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175th YMCA Founders Day is June 3

05.17.2019

founders day 1ROn June 6, the YMCA celebrates 175 years of doing good. This global organization, founded by George Williams in London, began with a simple but powerful idea to help people build healthier, happier lives.

Today, the YMCA is one of the world’s largest volunteer organizations known for helping people of every background reach their potential. The Y serves more than 22 million people annually and offers resources at more than 2,700 locations across all 50 states.

founders day 2RFUN FACTS

  • Basketball and volleyball were invented at the Y
  • The YMCA of the Triangle's Y Guides Program is the nation's largest 
  • The world’s first indoor pool was at a Y
  • Group swim lessons started at the Y
  • The United Service Organization (USO) was created with help from the Y