Patrick G.

Bremerton Family YMCA

Patrick loves basketball and the Bremerton Family YMCA. He has special needs, but good luck telling him that. He’s a regular at the Y’s Teen Late Nite program and when he found out there would be a 4-on-4 basketball tournament, he immediately began practicing every day.
 
As the jerseys were passed out on the day of the tournament, Patrick stood, holding his jersey in sheer delight of what he was getting to be part of. Halfway through the game Patrick got his long-awaited opportunity to play. Not only did Patrick score,but his teammates set him up to score four times and put the team ahead for good.

At the end of the game, Patrick’s coach said to him , “By you being you and letting everyone see your joy, you have impacted many people by getting to watch you in your moment.”