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The YMCA originated in 1844 in London, England. YMCA came to North America in 1851. Today there are more than 2,500 YMCAs serving 20 million kids, adults and seniors.



The City of Worthington and the YMCA became partners to create the first YMCA. The first home was the former Union Congregational Church. Founders included E.O. Olson, Harry Rickers, V.M. Vance, John L. Olson, Henry Hagge, R.W. Lowry, C.E. Stower and Alvin Graf.



The YMCA moved to the Old Armory. Built in 1910, many improvements and changes were made to build a gym, handball court, physical fitness area and offices.



A $235,000 capital campaign built the swimming pool addition.



$894,000 was raised to construct a new gymnasium and fitness center. Also, renovation of the “Old Armory” area and exterior of the YMCA was completed.



A campaign for $460,000 was completed for lobby and entry improvements.



The Y opened its doors at its current location on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Campus, in Worthington, MN.

This new 45,000 sq ft new facility is home to many new members and hosts a vast variety of programming for the entire family for the entire Worthington Area Community


Andy Johnson
Worthington Area YMCA – DeGroot Family Center
Executive Dir/CEO, 


1881 – The Ninth Conference in London approves the first Y logo, which highlights Y values by featuring a reference to John 17:21: "That they may all be one…as we are one."

1891 – Luther H. Gulick, M.D., proposes a red triangle as the Y symbol. The equal sides of the triangle stand for "man’s essential unity, body, mind and spirit, each being a necessary and eternal part of man, he being neither one alone…"
1895 – The annual convention of the U.S. and Canadian Ys authorizes adding the triangle to the old World Alliance insignia.
1896 – The logo is simplified and a second ring is added. It is said the second ring represents friendship and love without end among individuals. This remains the Y’s official emblem.

1897 – The everyday logo from 1897 to 1967 is the red triangle.

1967 – The Y creates and trademarks the logo with the triangle and bent bar.

Worthington Area Y
DeGroot Family Center
1501 Collegeway
Worthington, MN 56187
(507) 376-6197
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