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YMCA gives dads their due

From left, Daniel Jones, Mary Strobl, Peter Strobl and Andrew Strobl competing in the Indoor Triathlon as a family. (Photo Provided)
A father follows behind as his daughter runs ahead off of the start line at the Mud Run in May. (Photo Provided)
A father illustrates the importance of involvement by participating in the YMCA of Parkersburgs Easter Egg Hunt in March with his daughter. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The YMCA of Parkersburg Sunday joined the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the influence fathers and adult male role models have in children’s lives.

The YMCA of Parkersburg celebrated fathers by reflecting on the history of the holiday that began at a YMCA.

“We celebrate dads on Father’s Day and we recognize how important it is for children to grow up with adult role models who are committed, responsible and involved,” YMCA of Parkersburg CEO Jeff Olson said. “Dads need support to be the best parents and caregivers they can be, and this holiday helps to remind us of that.”

The first Father’s Day celebration was hosted at Spokane YMCA in Washington on June 19, 1910. Sonora Louis Smart Dodd, known as the “Mother of Father’s Day,” suggested such a holiday after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon about it becoming an official holiday.

Dodd was one of six children who were raised by a single father. She believed that her father and others deserved to be equally honored.

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