Shouts echo against the tiled walls, swimming caps bob smoothly down the lanes, water splashes over the edge, as the smell of chlorine overwhelms your senses. Kids scurry into the locker rooms with towels wrapped around their shoulders, parents keep a watchful eye on their children, as the elderly workout with water weights or splash around with their grandchildren. The whistle blows and class is called to order as the Boca Raton YMCA Aquatic Swim team lines up to the direction of Coach Christopher Laudato.
Originally from the Midwest, Laudato and his wife, Hope, have lived in Boca Raton for 17 years. With a daughter in middle school and another daughter in medical school, Laudato keeps up with the youthful community of Boca by spending time at the YMCA as the volunteer swim coach. Who (inspired you to be involved): My late best friend Dave Bobeck who was always involved as a volunteer, head over heals, with kids and their sports. What (led you to volunteer): I always wanted to try to help others in the hopes that what I can contribute, could help to make the world a better place for everyone now and into the future. Where (do you find the drive to volunteer): The youth of today are the future of tomorrow. Helping them grow in a positive manner in their lives ensures a better future and world for all. When (did you begin to volunteer): I started out of high school as a youth activities director for the Jaycees and have continued in different youth related groups ever since. Why (do you find this rewarding): My countless encounters with the successful young people who have grown to excel to their dreams and aspirations and have moved forward to give back to others.