From the Y to the Canadian Football League
The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing healthy habits they will carry with them throughout their lives. The benefits are far greater than just physical. When kids play sports, they can build confidence, discover their personal best, have fun and be a part of a team.
Chip Cox, 30, of Columbus, OH, first came to the North YMCA as a child with his father and brother. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working out, playing sports in the gym and meeting new friends. He had goals and worked toward them throughout the years. Now, he's a linebacker for the Montreal Alouettes and was recently named Defensive Player of the year in the Canadian Football League. Chip is very team-oriented and said the award isn't just about him but also about his teammates.
During the offseason, he still visits the North YMCA to work out and train when he's in town and said the Y is a welcoming community.
"The Y feels like home and is my home away from home," Chip said. "I've met so many great people at the Y and have learned a lot about community."
Congratulations, Chip! We're so proud of you.