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Norfolk Family YMCA
Norfolk, Nebraska

Doug Junge

Doug Junge Story

Doug Junge spent his elementary years in south Lincoln, Nebraska living in a single parent home with his mom and three sisters. Doug's mom worked as a nursing assistant and provided for her children as best she could. Growing up, Doug was always ready to play any sport, and so when a friend invited him to the YMCA to play racquetball, Doug was in heaven. At the Y he could play racquetball, basketball, and swin all in the same day. From then on, as often as he could, Doug would ride his bike or take the bus to the Y and spend the day. At that time the drop in fee was $2.00, but the kind Y staff would take whatever Doug could come up with and let him in regardless. Looking back, Doug realizes how influential the YMCA was on his life. He recalls plenty of opportunities growing up to get into trouble, but instead doug spent his time at the Y. Currently Doug and his wife have called Norfolk home for 20 years and have been members at the YMCA for just as long.

Today there are kids in Norfolk growing up just as Doug did, in a single parent home with limited financial resources and a need for a safe, positive place to spend time. The Norfolk Family YMCA continues to be a safe and positive place for all children. Currently the Y has a bigger need to help than what it can serve. The expansion would allow more people to access the Y's facilities. Your support will ensure that our children countinue to have opportunities just like Doug.

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