Figure 1 YMCA 4251 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641, Phone: (773) 777-7500

Hours: Open today · 5:00 am – 10:00 pm http://www.ymcachicago.org/irvingpark/

The Sports Game of Volleyball brings to mind many memories and recollections of volleyball team members who have played during volleyball tournaments in the past, starting at the Irving Park YMCA on the Northwest side of Chicago where I was registered to play Open Volleyball, run Track And Field upstairs on the indoor running track, and swim in the pool as a community member of the Irving Park YMCA, near the Six Corners Shopping Center. After the weekly volleyball games at the Irving Park YMCA, the team members used to go out to eat at Manzo’s Italian Restaurant on Irving Park Road, near my home; as well as other neighborhood restaurants for social Fridays and weekends during the years of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The community Irving Park YMCA encouraged open volleyball tournaments and matches for local residents on the Northwest side of Chicago, along Irving Park Road. I was an active member of the Irving Park YMCA, playing volleyball, running track and field, swimming, and participating in the Y community events, while I was still in college at Northeastern Illinois University.

Figure 1 YMCA 4251 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60641, Phone: (773) 777-7500

Hours: Open today · 5:00 am – 10:00 pm http://www.ymcachicago.org/irvingpark/

While I was growing up on the Northwest side of Chicago, I lived near Irving Park Road where I also worked by McDonald’s at the corner of Elston Avenue and Irving Park Road, within walking distance from the YMCA. In addition, I worked for the Office of Edelstein & Edelstein on Irving Park Road nearby. There used to be an old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor called Buffalo’s which was a main attraction for Ice Cream Sundaes, Shakes, Floats, and Black Cows, where some of my high school friends enjoyed ice cream after school on Irving Park Road, near Pulaski Road.

The Young Men’s Christian Association (commonly known as YMCA or simply the Y) is a worldwide organization with more than 57 million beneficiaries from 125 national associations.[1] It was founded on 6 June 1844 by George Williams in London and aims to put Christian principles into practice by developing a healthy “body, mind, and spirit.” These three angles are reflected by the different sides of the (red) triangle—part of all YMCA logos.

The different local YMCAs are voluntarily affiliated through their national organizations. The national organizations in turn are part of both an Area Alliance and the World Alliance of YMCAs. The World Alliance’s main motto is “empowering young people,” and it is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

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