Dennis Watson Spirit of TEAM Grant

The Dennis Watson Spirit of TEAM Memorial Fund was developed to honor the legacy of long time board member Dennis Watson, a whole-hearted believer in the power of team building.

Dennis was deeply committed to the success of young people in our community and as such he devoted nearly 18 years to the YMCA as a board member, volunteer, and financial supporter. 

During his time with the Y, Dennis lead the charge for the YMCA Middle School Program TEAM devoted to encouraging 8th graders to improve their communication and teambuilding skills, increase their leadership, and to grow as more compassionate individuals.

Dennis encouraged young people to consider how the tone and intention of their communication impacted their ability to build a happy, healthy and vibrant community. He believed that young people, if given the opportunity, could play a vital role in making our communities kinder and more inclusive.


In Dennis’s honor, fund contributions will be used to offer The Spirit of Team Grant to local youth group leaders, teachers and those who are developing programs or projects for middle school students.

Individuals or groups with a program or project idea for middle school students that upholds the ideals of the Y and promotes teambuilding, encourages inclusion, or fosters good communication are encouraged to apply.
We will provide $3000 in funds this year.


Donate to the Fund by naming your donation in honor of Dennis Watson on the donation page.


WHEN TO APPLY: The Olympic Peninsula YMCA is pleased to announce the call for applications for the Dennis Watson Spirit of TEAM Memorial Grant. Applications will be accepted Sept 1, 2017 through 5:00 PM on October 6, 2017.

Please download the Dennis Watson Spirit of TEAM Memorial Grant application below and submit it by mail, fax or email by October 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM.