Growing Up - But Never Outgrowing - The JCC
“We have been coming to the JCC since I was 5...my twin brother, my older brother and my dad would go a few times a week. We would use the pool, the basketball gym, the workout room and the playscape. We have had so many really good times here at the JCC.”
Dan Horwitz is now 25, and while he grew up at the JCC, he has not outgrown it.
“I'm thankful for an environment that is fun, positive and where you feel safe. I think that for me personally, I've developed a lot over the past 20 years. I went to the JCC as an athlete. I then went on to play college basketball and now I am a coach.”
“Over the years, there has been transition and growth at the JCC. It really is a state-of-the-art facility and there's something for everyone. It could not have happened without the donors.”
Dan feels that the JCC is different from other fitness spots because “it’s just home; it feels like a home away from home. All my childhood friends went to the JCC, and we knew that we were going to stay out of trouble because we were playing sports, working out, swimming, and playing in the playscape. We would go to the Chill-Outs on Friday nights which was something we could look forward to every week. The JCC had a very positive impact on my friends, regardless of whether it was for a few months or for 20 years like for me and my siblings.”
“One of my favorite things is the people. Regardless of whether I am having a good day or a bad day, every time I walk in and I am greeted by my name and people say ‘hello’, it is like good energy that gets me going. They always want to know how I'm doing, and it has always put a smile on my face, as well as my brothers’.”
Dan adds, “You can just tell the people here really care about you and it's not just at the front door. People greet you everywhere. It's just a very positive place.”
The JCC has been a “home away from home” for twins Ben and Dan Horwitz for 20 years.