he U.S. Census Bureau statistics (2009) report that over 24 million Americans play BASKETBALL and over 10 million Americans play VOLLEYBALL.
Did you know BASKETBALL and VOLLEYBALL were invented by instructors at the
Young Men's Christian Association - YMCA !
a medical doctor and Presbyterian minister, invented the game of BASKETBALL at the YMCA training school in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891.
as the physical education director at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, invented VOLLEYBALL in 1895.
1835 Revival Lectures inspired
to found the
YMCA-Young Men's Christian Association-
Young Men's Christian Association
has grown to a membership of millions in 124 countries.
The early 1881 emblem for the
had the names of the five parts of the world: Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa and America.
At the center of the emblem was an open Bible displaying
referencing the verse:
"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."
In 1885, the words
in a triangle were added.
Underneath the triangle were the letters XP, called the "Chi-Rho," which were the first two Greek letters of
the name of Christ.
died NOVEMBER 6, 1905. He had stated:
"My life-long experience as a business man, and as a Christian worker among young men, has taught me that
the only power
in this world that can effectually
keep one from sin,
in all the varied and often attractive forms ... is that which comes from an intimate
knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ
as a present Saviour ..."
"And I can also heartily testify that the safe Guide-Book by which one may be led to Christ is the Bible, the Word of God, which is inspired by the Holy Ghost."
American Minute-Notable Events of American Significance Remembered on the Date They Occurred
The Geneva, Switzerland chapter of the
was founded by
organized care for 23,000 dying and wounded at the Battle of Solferino, Italy.
then founded of the
International Red Cross
in 1863, for which he became the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
supported Jews repopulating their traditional homeland by being one of the few non-Jews to attend the First Zionist Congress in Basel.
During the Civil War,
ministered to soldiers on the battle-lines with the
YMCA's United States Christian Commission.
When the 1871 Great Chicago Fire destroyed Chicago's
YMCA, D.L. Moody
raised funds to rebuild it.
Chicago White Stocking baseball star
meetings in 1886 before beginning his career as a revival preacher.
Booker T. Washington's Tuskegee Institute
began a Bible Training school in 1893 to prepare students for Christian ministry. Students helped out at community churches on Sundays; staffed a Humane Society; cared for area sick and needy; and ran
Booker T. Washington
spoke at Memorial Hall in Columbus, Ohio, May 24, 1900, as recorded in
The Booker T. Washington Papers
, Vol. 5: 1899-1900, (Univ. of Illinois Press, 1976, p. 543-544):
"Dr. Washington began his address after a quartet sang. He spoke of the
91 YMCA Organizations
for colored youths; of the 5,000 colored men studying the Bible, and of the 640 Bible students at Tuskegee."
Booker T. Washington
"The Negro who does the shooting is uneducated and without Christian training ... Of all the graduates from Tuskegee Institute only one had been since sentenced to the penitentiary."
George W. Carver
YMCA official Jack Boyd
in Denver, March 1, 1927:
"Keep your hand in that of the Master, walk daily by His side, so that you may lead others into the realms of true happiness,
where a religion of hate, (which poisons both body and soul) will be unknown, having in its place the 'Golden Rule' way, which is the 'Jesus Way' of life, will reign supreme."
During World War II, the
printed and distributed prayer books to U.S. soldiers and sailors.
On October 24, 1914,
President Woodrow Wilson
addressed the 70th anniversary of the
"Christ came into the world to save others, not to save himself; and no man is a true Christian who does not think constantly of how he can lift his brother."
"I do believe that at 70 the
is just reaching its majority.
A dream greater even than George Williams ever dreamed will be realized in the great accumulating momentum of
throughout the world ...
These 70 years have just been a running start...now there will be a great rush of Christian principle upon the strongholds of evil and of wrong in the world.
Those strongholds are not as strong as they look ... All you have to do is to fight, not with cannon but with light ...
That, in my judgment, is what the
Young Men's Christian Association
can do ..."
"Eternal vigilance is the price, not only of liberty, but of a great many other things ...
It is the price of one's own soul ...
What shall he give in exchange for his own soul, or any other man's soul? ...
There is a text in Scripture ... It says godliness is profitable in this life as well as in the life that is to come ...
This world is intended as the place in which we shall show that we know how to grow in the stature of manliness and of righteousness.
I have come here to bid Godspeed to the great work of the Young Men's Christian Association."
Another organization which made a global impact was
founded in 1902 by
United Methodist minister Rev. Edgar James Helms.
Rev. Edgar J. Helms
gave an address at the Council of Cities, Baltimore, MD., April 26, 1918
Pioneering in Modern City Missions, Boston, MA: Morgan Memorial Printing Dept., 1927, chp. III. THE RELATION OF THE CHURCH TO INDUSTRIAL EVANGELISM, p. 126-7).
Rev. Helms stated:
"If the spirit of God is to dominate the whole social order, then must He be manifest as much in the family and industry and state as He is in the Church.
The Church has a greater task of evangelism than to secure individuals who will lift their hands for prayer or sign a card or shake hands with an evangelist.
Employer and employee must shake hands in mutual respect and cooperation.
The era of exploitation and competition between nations and races must end in mutual helpfulness and goodwill. Jesus Christ and His Gospel must permeate industry and every human interest as well as preaching and education. The Church is His divinely appointed agency for this task."