About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
David has a lifetime affiliation with the YMCA. He was most recently on the YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s Board for six years. Prior to and concurrent with that term he served as the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Co-Chair for six years, on the Harris YMCA Branch Board, the Gateway Village Branch Board (which he Chaired), the YGuides Program (which he Chaired) and on the national Diversity Council for YMCA of the USA for five years. David’s father volunteered for the Raleigh Y for over 30 years serving in a variety of roles and involving his children in the Y as lifeguards, referees, camp counselors, and YGuides. He was a counselor at a Y camp and spent many weekends at camp working in the food service or running activity stations such as archery. David participated in Community Building Initiative’s LDI program on behalf of the Y (Class 2). Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have always been fundamental to the Y as we impact communities and families all over the Charlotte region.
I have selected the YMCA as my charity of choice focused on Camps, After School, and Sports programs for lower socio-economic and at risk youth. In a world where sports teams and camps are extremely costly, we have to do all we can to mitigate this “pay to play” environment and enable more equity and access. I want to help the Y with prioritizing this fundamental strength and partnerships/collaborations. Kids need a constructive place to go after school for fellowship and sports practices as well as summer camp experiences for day-camp or overnight camp. It also helps keep them focused on learning and grades as they have goals and positive teams/cabins they look forward to seeing.