The YMCA Mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Our cause is to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Competitive swimming is a natural vehicle by which to deliver on the mission and the cause intention toward dignity and respect while striving for personal and team bests. Competition provides an excellent means of developing a predisposition toward fairness, dignity and integrity. As these virtues develop, they influence behavior in everyday life. It is not for the development of such virtues, as well as the opportunity for participants to learn about time management, team work, commitment and other important life skills, that the YMCA promotes competitive sports.