John is a native of Avery County and has spent his adult life in service to the community and the state. He, and other community leaders are the driving force of bringing a YMCA to Avery County. He has served on the University of NC Board of Governors and the Appalachian State University Board of Trustees and currently serves on the Appalachian Regional Health System Board of Trustees, the A.M.Y. Wellness Foundation Board of Trustees, and the YMCA’s Board of Directors.
The Blackburn Indoor Athletic Center opened in 2019 to provide expanded healthy living and recreational opportunities in our community, especially in the hard winter months. It features two high school regulation gymnasium basketball courts, volleyball, pickleball, indoor soccer and more.
Athletic Facility Hours
Monday – Friday Mornings 8:00am – 1:00pm
Monday – Friday Evenings 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 8:00am – 12:00pm