Staff Member Spotlight

Andrew Patel

What is your role at the Y? I am a camp counselor

What do you enjoy the most about your job?

The best part of about my job at the Y is doing the small things that make a big difference. I love to see how happy some of the kids are when they see me come in. They know when I am here, we will be playing some sort of sport, and they may not get those opportunities at home. Being able to incorporate fun games while also promoting physical fitness is a big part of what I love to do. When they leave, I know they’re ready to come back tomorrow because they say, “Mr. Andrew, can we play that game tomorrow?” Being able to create that environment supports my degree as well. I am going into cardiac therapy. I have been taking all of the nutrition and personal training or fitness classes. I enjoy using that knowledge to these kids through games. This job serves as a mini internship.

What do you really do at the Y?

I use all of my training, passion and experience to help teach these kids that physical fitness is fun. I entertain them and keep them happy, and I am helping them stay healthy as well.

Our Mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.