The YMCA of Rock River Valley unveiled a new, state-of-the-art spin studio in memory of former YMCA instructor and spin enthusiast Brian Leaf.
The new space is called the Brian Leaf Spin Studio. A dedication ceremony took place with Leaf’s family on Sunday, January 6, in the new studio at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA.
Leaf passed away in February 2017. He had been a YMCA spin instructor for nearly a decade. He had a passion for music and engaging participants in the cycling class.
“Shortly after Brian’s passing, his wife Mary told us she and Brian considered the Y their home away from home and she, along with Roy and Sally, their children, asked that gifts in memory of Brian be made to the YMCA,” said Brent Pentenburg, YMCA of Rock River Valley CEO. “We remain humbled by the outpouring of generosity, the love we felt, and the encouragement we continue to see from Brian’s friends and loved ones.”
Brian’s friends and family donated $15,000 to the Y, which was used to transform the space with new flooring, a new sound and light system and inspiring artwork. The Y invested an additional $45,000 for 25 new Matrix spin bikes. A first ride celebration is being planned and will be announced soon.
“Brian believed in this organization and was proud to support it. Spin class and the Y was a huge part of our lives together,” said Mary Kaull, Brian’s wife and YMCA member. “He would spend hours selecting the music for class. It was a labor of love for him, but he did it because the staff and members were truly his family. I’m proud of this new space in his memory and thankful to our friends who helped make it happen.”
The new spin studio is part of a series of renovations that have taken place at the SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA totaling $450,000. A new cardio and weight room opened in December featuring all new Matrix equipment, new flooring and an overall new look. The Y continues to invest in its facilities to ensure members have a high-quality experience as they pursue a healthy lifestyle.
Photo Caption: Members of Brian's family are on-hand for the dedication including his wife Mary Kaull and children Sally and Roy.