The Y and Black Lives

Black man with ymca mask

We are appalled by the brutal and inhumane treatment that George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless black individuals have endured. The right to live without discrimination and fear of harassment is a basic human right that everyone deserves. No one should fear for their life or safety because of the color of their skin.

We are also disturbed by the recent words of CrossFit’s CEO, Greg Glassman. Two years ago, the YMCA of Greater Brandywine opened East Chestnut CrossFit in its Oscar Lasko YMCA. In light of Mr. Glassman’s recent statements, we are terminating our affiliation with CrossFit, as we will not associate with any organization that does not stand for equality, justice and human dignity. We will work with our members to select a new name, while continuing to offer unlimited small group training for adults and expanding offerings to teens and pre-teens.

To view the words by our national organization, Y-USA, please visit the link here