William Morgan, as the physical education director at the YMCA in Holyoke, Massachusetts, invented volleyball in 1895.

At the 70th birthday of the YMCA On October 24, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson addressed the YMCA:



This was his speech:
“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. I do believe that at 70 the YMCA 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…
These 70 years have just been a running start…now there will be a great rush of Christian principle upon the strongholds of evil and of wrong in the world. Those strongholds are not as strong as they look… All you have to do is to fight, not with cannon but with light…
That, in my judgment, is what the Young Men’s Christian Association can do…
Eternal vigilance is the price, not only of liberty but of a great many other things…
It is the price of one’s own soul…
What shall he give in exchange for his own soul, or any other man’s soul?…
There is a text in Scripture… It says godliness is profitable in this life as well as in the life that is to come…
This world is intended as the place in which we shall show that we know how to grow in the stature of manliness and of righteousness.
I have come here to bid Godspeed to the great work of the Young Men’s Christian Association.”

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