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ANAHEIM FAMILY YMCA Celebrates 110 Years of Serving Community

In 1911, William Howard Taft was the 27th president of the United States (when we only had 46 states), Chevrolet officially entered the automobile market to compete with the Ford Model T and, speaking of cars, the very first Indy 500 was run!

Here in Anaheim Family YMCA news was being made as well. Though it wouldn’t make national headlines the opening of Anaheim Family YMCA in 1911 certainly made headlines here. Charles Pearson was only 13 years old when he rode his bicycle up and down Center Street collecting a dollar from each business to establish the town’s first YMCA. He would later go on to become the city’s mayor. By the 1920s, the Anaheim YMCA introduced Hi-Y clubs at local schools and founded Camp Osceola. During its hundred-year history, the Anaheim Family YMCA has gone on to build its heritage by addressing prevalent needs of the time through programs that build character and bring people together, including safe places after school; swim; healthy living initiatives; and opportunities for youth to lead and give back to their community. And beginning in mid-February, you could visit our new Community Complex which will be an indoor/outdoor community hub that will feature six arenas for soccer and futsal leagues and a recreational field for tai chi, outdoor activities and community events. The new Community Complex will help us serve more families in Anaheim and improve the lives of Anaheim residents through health and fitness.

“The Y is a place of community,” said Rick Martens, President & CEO of the Anaheim Family YMCA. “As the needs of the community have shifted, our mission has shifted as well. Today we work to ensure that everyone has the tools they need to reach their full potential—whether that’s through after school care, mentoring programs, swim lessons or our grab & go food program—we’re here for you and your family.

Deeply rooted in our neighborhoods, the Y is a valuable asset that works to ensure that everyone — regardless of age, income or background — has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

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