Asher F.

Tom Taylor Family YMCA

A place to belong, for some it's easy, but for others it can be elusive. Asher Flerx was identified as having sensory concerns while in the YMCA Basketball program. The noise of the basketball caused him so much stress, he simply shut down and balled himself up. Asher went on to try other sports, but nothing seem to fit until he came to the Y's Adaptive Swim program. At that time, he was afraid to put his face in the water and was not very confident. Within three weeks, Asher was putting his face in the water and blowing bubbles.

Thanks to patient staff, volunteers, and a quiet time period for his lessons, Asher was a quick study. He can now swim short distances on his own and even swims in the main pool. He plays water games of going under water to pick up dive rings and races with his instructors and his mom. 

Asher would like to thank Patty, Eileen, Marcia, Merrick, Linda, and Mr. Slim for helping him along his journey and ultimately finding a place to belong and grow.