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Teresa and Donald Hyatt, Parrish

As members of the Parrish YMCA, Teresa and Donald have been volunteer Y basketball coaches for the past 3 years.
“There are so many advantages of Y basketball,” Teresa says. “The new draft gives you a chance to evenly distribute kids on each team to make the league fair. Rotating courts and playing other Y branch teams helps the kids to build confidence.”
Teresa and Donald love working with kids so much that they have coached basketball since before their kids were born.
“Now I get to coach my own children,” Teresa says. “My kids love basketball and I couldn’t think of a better place to have a learning experience than the Y. You always know your kids are safe and making great friends, and the staff and refs feel like family. The games are competitive and fun. And last year, we went 6-0!”


Rachel Marcus, Lakewood Ranch

“I was never the type of person who worked out 24/7,” Rachel says, “but after I had my first baby, I wanted to get back in shape and learn how to commit to a healthy lifestyle.”
Rachel, a teacher in Lakewood Ranch, signed up for the “12 Weeks To a New You” program at the Y, and got even more than she hoped out of the program.
“I had wanted to lose 10 pounds, but I lost much more, and the program kept me motivated and held me accountable. The gym can be intimidating for someone who hasn’t been much, and the program taught me about the machines and made getting healthy seem like something I could do. I would recommend it to anyone, especially new moms.”


David Johnson, Lakewood Ranch

David Johnson, 70, needed a new exercise and training routine after having heart double bypass and 2 stints. His first encounter at the Y was a “Senior Bootcamp” taught by Cristy-Rae Ansley. Cristy-Rae made him feel welcomed and comfortable, and after a few months of personal training sessions, David went from slow walking for 15 minutes to doing TRX, Body Attack, Body Combat, and personal strength training.

“I have lost over 35 lbs, feel fantastic, and am a happier person,” David said. “My doctor has taken me off diabetic medications and has reduced my heart machine to a very small maintenance dose. I know that I would be in a different situation right now had I not joined the Y and met a trainer like Cristy-Rae who started me down the right path to a healthy and longer life.”


Robbie and Christina Powell, Lakewood Ranch

Robbie and Christina Powell moved to the area a year ago so that Christina, a naval officer and student at LECOM’s medical school, could begin her postdoctorate education. The couple and their three children take advantage of the Y Military Family Scholarship Program to be able to stay healthy as a family.

“Many things stand out at the Lakewood Ranch YMCA, from the free childcare to the amazing programs,” Robbie said. “The group classes from Body Pump to Surfset have encouraged me to workout and have fun while doing it. I cannot say enough about the great kids swim instructors and Courtney, the Aquatic Director. The kids LOVE the instructors, who engage all the kids while pushing them to continually progress. We are so grateful for all the experiences bestowed upon our children and us by the Manatee YMCA.”


Gleice Gillet, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch– Arts Instructor

Gleice has extensive experience as a professional dancer, dance teacher, and aerialist. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she studied dance with the Maria Olenewa State School of Dance. She continued her education through workshops with the Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Boston Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Hubbard St. Dance. She went on to perform professionally in both live and television performances and went on to tour with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus as a Dancer/Aerialist for ten years. She has also been teaching Ballet and Jazz to students of all ages for the past 15 years. In 2016, Gleice got her American Ballet Theatre Teacher Certification which permitted her to teach the ABT National Training Curriculum from Pre-Primary to Level 3.

Gleice currently teaches dance classes at the Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch Branch YMCA. We’re so glad you’re with us Gleice!