As you prepare to celebrate dad on June 18, you may be surprised to learn Father’s Day began at the YMCA. 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.
Are you looking for a good way to spend some quality time with your dad this Father’s Day? How about a game of pickup basketball at the Y or a day spent at one of our sparkling pools? You could even give the gift of lifelong health and wellness through a Y membership or sessions with a personal trainer. We hope to help you celebrate the father and father figures in your life!