HUMANS OF THE Y: Garret, Tayvia, Montana, Sierra & Ryland (January 22)

Posted on 1/22/18 by Samantha Savran

Our second “Humans at the Y” is a family with quite the unique history, as well as some exciting ambitions for the future! Garrett, Tayvia, Montana and Sierra are members of the Indian Valley Family YMCA, and visited the facility on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with their cousin, Ryland.

Here are some interesting facts about the family:

-They’ve been members at the Indian Valley Family YMCA for three years, and come in “all the time to swim.” Tayvia, 12, hopes to play basketball for UConn one day, and comes in to The Y at 5 a.m. to swim! In fact, she just achieved her goal of being able to swim for a FULL hour straight, which is part of her routine to improve herself on the basketball court!

-Little Sierra, 3, said she wants to be a tee-pee when she grows up. Yes, you read that right! Her dad, Garrett, explained that his children are Native Americans! “They’re Mi’kmaqs, and their reserve is up in Gesgapegiag (New Brunswick, Canada). They are originally from Maine, but when they helped the French defeat the British they were given their land where their reserve is now, up in Gesgapegiag.”

-When the girls visited the reserve with their parents, “they didn’t want to leave!” But, as Tayvia put it, it would be quite hard to move away from her friends. And it would be hard to leave The Y! As Garrett said, “we love this place!”
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