Hannah has come to the Y almost every day for the last 13 years. A level 9 gymnast in the Lakewood Family YMCA's Grace Gymnastics program, her hard work and dedication is paying off. This May, Hannah took second place at Western Nationals. It's important for her to see the fruit of her labor.
However, when Hannah looks back on her years in gymnastics, it's not the wins that she remembers most fondly; it's the relationships and values she gained along the way. The program's values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility are things you can hear about anywhere, but involvement in the Y has cemented them into her being.
"Living that way of life in the gym has gotten [the values] into my system and made me a better person," she says. From her coach Kevin to her teammates, Hannah has built lifelong friendships through her participation in the Grace Gymnastics program. "We're not just a team, we're a family."