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Growing up in the YMCA: Athletes tell their stories

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"Just being able to come here during my time growing up has just been a blessing for me and has allowed my to accomplish so much," said Jack Mcrae(Source:WALB) "Just being able to come here during my time growing up has just been a blessing for me and has allowed my to accomplish so much," said Jack Mcrae(Source:WALB)
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"I think its exciting because you have alot of young kids that look up to you and I am willing to give advice to those kids because anything you tell them, they are willing to take it in." said Devon Baulkman(Source:WALB) "I think its exciting because you have alot of young kids that look up to you and I am willing to give advice to those kids because anything you tell them, they are willing to take it in." said Devon Baulkman(Source:WALB)
"Its just really amazing because it hasnt changed at all, ive been here so long and you come back and everything is still the same... its funny its like Déjà vu" said YMCA Volunteer, Victor Bodison (Source:WALB) "Its just really amazing because it hasnt changed at all, ive been here so long and you come back and everything is still the same... its funny its like Déjà vu" said YMCA Volunteer, Victor Bodison (Source:WALB)
BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) -

A group of athletes from Bainbridge, most now playing in college or the pros, are back home to inspire a new generation of athletes.

They gathered at the YMCA on Tuesday to share their stories about growing up at the YMCA.

Growing up at the YMCA is a special memory for many athletes from Bainbridge.

"Just being able to come here during my time growing up has just been a blessing for me and has allowed my to accomplish so much," said Jack Mcrae, an incoming UGA freshman.

And the memories they are creating this summer, are even more special.

"I play football so I wear a helmet a lot, so when they figure out who you are and what you do its just amazing to see a smile on their face," said Los Angeles Ram Rohan Gaines.

Gaines grew up playing football and basketball at the YMCA, he recently signed with the Los Angeles Rams after a college career with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

"I believe in this city and I believe in this community and I believe that guys like me and Devon and other guys you will talk to can all make a positive impact" explained Gaines.

Their job for the summer is mentoring kids in their hometown community.

"I think its exciting because you have a lot of young kids that look up to you and I am willing to give advice to those kids because anything you tell them, they are willing to take it in." said former Tennessee basketball player Devon Baulkman.

Each time they walk through the door of the Bainbridge YMCA they said that they feel as if they never left, a community they said that will forever stay close knit.

"Its just really amazing because it hasn't changed at all, I've been here so long and you come back and everything is still the same, its funny its like déjà vu" said YMCA Volunteer, Victor Bodison.

The YMCA staff said that they are proud and grateful for the impact these individuals have on the community.

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