Volunteer Today and Make a Difference in the Life of a Child!

Volunteers are needed for the our 35th Annual Youth Basketball League season. The League, which is sponsored by Foothills Bank, will tip off January 2nd and run through March 4th.

“Volunteers are the heart and soul of our organization—without their hard work and dedication, we couldn’t do the work we do every day to help kids, families and communities thrive,” said Damon Olsen, Executive Director, James Family Prescott YMCA. “By bringing people together from all walks of life around a shared purpose to do good, the Y is creating a stronger, more cohesive community.” “Three of our coaches have been coaching collectively for almost 60 years,” said Jaime DeJoseph, Sports Director. “We couldn’t have this league without our amazing volunteer coaches, sponsors, referees, and committee members.”

Meet three of our outstanding volunteers:

Paul Aslanian has coached for 24 years and began coaching to be with his three boys who played basketball. Paul grew up playing Y ball at the downtown YMCA in Phoenix and continues to play weekly here at the Prescott YMCA. Paul teaches the kids not only basketball skills but cooperation, collaboration, sportsmanship and teamwork which they can use throughout their lives. “The Y is a lifeline for youth to get healthy, stay out of trouble, have a focus in life, and learn the discipline that sports teaches,” said Paul.

Norm Davis started coaching YBL 20 years ago to be involved with his kids and for the community spirit. Norm has also served on our YBL Committee for over 10 years. Norm grew up playing basketball and was a summer camp counselor here at the Prescott YMCA while attending college. Norm focuses on basketball skills and sportsmanship while coaching his kids. “Get involved, do your part, and be part of the fun volunteering at the Y,” said Norm.

Since 2005 Glenn Brownlie has been coaching kids in the YMCA Youth Basketball League. Glenn has also been sponsoring his team for 15 years as well. Glenn began coaching to be active with his children and teaches fitness & coordination, the value of teamwork, discipline and dedication to his kids. “I wanted to give back not just to the community, but to the Y that gave me so much as a kid,” said Glenn. “The Prescott YMCA has always been an important part of my life since I was a toddler growing up in Prescott.”

As one of the leading nonprofits and volunteer organizations in the country, nearly 600,000 people volunteer at the Y each year and here in Prescott more than 650 give back through activities such as coaching youth sports, mentoring youth, helping on special events, serving on our boards and spearheading fundraising drives. These opportunities also help volunteers enhance their personal well-being and develop meaningful relationships – all while making an impact in communities they care about.

Our YMCA Youth Basketball League has two divisions:  “B”, which is a recreational league for girls and boys, ages 4-13, which runs in Prescott and Prescott Valley and “A”, which is a competitive league for youth, ages 9-17 and that league runs in Prescott only. The primary objective of the YMCA is to develop people, not professional athletes. Our Volunteer Coaches are dedicated to developing youth and will emphasize the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. “Our League provides a safe and fun environment where kids are able to learn the foundations of basketball from people who care about them,” said Jaime DeJoseph, Sports Director. For more information on volunteering, sponsoring or basketball registration, please contact Jaime at jaime.dejoseph@prescottymca.org


About James Family Prescott YMCA

The James Family Prescott YMCA is a community within a community serving our diverse population in the quad-city area. As a leading nonprofit organization, the YMCA exists to strengthen the foundation of the community. The YMCA has served the local communities in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey/Humboldt since 1974; offering over 60 health, wellness and community programs within the four-building facility.

The YMCA is dedicated to providing affordable programs and services to benefit people of all incomes and backgrounds. Thanks to the generous support of those who donate to the Y’s Annual Campaign and other fundraising events, financial assistance is available to those who cannot afford the full fee and qualify for assistance.

The YMCA aims to provide each member with every opportunity to reach farther and improve their lives and the lives of those around them. Through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility, the YMCA’s goal is to inspire positive and lasting social change. For more information visit www.prescottymca.org.

 About the Y

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. ymca.net


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