Did you know? The YMCA was founded in London, England, on June 6, 1844 by George Williams.
The first YMCA was started as a Bible Study and prayer group to substitute for the unhealthey social conditions during the Industrial Revolution.
Volleyball, Racquetball, Softball, Professional Football and Basketball were all created at the YMCA!
The first YMCA "swimming bath" was built at the Brooklyn Central YMCA (New York) in 1885. Mass swimming lessons were created in 1907 by George Carsan at the Detroit YMCA.
The United Service Organziation (USO) was created in October 1940.
President Ronald Reagon was a Lifegaurd at the YMCA.
Janet Evans, Mark Spitz, Greag Louganix, John Naber all learned to swim at the YMCA.
Harlem Globetrotter, Curly Neal, learned to play basketball at the YMCA.
The "Peace Corps" was founded in 1961 by President Kennedy after the YMCA's program of Worold Service Workers, which started in the 1880's.
The 3 corners of the YMCA triangle represent, spirit, mind & body.
"Fathers Day" was the first national holiday held at a YMCA in 1910 by Louise Smart Dodd when she petitioned the Spokone Ministerial Alliance to recognize and support Father's Day. President Wilson officially recognized the day in 1916 and President Coolige recommended it in 1924, and then in 1971 President Nixon and Congress issued proclamations and endorsements of Father's Day as a national tradition.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up a the Butler Street YMCA in Atlanta. He and his family swam at the YMCA during the time of the Cival Rights movement.
The YMCA raised $235 million dollars for soldier relief in WWI. Today that would be equivalent to about $4 billion!
The YMCA was founded in London, England, on June 6, 1844 by George Williams.