The Christian Street YMCA Will Kick-off A Yearlong Centennial Celebration With A Special Tribute To Local Legendary Basketball Players

Posted on: 02.24.2014

This special occasion will bring together neighbors in the South Philadelphia community to honor and remember great athletes that played basketball at the Y through the years.

[Philadelphia, PA] February 24, 2014 – On Friday, February 28 at 10 AM, the Christian Street YMCA, located at 1724 Christian Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146, will bring together members, young and old, to officially kick-off the Y’s Centennial Celebration. The Christian Street Y is the fourth African American YMCA in the country, and the first African American YMCA in Philadelphia. Over the last one hundred years, the Christian Street Y has been a hub in the South Philadelphia area for youth, adults and families to come together to learn new skills, stay active and live healthier lives.

At the kick-off event, the Y will honor NBA Hall of Fame and local legends, Charles
Tarzen” Cooper, Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain, Earl “the Pearl” Monroe and coach John Chaney. Each of these basketball luminaries has roots at the Christian Street Y. Representatives for these remarkable players will be on hand to take part in this momentous event. In addition, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, Commissioner Susan Slawson and Ambassador of Sixers Basketball, World B. Free will aid in paying tribute to these men and celebrating the Y’s Centennial kick-off event!

Since the early to mid-20th century, the Christian Street Y has opened their doors to everyone to come and play sports, swim and be fit. The Y will continue to be there for the community.

Throughout the coming year, the Y will host various events to commemorate one hundred years of providing first-class services. Events in the coming year include a family fun walk, basketball reunion and the Centennial Celebration will concluded with a birthday bash.

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