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INDIANTOWN -- Last week, during National Volunteer Week, the YMCA of the Treasure Coast thanked its volunteers for their efforts in keeping the Y kids safe, the facilities looking clean and the members happy. Amongst those acknowledged was long-time Indiantown YMCA volunteer, Ben Sorenson.
Mr. Sorenson, 85, has volunteered at the Louis Dreyfus YMCA Branch in Indiantown for the past nine years. According to Executive Branch Director Shawn Keil, he is there every day.
"The Y was created and flourished because of people like Ben," said Mr. Keil. "He is a true shareholder in our community and if it is going to help the Y, he is always willing to offer his talent."
Mr. Sorenson was one of the founding members of Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif., and then owned his own gym for 52 years in Idaho.
After retiring and moving to Florida with his wife Perdetta, Mr. Sorenson wanted to continue to share his passion of fitness with others.
With such an extensive background in fitness, he proved to be a great asset to the Indiantown Y location which houses a fitness center, a pool and many children's programs. Sorenson has helped with repairing fitness equipment, orienting new members to the facility, and making sure the fitness center is clean.
His efforts, however, have not stopped at the fitness center. He also rebuilt fences after Hurricane Frances, reupholstered benches and even picks up litter on the road that the Y is on.
Mr. Keil presented Mr. Sorenson with The Volunteer Champion award, attempting to thank him for his years of hard work and selflessness.
Mr. Sorenson accepted the plaque but then thanked the Y. "I don't know what I would do each day if it weren't for the Y and all the great people who are there," he said.