The Y Father of the Year Nomination

In celebration of Father’s Day, the CLEVELAND COUNTY FAMILY YMCA will honor one father from our Y to receive the Father of the Year Award and a special gift. 

Nominations may come from a child, spouse, friend, Y staff member, or a fellow volunteer. The only specific criteria are that the nominee must be a member at the CLEVELAND COUNTY FAMILY YMCA. Each nomination must include an essay on why this individual should be recognized as the YMCA Father of the Year.

The 2017 Father of the Year nominations are due by Sunday, June 11. Submit your nomination using the form to the right or by using a paper nomination form available at the Member Information Center.

First celebrated in June 1910 at the Spokane YMCA in Washington, Father’s Day is now recognized all over the world.

Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Louis Smart Dodd, the daughter of a single father who served in the Civil War. 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 Spokane ministers, Smart Dodd launched the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. President Nixon signed Father’s Day into law in 1972.

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