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#TeamTuesday – Tony Stitt

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

Meet Tony, this week’s #TeamTuesday team member! Tony is a boxing instructor in the KidFit department here at the NAC. Tony is also an amateur boxer in his free time. He recently moved here from Los Angeles, where he lived for 12 years. Tony has his degree from UCLA in screenwriting and worked at Sony Pictures Studios for a decade. His move to Philadelphia was to be closer to family and enjoy the lovely Philly winters.

Get to know Tony!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is seeing the kids make progress and having fun!

2. What motivates you to succeed?

I believe that working hard is its own reward.

3. If you could have any career, what would it be.

I would like to be a screenwriter.

4. If you choose to do anything for a day, what would you do?

I would spend my day as a Big League baseball player.

5. Would you rather live in the mountains or by the beach?

Definitely the beach. As the song Jersey Girl says: ‘Cause down the shore everything’s alright.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was marrying my wife. It was the best decision ever.

7. If you could travel back in time, what year would you go to and why?

I would go back to 200 million years ago – to see dinosaurs. But then I’d probably get really cranky because I’d have a tough time finding a coffee. Am I right, no Starbucks back then?

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!
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The Brady Boys Find Success in Youth Programs

Ryan Brady has always been small for his age, but that is no reason to underestimate his athletic ability. This fall, Ryan and his brother Daniel signed up for the Sports of All Sorts class in the KidFit program at the Newtown Athletic Club. The class is designed for children ages 5-7 and Ryan is one of the smallest kids in the class.

Since rejoining the NAC over a year ago, Dana Brady, Ryan and Daniel’s mom, has gotten her sons involved in several youth programs classes. Last fall, Dana signed Ryan up at the age of 4 for a gymnastics class. Despite his size, Ryan’s instructors suggested he move up to Division 2 gymnastics with boys much older than him due to his apparent skill for the sport.

“Ryan is very small for his age but is incredibly competitive, physically fit, and athletic,” explained Dana. “He is always the smallest in the group even if it’s all his age. He is not intimidated and gets right in there.” Dana loves that the instructors help to make sure that Ryan is always included and safe during classes, but still allow him to participate to his fullest potential.

The youth programs classes have also been a great outlet for Ryan’s brother, Daniel. The various programs have helped Daniel to build confidence despite his anxiety issues. Daniel even placed third in this year’s Kid’s TRI at the NAC and ran in another 5k race.

Not only have the boys gained confidence from these classes, they have also been able to make new friends. Daniel switched schools this year and didn’t think he would know anyone. Luckily for him, he found that a few of his classmates were in some of his past youth programs classes.

Through their participation in youth programs at the NAC, the Brady boys have been able to grow and learn in a positive environment. Both the KidFit and Gymnastics programs have allowed the boys to learn new skills and gain confidence all while encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

 

Interested in Youth Programs at the NAC? Fill out this form to receive information about a free trial class!

 

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Congratulations Amanda Brown and Jessie Westfall—New Youth Programs Directors!

The Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) is home to an evolving Youth Programs department, engaging kids of all ages with a variety of unique programming and classes. This past month, Camp NAC Director Amanda Brown and Kids Club Director Jessie Westfall have been invited to join the Youth Programs team as the new directors. This role encompasses all youth programs, aquatics, and the indoor and outdoor pools.

Throughout their time at the NAC, both Amanda and Jessie have proved to be invaluable assets due to their strong drive to succeed and commitment to the success of the club. Their shared desire to guarantee an exceptional experience for each and every member of the NAC is the reason they have been chosen as the new directors for the Youth Programs department.

Amanda began her career at the NAC as a gymnastics coach eight years ago. Through her determination and drive, Amanda was able to create opportunities to grow and expand her responsibilities. With increased experience and skills Amanda earned various leadership positions, including overseeing the gymnastics program, becoming head party host, and eventually becoming the director of Camp NAC.

Jessie Westfall has been part of the NAC in the Kids Club team for almost 8 years culminating in 3 years as the Director. Many of you may already know her as Ms. Jessie. She truly loves every part of her job and is very excited to have the opportunity to grow and expand the NAC Youth Programs. Jessie’s past work experiences include working as a Preschool Teacher, Art Teacher, Banquet Manager and a Mom. She is married with three wonderful children ages 13, 7 & 4. She also enjoys decorating anything and everything possible.

“After working with kids since starting out at the NAC, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to apply the skills I have learned throughout my career to improving and growing our youth programs,” stated Amanda regarding her new position. “Jessie and I are going to be working hard to make any necessary improvements so each and every child has a positive experience in these programs.”

Youth Programs are available to kids of all ages and include gymnastics, KidFit, dance, adaptive fitness, tae kwon do, and Kids Club & babysitting services. In an effort to improve satisfaction with youth programs, Amanda and Jessie would like to hear from you! Please fill out a short survey to share your feedback about the programs offered at the NAC!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/75GPDK5

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