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YMCA gets new name

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The YMCA is getting a new name, but you may not really notice.  Many of us have called the YMCA, the Y, for years.  Now, the nonprofit is making it official, changing both its logo and name to "the Y".

It's the first branding change for the organization in more than forty years.  Officials hope the new logo will be more inviting and will use the change to share its mission, which is to strengthen communities by focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Albany Area Executive Director Dave Wallace said, "A lot of people think we're a place to swim, play soccer and place to work out, but the Y is more about impacting the community from a social and well being standpoint."

Some people were worried that the change in name was to eliminate the "C" which stands for Christian in the name.  Officials tell us that's not the case, and the Y maintains its Christian mission and beliefs.

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