Young at heart Last week, the YMCA of Greater Providence hosted a ceremony for Cranston native Frank Mancini, 98, to celebrate his 25 years of dedication to the Cranston YMCA. In attendance was Gov. Dan McKee, who presented Mancini with an official
Last week, the YMCA of Greater Providence hosted a ceremony for Cranston native Frank Mancini, 98, to celebrate his 25 years of dedication to the Cranston YMCA.
In attendance was Gov. Dan McKee, who presented Mancini with an official citation from the state recognizing his dedication to wellness.
In addition, a representative from Cranston Mayor Ken Hopkins’s office presented a citation from the city.
Mancini has become very well known at the Cranston Y over the years. Many speak of his positive outlook on life and his dedication to his health and wellness.
He exemplifies the mission of the YMCA and lives his life with a healthy mind, body and spirit. He has an infectious personality. He brightens everyone’s day and is a friend to all. At 98 years old, he still continues to push forward as if he was in his 20s.
For the past 25 years, Mancini has been taking swimming classes at the Cranston YMCA to improve his health.
“My legs were starting to go,” he said, and he felt he needed to change his lifestyle.
The YMCA provides Mancini with an opportunity to connect with people, make new friends and stay active as an older adult.
Socializing at the Cranston YMCA helps keep him happy because he’s lost his wife, many relatives and friends over the years. He says seeing young people and new people during the weekly swim classes brings a bright smile to his face.
“I wanted to stay healthy and started taking swim classes and I loved it. We used to have a coffee hour which would bring in a lot of people, which I really enjoyed,” he said.
He added: “I have a lot of fun. It brings out the life in me. I just love living. The swim classes keep me moving. The socializing keeps me going. I’ve been swimming all my life. When I started taking swimming classes at the YMCA, it was almost like I was learning new techniques that I never knew before.”
“There is no better father than this man,” said Mancini’s daughter, Nicole Mancini.
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