There is no greater bond. Any athlete that has participated in team sports knows the trust and sacrifice you put into your “band of brothers”.
This is one of my legacies at the Y. I knew how powerful and rewarding bringing together all different groups could be – members, volunteers, staff and family. We even added in weekly training sessions to build excitement, endurance, self confidence and ultimately strengthen our relationships.
Four straight years, the Y team proudly represented our united front to promote a healthy lifestyle in mind, body and soul. Team members had numerous different motivations, overcame fears, problem solved and had a blast playing in the dirt/mud. But it wasn’t easy or for the faint hearted. We laughed, crawled, splashed, ran, pulled, dragged, climbed, fell, jumped, cried and carried our teammates to cross the finish line hand in hand…….locked together.
The culmination came for me when we joined forces of 3 different YMCA teams into one joint powerhouse on the course. I will always smile at the memory in sharing this hard core experience with a kick ass group of individuals that always put others first. By signing up to personally conquer the tough savage course, they inspired others to push their own limits and show again the power of an accountability group outside the fours walls of the gym. And if any of them ever called or needed help, we would all step up and respond without question.
RIP Coach Andrew Highsmith 💔 you will never be forgotten – “The opportunity to connect with one another is unique and can be lost if you don’t make the most of the opportunities when they are present.”