PITTSBURGH—A dedicated leader of the Pittsburgh community and worldwide ambassador of the YMCA, the late Dr. David Epperson has earned a place in the National YMCA Hall of Fame at Springfield College. Dr. Epperson’s contributions to the YMCA movement were recognized during an induction ceremony on July 16 at the General Assembly of YMCAs in Kansas City.
“In all my years with the YMCA, I have not met anyone with more dedication to the YMCA’s mission than David Epperson,” said Kevin Bolding, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. “He devoted more than 50 years of service to the YMCA and inspired several generations of young people from the Hill District to Hong Kong to live healthy lives dedicated to serving their communities. For all he did to further the YMCA’s work in Pittsburgh and in all corners of the world, he deeply deserves recognition in the YMCA Hall of Fame.”
The National YMCA Hall of Fame honors YMCA professionals and volunteers who exemplify a lifetime of commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA. It honors individual leaders who have devoted their lives to strengthening the community by nurturing the people around them and helping them improve their bodies, minds and spirits.
“One of Dr. Epperson’s enduring legacies is the inclusion and sense of belonging that he helped to grow at YMCAs in the U.S. and around the world,” said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA. “Whether reaching out to college students, the African American community or rural areas of Asia and Africa, he worked to ensure that everyone felt welcomed at the YMCA and that their contributions were valued. He merits induction into our Hall of Fame not only for the work he did personally to further the Y’s mission, but also for his ability to mobilize people worldwide to work together to strengthen their communities.”