The Kiel family is a very close-knit family that love spending time together and having fun! A few years ago, Bernard and Jane were looking for a place for their sons to play basketball and they came across the Glendale YMCA. Therefore, they put them on some teams and they absolutely loved it! About a year later, they decided to become members and joined our YMCA in El Mirage. Bernard eventually became a basketball coach and his sons played on the team.

Over the years, Bernard has had a great impact on our YMCA, he was able to get other dads to become coaches and has also brought us a High School team.

Bernard is no longer coaching this year but him and his family still come to the Y frequently. His sons come and practice basketball and train with their dad in the gym, his wife takes some of the Zumba classes and a few other strength-training classes. Bernard really enjoys volunteering to run the clock at some of the basketball games and his son Monty has fun refereeing the games. When we asked Bernard, “how has the Y has impacted their life and why they continue to come to the YMCA?” He responded, “The Y has a very positive family atmosphere.” He says that everyone here makes his family feel welcomed. We all know them by name and it is just a great place for him and his family to come and spend some wonderful quality time together! We love having the Kiel family as part of our Northwest Valley YMCA family!