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Originally published: 2012-07-03 15:10:24
Last modified: 2012-07-03 15:10:24

ASU coach Moore speaks at YMCA

Jeremy Scott

A new YMCA has opened in Newland and with it comes new opportunities. Prior to its opening, Avery County did not have a similar experience to what a YMCA offers. While there are locations in Avery County that offer an outlet for exercising, none of them do so to the degree that the YMCA offers as they don’t have the same values rooted in themes of family and faith.

To help illustrate these attributes, the YMCA held a Faith and Family Celebration, the first in a three-part series, at 7 p.m. on June 25 at the Hugh Chapman Center. This event included speakers such as First Baptist Newland Pastor Bill Evans, YMCA CEO Dr. Jim Richardson and ASU coach Jerry Moore. 

“The purpose of this event is to emphasize the five core values of the YMCA and to show the programs of the YMCA that strengthen the faith and the family,” said spokesperson Jessica M. Smith.

The event began with hors d’oeuvres available to guests as they walked in. The event began with an invocation by Jones followed by several testimonials by those whose lives were changed by the presence and help of a YMCA. Afterwards, Moore took time to deliver a speech about the values held by the YMCA, how these values relate to the experience one garners from the YMCA and the important effect it has in shaping children and young adults. A key theme of the speech was the five core values of the YMCA: faith, caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The event was closed with a speech from Dr. Richardson. 

Throughout the event several raffles were held with prizes such as gift cards, coupons, a three-night stay at Windham Resort and a six-month family membership to the YMCA. After the event a tour of the YMCA was offered to guests.