On behalf of the Troy and Dollie Smith YMCA, I would like to thank the Shawnee community for your support during the construction of our new facility. The investment that you have made gives us a premier facility that will serve the health and recreation needs of our community for many years. We are so proud to have a facility that is second to none, and that we can have it in Shawnee. In addition to the new building, we have a new CEO, Tracy Walker. Tracy is working hard to expand our programs and is charting a course for future growth.


On behalf of the Troy and Dollie Smith YMCA, I would like to thank the Shawnee community for your support during the construction of our new facility. The investment that you have made gives us a premier facility that will serve the health and recreation needs of our community for many years. We are so proud to have a facility that is second to none, and that we can have it in Shawnee. In addition to the new building, we have a new CEO, Tracy Walker. Tracy is working hard to expand our programs and is charting a course for future growth.
The Troy and Dollie Smith YMCA is much more than a new building. The Y is a place that has shaped and influenced the lives of so many people in our community and has served as a place that provides positive encouragement and growth that so many kids desperately need. Since 1951, the Troy and Dollie Smith YMCA has been dedicated to our mission of building strong kids, strong families and a strong community.
Through the generous support of many groups and individuals, we are able to provide annual scholarships in excess of $75,000 that allow kids and families in our community the opportunity to use the Y as well as participate in Y sports and programs. These individuals and families would otherwise not be able to participate because of financial hardship. We appreciate your continued gifts and support.
In recent weeks, we have been in contact with the new Shawnee Youth Athletic Association, and we are working together to promote youth sports in Shawnee. The YMCA will continue to run and promote our recreational youth sports leagues such as wee-ball, T-ball, basketball, soccer, football and softball, and we look forward to expanding those programs. Our organization of program directors, staff and volunteers are working diligently to provide the community with health and recreation activities for all age groups. These staff members are supervised by a board of directors of community leaders who provide direction and guidance for success.
In addition to managing the Y facility, we have been designated as the unofficial “parks and recreation department” for Shawnee. We manage the municipal pool as well as the Shawnee Community Center. The Y staff has been tremendous in managing not only our facility and programs, but also in managing these municipal entities.
This has been an exciting year for the Troy and Dollie Smith YMCA, but we are excited about the future. We have worked the “bugs” out of the new facility and we hope that you will stop by for a free tour and learn about what we have to offer.
At every stage of life, the Troy and Dollie Smith YMCA is there to help children, families and individuals reach their full potential. Stop by and check us out, where every day is a great day at the YMCA!
Editor’s Note: This guest editorial is offered by Chris Waddell, president of the board of directors of the Troy and Dollie Smith YMCA. He is a chiropractor in Shawnee. The views expressed by our guest editorialists and guest columnists are theirs and do not necessarily reflect the views of the News-Star’s management.