[Charlotte, NC – March 31, 2017] – Since 1996, the YMCA in University City has served as a safe and healthy community hub for adults and children. Today, the Y renamed the branch location “Keith Family YMCA” after a family that helped put it on the map.
In the early 1990s, local real estate developer Graeme Keith, Sr. and his fellow YMCA of Greater Charlotte board members recognized the need and sustainability for a YMCA branch in fast-growing University City. Keith was instrumental in identifying and securing the 32 acres that have been a hub of activity for twenty years.
“Renaming this particular branch the Keith Family YMCA is a fitting tribute as this branch likely wouldn’t exist at this location without the effort of our devoted trustee, Graeme Keith,” said Todd Tibbits, YMCA of Greater Charlotte CEO. “With Graeme, his son, Greg, and daughter-in-law, India, the family has enhanced our Y with steadfast leadership, generosity and Christian love for 50 years.”
Out of their devotion to improving the lives of all people through the Y, and to honor Graeme’s lifetime of service, Greg and India Keith have given generously to drive the future impact of the Y. The YMCA chose to honor the Keiths by recognizing the branch as the Keith Family YMCA for generations to come.
About the YMCA of Greater Charlotte
The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, comprised of 19 membership locations and two resident camps, engages approximately 274,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Deeply rooted in the community for more than 140 years, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. www.ymcacharlotte.org