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STANLY COUNTY FAMILY YMCA


Welcome to Stanly County Family YMCA!  At our Y, our goal is to serve

you and your family through a variety of programs.  Our friendly staff

are here to guide you to a wonderful experience.  If there is anything

that we can do to help, please look for our YMCA name tags and you

will find a well-trained, knowledgeable person to help.


Why the Y Blog

TOP FIVE REASONS KIDS SHOULD GO TO SUMMER DAY CAMP

Summer camp can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in achild’s life. Camp provides children with a community of caring mentors who provide experiential education that leads to self-respect and appreciation for life. All of the outcomes -  friendships, overcoming challenges, staying healthy and building character — prepare them for bigger, brighter lives down the road. In addition to great friendships and enduring memories, many important life skills are learned at camp. Here are five reasons kids should go to camp: Read more ...





DID YOU KNOW?

FATHER'S DAY STARTED AT THE YMCA

Father and DaughterAs 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!


The Y is committed to providing programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. We make every effort to ensure that no one is turned away due to inability to pay. Click to read more about our Open Door Scholarship Program for financial assistance.