Making It Theirs: One Couple's Commitment to the Y's Vision and Purpose

Apr 05, 2019

Did you know there are 2,700 YMCA’s throughout the U.S.? Russ and Aileen Woolbright have been involved with three of them throughout their lifetime and consider Exeter to be one of the best.

“As transplanted Texans, we finally got back to New Hampshire, having lived here twice before. Before moving back to the area, we watched the construction of the Exeter Y online and planned for our return here after 10 years in Texas. Within the first week of moving here, we joined and immediately hit it off with staff and members,” says Russ.

This couple has a shared love of kids and community and both have a strong presence in the building. Aileen works part time with the little ones and can be found reading to them in the Kids Club. Russ initiated an outreach to young men with Sunday afternoon basketball, which they call YBall. He adds, “in the two years since this outreach began, we have been able to connect with and influence the lives of 40-60 young men every Sunday to play ball, learn teamwork and build friendships with a five minute devotional about our relationship with God.” The habit of physical, emotional and spiritual fitness is important to Russ and the young men he mentors.

The SDYMCA works hard to foster relationships with people like Russ and Aileen by making the facility available to reach out to the community and make its mark. They share the same sentiment by saying, “the Y is part of our life and has a wonderful impact on us, yet at the same time allows us to make an impact on the community, as well. We can’t think of life without the Y.”

Please stop and say thank you to the Woolbrights for their selfless commitment in expanding the Y’s vision and purpose. You will be greeted with smiles as big as the Lone Star State. 

Southern District YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.