Sarah T.

Lakewood Family YMCA

For years, Sarah felt like she didn't belong anywhere. She was home schooled, and her family spent years moving from state to state. When she found the gymnastics program at the Lakewood Family YMCA, she fell in love with the sport and found a place to call home.

"The YMCA is more than an organization," Sarah says. "It's my second home. I can't thank the coaches who trained me or the teammates/awesome friends enough for shaping me into the person I am today."

Sarah stayed with the gymnastics program for eight years, becoming a state and national champion, before becoming an instructor herself. "Being able to coach and be a role model for young kids with hopes and dreams of their own -- it's awesome!" she said.