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From The YMCA website:

THE NATION’S 2,686 YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on our collective strength as of one of the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in the United States.

Today’s YMCAs serve thousands of U.S. communities, uniting 21 million children and adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. Our reach and impact can be seen in the millions of lives we touch every year. Across the nation, YMCAs are committed to helping:
  • Children and youth deepen positive values, their commitment to service and their motivation to learn
  • Families build stronger bonds, spend time together and become more engaged with their communities
  • Individuals strengthen their spiritual, mental and physical well-being

At every stage of life, YMCAs are there to help children, families and individuals reach their full potential.


In 2004, The Bubel Aiken Foundation raised enough money to pay for 10 weeks of camp combined in Concord, Raleigh, and Kansas City. Clay said, "It's kids with disabilities, without disabilities, all in the same program all doing the same exact thing. They're all having the same exact camp experience so it's exactly what we wanted to do."  In June of 2005, The Bubel Aiken Foundation teamed with Cannon Memorial YMCA to open Camp Gonzo in North Concord, NC.

On 11/20/04, Clay and the Bubel Aiken foundation celebrated World Children's Day with an art event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Clay joined children with and without disabilities from the YMCA of Los Cerritos and Ability First of Claremont to participate in inclusive art activities such as tracing each other's hands.

In July 2006, Clay kept busy visiting the YMCA at home in Raleigh.

While it wasn't a contest, Clay's name came up in an item about famous people who attended or worked with the YMCA in their past.

Nov. 16/09 Clay's work with the YMCA in Raleigh was mentioned in this Comcast slideshow entitled 'Before They Were Famous"