The YMCA is impacting lives all across the Spokane area, and we want to hear what the Y means to you. Reach a personal milestone? Did your child conquer their fear of the water? Whatever it may be, big or small, please share your story with us! Stories will not be shared without permission.
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For Cory, working out and taking care of his body was always the last thing on his list. The single father of two has many responsibilities to juggle throughout the day and just couldn’t find the motivation to get to the gym. But when Cory’s doctor told him he had developed type 2 diabetes, he […]
Steve Tamarro’s role as CEO and President of the YMCA of the Inland Northwest has been 44 years in the making. Steve’s first job at the Y was during his freshman year in college, serving as a summer day camp counselor in his hometown of Boston, Mass. His role at the Y grew over the […]
When you live to be 96, you must be doing something right. Gene recently celebrated his birthday at the Spokane Valley YMCA and attributes his good health to friendships, an active lifestyle, and weekly trips to IHOP and Taco Bell. Gene joined the Valley Y when it first opened its doors, a little more than […]
For Riza, working at the Central YMCA Children’s Center is a natural fit. Born and raised in the Philippines, she taught elementary school in her home country before moving to Spokane in 2010. Once here, Riza was searching for a job where she could continue to connect with kids and help her new community. She […]
Kate can’t really remember a time when she wasn’t in the pool. The 16 -year-old Sandpoint High School Sophomore has spent over a decade on the swim team at the Litehouse YMCA, swimming competitively since she was 5-years-old. Her mother, Jacinda, knew being confident in the water was important and enrolled her two daughters in […]
When Frythe moved to Sandpoint with her family in 2000 she was not expecting to gain dozens of new family members full of love and support, but that’s what she found working as a Group Exercise Instructor and Lead at the Litehouse YMCA. Frythe knows her name is unique and maybe a bit hard to […]
It took over 1,500 miles to find her next adventure in life, but Miana is happy to begin her new journey at the South Spokane YMCA. She grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, just north of Minnesota on the banks of Lake Superior. After graduating from high school she paid a visit to Spokane to […]
Spending three hours coaching basketball on a Thursday night may not seem like a dream for some, but Coach Amber wouldn’t want it any other way. Amber caught the coaching bug early, helping her dad coach AAU teams while she attended college. Now a first-grade teacher at Moran Prairie Elementary, Amber continues her passion as […]
Every day presents a different challenge for Brandon at the North Spokane YMCA, but he wouldn’t want it any other way. Brandon joined the North Y team this summer and enjoys thinking on his feet to help members find solutions for their wellness journey. “No matter what a person is looking for they are all […]
Aiden believes in paying it forward, and he doesn’t want to waste time doing it. The Central Y lifeguard credits the YMCA for being a pillar in his life, helping to shape his past and his future. He recalls first learning to swim in the old downtown Y building and spending numerous summers at YMCA […]
Serving in our nation’s military can take a family across the country or around the world. Commander Jennifer Bagnell’s family has moved many time but now calls Spokane home as she serves in the United States Navy. Jennifer is the Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center in Spokane. The center focuses on preparing […]