Saturday, June 6, 2015

The “Y” was Founded

The YMCA was founded on June 6, 1844 by George Williams.
June 6, 1844
The “Y” (formerly known as the YMCA and before that, the Young Men’s Christian Association) was founded on this day in 1844 by George Williams in London. Williams was concerned about the lack of healthy activities of youth and wanted to keep young men out of the taverns and brothels. His goal was to share Christ by focusing on three “healthy” areas – the body, mind and spirit. By 1851, there were YMCA’s in the United States as well as other countries. Initially, the YMCA concerned itself with Bible studies, but over the years the organization has moved to a more “holistic” approach. While the “C” in YMCA is less of importance today than it was years ago, the Y still puts a strong importance on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.