"The philosophy of the YMCA is to charge people that can afford it and help those that can't…that was my most gratifying part. To be able to help people," stated Hodges.
Hodges spent almost two decades directing the YMCA. One of his biggest accomplishments was raising funds to build the new Y-building.
"It took us 7 years really to raise the money and to get the building built. We raised 5-million-two-hundred-thousand from no government funds whatsoever," Hodges said.
Yet, one of his proudest accomplishments is something some might consider a simpler task.
"I taught a child how to swim. They got out, ran around the pool, and hugged me. It's a little thing, but it means a lot," Hodges explained.
Years later, after Hodges retired, he received a call from golf tournament organizers at Bentwood County Club asking if they could name a Pro-Am tournament after him.
"When Jimmy Tid-well called and asked me…I kind of choked up a bit and I said, 'Jimmy, it would be an absolute privilege and an honor'," finished Hodges.
While Hodges was not able to golf in the tournament Monday, he was there to watch.