A Mission Deeper Than the Pool

CEO Gray Stallworth has some thoughts about how important the pool is for the Greenwood Family YMCA. Read the latest post in YLinks.

Father’s Day is More than Just an Excuse to Buy a Tie
Recognizing the important role fathers play in their children’s lives

Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.

On Sunday, June 19, the YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million—or one in three—children live without their biological fathers. Societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect a father’s ability to seek support in strengthening his parenting skills and becoming more engaged in the lives of his children. The Y, a leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, is dedicated to providing both resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.

Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use.

“We celebrate dads on Father’s Day and we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with adult role models who are committed, responsible and involved,” said Gray Stallworth, CEO. “Dads need support to be the best parents and caregivers they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of that.”


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