National YMCA Hall of Fame
The National YMCA Hall of Fame provides a forum to recognize YMCA professionals and volunteers who exemplify a lifetime of commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA. It honors individuals who have devoted their lives to strengthening community through their devotion and dedication of serving people and making a positive impact on individuals and to the movement. National Hall of Fame inductees have been recognized for their leadership, always encouraging and nurturing others around them to develop their true potential in spirit, mind, and body.
Springfield College’s historic partnership with the YMCA
In recognition of Springfield College’s historic partnership with the YMCA dating back to the College’s founding in 1885, the College was chosen as the permanent home for the National YMCA Hall of Fame in 1985. The National YMCA Hall of Fame is housed in the Stitzer YMCA Center within Judd Gymnasia on the Springfield College campus. It features plaques of inductees and interactive kiosks for visitors to research details on individual inductees.
The sponsoring organizations of the National YMCA Hall of Fame include the YMCA Retirement Fund, YMCA of the USA and Springfield College. This overseeing body has the responsibility of preserving the prominence of the National YMCA Hall of Fame at a level commensurate with the institutional legacy of the YMCA movement, fully incorporating the YMCA history by inducting past heroes, and educating today’s workforce about the contribution of significant careers to that history.
National YMCA Hall of Fame Inductions take place in conjunction with the General Assembly of YMCAs. With the Class of 2019 being honored in Anaheim, CA (July 2019), the next induction will take place in July 2023. Nomination materials for the next cycle will open in the fall of 2019. For more information, please contact the Office of YMCA Relations at Springfield College, (413) 748-3407.
Visit the National YMCA Hall of Fame to view past inductees and their contributions to the YMCA movement.