Two Sports Invented by the YMCA- November 6
- 2013 6 Nov
Did you know basketball and volleyball were invented by YMCA instructors? The Young Men's Christian Association, founded in 1844, has a membership of 4 million in 76 countries. Founder George Williams, who died NOVEMBER 6, 1905, wrote: "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." George Williams concluded: "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." On October 24, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the 70th anniversary of the Young Men's Christian Association: "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." Woodrow Wilson continued: "I do believe that at 70 it is just reaching its majority. A dream greater even than George Williams ever dreamed will be realized in the great accumulating momentum of Christian men throughout the world."