RYE, N.Y. -- On Sunday, the Rye YMCA will join the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the impact fathers and adult male role models make in children’s lives.
More than a century ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd aspired to create a holiday to honor fathers. Dodd, the daughter of a single father and Civil War veteran, was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon and wondered why there was no holiday for fathers.
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.
In honor of all fathers, the Rye Y is waiving its $100 joiner fee for dads who join Saturday or Sunday.
“Father’s Day is about celebrating dad, but also recognizing the importance of children growing up with involved, responsible and committed fathers and adult male role models,” said Eileen Barber, chief operating officer. “Father’s Day reminds us why it’s important to provide fathers with the support they need to be the best parents and caregivers they can be.”
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. The Rye Y offers a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers such as Adventure Guides, First Family Fridays, family gym, swim and exercise time plus dozens of baby/toddler and caregiver classes.
In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities.
To learn more about programs and activities available at the Rye YMCA visit www.ryeymca.org .