Canton resident Sean Bloomer was virtually awarded the G. Cecil Pruett Family YMCA Volunteer of the Year award on Feb. 11 at the YMCA of Metro Atlanta’s 2021 Celebration of Community Champions, honoring his decade-long volunteer work with the community center.
Bloomer has been volunteering at the G. Cecil Pruett Family YMCA in Canton for over a decade. In the early 2000s, Bloomer was seeking a place where his oldest son could participate in a positive sports environment, which inspired him to join the organization and start his journey of volunteerism.
“My main volunteer role at the YMCA is to serve as a Youth Sports coach,” Bloomer said. “I believe that a coach’s role is not only to teach a young athlete about a particular sport, but also to instill confidence, discipline, self-respect, and respect for others. I also want to create a fun environment.”
Bloomer added that it is his belief that it’s his role to help each family feel a part of the larger team community.
“Some may be new to the area and are looking to find new friendships,” he said. “Some may be going through a rough time and sports can be the needed escape. Others may need an additional parental figure to help enforce the discussions from home. When a player and/or their family tells me that I’ve fulfilled this role, it gives me a sense of satisfaction that I’m playing a positive role in making my community a better place for all.”
Executive Director of YMCA Canton Rommel RitaRita shared his thoughts on Bloomer.
“He’s coached soccer at our YMCA the past few seasons and has been a positive influence with the children and their families,” he said. “He’s passionate about teaching the game and upholds all the Y values we expect in a volunteer coach.”
Bloomer was one of 22 people honored at the virtual celebration, which kicked-off the YMCA’s “Why It Matters Annual Giving Campaign,” with a goal of raising more than $5 million before the end of June. The fundraising campaign supports scholarships for memberships and day camps. In addition, it supports the Y’s hunger relief programs and Y Campus Connection.
“It was humbling to be honored alongside so many great winners throughout the Metro Atlanta YMCA,” Bloomer said. “There’s plenty of great effort being put in by volunteers at the YMCA and communities across Metro Atlanta. It’s truly an honor to have this recognition.”