The White House will honor Greg Coop today, June 7, as one of 12 people who are YMCA “Champions of Change.”
This Champions event will focus on YMCA leaders and Y Partners for their efforts in transforming communities and making them better places to live. From addressing child hunger and reducing obesity, to improving education for kids and caretakers, each of the honorees has played an instrumental role in strengthening the community. By participating in these efforts, the YMCA and Y Partners have helped reduce child violence in communities around the country as well as making different communities a better environment for children to grow up in, according to a press release from the White House.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White house to feature groups of Americans — individuals, businesses and organizations — who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities, the press release said.
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 12:45 p.m. today. To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
Coop is being honored for an early learning readiness program the Moultrie Y sponsors.
To address the educational needs of the growing number of migrant farm workers in the rural community, Coop launched an early learning readiness program geared toward supporting newcomer and immigrant families. The early learning program model provides support and resources not only to preschool children, but to their informal caregivers who most often are family, friends and neighbors, the White House said.
Also being honored today are Peggy Brown, director of early childhood education at YMCA of Greater Cincinnati; Mike DeVaul, senior vice president of organizational advancement at YMCA of Greater Charlotte, N.C.; Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation in Little Rock, Ark.; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, N.J.; Scott Menzel, superintendent of the Washtenaw Intermediat School District, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Alan Hostrup, president and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles; JoAnn Price of Wilson-Gray YMCA, Hartford, Conn.; John Urban of the Rochester Health Foundation, Rochester, N.Y.; Dr. William Won-Kyu Lee of YMCA New American Programs, New York, N.Y.; and Giselle Schneider of Operation Kid Comfort in Washington, D.C.