By Susan Dickson
Former WTVD sports anchor Drew Smith has been named as the new development director for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA.
Smith recently returned to Chapel Hill from Sarasota, Fla., where he worked as a news anchor and a reporter for about a year. Before moving to Sarasota, Smith had spent 15 years in Chapel Hill working for WTVD.
He came back to Chapel Hill when the position with the YMCA became available.
â€œItâ€™s nice to be a part of an organization that really wants to benefit the community as a whole,â€ he said, adding that he hopes to help the YMCA continue to make improvements and serve more people in the community.
Plus, â€œThis area is home for us,â€ Smith said.
Smith will help the YMCA raise money to build an 18,000-square-foot youth teen center, which is projected to cost about $4 million. The center will be located behind the YMCAâ€™s building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
At this point, Smith said, he is learning as much as he can about the organization and its partnerships and collaborations.
â€œIâ€™m just sort of in that sponge mode where Iâ€™m taking everything in,â€ he said.