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YMCA OF CLINTON AND LAURENS

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Clinton:

864.833.1555  

www.ymca.homestead.com 

 

Laurens:

864.984.2626  

www.laurensymca.org 

Visit the Laurens Family YMCA on Get Connected!

 

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WHY THE Y?

YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Association, but don’t misinterpret this to mean that YMCAs are only for “young, Christian men.” From its start more than 150 years ago, when George Williams founded the YMCA as a substitute Bible study and prayer for life on the streets, the YMCA was unusual because it crossed the rigid lines that separated all the different churches and social classes in England in those days. This openness was a trait that would lead YMCAs to recognize their strength is in the people they bring together—Ys are for all people of all faiths, races, ages, abilities and incomes. YMCAs’ financial assistance policies ensure that no one is turned away for reasons of inability to pay.

 

VOLUNTEERS:

YMCAs are first and foremost volunteer organizations. To put it in perspective, not every YMCA has a building, but every YMCA has volunteers. All 2,617 YMCAs are volunteer-founded, volunteer-based, and volunteer-led. Volunteers are at the heart of every YMCA and that is why YMCAs are at the heart of community life in more than 10,000 communities nationwide. Do something good. Volunteer at the YMCA.

 

List Of YMCA Firsts and Highlights of Accomplishments

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    • Volleyball
    • Basketball
    • Staff Certification
    • Student Work Study
    • Professional Football
    • Rags and Leather
    • Non-Church Retirement Fund
  • Invented by a YMCA

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    • Racquetball
    • Gideon’s
    • Fathers Day
    • Negro National League
    • Toastmasters
    • Association for the study of Negro Life and History
    • National Model Railroad Association
  • Started by a YMCA

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    • Softball
    • Swimming and Aquatics
    • Group Child Care
    • Higher Education
    • Camping
    • Residences and Shelters
    • Camp Fire Girls
    • USO
    • Peace Corps
    • Boy Scouts of America
  • YMCA Influenced

 

What makes YMCA sports programs different from others?

  • Emphasis is on participation, NOT winning
  • YMCA sports motto: Everyone plays, everyone wins
  • Fundamentals and sportsmanship are stressed
  • Volunteer driven-all coaches are parent volunteers
  • Strong emphasis of character development and the core values of Caring, Honest, Respect, and Responsibility
  • Special requests are honored for players and coaches
  • All practices and games are supervised by YMCA sports staff
  • Emphasis is on kids having FUN

 

THE YMCA MISSION STATEMENT:

“To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

 

We fulfill the mission by offering programs in the following categorizes:

  • Wellness
  • Family Strengthening
  • Sports
  • Christian Emphasis
  • Aquatic
  • Child Care
  • Educational
  • Scholarship

 

We are proud of each program we offer. Currently, we have more than 67 active programs.