Maria Evans: YMCA Graduate
Graduated: May 2010
Major: Youth Development
Why Springfield College?
Maria's goal was to be able to work with children and to help educate them through sport. She also hoped to play varsity-level soccer, which she did at Springfield College during all four years. The College offered everything she was looking for-both academically and extracurricularly.
To work with young people and share her knowledge with them.
Notable YMCA Experience:
Last summer Maria was teaching tennis at a summer camp. There was a 12 year old boy who used to come and watch, but who never registered to participate. Maria kept encouraging him to join in, but he said he couldn't afford to pay. She discovered that he had come from an abusive home and she knew that joining her program would be a positive alternative to being at home. Therefore, she took money from her own paycheck and paid his camp tuition fee for the summer so that he could play. She knew that her camp program was a positive alternative to what he had in his personal life.
Notable Springfield College Experience:
In her sophomore year, she switched majors from physical education to youth development. She was amazed at how friendly everyone was towards her even after joining the new program a year after everyone else. She loved that the program allowed her to focus on what she wanted to do in life. Susan Joel, her advisor, was a huge help to her as she worked toward pursuing her career.
Below is a parent testimonial sent to Harry Rock, director of YMCA Relations at Springfield College.
Dear Mr. Rock,
We want to thank you for all that you did for Maria. It is people like you at Springfield College who committed themselves to helping her succeed that made all the difference. It really does "take a village to raise a child", and the professors at Springfield College all helped in many different ways. We are so proud of Maria and how much effort she had to put into school. It was not easy for her but as you said to us at the Baccalaureate ceremony, she has a positive attitude and is a hard worker.
It was very nice of you to let Maria know how much you support her, both now, and in her future endeavors. She was so happy to get to know you and appreciated all the kindness and caring you showed her. As parents, we could not ask for more from a teacher. We hope that you enjoy your summer and that someday we may meet you again.
Arlene and Jack Evans