SPARTA - WHITE COUNTY YMCA
In 1990, Mayor Bob Breeding and vice Mayor Margaret Pearson decided to turn the original West Sparta Elementary School into a City of Sparta Recreational Center. Their mission was to serve human needs in greater purpose by providing quality programs that promote lifelong personal growth and the balanced development of spirit, mind and body for all. In 1992, the City of Sparta Recreational Center was transformed into the Sparta/White County Family YMCA. Our local city government charted the YMCA on March 24th, 1992, which made the Sparta/White County Family YMCA officially validated to function in the name of the YMCA.
YOUNG MENS CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
In 1844, industrialized London was a place of great turmoil and despair. For the young men who migrated to the city from rural areas to find jobs, London offered a bleak landscape of tenement housing and dangerous influences.
YMCAs are collectively the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in the U.S. YMCAs are the heart of community life in America: 42 million families and 72 million households are located within three miles of a YMCA. Today, the Y engages more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the U.S. As the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities to learn, grow and thrive, our contributions are both far-reaching and intimate—from influencing our nation’s culture during times of profound social change to the individual support we provide an adult learning to read. By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the nation’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving our neighbors, the Y ensures that everyone has the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.