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Springfield College Renews Partnership With YMCA

July 2, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 2, 2009 – Springfield College and the YMCA of the USA renewed their historic partnership as College President Richard B. Flynn and YMCA President and Chief Executive Officer Neil J. Nicoll signed a five-year agreement on campus on June 19, 2009.

The agreement recognizes Springfield College as a premiere institution of higher education for YMCA leaders, and continues and expands educational programs and services for current and future YMCA professionals and volunteers, as well as other collaboration between the two institutions.

Both institutions agreed to support recruitment of qualified students interested in YMCA careers for Springfield College’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs and the subsequent placement of graduates in YMCA positions. In addition, there is a wide range of professional development opportunities hosted by Springfield College for current YMCA employees.

This agreement extends more than a century of collaboration between Springfield College and the YMCA of the USA. In particular, it “recognizes the special and unique relationship between the parties, including the historic bond, mutual goals, and shared programming initiatives.”

Springfield College was founded in 1885 as the School for Christian Workers, an independent institution that quickly emerged as a major educator of YMCA leaders. When basketball was invented in 1891 at Springfield College, the students and graduates quickly spread the game across the globe as they took it with them back to their home YMCAs. Today, Springfield College serves as the site of the YMCA Hall of Fame.

The YMCA of the USA is the national resource office for the nation’s 2,686 YMCAs, which serve 21 million people each year, including nearly 10 million children under the age of 18. From urban areas to small towns, YMCAs have proudly served America’s communities for nearly 160 years through their focus on building strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

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