My son, Michael, has been involved with the YMCA since he was eight. Now, as a YMCA professional studies minor at Springfield College, I’ve watched him become more managerial, more of a leader, more of a volunteer, and more compassionate.

While a high school student attending the Springfield College athletic training camp, the faculty inspired my daughter, Danielle, and gave her the passion to become an athletic trainer. She even passed the board of certification on her first try. We are proud to say her dream has come true!

By supporting the school my children go to, I am supporting their choice. I love Springfield College. I love its size, its Humanics philosophy, the professors, and the fact that the College reaches out to the parents and makes them a part of the community.

—  Theresa Lawson