Danny M.

University Y Student Center

For as long as he can remember, competitive sports have  played a critical part in Danny's life. After lettering in cross country, football, and soccer throughout high school, he accepted a full ride scholarship to pursue his athletic dreams at Saint Mary's College of California. 
 
"I kept thinking, 'This is it!"" explains Danny. Little did he know how quickly this excitement would fade. Nearly halfway through his collegiate soccer career, Danny suffered a major injury that not only hurt is physical body, but his spirit as well. He was forced to transfer to a smaller university and focus on recovery. "I felt like my life was over," he explains. "Everything I had worked so hard for my entire life - gone." 
 
It was during that dark time that Danny learned the importance of self-care and post-workout rehabilitation. He learned first-hand how to navigate the process of recovery and endurance. 
 
"I feel like my experience with track and field events and injury reintegration fits perfectly with the YMCA," he explains.  "I want to help people feel stronger and better about themselves every day, and this role I feel is my true mission in life."