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YMCA! Yes, yes. EVERYONE knows the song, YMCA, but let’s test your knowledge and see how much you actually know about the famous Y! (Answers at the bottom of the page.)

a. What year was the YMCA founded it?
b. Who was its founder?
c. What does the YMCA stand for?
d. Where was the YMCA founded?
e. What city was the first USA YMCA founded in?
f. Who wrote the YMCA song?
g. What is the (shortened version of) YMCA’s goal?

Now that you know a little bit more than just the first seven lyrics of the chorus to YMCA, you can impress your friends with your knowledge of one of the greatest and most well-known charity organizations in our nation. The Y is dedicated to “work side-by-side with [their] neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.” Their programs across the US have provided education and support for children, food for needy families, and health programs to keep families healthy.

The YMCA in Rochester is our partnered charity program for the CitySolve Urban Race Rochester race. Visit their website at and make sure you sign up here for the Rochester race to support the community and have a blast doing it! (Who ever said good deeds couldn’t be fun?!) See you at the race!



[Answers: a. 1844, b. George Williams, c. Young Men’s Christian Association, d. London, e. Boston, f. disco group called the Village People, g. strengthen community]

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