Thursday, December 29, 2016

The YMCA Opens its Doors for the First Time

The first USA YMCA opened on December 29, 1851.
December 29, 1851
The Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) was founded in 1844 by George Williams in London, but on this day in 1851, the first YMCA was opened in the USA. Boston, Massachusetts was the chosen spot to put “Christian principles into practice by developing a healthy body, mind and spirit.” Those are the three sides of the YMCA triangle logo. The first YMCAs were heavily concerned with Bible study and Christian discipleship, but today, the Christian influence has taken a step back. In America, there are 2,700 YMCAs that involve 21 million men, women and children.