The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

March 31, 2012

Christian is in its name

Enid YMCA re-emphasizing spiritual heritage

ENID — Denny Price Family YMCA is popular among many of the those within the Enid community but not because it’s a great place to exercise.

Executive Director Ken Rapp said Enid’s Y also is a place for spiritual as well as physical improvement.

“Of course, one thing that many people forget is that the word Christian is in our name,” he said. “The Y has a strong Christian heritage and was originally founded to promote a Christian way of life.”

He said the original Young Men’s Christian Association was first established in 1844 as a strong evangelical group with the purposes of prayer and Bible study.

“It grew larger, and fitness and social programs became a big part of what they do,” Rapp said.

It was a few years ago Enid’s Y began re-emphasizing the Christian part of its heritage.

“A few years back there was a kind of resurgence of going back to our roots,” Rapp said. “This particular Y, I believe, for many years has been very up-front and intentional about our Christian heritage and Christian influence.”

He said the Christian emphasis began in earnest following the death of the Y’s namesake, Denny Price.

“The Price family created an endowment to benefit the YMCA, and a part of that was to earmark some money toward the purpose of Christian emphasis,” Rapp said.

In 2000, Christian Emphasis Committee was formed to help promote one of the YMCA’s founding principles.

“The Christian emphasis should be the backbone of the Y, considering it’s the Young Men’s Christian Association,” said Maurice Allen, YMCA board member and member of Christian Emphasis Committee. “That should be the first and foremost thing the Y focuses on. I think the Y needs to relay to the people the Christian emphasis and then the health and fitness.”

“That committee has been very active (and) has promoted a lot of programs and activities that really point to Christian heritage,” Rapp said. “We have a small chapel, we have scripture verses that are posted and we have about four or five events sponsored by that committee that are family oriented and have a Christian element to part of that activity.”

Each year the committee supports events at Denny Price Family YMCA to promote Christian heritage. The events include a father and daughter breakfast, a father and son Bedlam dodge ball event, a family day in the Park, teen nights the first Saturday of every month and the annual Day of Prayer.

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