On Thursday, February 10th, Former West Virginia Forward Wellington Smith stopped by the Summit YMCA to provide words of encouragement to the Youth Basketball Travel Leagues Under 12 team.  The U12 team, made up of about 20 boys and 1 girl ages 12yrs and younger, is a competitive basketball program designed to develop fundamental basketball skills while learning teamwork, strategy, and sportsmanship.  Alongside YBL coaches, Rodney Blackley and Kareem Douglas, Smith gave the team incited into his journey as a basketball player and gave an inspirational peep talk on the importance of hard-work, perseverance and team work. Smith stated, “Staying focused, and playing as one leads to a win. Your coaches are here to guide you, but as a team, you are the force driving the end results.”

 Coach Douglas commented, “Wellington is a home-grown talent that has taken the game of basketball to another level. I remember him as a young player not too much older than these kids and having him here today, is a true testament to how the YMCA program can shape a young person’s life in to a promising future.”

 The Summit Area Y is one of the area’s largest nonprofit organizations, strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y is accessible to all people. Financial assistance is offered to individuals and families who cannot afford membership. For more information about the Summit Area YMCA visit www.theSAY.org.