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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.