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Father of the Year

2016 Father of the Year


The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas established the “Father of the Year” award to recognize the significant impact fathers make in the lives of their children. Each year, the Dallas YMCA accepts nominations from family members in each local community who wish to honor a father with this special award. Each local YMCA chose a “Father of the Year” from their community.


The Waxahachie YMCA is pleased to announce David Ritsema as the 2016 Father of the Year. Ritsema was nominated by his wife. 


“My Husband, Dr David Ritsema has many titles. Professor, pastor, doctor, reverend, coach…but the one he is most proud of in his life is his opportunity to serve his family as a dad”, says his wife Angela. The Ritsema consists of 3 boys, spencer, Dawson, and Dashton all of whom participate in the Waxahachie YMCA sports programs.


Dads from all of the Dallas YMCAs were honored at a family celebration at Dave & Buster's.


Adult Sports


2016-2017 Adult Sports

In the fall of 2016, the Waxahachie YMCA will introduce two new adult sports both of which will be co-ed. Basketball and volleyball will be the first sports to be introduced into the Adult Sports program which hopes to expand to multiple sports including softball and soccer. The Adult Sports program also plans to hold fall and summer season in the years to come.  

The season will begin when registration opens in Late October. Basketball plans to hold a 3-point contest open to anyone and also a 2 day basketball tournament in January 2017. Volleyball plans to hold a 6 week, 6 game season beginning in January. “We believe this is something that the Waxahachie community has been searching for and we want to give that to them”, said Brandon Lozoya who is the Program coordinator for these two programs.  There will be no playoffs but Championship shirts will be given to the team with the best record. Playoffs are expected to begin in the second season of the Adult Sports league.