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Letter: Wrongful firing of Y program director hurts children

To the Editor:

My daughter was a gymnast for the Fox Valley Flyers of the Fox Valley Family YMCA in Plano. Up until May 7, that is. That’s the day her coach, the director of gymnastics at the FVFYMCA was terminated without warning and without any accusations of wrongdoing on her part.

She was a dedicated leader of the gymnastics department for almost 16 years. Those who worked for her and the girls she coached loved and respected her. In fact, her staff resigned (eight coaches), and many team girls quit the program in support of her. She ran an extremely successful program and it does not make sense that she was let go.

This was done a mere six weeks before YMCA Gymnastics Nationals in Toledo, Ohio, where 12 of the team gymnasts were to compete. A new director has been hired but has nowhere near the experience or expertise as the director who was terminated. Six weeks is not enough time for a stranger to come into the program, gain the trust, learn the routines, figure out the skills and be able to recognize the strengths, weaknesses, learning ability and mindset of 12 girls who are to compete in the biggest competition of the season. 

No consideration whatsoever was given to these girls. They were devastated and heartbroken and weren’t even given the chance to say goodbye to their coach. The majority of the 12 who were slated to compete at nationals have decided to withdraw. I understand that the state of Illinois is an at-will state where no reason is needed for termination, but the coach did nothing wrong. The ones suffering from this decision are the kids.

The Fox Valley Family YMCA states that its core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Sorry, FVFYMCA, you missed the boat on all four.

Julie Horsch


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