STANLY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA
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Thank you to all who came out to participate in the 1st Annual Swim for Smith Swim Meet. Fun was had by all and over $1,000 was raised for the cause!
BACKPACK FOOD DRIVE - The Fitness Department is sponsoring a Backpack Food Drive to collect items for the 40 Backpacks distributed weekly to children in need of food over the weekends. Through the month of November we are asking members to bring in items to help with this outreach program. Read More
SPLASH AND DASH RESULTS - Official results for the Annual Splash and Dash Biathlon. Congrats to all who participate in this event!
AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM REGISTRATION OPEN - Did you know the Y offers afterschool at the following locations: Aquadale, Badin, Endy, Locust, Richfield, Stanfield, West Stanly Middle, and the Y Pavilion. Read More
STANLY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA LOCKER ROOM POLICY - Please be aware of the Stanly County Family YMCA locker room policy. Read More
DID YOU KNOW?
FATHER'S DAY STARTED AT THE YMCA
As we all prepare to celebrate dad on Sunday June 19, let's take a look back to how it all got started. Did you know Father's Day started at the YMCA? Father's Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd's father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.
After hearing a sermon about Mother's Day in 1909, she 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 signed Father’s Day into law. Today, the day dedicated to Dads has become increasingly an opportunity to lavish gifts and loving gestures on one’s father. No matter how you choose to celebrate it, Dads we salute you! You helped make us all who we are!