1,496 Y's serve communities where the median family income is below the U.S. average.
Volleyball was invented at the Holyoke Mass YMCA in 1885 by William Morgan, an instructor at the Y who felt basketball was too strenuous for businessmen.
Racquetball was invented in 1950 at the Greenwich Conn YMCA by Joe Sobek.
Softball - was given its name by motion by Walter Hakanson of the Denver YMCA in 1926. Softball has been played for many years prior to 1926, under names as kittenball, softball, and even sissyball.
Basketball - was invented by the International YMCA Training School in December of 1891 by James Naismith. The game's first professional team came from a Y.
Swimming has long been associated with the YMCA, and tens of millions of people across the country learned how to swim at the YMCA.
Camp Fire Girls was founded in 1910. (Now Camp Fire Boys and Girls)
YMCA leaders played a key role in the development of the Boy Scouts in the United States. YMCA and Scout leaders realized that Scouting in the United States needed to be a separate movement. In June 1910, a temporary national headquarters was housed in the YMCA office in New York City.
USO (United Service Organization) was created in October 1940, as a joint effort between many organizations including the YMCA, helping servicemen and noncombatants in the nation's war.
Peace Corps was founded in 1961 by President Kennedy and was patterned after the YMCA's program of World Service Workers, which had started in the 1880's.
Gideons International was formed on July 1, 1899 at the YMCA in Janesville, Wisconsin. The Gideons were a group of Christian commercial travelers who were to evangelize as they went around the country on business, now they provide Bibles for every hotel room.
Father's Day in its present form was created at a meeting at Spokane, Washington YMCA in 1909 by Loise Smart Dodd. President officially recognized Father's Day in 191
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