Travis Nock

“I don’t know what I would have done without the Y.”

Travis Nock was buying ice cream when a stranger asked if he played Wheelchair Basketball. He thought the man was joking. Travis contracted Polio when he was an infant and began using a wheelchair as a child. “You should play,” the stranger urged. Though Travis wanted to be active, opportunities were scarce for someone with mobility challenges.

Motivated by the man’s question and burdened by weight gain over the years (the ice cream!), Travis did some research and found the Sussex Family YMCA. The Y was one of few facilities with adaptive cardio and strength equipment that could help him get his upper body into physical shape to play ball. The 35-minute drive to Rehoboth was a surmountable obstacle, given the benefits, but Travis couldn’t afford a membership. He talked to staff members who helped him secure an Open Doors Scholarship. Now Travis drives to the Y several times a week and he gets in shape to participate in basketball tournaments.  “It’s so beneficial… a blessing that the Y was able to fulfill what I needed.”

Travis Nock - Mission

 

 

Our Mission


The YMCA is an association of people of all ages, ethnic groups and religious affiliations that strives to cultivate the human potential, self-esteem, and dignity of all people. Our organization exists to develop and practice the Christian principles of love, caring, inclusiveness, justice and peace…and to enrich the emotional, physical and social life of all individuals, families and our community.

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Stronger Together

At the Y, we stand against all forms of racism, discrimination and hatred. We have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and compassion for all.  We share the grief and outrage felt by the country in the wake of George Floyd’s death.  As we watch and experience the unrest and violence that continues to erupt throughout our communities, we acknowledge that this reality is fueled by generations of injustice. Together through the Y, we can be a positive force for change in every community we serve. We must unite. We must be heard, and we must do better.

Notice:

Due to scheduled protests, the Central and Walnut Street YMCA's will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Sussex Family Y will close at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 5th.

The Bear-Family Y outdoor pools will close at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 7th.

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