YMCA chief executive officer thanks community for support

by | May 18, 2017 7:25 am

id Culley gives his speech to the crowd at the YMCA dinner.

Former White County High School all-around athlete and 1973 graduate David Culley, who went on to coach several National Football League teams, was the guest speaker at a recent fundraiser held for Sparta-White County YMCA.

Culley, who still returns to his hometown as often as possible, was featured at the inaugural fundraiser dinner.

Vencent Bell, Sparta-White County YMCA chief executive officer, wants to thank the community for its continuous support and commitment to the YMCA.

“I want to personally thank the community for always helping the YMCA and for always being a warm blessing and supportive,” stated Bell.

Bell expressed his gratitude to Culley for being the keynote speaker at the dinner.

Culley has a reputable history of playing basketball, baseball and football for WCHS. After graduating in 1973, he played for Vanderbilt University as a quarterback.

Culley graduated from Vanderbilt with a degree in health and physical education. He would go on to coach football for various college teams, including Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Southwestern Louisiana, UTEP, and Texas A&M. In 1995, Culley received his first coaching position in the NFL. He is now the quarterback coach for the Buffalo Bills.

“We were so blessed to have an amazing hometown man come home to speak to us,” said Bell.

Approximately 273 people attended the YMCA dinner and participated in the benefit auction. An estimated $23,000 was raised from ticket sales, table sponsors and from the auction.

Bell commented that Culley gave credit to the YMCA for bringing his family together for the dinner. Culley stated that this was the first time in quite awhile that all his family was able to be together and thanked the YMCA for making that possible. Bell thanked Culley for being a role model for the young people in the community.

“That’s what the YMCA is here for – to be a role model for the young people,” said Bell. “We want to motivate others to be role models.”

According to Bell, Sparta-White County is one of the smallest communities in the country to have a YMCA. Bell said that despite all the odds against a YMCA in a small rural community, the YMCA and its supporters always find a way to succeed.

“We are on the right track,” he said. “We are growing programs, educational classes, and giving people the tools to develop healthy habits.”

Bell wants to remind the community of several exciting opportunities that will be happening soon.

-Reopening of the pool on May 29

-Return of Aquatic programs

-Dollar Thursdays at the YMCA pool

-Events, entertainment, radio station music parties, and prize giveaways throughout the summer

-YMCA Golf Tournament at the Sparta Country Club, on Aug. 26

Sparta-White County YMCA is located at 123 Moore St. Call (931) 836-3330 for more information.

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