State Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, was awarded the YMCA Senator of the Year on May 15 in a surprise presentation at the State Capitol.

Gary Lash of the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana joined YMCA representatives in Baton Rouge to present the award. Senator Peacock is recognized for his advocacy and support of the YMCA’s mission. Peacock helps run the YMCA athletic scoreboard when not in session. “Now I have a trophy like my sons,” he joked.

May 15 was also designated “Y Day in Louisiana” to honor the organization’s commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. The Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility unite a movement and guide behavior, interactions with each other and decision-making, Lash said.

YMCA of NWLA Director Gary Lash, left, presents State Sen. Barrow Peacock, R-Bossier City, with the YMCA Senator of the Year award. (courtesy photo)

More than 100,000 children and adults throughout the state Ys have access to the essentials necessary to learn, grow, and thrive, he said. Louisiana’s Ys support the development of integrated, community-based strategies for serving children and families. Louisiana’s Ys stand ready to support state government efforts to provide developmental programs for youth, strengthen families and mobilize and coordinate

broad efforts to support children and families through partnerships that meet community needs, the resolution said.

Representatives of Louisiana’s Ys also met with legislators in Baton Rouge to discuss and exchange ideas on issues facing youth and families.