The YMCA Celebrates Fathers Day




“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” - Clarence Budington Kelland, American writer

Each year, the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas celebrates the anniversary of Father’s Day by honoring local Dads as the YMCA Fathers of the Year. These Dads are honored at their local branches along with an association-wide evening celebration of family fun. 

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas established the “Father of the Year” award to recognize the significant impact fathers make in the lives of their children.  Each year, the Dallas YMCAs accept nominations from family members in each local community who wish to honor a father with this special award. Each local YMCA chose a “Father of the Year” from their community.

Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Louis Smart Dodd, the daughter of a single father who served in the Civil War. Her father was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington State. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.

On Mother’s Day in 1909 Smart Dodd heard a sermon honoring mothers and wondered why there was no similar tribute for fathers. With the support of ministers and the YMCA in Spokane, Smart Dodd launched the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.  In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day and President Nixon signed Father’s Day into law in 1972.

2018 Father of the Year - Photos

2018 Father of the Year Winners

Coppell Family YMCA    Senthil Premkumar

Cross Timbers YMCA      Michael Saul

Frisco Family YMCA        David Shilson

Grand Prairie Family YMCA         Alfonso Sanchez

Irving Family YMCA        Will Griffin

JER Chilton YMCA at Rockwall   Michael Garrett

Lake Highlands Family YMCA     Randy Key

Lakewest Family YMCA                 Maurice Aguilar

McKinney Family YMCA                Chance Nix

Moody Family YMCA     Daniel Drabinski

Moorland Family YMCA                Quincy Kelly

Oak Cliff Family YMCA  Christopher Escobedo

Park South Family YMCA              Lonnie Todd

Plano Family YMCA        Bill Schuller

Richardson Family YMCA             Adam Mahaney

T. Boone Pickens YMCA                 Fabian Lorenz

Town North Family YMCA           Ryan Sabel

Waxahachie Family YMCA           Scott Hughes

White Rock Family YMCA            Angel Salazar