday for high school students, day-trip hiking events for youth and a partnership event with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. Christian is also working with Albemarle Road Elementary on a program to serve youth and families in East Charlotte and graciously gave his time to support Room in the Inn in collaboration with Urban Ministries.

- Tom Lewison, Morrison Family YMCA Board Chair

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George Williams Awards Crystal M. Jones McCrorey Family YMCA For seven years, Crystal Jones has been an integral part of the YMCA’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast planning committee. A few years ago, Crystal’s beloved mother passed away just four days before the event. Expecting her to depart for her home in South Carolina, Crystal surprised everyone by working tirelessly for the next two days to prepare for the event. She truly puts all of her energy into serving children and her passion, commitment and servant leadership is evident in all that she does. Chip Stanley

Stratford Richardson YMCA

Chip Stanley is a humble leader. He has made it his service mission to not only have an impact on the work of branch operations, but he has also been a key contributor in strengthening ties to the local business community and encouraging fundraising support for the Stratford Richardson YMCA. Chip has also worked tirelessly to identify and engage individuals and companies to support the branch in launching free youth sports programming, giving families who typically cannot afford it the chance to play.

Susan Davis Sally’s YMCA Before Sally’s YMCA was constructed, Susan Davis served on the provisional board of managers, focusing on capital fundraising and strategic direction for the future of the branch. She even opened her home during the recruitment of founding members. Since the branch opened in January 2011, Susan has chaired the board’s YExperience Committee and provided outstanding leadership to the building and funding of the Community Garden at Sally’s YMCA. Joann Spaleta University City YMCA Joann Spaleta always makes time for the Y and always provides heartfelt leadership. She is one of the few people who will take a vacation day just so she can be present to help the Y with our important work. She has led the University City YMCA through strategic planning and has used her talents as a trainer and facilitator to better the branch. Joann is one of those rare jewels who has helped guide our Y to truly meet the needs of our community.

Chris Thomas Harris YMCA Chris Thomas began volunteering at the YMCA as a youth soccer coach when his children were young. They’re now 20 and 17 and he’s still serving the Harris YMCA. Chris is currently the Harris YMCA Board Chair and is in his seventh year of serving on the board. Leading the branch’s $5 million capital fundraising campaign, he helped to secure a $1 million gift. Chris also understands the broader reach of the YMCA and has been instrumental in helping to negotiate leases and properties that will significantly benefit our organization. “Chris is one of the most humble servant leaders I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with in my 24-year career with the Y. We are a better organization because of Chris Thomas.” - Charmaine Gudgeon, Community Vice President


John R. Mott Award H. Thomas Webb III

At his core, Tom Webb is all about development. With more than 35 years of experience in residential real estate, Tom is a respected industry leader and innovator. But Tom’s love for development expands beyond land possibilities. Those who know him best would say he has a heart for creating opportunities that develop people. “Tom has the capacity to quietly challenge others to do the right thing for the good of most,” says YMCA Trustee Omega Autry. His dedication to the Y and commitment to improving the lives of others was fostered by his father, a respected coach and educator, and his mother, a health educator and board member of the Stanly County Family YMCA. YMCA Trustee Steele Dewey says, “Tom has been a tireless servant for the Y for many years and has clearly been an integral player in growing this organization to where it is today.” Since 1979, Tom has served in numerous leadership roles including founding board chairman of two YMCAs – Siskey and Stratford Richardson – built under his direction. He also served on the Dowd YMCA Board. On the YMCA of Greater Charlotte Board of Directors he served on the executive committee and as treasurer, chairman and trustee. “The number of branches that Tom has influenced as a volunteer leader is incomparable,” says YMCA Trustee Mac Everett. “But he would never publicize his role in it unless it was to benefit the Y. He is a humble leader who served in the best of times and led us through our deepest sadness at the passing of our president, Harry Brace. Tom chaired the YMCA at that critical time and assembled a search committee that selected Andy Calhoun. He was more than a chair, he was a true leader when we needed him most.”

Willie J. Stratford, Sr. Diversity Award Edna Norwood

A pioneer for inclusion, Edna Norwood has served as a devoted champion for her community for more than 28 years. As president of E. Norwood & Associates, LLC, she is respected as one of the community’s leading experts on organizational development, diversity strategies and change management. As a member of the YMCA Diversity & Inclusion committee, she has been a leader in defining and delivering the Y’s business objectives for diversity. “Edna is a compass. She is consistent in her position on what is right and progressive for her company, her Community and our country,” says David Head, YMCA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair. “She holds herself and others accountable for their development and their actions.” Five years ago Edna helped craft the Y’s first branch efforts to engage directors and volunteers in assessing branch access and inclusion practices. She has continued to exemplify courage, diligence and passion, while remaining focused on the community and staff who would benefit from our collective efforts. “When it comes to diversity and inclusion, Edna not only trains it but she lives, loves and shows it in her everyday walk of life,” says YMCA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chair Kenston J. Griffin. “It is an honor to celebrate her with the Willie J. Stratford, Sr. Diversity Award.”

