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The Cannon Memorial YMCA includes 3 branches in Cabarrus County: West Cabarrus, Kannapolis, and Harrisburg. These YMCAs strengthen the foundations of our community through well-being and fitness, camps, family time, swim, sports and play, and other activities for people of all ages, incomes and abilities. We’re more than just a place to work out. At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we do.

With a commitment to nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

The Cannon YMCA's will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and will re-open for regular operating hours on Friday, November 27th.

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Responding to Community Need


Kannapolis HistoryResponding to Community Need

Growth was rapid during the Cannon Memorial YMCA’s early years. Bowling lanes, a movie theater, pool tables and numerous physical activities attracted members. In 1910, crowds overflowed at the old Kannapolis Ball Park to watch the Kannapolis YMCA Baseball Club, known as the “Y Nine”, battle area rivals.  

The Cannon Memorial YMCA has been the center of Kannapolis both figuratively and literally since its inception. This was reflected by the North Carolina General Assembly Act in January 1909. That act conferred police power on Deputy Sheriffs and defines the borders of Kannapolis:

“The boundary of Kannapolis shall be a circle, every point of which shall be one mile distant from the center of the ground covered by the David Franklin Cannon Memorial Hall erected at Kannapolis as a YMCA building.”

Before new churches were built, the YMCA opened its doors to eager worshipers and became the place where many congregations gathered before constructing their church buildings.

According to Cannon Mills Board of Directors minutes, President J.W. Cannon reported to stockholders at the January 27, 1916 meeting:

“During the year [1915] we have built some additional tenement houses and have found it necessary to add to our YMCA building.”

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Cannon Memorial YMCA – The Early History


Cannon Memorial YMCA – The Early History

The Beginning

During the completion phases of the Cannon Manufacturing Company in 1907, J.W. Cannon and his board of directors held a meeting where the idea of forming a YMCA was discussed.  The minutes of the meeting record: “J.W. Cannon suggested that we erect a building to be used for a library, gymnasium and other amusements.”

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Picture: The first YMCA building in 1908

Cannon began his project and patterned the building after a similar structure in another mill town.  He planned to give it his brother’s name: the David Franklin Cannon Memorial Hall.  P.B. Fetzer placed a motion on the floor that $20,000 be appropriated to erect the building.  Fetzer was in the cotton buying and mercantile firm of Cannon & Fetzer with J.W. Cannon’s older brother, David.  On November 5, 1908, the David F. Cannon YMCA opened.

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Picture: The first building with addition, early 1920's.

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