Benjamin had been sneaking into the Y for years to play basketball with friends. His home life was difficult. Ben has two siblings, a single mom who works two jobs out of town and a dad who is in and out of jail.

As a teen, Ben would occasionally scrape together enough money to come to the Y for a day. A Board Member noticed Ben and asked friends to donate enough money to give him a year membership.

After the Y received the generous donation, we watched to see when Ben would come back to the Y. After months of waiting, on a rainy day, he was sitting with his skateboard in our lobby.

We immediately gave him a membership, took his picture and handed him his first YMCA Membership Card. When Ben scanned in for the first time, he heard his check in beep and his smile appeared. He looked back at us and said "I didn't know you even knew my name…”