There’s more to the Y then meets the eye!

The YMCA is so much more then you may realise.

Did you know that the YMCA invented the game of Basketball?

Did you know that the YMCA established Father’s Day?

Did you know that the YMCA developed the game of Volleyball?

Did you know the YMCA supported the troops and provided nurses, shelter and activities throughout the war?

Did you know that there are over



 Father’s Day

It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Jackson Smart, had raised six children on his own.

After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day, Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

In 1972, President Nixon recognized Father’s Day as an official holiday. Looking for a good way to spend some quality time with your dad on Father’s Day?  Surprise him with a gym membership, personal training session or a concession card to our many group fitness classes.


The game of basketball as it is known today was created by Dr. James Naismith in December 1891 whilst he was working for the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was encouraged by his mentor to develop a game that would keep young men engaged and active as well as condition young athletes during cold months. It consisted of peach baskets and a soccer style ball. He published 13 rules for the new game. He divided his class of eighteen into two teams of nine players each and set about to teach them the basics of his new game. The objective of the game was to throw the basketball into the fruit baskets nailed to the lower railing of the gym balcony. Every time a point was scored, the game was halted so the janitor could bring out a ladder and retrieve the ball. After a while, the bottoms of the fruit baskets were removed. The first public basketball game was played in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 11, 1892.[