Star, YDC Teen

Now I Feel Special

Star, a 9th grader at Mariner High School, is a regular MAP participant at the YMCA Casino Road Youth Development Center (CRYDC).

Star and her mother recently moved into a relative’s apartment, located more than 1.5 miles away from the CRYDC. This past spring, Star commented, “I wish I had a bike to get here every day.”

CRYDC Director Alex Costumbrado shared Star’s wish with YMCA partner Cintas, who provides a variety of products to our facilities. In June, Cintas staff surprised Star with a brand new bike, helmet, and a bike lock.

Star exclaimed, “Wow… This is so cool. Now...I have a bike! I’ve been wanting one of these. Thanks for doing this. I feel special.”


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