Today, more than ever, we all need the Y. Kids and teens need academic support, positive role models and a safe place to build a healthy foundation for the future. Adults need support and guidance to live healthier, eat better and reduce the incidence of chronic disease. The need is eye-opening >


DIABETES PREVENTION WORTH? 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. 79 million more are pre-diabetic and don’t know it.2 of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.3

DIABETE$ CAN CO$T A PER$ON THEIR SAVINGS U.S. economic burden of prediabetes and diabetes reached $218 billion in 2007, which is $700 per American, annually. 4 Medical expenses are

THEIR HEALTH

DIABETES CAN CAUSE1: ___ Blindness ___ Depression ___ Stroke

“I never thought I’d be telling you about my success getting healthy

“The Y staff has given me the tools and confidence to be responsible

W H AT I S A N O U N C E O F


___ Heart Disease ___ High Blood Pressure5 ___ Kidney Failure ___ Lower-limb Amputations

THEIR LIFE

BETTER FOOD CHOICES

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.1

INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT

and how proud I am to be off some of my medications.”

for my own health. I’m now motivated to make this a new way of life.”

more than two times higher for people with diabetes.1

IMPROVED HEALTH OUTCOMES Modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help prevent or delay diabetes by 58%.1

Artwork by Dréa Leonetti

(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National diabetes fact sheet: national estimates and general information on diabetes and prediabetes in the United States, 2011. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011. (2) http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2010/r101022.html (3) http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/factsheet.htm (4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20075080 (5) http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/ complications/high-blood-pressure-hypertension.html


C H A N G E T HE O U T C O M E F O R T HE L OW-IN C O M E C H IL D

One of four students will not graduate.2 Children participating in high quality out of school programs make better grades, have fewer behavior problems and perform better on tests than non-participating students.3

IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY

STUDENTS

LIVE IN

POVERTY

7 of 10 children living with a single mother are low-income or poor.6

AFTER THE BELL

Low income students slide 3 years behind peers in reading by the end of 5th grade.7

2:00 - 6:00 PM

Hours when children are most likely to be victims of violent crime.4

3:00 - 8:00 PM

Peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex.4

One of 6 who read below grade level by the end of 3rd grade will not graduate.

“The friends I’ve made at the Y have made me stronger and more

“I have a dream that one day I’ll see my 7-year-old triplets graduate

OUT OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS


9,200,000 children living in single mother households are under 9 years of age.6

Third grade is a critical year because a child’s education turns from TO

THE VALUE OF OUT OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS academic support supervised activity

Every $1.24 invested = $8.24 long-term societal ROI. 8

social interaction safe environment role models Artwork by Dréa Leonetti

responsible. It helps just knowing you have someone who cares.”

high school and stand on the stage together in their caps and gowns.”

(one of 3 Hispanic or African-American students)8

(1)(2) Charlotte Observer, 2012 (3) Durlak, Weissberg & Pachan, 2010 (4) The State of Out of School Time in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, a report by the Out of School Time Task Force, 2011 (5) Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2003 (6) U.S. Census Bureau’s 2009 Population Survey (7) www.gradelevelreading.net, 2013 (8) Double Jeopardy, Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012


“As a volunteer coach at the Y, I’ve come to realize the important

YOUTH SPORTS

The New American Pastime

On a typical day, children spend more than 7 ½ hours on electronics, not including time spent on the computer for homework.3

80 MINUTES PLAYING GAMES

60 minute on the s phone

240 MINUTES WATCHING TELEVISION

Today’s kids are spending one third of their year in front of electronic screens. And they’re taking in more calories than their bodies need. Three in four kids don’t get adequate exercise.5

Fast food consumption

has risen 500% since 1970.4

Obesity is three times more common for kids today than 30 years ago.1

One in three kids

is overweight or obese.2

“On my first day of flag football, I felt a little bit lonely. But when I met

THE BENEFITS OF


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LET’S GET ACTIVE! SPORTS HELP KIDS ACHIEVE…

GOOD HEALTH

With a healthy diet, sports can help lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.2

STRONG CHARACTER

Being part of a sports team gives kids an opportunity to: •Build friendships and practice cooperation •Strengthen self-esteem •Discover their personal best

ACADEMIC SUCCESS

As students get older, those who regularly play vigorous sports show a 20% improvement in math, science, English and social studies.6 Long-term studies show fit 18-year-olds are more likely to go on to higher education and more of them get full-time jobs.6

LONG-TERM HEALTH

Adults are more likely to be physically active and healthy if they participated in organized sports as children.8

my coach and the other players, I knew they’d be my new best friends.”

role that coaches play by being a part of these kids’ lives.”

It all adds up. Our children may be the first generation at risk of having

Artwork by Dréa Leonetti

(1)http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/childhood.html (2)http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/obesity/facts.htm (3)http://www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/8010.pdf (4)http://www.childrenshospital.org/views/feb04/fastfoods.html (5)http://children.webmd.com/ news/20110414/most-young-kids-dont-get-enough-exercise (6)http://www.onlinecollegecourses.com/2012/08/27/exercise-makes-you-smarter (7)http://www.getoutdoorsalaska.org/sites/default/files/Nature_Initiative_Fact_Sheet_12.4.09.pdf (8) Team-Up for Youth. Playing Well: Organized Sports and the Health of Children and Youth. Prepared by Ann Rosewater; 2010.


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