Alok Mehta

Alok Mehta born in Rajasthan, India, is veteran racquetball player. Today, NSYMCA is his home court where he trains for racquetball competitions with his son, Devin. Alok says “NSYMCA provides just the right set of people and facility to train”. He calls NSYMCA his home court where courts are well kept and fast which helps great deal according to alok. Alok started playing racquetball in 1990. Alok led Team India as captain in world championships in 2014 and 2016, at Burlington Canada and Cali Colombia respectively. He won the first ever gold medal for India in doubles in 2016. At age 50, not only he qualified to play in another world championships, he won the 2018 qualifier tournament by defeating much younger players. He will be one of the oldest athletes at 2018 World Championships.

Alok has had an impressive racquetball career which he attributes to discipline, hard work and support from his friends/family and NSYMCA facility. He holds multiple state, regional, national and world titles. Currently, he is ranked 169 in the world in singles and 33 in the world in mixed doubles. He has been consistently ranked in top players in his age division for past several years. He is one of the most decorated athletes at World Senior Racquetball Tournaments. Alok has won Athlete of the Year Award by Illinios State Raquteball Associations three times, 2007, 2016 and 2017. He lives and trains in Winnetka IL. Devin has won many medals and is on track to be like his dad one day. Good luck Alok and Devin. NSYMCA is proud of father and son duo!

 

 

 

 

Jack Costello

Thirty-one and a half years ago while in the process of relocating from LA, a realtor trying to close a sale, be aware that I like to play basketball, brought me to the Y to show me the facility. She thought the proximity of the prospective home to the Y would help close the deal. I am not sure that the visit had any influence on the sale (we did purchase the home and are still in it), but in retrospect, it started me on a 30+ year odyssey of playing basketball at our gym 3 mornings a week when work or life does not intervene.

Over the decades, there has been a recurring cycle of victories and defeats, assists and turnovers, shots made and shots missed. Players have come and gone (though one from 31 years ago still plays), bones been cracked, fingers jammed, knees twisted, and ankles turned; but more importantly, friendships have formed and life’s challenges been shared. It is hard for me to imagine life without the healthy release provided by several days a week of competitive camaraderie. Thirty years on, in retirement, the comradeship frequently eclipses the frustrations of one’s waning athletic ability.

But for me, the Y has come to represent something much larger than hardwood, jump shots and rebounds: I view it as an integral part of the quality of North Shore life. From the raucous pandemonium of Summer Camp children to seniors seeking counseling on a variety of aging issues, the Y provides “life opportunities and solutions” to a broad swath of our community.

I have come to believe that the quality of a community is defined by the nature of the organizations that thrive in it. The Y provides all who enter an opportunity for “wellness” in the broadest way you can define that term – and for that, we should be grateful.

Even on days when shots don’t fall and turnovers abound …