Anthony Williams Jr., gym sanitation worker

YMCA employee Anthony Williams Jr., 28, wipes a spray bottle with disinfectant cleaner at the YMCA on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

YMCA employee Anthony Williams Jr., 28, wipes a spray bottle with disinfectant cleaner at the YMCA on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

His freshly bleached white face covering could not hide the enthusiasm gushing from his mouth.

“Keep on killing her!”

“I knew you would come today. I told you I would be ready for you!”

“All went well? That’s what I’d love to hear!”

Anthony Williams Jr. rocked back and forth on the balls of his feet behind the table full of spray bottles, waiting for spring toward the next Nashville YMCA member who walked past him.

The four-year-old employee, Williams, 28, has been tasked with distributing sanitizer and towels so members can clean the equipment after using it. With that, Williams took the opportunity to offer compliments and encouragement as well.

“I am human,” he said, “and I am interested in changing people’s lives.” “I am the son of a priest, and my grandfather was a priest too. This is my way of[serving people].”

Williams needed some encouragement when the pandemic first emerged.

He worked for the YMCA at the headquarters of Caterpillar Financial Services on West End Avenue. But COVID-19 closed the YMCA, and Williams was furloughed. But only for a while.

He now works in downtown YMCA and loves it.

“I’ll be around and talk to a lot of people!” He said smiling.

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