Awards and Recognition - George Williams Award

Each Y volunteer plays an important role in moving our communities forward.


Everyone touched by the Y has a story, and every story can be traced back to a Y volunteer who believed change was possible. Each year we honor a George Williams Award winner from our Y branches and resident camps. This award is named for George Williams who founded the YMCA in London in 1844. At 22, the farmer-turned-department store worker became deeply troubled as he witnessed other young men turning to dangerous influences. Williams organized 11 friends for Bible study, prayer and escape from life on the streets.


The Y started around a common purpose – meeting the social needs in the community. We do the same today. The passion-driven leaders listed below represent what makes each of our YMCAs uniquely positioned to strengthen the foundation of our community. We thank them for believing in the impact of the Y and for their invaluable contributions of time and talent to help our Ys grow stronger in service to others.

In recognition of our founder, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte honors outstanding volunteers at each branch and camp.

Awards & Recognition
For The Y Mission

George Williams

In recognition of our founder, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte honors outstanding volunteer leaders for their invaluable contributions of time and talent to help our Ys grow stronger in service to others.

John R. Mott

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte established the John R. Mott Award in 1996 to honor its top volunteer who exemplifies Mott's ideals through longtime service to the YMCA.

Willie J. Stratford, Sr.

The Willie J. Stratford, Sr. Diversity Award is given annually to an individual who recognizes, leads and inspires others to help create a stronger community through valuing diversity.