GLASGOW — Coach, volunteer and role model — Terry Reed is known by many titles and in several capacities as the Barren County resident epitomizes community involvement.
On Nov. 11, Reed will be the inaugural recipient of the Spirt of the Barrens Award — a Barren County Family YMCA initiative.
"It's very overwhelming," Reed said Thursday morning just after teaching a senior fitness class at the Y.
Reed has coached cross country and track in the Barren County school system for almost half a century. Earlier this year, he was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame by the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.
He remains passionate about his own fitness and has held multiple positions at the YMCA, which he said is an anchor of the Barren County community. Reed is also a dedicated family man, church member and volunteer, but he describes himself as an overachiever who is "doing the best I can with the talents I've got."
"I think of all the things people did for me — my parents, my school teachers and my coaches — all the people I've worked with through all of my life, all of the athletes, my family and certainly my wife, and what they've given to me and I'm just thankful I can give to others," Reed said.
"It's a domino effect."
It began at home for Reed, who said his mother and father were his biggest inspirations growing up.
"They always taught me about the ethics of hard work and being fair to others and respecting others," Reed said.
He also credited his school teachers and coaches for the examples they set for him.
Lindy Pedigo of the YMCA said Reed was chosen for the award because of the person he is and what he means to the community.
"He really does so much for everyone," she said. "We just really want to show people that we appreciate those who help so much in our community."
The Nov. 11 event will be held at 6 p.m. at the TJ Health Pavilion Community Center. It will feature guest speakers who will talk about Reed's impact on Barren County. The cost is $25 per person for general admission and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. for those age 21 and over for a $30 general admission price.
A table of eight can be reserved for $175 for general admission, or for $200 to include the cocktail hour. Proceeds will benefit the Y.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 270-651-9622, or by texting YSPIRIT to 91999.