Chip Swanson was recently honored as the Jamestown Area YMCA's Volunteer of the Year at the YMCA's annual meeting.
Presented by John Barber, YMCA teen director, the award recognizes a YMCA volunteer who has contributed to the YMCA and demonstrates the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Recently honored by the United Way during their volunteer recognition, Swanson is a volunteer boxing coach through the teen department at the Jamestown YMCA.
Chip Swanson, YMCA volunteer, pictured center, received the Volunteer of the Year Award at the Jamestown Area YMCA’s annual meeting from John Barber, YMCA teen director, second from left. Dayvene Williams, left, teen boxer, Donald Peach, boxing coach, back right, and Luis Castro, front right, were also present for the award.
He started in June 2012 and has helped to establish a separate room at the Y with a practice ring for the boxing program.
"Chip has been a valuable and essential addition to our newly formed boxing club," said Barber. "He brings years of boxing experience, a passion for the sport and a heart to work with teens that need the benefit of positive adult role models. We feel privileged to have him investing time and energy to develop our Y boxing team."
Currently, Swanson is a team campaigner for the YMCA's annual giving campaign.
Donald Peach, another YMCA boxing coach, Dayvene Williams and Luis Castro, teen boxers, were also at the meeting to thank Swanson for his dedication to the Y boxing program.
After the meeting, Swanson was elected to the YMCA metro board of directors where he will concentrate his efforts on youth development at the YMCA.
Swanson is a sales manager at Levant Motors in Falconer and lives in Bemus Point with his wife Cindy.