Lifelong Member Secures Future Opportunities at the Y
"For as long as I can remember, the Greenpoint Y has been a big part of my life," says lifelong Greenpoint resident Frank P. Carbone. "My parents took me there when I was a just 4 or 5 years old to learn how to swim!"
"The attraction to the branch continued when I was a teenager, as my interests shifted from the pool to the basketball court. My friends and I didn't have any place to shoot hoops in the winter, so we figured we would try the Y. We couldn't afford to become members, so we did the next best thing—we deftly avoided the front desk attendant and would sneak into the gym to play." Little did we realize that the Executive Director (ED) was aware of our innocent scheme—but he let us play unnoticed (or so we thought) for almost a year!"
Planting Seeds for the Future
"This is where the 'call to serve' finally came and my friends and I received an 'offer we couldn't refuse'!" The ED was trying to start up a teen basketball league, and our deal was that we could enter our team for free, affectionately known as 'The Diamond Street Destroyers', providing that we volunteered for various events that the Y was sponsoring in the neighborhood. While we didn't win many games, the opportunity he gave us was greatly appreciated and certainly not overlooked by us—even 30+ years later!"
"Sparked by the opportunity I was granted, my passion for sports and volunteerism continued into my 20's, as I founded a youth sports program in my local Parish, which was based in Greenpoint and still exists today. After a stint in the corporate world, I became a very successful collegiate basketball coach. I often reflect that if I wasn't given the opportunity to play hoops at the Y when I was a teenager, all this might have never happened."
"The Y has been the centerpiece of my development. I have been fortunate to serve the Greenpoint Y in many capacities for the past 20 years, including stints as Board Chair and Vice-Chair and have been its annual campaign chairman since 2004. I still live on Diamond Street, I remain close friends with nearly all the Destroyers and the best part is that I shoot hoops once a week in our newly renovated gym. Talk about life coming full circle!"
"New York might be a big city, but what makes us unique is that we live in close-knit communities like Greenpoint that work together and truly care about one another. If you are new to any neighborhood, all you have to do is find your local Y and spend some time getting to know a few people. More often than not, you'll end up with a friend for life!"
"I recently made an endowment gift to the Greenpoint Y. I contributed annually to the Y for many years, but I thought, Why not do something more permanent? Why not make sure that my help and contributions will last longer than I will? Why not make sure everybody else has the chance to receive the opportunity I did when I was a teenager growing up in Greenpoint? Who knows—it could change their life forever!"
Make a Lasting Impact
Like Frank P. Carbone, you can empower generations of youth, improve health and strengthen communities with a gift to the YMCA of Greater New York. To learn more, contact Patti Davis at (212) 630-9625 or email@example.com.