The YMCA is a Great Place for Families to Develop Their Minds, Bodies, and Spirits

The YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That’s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.  With a mission to put moral principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, the Y’s impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.

When I was a kid, I spent many summer days at the YMCA. I loved hanging out with all of the other kids, playing sports and games, can creating art projects.

As an adult, I gave back to the YMCA by serving as a member of the Board of Directors at the Cossaboom Family YMCA in Houston, TX. This location was only one of two YMCAs in town that still had a residence hall (it has since closed). As a board member, I raised money, recruited volunteers, and helped to make the location a vibrant place that encouraged the community to participate in programs.

After I had kids, I continued to support the YMCA by becoming a city-wide member. My kids took their first swimming lessons at the Y and they have participated in youth sports for several years now. I’ve even served as a youth sports coach and I was able to lose about 25lbs and get back in shape through the Y’s fitness programs. My wife also enjoys the group fitness classes such as spinning.

If you’ve had great experiences at the YMCA also, you can join me in supporting the organization. I have partnered with Cadillac and Team Escalade to help the YMCA to spread the word about their great family-oriented programs. Team Escalade Texas is a charity challenge aiming to increase awareness and support for vital Texas charities. Cadillac will produce, publicize and promote a PSA for six charities during the campaign (CureDuchenne, Taylor’s Gift, Love Hope Strength, Special Olympics Texas, Ronald McDonald House, and YMCA). The charity that receives the most Facebook exposure through voting, sharing and acting for their PSA will receive additional media support valued at $150,000.

Please watch this inspiring video from the YMCA. Then vote. You can also make a personal donation to the YMCA.

Finally, I will leave you with this video.

Village People – YMCA (version originale) by scorpiomusic

Stay Strong,

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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at