Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Harding Y: "international" possibility

The Tennessean reports in this article that the diversity of the membership at the Harding Place YMCA has prompted a proposed name change.

"If approved, the new name would represent the diversity of the membership. It would be the Harding Place International YMCA. It's already been presented and approved by the Harding Place YMCA board. It still needed final approval from the YMCA of Middle Tennessee board at press time."

"'I'd say 25 percent of the population is African-American and 8 to 12 percent is Latino,' said Harding Place Y Senior Program Director Paul Bianchi, who has worked at several YMCAs."

"'We have a large Middle Eastern population. It's a very interesting melting pot. It's the most diverse Y I've ever worked at. We have to hire a diverse staff, people who can speak the languages and know the cultures. Everyone gets along. We've had very little, if at all, ethnicity or racial situations.'"


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