Adolph Kiefer YMCA Youth Character Award

As part of the Y’s commitment to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, YMCA of the USA and the Adolph Kiefer family will select from submitted candidates two individuals annually as the Adolph Kiefer YMCA Youth Character Award recipients. The  Adolph Kiefer YMCA Youth Character Award recognizes one male and one female for their excellence in academic achievement and commitment to healthy living and social responsibility through YMCA competitive swimming. The selected individuals will be granted $2,500 each to be issued directly to the athlete’s institute for higher learning.

Congratulations to Alexa Petrie (Randolph YMCA, NJ) and Marshall (Mack) Lochridge (North Canton YMCA, OH)! They are the 2021 recipients of the Adolph Kiefer YMCA Youth Character Award. Both Alexa and Mack have been greatly influenced by their experience as YMCA members and swimmers and both have demonstrated a commitment to giving back to their communities inside and outside of their YMCAs. 

Year Female Recipient Male Recipient
2021 Alexa Petrie - Randolph YMCA (NJ) Marshall (Mack) Lochridge - North Canton YMCA (OH)
2020 Anna Clare Fleenor - Salem YMCA (VA) Jack Foley - Somerset Valley YMCA (NJ)
2019 Shannon Culbert - Red Bank YMCA (NJ) Alec Keblish - Westport Weston YMCA (CT)
2018 Jess Spitzer - Randolph YMCA (NJ)  Jackson Cunningham - Boise YMCA (ID)