Thursday, September 19, 2019
175 years ago, George Williams founded the YMCA in Industrial Revolution-era London to help young men like himself address the social challenges impacting their lives. 175 years later, the Y is addressing social challenges for ALL walks of life in 119 countries and more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S.
Our impact may look a little different today than it did 175 years ago, but working together to strengthen communities has always been the hallmark of the Y. Every day, the Y addresses challenges like closing the achievement gap, preventing and managing chronic diseases, preventing drowning, developing teens and so much more.
We’re celebrating the Y’s 175th anniversary this month with a special campaign to inform Tampa Bay residents we have 175 YEARS of experience. Whether it’s improving individual and community well-being, empowering young people to reach their full potential, or inspiring social connections and collective neighborhood reinvestment, the Tampa Y has worked hard to become experts in strengthening the foundations of our community.
WE KNOW KIDS AND FAMILIES! The Y is dedicated to strengthening families by getting them active and having fun together! With programs for moms, dads, kids and the whole family, there are so many ways to grow together, build stronger bonds and become more engaged with the community.
WE KNOW COMMUNITY WELLNESS! Exercising together builds communities within a community. All walks of life and all levels of fitness are working together toward a common goal to improve our nation’s well-being.
WE KNOW AQUATICS! In a world that is mostly water, we are here to ensure everyone is safe and learns the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for enjoyment and health.
By nurturing the healthy development of every child and teen, impacting the onset of chronic illness and supporting our neighbors, the Y ensures everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.
We’re proud of our roots. And we’re proud of our mission. And we’re so glad that YOU are a part of it. Help us spread the word and invite others to go to tampaymca.org or come tour one of our Ys to find out how a membership can enrich their life!
President & CEO