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Two Batesville YMCA employees recognized by board

Balser and Fletcher given SOAR award

(BATESVILLE, Ind.) -- Two Southeastern Indiana YMCA employees were recognized by the Board of Directors for outstanding efforts.

Austin Balser, swim lesson instructor and Child Watch staff, and Kristen Fletcher, Aquatics Director, were presented with the S.O.A.R. Award (Service and Outstanding Achievement Recognition).

"When he is watching kiddos in Child Watch, he is really good about getting on the floor to

listen and talk to them. I think he is a wonderful role model for other youth, and it is so nice to see a young man working with kids like this,” says Diane Raver, YMCA Fund Development Coordinator.

"Thanks to her, the Aquatics Program at the Y is incredibly strong. Last month she led 75 youth from South Ripley Schools in our Y’s Safety Around Water program, a cause she is very passionate about. I couldn’t be more proud of Kristen, and I am so excited about the programming ideas she has for aquatics in the future,” says Jake Garvey, YMCA Director of Operations.

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