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History of the Steuben County Y

history of the ymca of steuben county

The YMCA of Steuben County is a fantastic facility and is a great Association!

YMCA HistoryBecause of a vision of five community leaders, a study was conducted to determine the community needs and interest in a local YMCA. The determination of the community leaders and a well thought out plan, a beautiful, clean, Christian based organization was established in June 1999. We opened the doors to the Breeden YMCA at 500 E. Harcourt Rd., Angola, IN on January 3, 2000 at 5:00 a.m. We are an organization that is built on the solid YMCA principles of Caring, Honesty, Responsibility, and Respect. We were renamed the YMCA of Steuben County in October 2010.

The vision of the nationwide Y is to commit to Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. The YMCA offers many different programs, activities and opportunities for both members and the general public. There is truly something for everyone at the YMCA.

The YMCA of the USA History & Highlights!

YMCAs in the U.S. have a proud history of serving the people in their communities in a variety of practical and effective ways. Y staff and volunteers never claimed to have the wisdom that would provide all the answers, but they did have the courage to attack huge problems. Much of what they did turned out to be historic. Their concern and dedication shine through their stories.

  • Volleyball was invented at the Holyoke YMCA (mass.) in 1895 by William Morgan, an instructor at the Y who felt that basketball was too strenuous for businessmen.
  • Racquetball was invented in 1950 at the Greenwich YMCA (CN) by Joe Sobeck, a member who couldn't find other squash players of his caliber and who did not care for handball.
  • Softball was given its name by motion of Walter Hakanson of the Denver YMCA in 1926 at a meeting of the Colorado Amateur Softball Association, itself a result of YMCA staff efforts. Softball had been played for many years prior to 1926, under such names as kettenball, softball and even sissyball. In 1926 the YMCA state secretary, Homer Hoisington, noticed both the sport's popularity and its need for standardized rules. When the Amateur Softball Association of America was formed in 1933, the Denver YMCA team represented Colorado in its first national tournament, held in Chicago.
  • Professional football began at a YMCA. In 1895, in Latrobe, Pa., John Brailer was paid $10 plus expenses by the local YMCA to replace the injured quarterback on their team. Years later, however, Pudge Heffelfinger claimed that he was secretly paid to play for the Allegheny Athletic Association in 1892. The National Football League elected to go with Pudge's version of events.
  • Basketball was invented in December 1891 by James Naismith at the International YMCA Training School.
  • Basketball was invented in December 1891 by James Naismith at the International YMCA Training School. The director of the school needed a game to occupy a "class of incorrigibles". 18 future YMCA directors who, more interested in rugby and football, didn't care for leapfrog, tumbling and other activities they were forced to do during the winter. Naismith decided that the new game had to be physically active and simple to understand. It could not be rough, so no contact could be allowed. The ball could be passed but not carried. Goals at each end of the court would lend a degree of difficulty and give skill and science a role. Elevating the goal would eliminate rushes that could injure players, a problem in football and rugby. Introducing the game of "basket ball" at the next gym class, Naismith posted 13 rules on the wall and taught the game to the incorrigibles. The men loved it and proceeded to introduce "basket ball" to their home towns over Christmas break. Not only was basketball invented by a YMCA institution, but the game's first professional team came from a Y.
  • Swimming and aquatics have long been associated with the YMCA, and tens of millions of people across the country learned how to swim at the YMCA. The first reported YMCA "swimming bath" was build at the Brooklyn Central YMCA (N. Y.) in 1885. Two developments helped change YMCA staff attitudes towards pools. The first was the development of mass swim lessons in 1907 by George Corsan at the Detroit YMCA. The second development was the use of filtration systems for keeping the water clean. In 1910, a filtration system was added to the Kansas City poll.



The YMCA was founded on June 6, 1844 in London, England by George Williams.